PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — A Southland lawmaker wants to improve oversight of a secretive court panel after revelations of extensive government monitoring of Americans’ phone calls and emails.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena) will introduce legislation this week which would require that the 11 judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
The bill would maintain the current seven-year term of service on the FISC.
The FISC, a special U.S. federal court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978, is tasked with reviewing and authorizing requests for surveillance authorities for national security purposes.
Schiff told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that because of the sensitive nature of these requests, the FISC is a “secret court” and FISC rulings, orders, and other deliberations are highly classified.