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Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy
The structure of the United States federal court system can be considered common knowledge: the Supreme Court sits atop a pyramid of lower circuit courts and trial courts, all of which are, for the most part, open to the public. Until 2002, most Americans were unaware of the existence of a "secret" court whose sole duty is to review and approve applications authorizing foreign intelligence surveillance conducted by the Executive Branch. The year 2002 was an unprecedented year for the Foreigndoi:10.5195/tlp.2004.9 fatcat:2qmum3c7qbfuzamvv4diyzezme