Obama Administration Stonewalls Declassification of Secret Court RulingsSubmitted by Charleston Voice on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 15:23
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Obama Administration Stonewalls Declassification of Secret Court RulingsThe Obama administration was supposed to begin declassifying key rulings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) two years ago. But to date nothing has been made available.
The court is responsible for hearing requests by federal law enforcement officials to conduct surveillance of Americans or foreigners in the U.S. who are deemed a threat to national security. It is commonly known as the FISA court after the law that created it, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. During the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, their administration submitted 13, 087 applications for warrants and 13,085 were approved. All this harmony ended after George W. Bush became president. The court rejected six requests outright and modified 179 despite the fact that all eleven members of the Bush-era FISC were selected by conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.