Supreme Court Sides With F.B.I. in Case on Spying on Muslims

In a narrow and unanimous decision, the justices ruled that a 1978 law governing national security surveillance did not displace the state secrets doctrine.

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Supreme Court Weighs Case Against F.B.I. for Spying on Muslims

The justices considered whether the state secrets doctrine required dismissal on national security grounds of a case claiming religious discrimination.

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At the Supreme Court, a Plea to Reveal Secret Surveillance Rulings

The justices will soon consider whether to hear a case arguing that the First Amendment requires disclosure of a secret court’s major rulings.

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F.B.I. Surveillance in Spying and Terrorism Cases Plummet

But the F.B.I. is still using residual authority to obtain business records under a partly expired Patriot Act provision, a new report showed.

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Court Chides F.B.I., but Re-Approves Warrantless Surveillance Program

Newly disclosed episodes in which analysts improperly searched for data about Americans largely came before changes at the bureau.

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Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding F.B.I.

The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.

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F.B.I. Agent in Russia Inquiry Saw Basis in Early 2017 to Doubt Dossier

Newly declassified documents added more fodder for the continuing political fight over an aspect of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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House Pulls Surveillance Measure After Trump Tells Republicans to Vote No

A bipartisan compromise to reinstate expired F.B.I. powers to investigate terrorism and espionage collapsed amid bipartisan opposition.

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House to Vote on Limiting F.B.I. Power to Collect Americans’ Internet Data

Lawmakers compromised on an ambiguously worded amendment that narrows a failed but popular Senate proposal.

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Senate to Consider Trump’s Pick to Lead Intelligence Agencies

The hearing for John Ratcliffe will be the first to employ social-distancing rules for senators since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

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National Security Surveillance on U.S. Soil Fell Amid Scrutiny of Russia Inquiry

But overseas targets of the government’s warrantless surveillance program continued to soar in 2019, a new report disclosed.

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New Details Hint at Risk of Russian Misinformation in Dossier

Footnotes were declassified from a watchdog report that found that the F.B.I. had reason to open the Russia inquiry but made errors in seeking approval to wiretap a former Trump adviser.

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