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Petition For Writ Of Mandamus On FISC

Petition For Writ Of Mandamus On FISC

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Petition For Writ Of Mandamus filed by Electronic Privacy Information Center to U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Petition For Writ Of Mandamus filed by Electronic Privacy Information Center to U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

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Published by: Doug Mataconis on Jul 08, 2013
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 Petitioner
On Petition for a Writ of Mandamus and Prohibition,or a Writ of Certiorari, to the Foreign IntelligenceSurveillance Court
PETITION FOR A WRIT OF MANDAMUS ANDPROHIBITION, OR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI
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Counsel of Record
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(EPIC)1718 Connecticut Ave. NWSuite 200Washington, DC 20009(202) 483-1140rotenberg@epic.orgJuly 8, 2013
 
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QUESTIONS PRESENTED
Congress enacted the Foreign IntelligenceSurveillance Act to authorize and regulate certaingovernmental electronic surveillance of communications for foreign intelligence purposes. Inthe Act, Congress authorized judges of the ForeignIntelligence Surveillance Court to approve electronicsurveillance for foreign intelligence purposes.In the Order below, the Foreign IntelligenceSurveillance Court compelled Verizon BusinessNetwork Services to produce to the National Security Agency, on an ongoing basis, all of the call detailrecords of Verizon customers. Petitioner, a non-profitorganization engaged in legal work and advocacy, is a Verizon customer.The questions presented are:1.
 
Whether the Foreign Intelligence SurveillanceCourt exceeded its narrow statutory authority toauthorize foreign intelligence surveillance, under50 U.S.C. § 1861, when it ordered Verizon todisclose records to the National Security Agencyfor all telephone communications
wholly withinthe United States, including local telephone calls.
 2.
 
Whether Petitioner is entitled to relief pursuant to28 U.S.C. § 1651(a) to vacate the order of theForeign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or otherrelief as this Court deems appropriate.
 
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PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDINGS
The following were parties to the proceedingsin the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court("FISC"):1.
 
Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") filed theapplication with the FISC for a production order.The following are parties to this proceeding inthe United States Supreme Court:1.
 
Electronic Privacy Information Center ("EPIC") isthe petitioner. EPIC was not a party to the FISCproceedings.2.
 
The Honorable Roger Vinson, FISC, is the judge towhom mandamus is sought.

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