Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wants additional briefing on ACLU’s motion to release records

In this entry SCD reported that the ACLU filed a motion with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requesting release of the mysterious court opinions that formed a large part of the Bush Administration’s argument for the Protect America Act of 2007, which Congress cravenly rubber stamped earlier this month. FISC’s relevancy, if not its very existence, is threatened by the administration’s obvious desire for total authority to conduct covert surveillance.

Calling the ACLU’s request “unprecedented,” the court issued an order on Thursday demanding that the U.S. file a response by the end of the month. The ACLU will have until September 14 to file a reply brief. The court’s order, which the ACLU made public yesterday, is available here (PDF, 2 pages).

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