Though we don’t have a great understanding of what happens at the FISC, we do know that when the federal government asks for a warrant to spy on someone, that it always gets its wish. According to the Department of Justice’s official numbers, of the thousands of applications made by the federal government to FISC, none have been denied. Rarely, the court has asked the government to modify its case. In 2013, the US made 1,588 applications; 34 were modified. In 2014, it made 1,379 applications; 19 were modified. In 2015, it made 1,457 applications; 80 were modified

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