US Surveillance Court Issues New Rules of Procedure

Secrecy News reports that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government applications for domestic intelligence surveillance, issued new rules to govern its proceedings. In general, the rules update past Court procedures to reflect passage of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which expanded government surveillance authority. ACLU comments here.

Diaries of Russian official show abuses in Chechen wars

The Sunday Times article, “The War in Chechnya: Diary of a Killer,” offers a front-line account of characteristic forms of Russian-Chechen
campaigns — roundups, torture, extrajudicial executions of detained
rebels and the almost casual killing of civilians who happen to be in
the way.

Wife of convicted terrorist on trial in Germany

The wife of a German convert to Islam who was convicted of plotting a thwarted attack on U.S. targets in Germany went on trial herself Friday on charges of supporting terrorist organizations. Filiz Gelowicz, 28, is accused of supporting the Islamic Jihad Union and the German Taliban Mujahideen by helping provide 3,000 euro ($4,225) to fund terrorist training camps in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region between 2009 and 2010. She faces up to five years in prison.