Soon, Congress will begin drafting legislation reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which serves as the legal framework for domestic espionage against external threats. And while FISA doesn't affect spy activities overseas, the attention it generates will refocus scrutiny on the National Security Agency and its growing and astonishing capabilities. After weathering criticism and high-profile legal challenges in 2005 for its warrantless wiretapping program, we have a decent idea of the sophisticated and controversial methods the NSA employs to penetrate global telecommunications.
House lawmakers debated Thursday the Obama administration's request that they reauthorize legislation granting the government broad, warrantless electronic surveillance powers. The members appeared likely that they eventually would ... Read Post
Does the Patriot Act really give the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court the authority to require telephone carriers supply a feed of all calling metadata? The court's legal rationale on that front is a closely gua... Read Post