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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 ...


 

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