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The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is a U.S. federal court authorized under 50 U.S.C. § 1803, Pub.L. 95–511, 92 Stat. 1788, enacted October 25, 1978. It was established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). The FISC oversees requests for Surveillance warrants against suspected foreign intelligence agents inside the United States by federal law enforcement agencies (primarily the F.B.I.). The FISA and FISC were inspired by the recommendations of the Church Committee.

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(Let's call it the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC. ... Fox News's Trump/Russia-collusion-smashing Sean Hannity, that President Obama's Justice Department “misled” the FISC (sometimes called “the FISA Court). ... “There could have been no FISA warrant without the [Steele] dossier.
Connecting the dots, the FBI persuaded a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to issue a search warrant for the surveillance of Page, an American. Page never ... Lost in all this is the purpose of FISA -- to prevent government surveillance of Americans and limit it to agents of foreign powers.

... that he wanted the committee to have access to his FISA applications, which were approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in October 2016. ... the committees in the (FBI Special Agent) Peter Strzok and (FBI Attorney Lisa) Page text messages regarding FISC Court Judge (Rudy) Contreras.
The FBI actually must “coordinate” with the DOJ before a FISA warrant goes to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), where all such applications go for ... and as we were getting to earlier here, only the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in Washington D.C. approves FISA warrants.
These absurd extrapolations, pressed on the FISC and accepted by it in secret, turned FISA -- a statute written to prevent spying on Americans -- into a tool that ... The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (is it really a court, given that its rulings are secret and it hears only the government and it rejects the ...
The public debate over the contents of the applications considered by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in authorizing the electronic ... Given this apodictic feature of the FISA process, it is surprising that COMINT, and the singular fragility associated with its collection and production, is rarely ...

In its ruling in 2011, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) said the “relaxation of the querying rules” would be limited to queries “reasonably likely to yield foreign intelligence information.” The FISC at the time also approved the broader collection of so-called upstream data, which is all internet ...
Under FISA, a law enforcement agency such as the FBI would need to obtain a warrant from a secret court known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). The FISC approves requests from the intelligence community to conduct wiretaps, collect personal data, and spy on suspected terrorists, ...
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, established in 1978 through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to oversee the process by which the federal government requests secret surveillance ... But the process to obtain a warrant through FISC is one that is built to prevent such rampant bias.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, established in 1978 through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to oversee the process by which the federal ... The FISC received 1,752 applications in 2016, granted 1,378 orders, modified 339, denied in part 26 orders, and denied in full nine applications, ...
There is similarly no substantial argument that it is logical to open up the FISC's proceedings to public view. The FISC's "entire docket relates to the collection of foreign intelligence by the federal government." In re Motion for Release, 526 F. Supp. 2d at 487. Its operations are governed "by FISA, by Court ...
In 1978, the United States government concurrently established two secret courts — the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA Court, and the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. The FISA Court was tasked with deliberating on intelligence agency requests to conduct ...
"Yes, it will be investigated," Sessions told reporters at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees FISA warrants, according to the Washington Examiner. He said looking into any abuses is the "appropriate thing" to do. Sessions's remarks follow allegations from President Trump Donald ...
[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) released two [Goodlatte, PDF] letters [Nunes, PDF] on Thursday stating that it would consider requests from two Congressional Representatives to release the hearing transcripts which caused former Trump advisor Carter Page to be put under ...
New: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court just released letters to Nunes and Goodlatte re: their requests for FISC records. Judge said the requests are a first for the court, and it's considering them. To Nunes: https://t.co/SCASZmrPV8 To Goodlatte: https://t.co/mJhDOCDt6S pic.twitter.com/brtvE9jOPS ...
As is done annually, the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts published on Wednesday a report on United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) activities in the last year. This report shows that there has been a noticeable uptick in outright denials of Foreign Intelligence ...
... (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to ...

