For the last seven years, the FISA Court has compelled production to the National Security Agency of “all” call detail records not only for calls between the United States and abroad but for those “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.” That collection is without precedent in American history. Yet in these seven years the FISA Court has heard only from the Government, in secret, on the crucial question whether Congress has authorized the Executive Branch to engage in massive collection of personal data that seemingly has no end point.
CNSS Motion before the FISC
In October of 2013, CNSS filed a motion with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requesting public briefing on the NSA’s bulk telephony metadata program, and for en banc consideration by the Court. The filings from that proceeding are below.
Additional court rulings on the call records program
- ACLU v. Clapper, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, May 7, 2015
- Klayman v. Obama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit, August 28, 2015