White House Asks FISA Court To Ignore 2nd Circuit’s Decision On Bulk Surveillance

The Obama Administration has made a legal request to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court to ignore a ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals making bulk surveillance illegal. The request is to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.

The government says it’s doing so to create an “orderly transition” between now and the beginning of USA Freedom Act provisions in six months. Their legal argument is that the Circuit Court’s rulings are only binding for lower courts — the FISA court is secretive and separated from the normal legal process, so it doesn’t necessarily fit in the normal court hierarchy.

Details amy be found at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/09/obama-fisa-court-surveillance-phone-records.

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