Huffington Post: Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden, Tom Udall Unveil Bill To Reform FISA Court

“The adversarial process is a hallmark of American justice, but the FISA court only hears one side — the government’s side,” Udall said, while Blumenthal called the court “an anomaly in a democratic, transparent government.”

Under one piece of legislation, the FISA Court Reform Act of 2013, the presiding judge of the FISA Court of Review would choose a special advocate for a five-year term from candidates nominated by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. That special advocate would follow all court proceedings and be granted authority to appeal decisions that “involve a new or significant construction or interpretation of law.” The bill also would require the FISA Court of Review to evaluate all decisions appealed by the special advocate, and require the attorney general to declassify or summarize decisions involving broad or significant interpretation of law, while taking national security into consideration.

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