This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
The Obama administration is reportedly exploring ways to declassify some documents related to the controversial, secret FISA court.
That’s a welcome move, one that should cast light on the little-known work of the FISA judges charged with oversight responsibilities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
The best outcome of declassifying the documents would be to help demystify the court, which was created by Congress in 1978 as a reaction to unauthorized domestic spying by the government in the 1960s and ’70s. Under FISA, a judge must approve a warrant for the …