Rep. Wants Surveillance Court Nominees To Get Senate OK

Law360, Chicago (July 17, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT) -- House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday that he will introduce a bill that would require judges on the secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the FISC issues highly classified rulings on government requests for surveillance authority. Schiff said that requiring the court's 11 judges to get Senate confirmation would help make sure the court is "a truly independent check" on the executive branch, and that...
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