Case: [Redacted Caption] Gov't Application for an Order for Electronic Surveillance

[Redacted] | Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

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Case Summary

In this case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) authorized the U.S. government to conduct electronic surveillance on a foreign power pursuant to Title I of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The federal government asked the court to approve a new technique used by the National Security Agency to target a foreign power and gain foreign intelligence information. The details of the new technique, and the target of the surveillance, were redacted. Judge Roger Vinson was assigned to the case.

The court approved the surveillance technique, subject to specific minimization procedures. The court ordered that the government submit a report about what information it had collected within fifteen days after each month in which the surveillance technique was used. The FISC authorized public release of this order on August 12, 2022, though the date of the order itself is redacted. This case is presumed closed.

Summary Authors

Venesa Haska (2/3/2024)

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Primary Order

Aug. 12, 2022

Aug. 12, 2022



Last updated Dec. 4, 2023, 3 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

National Security

Special Collection(s):

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- All Matters

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Key Dates

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so


Plaintiff Description:

The United States Attorney General, on behalf of the National Security Agency

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Case Details

Causes of Action:

FISA Title I Warrant (Electronic Surveillance), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1812

Constitutional Clause(s):

Unreasonable search and seizure

Freedom of speech/association

Special Case Type(s):

Warrant or subpoena application

Available Documents:

Non-settlement Outcome


Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Warrant/Order allowing surveillance

Source of Relief:


Content of Injunction:




Warrant/order for search or seizure





Records Disclosure

Search policies

Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues