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Download Actual FISA Order Here

Click here to download the actual order — released publicly today for the first time — from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to produce daily “all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by [redacted] for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls,” […]

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Call Database Legal Rationale to be Released Today: LA Times

The Los Angeles Times reports this morning, 7/31/13, that the Obama Administration has declassified the order of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court which authorized the collection of call data records or “metadata” on a large scale.  Time reporter Ken Dilanian writes: The now-declassified order is expected to be made public Wednesday when Deputy Atty. Gen. […]

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1st Instead of 4th Amendment Challenge to NSA Data Collection

An email from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) received yesterday, 7/16/13, supports my analysis of Constitutional challenges to the collection of metadata from companies such as Verizon. In an earlier post, I responded to a friend’s Facebook post which argued: “The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal […]

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Fusing Engineers and Lawyers

“So in order to understand the future of politics, business, diplomacy and other important sectors, one must understand how technology is driving major changes in those areas,” wrote Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen in their recent book The New Digital Age.  They are right about that, at least. Here is a two-minute video of Joel […]

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Fourth Amendment does not (yet) apply to NSA’s telephone call database (metadata)

We may wish to make surveilance like revealed by the Verizon court order (leaked by Mr. Snowden) for call meta data illegal. But, it is not now. It is specifically authorized by a statute and it was ordered by judges appointed pursuant to Article III of the Constitution. More over the Supreme Court has repeatedly […]

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Wrong, Mr. Snowden, Just Wrong.

I’ve tried to stay out of this, but now Snowden has blundered into areas of my expertise and about which he either knows nothing or chooses to lie.  This is not a matter of policy or morality or political persuasion.  This is just something he asserts as a fact that simply is not true. As […]

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a second year student at SU College of Law. Christopher is a non-traditional student, returning to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering and in addition to being a full-time student, Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a second year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic.Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

is a third year law student at Syracuse College of Law. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She currently serves as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a third year student at Syracuse College of Law. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was recently awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and as an extern in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Full biography

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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