New: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court just released letters to Nunes and Goodlatte re: their requests for FISC records. Judge said the requests are a first for the court, and it's considering them. To Nunes: https://t.co/SCASZmrPV8 To Goodlatte: https://t.co/mJhDOCDt6S pic.twitter.com/brtvE9jOPS ...
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes wants the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to turn over transcripts from hearings related to the ... requesting the transcripts of “any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to the electronic ...
Over the last week, there's been a great deal of discussion on Lawfare regarding the role that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court might play in clearing up controversy over the Nunes memo. Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey have filed a brief before the FISA Court on the matter, and Sophia ...
Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to ...
... mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president," Michael Goodwin of the New York Post wrote on January 23. The conservatives believe that the so-called "Trump-Russia dossier" was used by the Democrats to get Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) ...
Under Title 1 of the law, nicknamed “traditional FISA,” law enforcement must go before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to receive a warrant to surveil an individual or group of people. To get that warrant, law enforcement must show probable cause that a person is an agent of a foreign ...
Section 702 is on its face as obscure as it sounds—a recent addition to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. ... committees in Congress, by the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which supervises the program and ...
... of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The section requires the intelligence community to develop protocols for collecting national security information about a foreign national in a foreign country, which are subject to review and approval by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
These procedures, which will govern searches designed to retrieve communications of or concerning U.S. persons, are subject to review by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Though the specifics are for the most part left to be determined, the adopted procedures must include a record ...
Section 702 of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Amendments Act (FISA) allows the NSA to vacuum up emails and other data from anyone who communicates with a person living out of the country, even if any of the people communicating are American citizens. The NSA's warrantless spying, ...
... 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham wrote a letter to the FBI and Justice Department seeking "all proposed FISA applications that the FBI and Justice Department submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)" in ...
[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) released two [Goodlatte, PDF] letters [Nunes, PDF] on Thursday stating that it would consider requests from two Congressional Representatives to release the hearing transcripts which caused former Trump advisor Carter Page to be put under ...
It's an institution we haven't heard from on the allegations in the Nunes Memo: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. ... witness to win a FISA warrant against Carter Page, violating his civil liberties in the process, you would therefore expect that there are some judges on the FISC who are concerned. They ...
Washington (CNN) House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is pushing the chief judge of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to reveal more ... "As the Presiding Judge of the FISC, you must be similarly concerned that the Executive Branch allegedly used an unverified dossier as evidence ...
If a FISA court judge denies a search request, that judge must explain the reasons for the denial. Then, a panel of three federal judges appointed by the chief justice reviews the search request. This panel is called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. If the request is again denied, the U.S. ...
An attorney selected to advise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court says he might have recommended against surveilling former Trump ... “I hope that, whatever else comes of the controversy over the Page FISC order, it will introduce some appropriate transparency into the FISA process,” Cline told ...
Of all those with a stake in the release of the so-called Nunes memo, one of the most important has gone largely overlooked: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court itself. The FISA Court is a special, powerful tribunal of federal district judges, appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States.
Countries like the U.S also have processes like Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA court) which entertains applications made by the U.S Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and certain other forms of investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes.
Wray told lawmakers that he could not provide the information, but that the FBI “has been having extensive interaction with the Congressional intelligence committees on our interaction” with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The FISC, as it is known, is the court that grants FISA warrants to the FBI, ...
Regardless of the congressional outcome, the U.S. government will be able to temporarily continue Section 702 communications surveillance under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA Court, order, Brian Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told Bloomberg ...
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to provide the first official confirmation Thursday that the FBI has applied for secret FISA warrants in the Russia investigation — the type of warrants that can allow the bureau to spy on the email and telephone calls of specific individuals. Testifying ...
Both bills are attempts to reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, a powerful surveillance authority that allows the NSA to target and collect ... From the bill: “the Federal Bureau of Investigation may apply for an order of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court]” to approve access to such ...
The program is also subject to oversight by inspectors general from multiple agencies, the congressional intelligence committees, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This oversight is designed to help ensure that the collection authorized by ...
To reduce the possibility that this incidentally collected information could be misused, the FISA Amendments Act requires the government to use Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court-approved minimization procedures to determine whether and how incidentally collected information may be used.
While traditional FISA authority permits spying on a particular person or group through warrants issued by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, under the new powers, codified in FISA Section 702, monitoring is approved in bulk by the court through what is essentially a recipe for mass ...
Lawmakers are expected to renew FISA, but may put another expiration deadline on the bill, and also may add limitations on how the government is .... agencies that store unprocessed FISA 702 data obtain third-party approval, such as from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before searching that ...
Additionally, the program has been subject to careful oversight by Congress, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, inspectors general of agencies that conduct Section 702 acquisition, and the Privacy and Civil Liberties ...
Both the House-side and Senate-side USA Liberty Act seek to reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, an NSA surveillance tool ... persons, they first need to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which provides judicial oversight on Section 702 surveillance.
Titled “Yup: The Government Is Secretly Hiding Its Crypto Battles In The Secret FISA Court,” the story appeared on the well-regarded security ...
The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017—legislation meant ... even include the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)—the ...
FISA Section 702 authorizes government collection of digital ... FBI to submit a request to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) if a ...
FISA allows U.S. government agencies to conduct surveillance on the ... the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to view and disseminate ...
A separate provision in the bill also would require that the FBI now report to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) all queries of ...


 

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