Not Exactly "Dr. No"

Posted by Merrill Baumann

Last week the Department of Justice and Attorney General's office issued, in a brief letter, the "report" required under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act summarizing activities in 2005 at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the organization that issues warrants for surveillance requests. Of the 2,074 secret surveillance requests in 2005, two were withdrawn by the government before the FISC ruled on them. And of the remaining 2,072 requests for electronic surveillance and physical searches, the FISC approved, well, 2,072 of them. That has a lot of people worrying over exactly how critical the FISC is. The American Bar Association, for example, is calling on Congress for increased oversight, and more stringent reporting requirements. The Electronic Privacy Information Center provides a good update on FISC activities here.

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