Maj. Nidal Hasan
- What is FISA?
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 is a law that allows the government to secretly gather foreign intelligence information. Targets can — and have — include United States citizens.
In order to gather intelligence, the government must obtain a FISA warrant from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. All hearings are secret, and usually only government lawyers are present. Eleven judges currently serve on FISCs in nine districts. The U.S. Supreme Court chief justice appoints FISC judges.
Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law
Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 4:30 am
Updated: 2:13 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.
Posted on Dec 1, 2012
A civilian attorney representing accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan filed an appeal Friday challenging the government’s intention to use evidence obtained through secret surveillance against Hasan.
The evidence is likely communications between Hasan and U.S.-born al-Qaida operative Anwar al-Awlaki obtained by government agents as they monitored al-Awlaki’s communications.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012 4:30 am.
Updated: 2:13 pm.