Lawmaker Seeks Role For Independent Attys In FISC Cases

Law360, New York (September 20, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT) -- Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a high-ranking House Intelligence Committee member, floated new legislation Friday that would reform the secret government tribunal overseeing the government's foreign surveillance practices by allowing nongovernmental attorneys to participate in some court proceedings.

Schiff says the Ensuring Adversarial Process in the FISA Court Act would allow independent “public interest advocates” to speak for the privacy concerns of U.S. citizens in major cases and program reviews before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has been the subject of increased calls for transparency in...
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