Clapper: NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails

NSA used ‘back door’ to search Americans’ communications Director of national intelligence confirms use of new legal rule Data collected under ‘Prism’ and ‘Upstream’ programs


Spencer Ackerman The Guardian [UK] 1 April 2014

US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a “back door” in surveillance law to perform […]

NSA phone surveillance program likely unconstitutional, federal judge rules

“While Congress has great latitude to create statutory schemes like Fisa, it may not hang a cloak of secrecy over the constitution.”

~Judge Richard Leon


• Dragnet ‘likely’ in breach of fourth amendment • Judge describes scope of program as ‘Orwellian’ • Ruling relates to collection of Americans’ metadata • […]

US must fix secret FISA courts, says top judge who granted surveillance orders

James Robertson breaks ranks and says he was shocked to hear of changes to allow broader authorisation of NSA programs

Dan Roberts The Guardian [UK] 9 July 2013

A former federal judge who granted government surveillance requests has broken ranks to criticise the system of secret courts as unfit for purpose in the wake of […]