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Case Disclosed is a blog written by students, supervising attorneys, directors, alumni, and friends of the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic.

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Case Disclosed

"Standing" Up for First Amendment Rights

March 23, 2018
By Paulina Perlin

On March 26, 2018, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR) issued an opinion holding that MFIA and the ACLU have standing to pursue their First Amendment right of access motion for judicial opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

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ACLU v. NSA: How Greater Transparency Can Reduce the Chilling Effects of Mass Surveillance

December 6, 2017
By Paulina Perlin

In 1981, President Reagan issued Executive Order (E.O.) 12,333, which has since come to serve as a general charter for mass intelligence surveillance.

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FBI’s Secret Gag Orders Challenged Before the Ninth Circuit

April 12, 2017
By Delbert Tran

Not only does the Government have the power to issue secret subpoenas demanding your personal information from private companies—it has the power to prohibit those companies from speaking about what has taken place.

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New Disclosures Reflect NSLs’ Substantive First Amendment Flaws

December 19, 2016
By Hannah Bloch-Wehba

This year has seen a remarkable string of disclosures about national security letters (NSLs), the secret demands the FBI sends to financial and communications service providers compelling the disclosure of customer information and transactional data.

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