Secret Court Ruled in 2011 That NSA Surveillance Is Unconstitutional
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been fighting the federal government in court to release to the public an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), issued in 2011. According to that opinion, the surveillance conducted by the National Security Administration is unconstitutional under the FISA Amendments Act.
On August 21, the government was ordered by the court to release the opinion, one year after the EFF announced that it would be filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department in pursuit of âany written opinions or orders from the FISC discussing illegal government surveillance, as well as any briefings to Congress about those violations.â
Responding to the court papers, the Department of Justice stated it would provide the EFF with a âredacted [partially blacked out] version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...