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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

The opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court were until recently nearly all classified. Since the Edward Snowden disclosures, in 2013, a number of the court's opinions and the pleadings leading to them have been declassified. These are available in scattered locations--the court's website (http://www.fisc.uscourts.gov), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassification tumblr (http://icontherecord.tumblr.com/), the websites of organizations whose FOIA requests led to declassification, etc. This Clearinghouse special collection brings these documents together in one place. Also included are the couple of items declassified in prior years.

The FISA Court was established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to oversee government requests for foreign intelligence surveillance warrants by federal law enforcement agencies. Such requests are made most often by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Usually called the FISC or FISA Court, the court has 11 judges who hear matters in rotation. They are district judges appointed by the Chief Justice. Appeals from the FISA Court (which are extremely rare) go to the specially constituted FISA Court of Review, which has three circuit court judges appointed by the Chief Justice.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 In re Accuracy Concerns Regarding FBI Matters Submitted to the FISC; In re Carter W. Page, a U.S. Person [FISA Dockets Misc. 19-02, 16-1182]
Misc. 19-02 (FISC)
Filed 12/17/2019 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0138
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 FISA Court Matters relating to disclosure of Carter Page surveillance records: Four FISC cases [FISC Misc. 18-01, Misc. 18-02, Misc. 18-03, and Misc. 19-01]
Misc. 18-01 (FISC)
Filed 02/06/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-DC-0126
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 [Caption Redacted] DNI/AG 702(h) Cerifications 2018 (July 2019) (702, Cabranes, J.; Tallman, J.; Sentelle, J.)
[redacted] (FISC)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-DC-0133
Coding Complete
Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, 50 U.S.C. § 1881a, permits the Attorney General (AG) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance targeting the communications of non-U.S. persons located abroad. The government need not establish probable cause that the target of electronic ... [view]
4 N.Y. Times Co. v. United States DOJ
1:18-cv-02054-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-NY-0024
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
5 Motion of Thomas C. Goldstein For Appointment As Amicus Curiae and For Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief [FISA Docket Misc. 18-04]
Misc. 18-04 (FISC)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0130
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
6 Judicial Watch, Inc. v. United States DOJ
1:18-cv-01050 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-DC-0131
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
7 Order Amending the Rules of Procedure for the Court [FISCR Docket 18-02]
FISCR Docket 18-02 (FISC)
Filed 2018 - Closed
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0132
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
8 In re Opinions and Orders of this Court Containing Novel or Significant Interpretations of Law
Misc. 16-01 (FISC)
Filed 10/19/2016 - Case Ongoing
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0117
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
9 In re Carter W. Page: A U.S. Person [FISA dockets 16-1182, 17-52, 17-375, 17-679]
16-1182 (FISC)
Filed 10/01/2016 - Closed 2017
Carter W. Page
National Security
NS-DC-0127
Coding Complete
In 2016, the FBI sought and obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Trump 2016 campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page. The warrant applications against Page alleged that he had contact with Russian officials to collect compromising information on Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. After substantial ... [view]
10 Electronic Frontier Foundation v. U.S. Department of Justice
4:16-cv-02041 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/19/2016 - Closed 2019
United States Department of Justice
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-CA-0027
Coding Complete
On April 19, 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization concerned with technology-related civil liberty issues, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the United States Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. §552. The case was assigned ... [view]
11 In re [Redacted] a U.S. Person
PR/TT 2016 (FISC)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2016
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0104
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, see our special collection. On January 21, 2016, the government submitted an application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to ... [view]
12 [Caption Redacted] Government’s Ex Parte Submission of Reauthorization Certifications and Related Procedures, Amended Certifications, and Request for an Order Approving Such Certifications (September 2016) (702, Collyer, J.)
[Redacted] (FISC)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2017
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0113
Washington
Coding Complete
Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, 50 U.S.C. § 1881a et seq., permits the Attorney General (AG) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance targeting the communications of non-U.S. persons located abroad. The government need not establish probable cause that the target of electronic ... [view]
13 In re Motion in Opposition to Government's Imminent or Recently-Made Request to Resume Bulk Data Collection Under PATRIOT Act § 215 [Misc. 15-01]
Misc. 15-01 (FISC)
Filed 06/05/2015 - Closed
United States of America
National Security
NS-DC-0085
Coding Complete
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 ... [view]
14 In re Applications of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Orders Requiring the Production of Tangible Things [BR 15-77 & 15-78]
BR 15-77 & 15-78 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0087
Coding Complete
In 2015, the U.S. government submitted these two applications to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (as amended by Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act of 2001) for "business records" orders. This case does not appear to involve the bulk production of telephone ... [view]
15 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
BR 15-24 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2015
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0070
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
16 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted] [BR 15-75]
BR 15-75 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed
United States
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0086
Coding Complete
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Security Agency (NSA) began the bulk collection of "telephony metadata" from all available domestic phone calls. This metadata did not include the call's content or party names, but did include phone numbers placed and received; the date, time and duration of calls; some location ... [view]
17 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted]
BR 15-99 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0101
Coding Complete
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Security Agency (NSA) began the bulk collection of "telephony metadata" from all available domestic phone calls. This metadata did not include the call's content or party names, but did include phone numbers placed and received; the date, time and duration of calls; some location ... [view]
18 [Redacted Caption] Gov't Ex Parte Submissions of Reauthorization Certification and Related Procedures, Amended Certifications, and Request for an Order Approving Such Certification and Amended Certifications (November 2015) (702, Hogan, J.)
[Redacted] (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2015
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0103
Coding Complete
Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, 50 U.S.C. §§ 1881a et seq., permits the Attorney General (AG) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance targeting the communications of non-U.S. persons located abroad. The government need not establish probable cause that the target of electronic ... [view]
19 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], BR 14-01
BR 14-01 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0051
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 3, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence announced that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ("FISC") had again approved the National ... [view]
20 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [Redacted]. FISA Docket BR 14-125
BR 14-125 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0067
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
21 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted], FISA Docket BR 14-166
BR 14-166 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2015
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0069
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
22 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things [FISA Docket Misc. 14-01]
Misc. 14-01 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0071
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
23 [Redacted Caption] Gov't Ex Parte Submissions of Reauthorization Certification and Related Procedures, Amended Certifications, and Request for an Order Approving Such Certification and Amended Certifications (August 2014) (702, Hogan, J.)
[Redacted] (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0102
Coding Complete
Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, 50 U.S.C. §§ 1881a et seq., permits the Attorney General (AG) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance targeting the communications of non-U.S. persons located abroad. The government need not establish probable cause that the target of electronic ... [view]
24 In re Motion of ProPublica, Inc. for the Release of Court Records [FISC Docket Misc. 13-09]
Misc. 13-09 (FISC)
Filed 11/12/2013 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0027
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 In re Opinions & Orders of this Court Addressing Bulk Collection of Data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA Docket Misc. 13-08, FISCR docket 20-1]
Misc. 13-08 (FISC)
Filed 11/07/2013 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0026
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, following the disclosure of various dragnet National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs by Edward Snowden, the Director of National ... [view]
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