US can spy on journalists domestically using FISA warrants, declassified guidelines show

Newly declassified Department of Justice memos show guidelines for the US government spying on journalists and their sources using FISA warrants – the same method used to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Two documents reveal the rules the FBI would have to follow in obtaining warrants to spy on reporters under the Foreign […]

Top DOJ watchdog to investigate FBI over FISA abuses

The Department of Justice inspector general has announced it will investigate the FBI over the use of a FISA court order to spy on a Trump campaign adviser, after the House Republican memo claimed the process was abused. The review will determine whether the FBI followed proper procedure when it obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance […]

GOP  demand #ReleaseTheMemo on ‘shocking’ FISA abuses (after supporting surveillance law)  

Republican lawmakers demand the public release of a classified memo detailing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses under the Obama administration. The move comes as lawmakers reauthorized government surveillance powers. The House Intelligence Committee passed the motion introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-New York) Thursday. The measure was voted on along party lines, with all Democrats […]

FISA court finds NSA violated search restrictions, spied on Americans

Intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy rights, conducted illegal searches and gathered information on US citizens, according to a FISA court that called their conduct “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.” Earlier this month, the Director of National Intelligence released a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that found illegal […]

Microsoft says U.S. more than doubled its FISA requests

(Reuters) – Microsoft said on Thursday it had received at least a thousand surveillance requests from the U.S. government that sought user content for foreign intelligence purposes during the first half of 2016. The amount, shared in Microsoft’s biannual transparency report, was more than double what the company said it received under the Foreign Intelligence […]

The FBI reportedly obtained a FISA warrant to surveil a former Trump adviser

AP The FBI obtained a FISA warrant last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, who was an early foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The energy-consultant-turned-foreign-policy adviser was named in an unverified dossier about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia as a liaison between the Trump […]