Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Prosecutors say a judge’s decision granting lawyers in a Chicago terrorism case unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records could jeopardize national security.
A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American’s telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.
The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government’s authority to seize records under the Patriot Act.
The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.”