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EFF Victory Results in Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional

For almost two years, EFF has been fighting the government in federal court to force the public release of an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Issued in October 2011, the secret court’s opinion found that surveillance conducted by the NSA under the FISA Amendments Act was unconstitutional and violated “the spirit of” federal law.

Today, EFF can declare victory: a federal court ordered the government to release records in our litigation, the government has indicated it intends to release the opinion today, and ODNI has called a 3:00 ET press conference to discuss "issues" with FISA Amendments Act surveillance, which we assume will include a discussion of the opinion.

It remains to be seen how much of the opinion the government will actually make available to the public. President Obama has repeatedly said he welcomes a debate on the NSA’s surveillance: disclosing this opinion—and releasing enough of it so that citizens and advocates can intelligently debate the constitutional violation that occurred—is a critical step in ensuring that an informed debate takes place.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/eff-victory-results-ex...

Link to released document: https://www.eff.org/document/october-3-2011-fisc-opinion-hol...

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Really interesting that this

Really interesting that this is announced the same day Bradley Manning was sentenced and announced he is a seeking presidential pardon.

Could these documents help vindicate him and other peoples concerns. I wonder if the coincidence of these announcements on the same day will mean anything.

Encouraging news

Secret courts otherwise are unconscionably disgusting, and let's hope these abominations are soon repealed