Oversight

Secrecy System Shows Signs of Contraction

The creation of new national security secrets dropped sharply in 2012, recently released government data show.  While the proper boundaries of official secrecy remain a matter of intense dispute, the…

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A Candid Look at the Senate Intelligence Committee

Much of the continuing controversy over intelligence surveillance policy revolves around whether the sweeping collection of U.S. telephone data by intelligence agencies violates constitutional norms.  But it is also an…

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FISA Court Says It Cannot Easily Summarize Opinions

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) told the Senate Intelligence Committee last March that there are “serious obstacles” that would prevent it from preparing summaries of Court opinions for declassification…

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