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

Schuchardt v. Obama

Schuchardt v. Obama, Civil Action No. 14-705, 2015 WL 5732117 (W.D.Pa. Sept. 30, 2015)

This Constitutional and statutory complaint against the NSA’s collection and storage of “massive quantities of email and other data created by United States citizens” was dismissed for lack of standing. Continue reading Schuchardt v. Obama

The Upstream and Prism programs

In addition to the telephony metadata program, the documents leaked by Snowden concerned the NSA’s collection of the contents of overseas telecommunications from within the United States, which the FISC has authorized since 2008 under the FAA, as incorporated in FISA Sec. 702, 50 U.S.C. Sec. 1881a, and previously authorized under the PAA between 2007-2008. Continue reading The Upstream and Prism programs

Defendant Khan’s challenge to warrantless surveillance

United States v. Reaz Qadir Khan, Case No. 3:12-CR-00659-MO (D.Or.)

While awaiting trial, defendant Khan received notice on April 3, 2014 of the government’s intent to use evidence obtained or derived from Sec. 702 surveillance against him. Continue reading Defendant Khan’s challenge to warrantless surveillance