On June 5, 2015, FreedomWorks Foundation, a non-profit political advocacy group, filed this motion in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to oppose the government's request for the continuation of authority for the bulk collection of telephony metadata under Section 215 of the Patriot ...
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On June 5, 2015, FreedomWorks Foundation, a non-profit political advocacy group, filed this motion in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to oppose the government's request for the continuation of authority for the bulk collection of telephony metadata under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. This bulk collection program was previously authorized, most recently by FISC Judge James E. Boasberg in In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted]
, FISA Docket BR 15-24 (NS-DC-0070
in this Clearinghouse).
The movants noted that Judge Boasberg's authorization expired on June 1, 2015, and the movants thus believed the government had or would be requesting continued authority. The movants opposed any continuance of metadata collection in light of Congress's amendment of Section 215 as part of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 and the Second Circuit's ruling holding metadata collection beyond the scope of Section 215 in ACLU v. Clapper
, 785 F.3d 787 (2d Cir. 2015) (NS-NY-0003
in this Clearinghouse). The USA FREEDOM Act prohibited the bulk production of tangible things under 50 U.S.C. § 1861, and instead established a new mechanism for targeted production of call detail records which "shall take effect . . . 180 days after the enactment" of the USA FREEDOM Act.
As the movants expected, on June 8, 2015, the government filed an application to obtain continued authorization for telephony metadata for this 180-day transition period between the expiration of authorization under FISA Docket BR 15-24 and the new procedures authorized by the USA FREEDOM Act. That application was listed under FISA Docket BR 15-75 (NS-DC-0086
in this Clearinghouse). Supplemental briefs were also filed by the government and the movants in this action (FISA Docket Misc. 15-01).
On June 29, 2015, FISC Judge Michael W. Mosman approved the government's application in FISA Docket BR 15-75 for continuation of authority to collect telephony metadata during the 180-day transition period. More information can be found under NS-DC-0086
in this Clearinghouse. Therefore the motion in this matter was denied, and the matter closed.John He - 03/14/2016