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  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshal's office shows Adel Daoud, of Hillside, Ill. Prosecutors say a judge's decision granting lawyers in Daoud's terrorism case unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records could jeopardize national security. In an appeal filed Monday, March 31, 2014, with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors said another court "misjudged the damage to national security" by opening the documents. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's office, File)

    US appeals ruling to let lawyers see secret files

    A decision by a trial judge in Chicago to grant lawyers for a terrorism suspect unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records would be a "sea change" in how such sensitive documents are handled and could end up jeopardizing national security, U.S. government attorneys argue in a hard-hitting appeal filed on Monday.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2005 file photo, Judge Reggie Walton speaks in Laurel, Md. Walton on Friday, March 21, 2014, took the Justice Department to task for failing to inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that a federal court in California had issued orders to preserve phone data collected in a government surveillance program. Walton, the chief judge of the surveillance court, said the Justice Department should have made him aware of the preservation orders. Walton is demanding a written explanation from government lawyers.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Judge says Justice Dept failed to inform him

    A judge on Friday took the Justice Department to task for failing to inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that a federal court in California had issued orders to preserve phone data collected in a government surveillance program.

  • Surveillance court judge: Justice Dept. didn't inform me of data preservation orders

    A judge is taking the Justice Department to task for failing to inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that a federal court in California had issued preservation orders for phone data collected in a government surveillance program.

  • Judge orders preservation of phone data

    A federal judge has directed the government to preserve phone data gathered under a National Security Agency surveillance program beyond a five-year limit.

  • ** FILE ** This Thursday, June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction Monday, March 10, 2014, of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Judge's order preserves NSA surveillance records

    A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago.

  • **FILE** President Obama turns to leave the stage Jan. 17, 2014, at the Justice Department in Washington after he spoke about National Security Agency surveillance. (Associated Press)

    Obama allows Google, other firms to release NSA data requests

    Google will be free to tell the American public how often it has been solicited by the federal government to provide sensitive customer information in response to national security threats.

  • Conn.'s Blumenthal to seek robust privacy advocate

    Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he will continue to seek a robust and independent advocate to argue against the government in the secret federal surveillance court under plans to reform some U.S. surveillance practices ordered by President Barack Obama.

  • FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The president is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Lawmakers: Obama weighing changes in NSA policy

    President Barack Obama is still grappling with key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency's phone collection program and the makeup of the secret court that approved the surveillance, lawmakers said Thursday following a 90-minute meeting at the White House.

  • FILE - In this Oct. 29,2013 file photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, the first move in advance of what published reports described Friday as limited changes proposed by a task force that deliberated for months in secrecy.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

    Secret court approves three more months of NSA phone snooping

    The secret court that oversees the nation's intelligence activities renewed its approval of the National Security Agency's telephone-records program on Friday, granting the government a new three-month window to collect data on all Americans' phone calls.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The washington Times

    NAPOLITANO: A government of secrecy and fear

    Americans must muster the courage to confront Big Brother's spying

  • EDITORIAL: Reining in the snoops

    The Obama administration is doing all it can, short of dispatching a squad of park rangers to barricade the justices' parking spaces, to prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing the National Security Agency's domestic spying enterprise. The administration's lawyers insist that lower courts can deal with the spy program, since the issue is too new to bother the high court with it. This is an argument too clever by half, since the administration further argues that lower courts have no jurisdiction in the first place.

  • **FILE** Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Associated Press)

    Top senator calls for scrapping key snooping Patriot Act section

    The Senate's senior lawmaker said Tuesday that it is time to repeal provisions of the Patriot Act that the intelligence community has relied on to collect all Americans' phone records, saying they are not making the country safer.

  • ** FILE ** National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2013. Clapper is apologizing for telling Congress earlier this year that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    U.S. officials collected off-limits data, misrepresented their actions to secret court, docs show

    Government officials for nearly three years accessed data on thousands of domestic phone numbers they shouldn't have and then misrepresented their actions to a secret spy court to reauthorize the government's surveillance program, documents released Tuesday show.

  • FBI director nominee James B. Comey Jr. knocked down the notion that federal judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rubber stamp surveillance requests during testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
(Associated Press)

    FBI director nominee Comey defends FISA court, surveillance in Senate hearing

    James B. Comey Jr., a former George W. Bush administration official and now President Obama's nominee for FBI director, defended the approval by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of surveillance programs and dismissed arguments that the court was a "rubber stamp."

  • Illustration: Big Brother's Eye (Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

    STEPANOVICH: Can you hear me now?

    In 2012, Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said that Americans would be "stunned" by the government's interpretation of its surveillance authority.

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