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

Appellate Proceedings in United States v. Moalin

United States v. Moalin, et al., No. 13-50572 (9th Cir.)

In the wake of the D.C. Circuit’s stay of the injunction in Klayman v. Obama, this  criminal case is very arguably the only vehicle for challenging the NSA’s bulk telephony metadata program. Continue reading Appellate Proceedings in United States v. Moalin

Credit card information and telephony metadata orders

On January 17, 2014, the DNI released Supplemental FISC Order BR 11-57, dated April 13, 2011, where Judge Martin L.C. Feldman ordered that the government’s required reports to the FISC every 30 days “include a consideration of NSA’s consideration, and to the extent feasible, implementation of methods of purging the credit card information produced by [redacted] and described in the letters submitted by the government on March 1, 2011, and April 13, 2011, in Docket Nos. BR 10-49 and 10-70.” Continue reading Credit card information and telephony metadata orders

EPIC’s lawsuit for information about pen/trap applications to the FISC

After the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) failed to respond to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) made on October 3,2013 for records pertaining to the government’s pen register and/or trap and trace (“pen/trap”) applications to the FISC, Continue reading EPIC’s lawsuit for information about pen/trap applications to the FISC

NSA violations of FISC electronic communications metadata orders

On November 18, 2013, the DNI released a heavily redacted opinion by FISC Judge John D. Bates, even the date and docket number of which were expunged, that relates a history in which “[a]s … the government acknowledges[,] … NSA exceeded the scope of authorized acquisition continuously during the more than [redacted] years of acquisition under these orders [authorizing the collection of Internet metadata under the pen/trap provision of 50 U.S.C. Sec. 1842].” Continue reading NSA violations of FISC electronic communications metadata orders

The FISC’s initial authorization of the electronic communications metadata program

On November 18, 2013, the Director of National Intelligence (“DNI”) released a heavily redacted opinion and order in which Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly held that the electronic communications metadata program, which the NSA began in 2004 and allegedly discontinued in 2011, was authorized under FISA and comported with the First and Fourth Amendments.  Continue reading The FISC’s initial authorization of the electronic communications metadata program