According to today’s IC transparency report for calendar year 2016, only one FBI query in a non-national-security investigation returned 702-acquired data about a U.S. person in 2016.
As Bobby and others have already noted, the NSA announced Friday that it is ending “about” collection under Section 702’s upstream component. I want to inject into the discussion a few issues that I haven’t yet seen broached elsewhere.
Patterns of conduct permitted by the rules on unmasking might nonetheless raise legitimate concerns—particularly during the sensitive inter-party transition period.
Amidst the turbulent investigations into the Russia Connection, it is useful to review what made the bipartisan investigation conducted by the 9/11 Commission successful.
Today’s just-concluded HPSCI hearing provided an informative, remarkably varied tour d’horizon of issues related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Even if one agrees that FISA and the applicable minimization procedures were likely observed in the Flynn case, that should be the beginning, not the end, of the analysis.
Yesterday’s Executive Order on “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” triggered alarm among privacy advocates in the U.S.