While you were eating lunch at your desk on Wednesday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) scored a serious victory in its decades-long battle for government transparency. Perhaps as a result of the recent revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) spying on you, a federal judge decided that at least some of the decisions from FISA court should be made public. FISA, of course, is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the 30-year-old law that enables the government to spy on American citizens, among other things. Just over six months ago, Obama renewed the FISA Amendments Act, a post-9/11 era update to the original law that makes that sort of domestic snooping even easier for the Feds, but now it looks like the judicial system will be putting the smack down on the government’s limitless access to your deepest darkest secrets.
Monday, June 17, 2013