Targeting Journalists Under FISA: New Documents Reveal DOJ’s Secret Rules
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Records suggest U.S. government is using FISA court orders to monitor journalists
Targeting Journalists Under FISA: New Documents Reveal DOJ’s Secret Rules | Knight First Amendment Institute
Cora Currier reports for The Intercept, documents obtained by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Freedom of the Press Foundation appear to confirm that suspicion.
For years, press advocates suspected that the government was relying on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of journalists and news organizations. New documents appear to confirm that suspicion.
The extent to which the government uses—and has used—NSLs and FISA court orders against journalists is unclear. We know, however, that the FBI has secret rules for obtaining journalists’ information using NSLs. At least one journalist, three-time Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Barton Gellman, has been told that his phone records were obtained using an NSL. And the government itself, in a series of heavily redacted Inspector General reports, has admitted to using exigent letters (sometimes referred to as “informal NSLs”) against unnamed New York Times and Washington Post reporters during the George W. Bush administration.
New documents obtained in Freedom of Information Act litigation brought by the Knight Institute and the Freedom of the Press Foundation suggest that the government also uses FISA court orders to monitor journalists.