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In the midst of Congress looking into the U.S. Government surveillance programs, the intelligence agencies ironically declassified multiple documents to offer insight into exactly what they were doing.

Based on the fact that leaker Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the information, they felt to be more transparent with the public, they would release the following information.

U.S. Court Rulings

 Federal Judge Ruling, 12/13/2013, that the NSA spying on domestic phone records is "unconstitutional" [68 Pages, 2.94MB]  (News article: Judge: NSA Program Is Likely Unconstitutional)

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Surveillance Warrants submited to FISA by the FBI in 2001 [5 Pages, 1.63MB] - FBI will not accept these requests due to the fact that each warrant is in an individual file, and requires consent under the Privacy Acts.  They are not centralized file in one location, or available as requested.

Electronic Surveillance at the Department of Justice, 1966-1967 File 62-HQ-318 [735 Pages, 33.7 MB](Source: GovernmentAttic.org)

Ultrasonic Listening Devices / Wiretapping, 1945 - 1989 File 80-HQ-760 [1,076 Pages, 61.87 MB] (Source: GovernmentAttic.org)

 

National Security Agency (NSA)

Order for Business Records Collection Under the USA PATRIOT Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [17 Pages, 5.64 MB]

Declassified FISA court documents on intelligence collection, 2008-2009 [379 Pages, 25.28MB] - Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declassified documents about intelligence collection under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Sept. 10, 2013.

2009 Report on the NSA Bulk Collection Program for USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization [7 Pages, 3.78 MB]

2011 Report on the NSA Bulk Collection Program for USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorizations Report Collection [9 Pages, 4.33 MB]

 FTC Complaints Regarding NSA and Telecom Cooperation for Surveillance, 2013 [30 Pages, 5.21 MB]

 Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments, April 1, 2014 [20 Pages, 0.4MB] - Beginning in the summer of 2013, media reports of foreign intelligence activities conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) have been widely published. The reports have focused on two main NSA collection activities approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978. The first is the bulk collection of telephony metadata for domestic and international telephone calls. The second involves the interception of Internet-based communications and is targeted at foreigners who are not within the United States, but may also inadvertently acquire the communications of U.S. persons. As public awareness of these programs grew, questions about the constitutionality of these programs were increasingly raised by Members of Congress and others. This report provides a brief overview of these two programs and the various constitutional challenges that have arisen in judicial forums with respect to each.

 

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

Remarks as delivered by James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence at an Open Hearing on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Authorities, 9/26/13 [4 Pages, 0.2 MB]

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  •  Gina: 
     
    Dont you just love how they find loop holes and minipulate the system's laws? Why do we even have law if it's like that
     
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  •  SWarrior: 
     
    Here is some food for thought. Any and ALL communications have been collected for MANY years now without our knowledge or approval.
    If anyone remembers the OJ Simpson trial of 1994. When the prosecution provided evidence of his phone calls, ask yourself this. WHY were his phone calls being recorded? He wasn't under investigation at the time, so who authorized his communications to be recorded?
    ALL communications of all kinds are being recorded. Phone calls, emails, text messages, they're all being gathered "In the event of...." at Government Data centers. The newest one being a massive data center in Utah.
     
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  •  Heftomatic: 
     
    Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -Ben Franklin-
    It's basically them saying, we will scare the public with the threat of terror that they will beg us to pry in to their phone records. This police state is becoming more and more real.
     
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