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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 [Redacted] a U.S. Person
PR/TT 2016 (FISC)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2016
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0104
Coding Complete
2 In re Opinions and Orders of this Court Containing Novel or Significant Interpretations of Law
Misc. 16-01 (FISC)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0117
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
3 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
4 In re Motion in Opposition to Government's Imminent or Recently-Made Request to Resume Bulk Data Collection Under PATRIOT Act ยง 215 [Misc. 15-01]
Misc. 15-01 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed
United States of America
National Security
NS-DC-0085
Coding Complete
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0071
Coding Complete
12 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], FISA Docket BR 13-109
BR 13-109 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2013
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0017
Coding Complete
13 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], FISA Docket BR 13-158
BR 13-158 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0018
Coding Complete
14 In re Motion for Consent to Disclosure of Court Records or, in the Alternative, a Determination of the Effect of the Court's Rules on Statutory Access Rights [FISA Docket Misc. 13-01]
Misc. 13-01 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2013
United States Department of Justice
National Security Division
National Security
NS-DC-0019
Coding Complete
15 In re Orders Issued by This Court Interpreting Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act [FISA Docket Misc. 13-02]
Misc. 13-02 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0020
Coding Complete
16 In re Motion for Declaratory Judgment of a First Amendment Right to Publish Aggregate Information about FISA Orders [FISA Docket Misc. 13-03 (Google)]
Misc. 13-03 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2014
United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-DC-0021
Coding Complete
17 In re Opinions and Orders of this Court Addressing Bulk Collection of Data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA Docket Misc. 13-08]
Misc. 13-08 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0026
Coding Complete
18 In re Motion of ProPublica, Inc. for the Release of Court Records [FISC Docket Misc. 13-09]
Misc. 13-09 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0027
Coding Complete
19 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], FISA Docket BR 13-80
BR 13-80 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2013
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0056
Coding Complete
20 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted], FISC BR 13-25
BR 13-25 (FISC)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2013
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0060
Coding Complete
21 Electronic Frontier Foundation v. Department of Justice
1:12-cv-01441-ABJ (D.D.C.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2015
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-DC-0080
Coding Complete
22 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], BR 11-07
BR 11-07 (FISC)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2011
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0045
Coding Complete
23 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], BR 11-57
BR 11-57 (FISC)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2011
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0046
Coding Complete
24 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], BR 11-107
BR 11-107 (FISC)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2011
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0047
Coding Complete
25 [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 (April 2011) (702, Bates, J.)
[Redacted] (FISC)
Filed 2011 - Closed
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0057
Coding Complete
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