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"Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad"
James Madison, May 13, 1798
House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on NSA Surveillance
Kate Martin testified on the second panel of the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Oversight of the Administration's use of FISA Authorities.” Read her written statement here.
Published on 19 Jul 2013
"U.S. Is Secretly Collecting Records of Verizon Calls"
The New York Times coverage of the Verizon FISA court order features analysis from Kate Martin: “absent some explanation I haven’t thought of, this looks like the largest assault on privacy since the N.S.A. wiretapped Americans in clear violation of the law...On what possible basis has the government refused to tell us that it believes that the law authorizes this kind of request?”
Published on 05 Jun 2013
CNSS' Statement on the President's Counterterrorism Speech
From Kate Martin: "We welcome the President’s historic commitment to ending the war against al Qaeda: his commitment that military force must be the last resort in preventing terrorist attacks; and his recognition that respect for civil liberties and commitment to constitutional governance makes the country stronger."
Published on 23 May 2013
CNSS filed a motion with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requesting public briefing on the NSA’s bulk telephony metadata program, and for en banc consideration by the Court.
For the last seven years, the FISA Court has compelled production to the National Security Agency of “all” call detail records not only for calls between the United States and abroad but for those “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.” That collection is without precedent in American history. Yet in these seven years the FISA Court has heard only from the Government, in secret, on the crucial question whether Congress has authorized the Executive Branch to engage in massive collection of personal data that seemingly has no end point. CNSS has asked the Court to hear now from both sides.
Read the rest of the court filings here.
Published on 17 Oct 2013
Kate Martin is a guest on PBS Newshour to discuss transparency and government secrecy amid new disclosures by Edward Snowden and The Washington Post about the intelligence community’s budget.
Published on 04 Sep 2013
In this teleconference organized by the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, International Human Rights Committee, Kate Martin discusses the legality of targeted killings under U.S. domestic law.
Published on 25 Jul 2013
An amendment offered by Representatives Justin Amash and John Conyers to the 2014 Defense Appropriations bill that would stop NSA bulk collection of Americans' telephone metadata under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Published on 23 Jul 2013