February 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the NSA, and the director of the FBI challenging the constitutionality of the NSA's surveillance program. The class action complaint seeks a declaration ...[read more]
October 24, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the FBI is not required to disclose documents regarding its use of ethnic and racial information. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the disclosure of those ...[read more]
September 17, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
FBI powers have expanded rapidly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which called on the Obama administration and Congress to rein in the agency. The report states that the FBI's excessive secrecy has limited ...[read more]
July 18, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against the National Security Agency (NSA). The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the NSA, Justice Department, FBI and directors of the agencies for allegedly ...[read more]
June 6, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting call data from Verizon customers under a top secret court order published by The Guardian Wednesday. The court order, granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to the FBI in April, requires Verizon to turn over information about ...[read more]
August 15, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI alleging that it illegally directed its agents to spy on Muslim communities. Judge Cormac Carney dismissed the case after concluding that allowing the lawsuit to move forward ...[read more]
August 3, 2011
by Zach Zagger
US Attorney General Eric Holder invoked the state secrets privilege Monday to block evidence in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over its investigation into Muslim mosques. The Department of Justice (DOJ) also filed a motion to dismiss claims and for summary judgment in ...[read more]
April 16, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Thursday ordered Imam Ahmad Afzali to leave the country within 90 days. Afzali pleaded guilty in March to lying to FBI agents in connection with the investigation of a plot to detonate explosives in the New York City subway ...[read more]
December 11, 2009
by Matt Glenn
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a lawsuit seeking to declare parts of the Patriot Act unconstitutional must be dismissed for lack of standing. Brandon Mayfield, an attorney arrested in 2004 based on FBI error in connection with the 2004 Madrid train bombings, had... ...[read more]
October 8, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 Thursday to approve legislation reauthorizing three provisions of the USA Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the year. The portions of the act to be renewed allow federal authorities to conduct roving wiretaps, compel the production of b... ...[read more]

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