Administration Argues NSA Domestic Surveillance is Lawful; President Supports FISA Court Adversary

The administration released a white paper outlining its legal argument for why the Patriot Act Section 215 authorizes the NSA to collect all Americans' telephone records. The government also released a NSA memo discussing the agency's program. At a press conference on Friday, President Obama outlined proposals that would address some, but not all, problems with the domestic surveillance programs, such as appointing a special advocate to argue in favor of civil liberties before the FISA Court. EPIC has brought a lawsuit in the Supreme Court challenging the legal authority for the NSA telephone surveillance program. For more information, see In re EPIC.

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