The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established by Congress in 1978 under FISA to review applications for warrants related to national security investigations and surveillance [JURIST news archive]. The court rarely publishes opinions, and due to the sensitive nature of the matters it hears, members are not permitted to discuss the business of the court. Wednesday's disclosure from the DOJ is part of the department's annual reporting requirement under FISA and the USA Patriot Act. AP has more.
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