The secret FISA court that rules on intelligence-related federal wiretaps released publicly yesterday a decision they made in May that denied the feds the right to share information with law enforcement. They denied the request because of the problems they’ve had in the past with dishonesty on the part of the Justice Department, both in the way applications for wiretaps were filed and in what was done with the information gathered through the wiretaps. The barrier for obtaining permission to get a wiretap through FISA is low, so it’s critically important that the court not be used to make an end run around due process in regular criminal cases. I’m glad to see that the FISA court takes its role seriously in that regard.