Mark Rumold, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called the pushback in those 80 cases "a large and promising increase."


For Rumold, the court's approval rate for targeted wiretaps isn't as troubling as the combination of its secrecy and its judges' legal reasoning.

"What does worry me—and what Americans and foreigners alike should be worried about—is when the FISC approves of surveillance programs that authorize new or particularly intrusive or broad techniques in secret, and by only hearing from one side—the government," he said.

Noting that Congress had introduced some FISC reforms in the 2015 law, he added, "I think the jury's still out on whether those provisions will work effectively, but in principle, they should address some of the biggest concerns I've had with the FISC over the years."

Monday, May 2, 2016
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