The proceedings before the FISA Court are ex parte, and secret, prompting critics to argue that the court has become a rubber stamp, authorizing governmental activity without democratic accountability. Are activities conducted pursuant to FISA too secret? Does FISA require more oversight or accountability? Are there any feasible reforms that can effectively balance the need for foreign intelligence gathering against the rights of individuals who are surveilled? This debate will address these important questions.
The University of Florida Student Chapter hosted this debate during the 2014 Annual Student Symposium on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Debate 2: “IS THE FISA COURT TOO SECRET?”
11:00 – 12:15 p.m.
J. Wayne Reitz Union
- Mr. Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project
- Prof. Gregory McNeal, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
- Moderator: Justice Charles T. Canady, Florida Supreme Court
University of Florida Levin College of Law