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This article was published on November 19, 2013


    US government releases first NSA court order and Attorney General’s annual reports to the public

    US government releases first NSA court order and Attorney General’s annual reports to the public
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    Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

    courtToday the US Office of National Intelligence (ODNI) declassified a range of heavily-redacted reports and information around the NSA data collection processes.

    Nearly 20,000 pages of documents have been declassified to date, but this batch is particularly revealing. It includes the initial court order that allowed NSA surveillance, training documents, FISC submissions and orders, information about metadata processes, and the Attorney General’s annual reports from 2006-2012.

    That’s a mountain of documentation to peruse, but — for starters — it shows that the FISA has approved every single one of the hundreds of data requests made by the government over the past seven years, as former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys notes — visit the links below for more.

    ➤ DNI Clapper Declassifies Additional Intelligence Community Documents Regarding Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [Office of the Direct of National Intelligence]

    Further reading: Court order that allowed NSA surveillance is revealed for first time [The Guardian]

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