FISA Court Orders U.S Government To Review Secretive NSA Surveillance Rules

/ 5 years ago


According to an RT report the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has served an order on the current U.S government to move forward with the declassification of legal documents and court opinions relating to the bulk collection of domestic phone records. The FISC court made such a landmark decision based on the leaks attributed to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

“FISC Judge F. Dennis Saylor said in a ruling early Friday that the government must review the currently classified legal opinions that the US has used for years to justify its policy of compelling American telecommunication companies for the metadata of millions of Americans’ phone calls on a daily basis.” Reports RT.

The judge cited public interested generated by the NSA leaks as the main reason for declassification. The main concern is directed towards Section 215 of the Patriot Act which relates to “business records provision”. The U.S government has until October 4th to review opinions concerning section 215 of the Patriot Act and disclose its findings.

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