The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is in the news again. A recent government report says that in 2021, court-approved FISA surveillance inside the United States dropped for the third year in a row. But over the same period, the number of warrantless wiretaps of foreigners abroad went up. And for the first time, the FBI reported on how many times it had used Americans’ information to query data collected through FISA – though the data appear incomplete. What can we learn from the Transparency Report, and what do we still not know?
On Friday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes will hash it all out with Carrie Cordero, Senior Fellow and General Counsel at the Center for a New American Security, and Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs at the University of Texas Law School.