Summary

6/11/2013--Introduced.Ending Secret Law Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that each decision, order, or opinion ("decision," for purposes of this Act) issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jun 11, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To require the Attorney General to disclose each decision, order, or opinion of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that includes significant legal interpretation of section 501 or 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 unless such disclosure is not in the national security interest of the United States and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Ending Secret Law Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) Secret law is inconsistent with democratic governance. In order for the rule of law to prevail, the requirements of the law must be publicly discoverable. (2) The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit stated in 1998 that the ``idea of secret laws is repugnant''. (3) The open publication of laws and directives is a defining characteristic of government of the United States. The first Congress of the United States mandated that every ``law, order, resolution, and vote [shall] be published in at least three of the public newspapers printed within the United States''. (4) The practice of withholding decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is at odds with the United States tradition of open publication of law. (5) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court acknowledges that such Court has issued legally significant interpretations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) that are not accessible...

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37 Supporting
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State: CA

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I support S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act because... Molon Labe

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MN
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sbl23
MN-3
1 year ago

I support S. 1130 ("A bill to require the Attorney General to disclose each decision, order, or opinion of") because it is outrageous that interpretations of our laws can be secret. A secret law is entirely immoral. I don't think this bill goes far enough - there should be no option to keep a legal interpretation secret. However, it is better than the state we have now.

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OR
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aogail
OR-1
2 years ago

I support S. 1130 ("A bill to require the Attorney General to disclose each decision, order, or opinion of") because... Congressional oversight of the intelligence community has failed miserably. In large part due to the outright lying to congress by a parade of high level Intel officials and White House staff. Congress and the People have a duty to prevent the overreaching and violations of constitutional freedoms that are demonstrated by the current scandals. This duty cannot be performed when the laws are being perverted and broken in the shadow of "national security." This bill must require communication of ALL FISC decisions and opinions to the Senate and House Intel committees and, at minimum, declassified summaries released to the public.

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NY
25
ericwolf
NY-25
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose S. 1130 ("A bill to require the Attorney General to disclose each decision, order, or opinion of") The AG needs to serve a 1000 year term @ ft leavenworth kansas Next question?

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CA
6
EXPOSE-CAFR
CA-6
2 years ago

Bill Summary

6/11/2013--Introduced.Ending Secret Law Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that each decision, order, or opinion ("decision," for purposes of this Act) issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review that includes significant construction or interpretation of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) provisions concerning access to business records and the targeting of persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States to acquire foreign intelligence information should be declassified in a manner consistent with the protection of national security, intelligence sources and methods, and other properly classified and sensitive information. Amends FISA provisions concerning access to business records and the targeting of persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States to require the Attorney General, with exceptions, to declassify and make publicly available decisions concerning certain surveillance orders required for inclusion in a semiannual report to Congress. Requires release to the public of unclassified summaries and reports if the Attorney General determines that a decision may not be declassified. Requires the Attorney General, in cases in which an unclassified summary may not be made available, to make publicly available an unclassified report on the status of the internal deliberations and process regarding the declassification by executive branch personnel of such decisions, including estimates of the number of decisions that will be declassified or remain classified.

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