Continuation of Twitter’s lawsuit for disclosure in the wake of the USA Freedom Act

Twitter, Inc. v. Lynch et al, No. 4:2014cv04480 (N.D. Cal. 2015)

On October 13, 2015, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed Twitter’s action seeking to disclose the exact numbers of National Security Letters (“NSL’s”) and FISA Orders, if any, that it had received about user accounts. Continue reading Continuation of Twitter’s lawsuit for disclosure in the wake of the USA Freedom Act

U.S. v. Hassanshahi: no suppression of evidence obtained through the DEA metadata database

United States v. Hassanshahi, Criminal Action No.:13-0274, 2015 WL 7303515 (D.D.C. Nov. 19, 2015) Continue reading U.S. v. Hassanshahi: no suppression of evidence obtained through the DEA metadata database

The Muhtorov decision upholding warrantless surveillance

United States v. Muhtorov, Case 1:12-cr-00033, slip opinion (D. Col. Nov. 19, 2015)

On November 19, 2015, Judge John L. Kane of the federal district court for Colorado issued the second judicial decision, after United States v. Mohamud, 2014 WL 2866749 (D.Or. 2014), upholding the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (“FAA”), 50 U.S.C. Sec. 1881a. Continue reading The Muhtorov decision upholding warrantless surveillance

Proceedings before the Ninth Circuit in Smith v. Obama

Smith v. Obama, No. 14-35555 (9th Cir.)

On June 3, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered supplemental briefs from the parties as to whether Congress’ enactment of the USA Freedom Act the previous day had mooted Ms. Smith’s requests for declaratory and injunctive relief Continue reading Proceedings before the Ninth Circuit in Smith v. Obama

The appointment of amicus curiae in regard to the retention of bulk metadata

Order Appointing an Amicus Curiae, BR 15-99 (FISC Sept. 17, 2015)

On September 17, FISC Judge Michael W. Mosman appointed Preston Burton as amicus curiae, pursuant to 50 U.S.C. Sec. 1803(i)(2)(B), to assist in deciding on the government’s request to retain bulk metadata for litigation purposes after November 28, 2015, Continue reading The appointment of amicus curiae in regard to the retention of bulk metadata