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FISC Adversary Bill Introduced, Would Draw from Privacy Attorneys

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

September 23, 2013

Reuters reports on a new bill introduced by House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D- CA) proposing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) implement a public advocate to serve as a check on court decisions. The bill would create a pool of independent attorneys from which the FISC would draw. “Even though the FISC’s deliberations are necessarily secret in nature, it’s vital that the American people have confidence that there are voices within the process arguing forcefully and effectively on behalf of the Fourth Amendment and privacy concerns of ordinary Americans.”
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