In October 2016, we filed a motion with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, asking it to unseal and release its opinions and orders containing “novel or significant interpretations of law” that were issued between September 11, 2001, and June 2, 2015, which was the effective date of the USA FREEDOM Act, which directed the court to release those of its opinions and orders meeting that description issued after that date. Our position on the matter is that the release of post-9/11 FISA decisions is crucial for a meaningful democratic debate.
In Re Opinions And Orders Of This Court Containing Novel Or Significant Interpretations Of Law - Challenging Secrecy in Legal Opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Pro Bono Law Firm(s)
Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic, Abrams Institute, Yale Law School
October 18, 2016