Director of National Intelligence Declassifies Several Phone Metadata Collection Documents
Just ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today to discuss the FISA surveillance program with key officials from the NSA, FBI, DNI & DoJ, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declassified and released several telephone metadata collection documents.
The bulk telephone data collection process and transparency of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves the orders, became one of several topics of debate after information disclosed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. One of the classified documents released by the former NSA contractor included a secondary FISC order for the phone metadata records of a Verizon subsidiary. Today’s release apparently includes the full court order.
From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:
In the interest of increased transparency, the Director of National Intelligence has authorized the declassification and public release of the attached documents pertaining to the collection of telephone metadata pursuant to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. DNI Clapper has determined that the release of these documents is in the public interest.
Here are the documents (in PDF):
- Cover Letter and 2009 Report on the National Security Agency’s Bulk Collection Program for USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
- Cover Letters and 2011 Report on the National Security Agency’s Bulk Collection Program for USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
- Primary Order for Business Records Collection Under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act
The company name in the primary order has been redacted, but the Washington Post reports that it is in relation to the Verizon subsidiary.
Although no company names appear on the heavily redacted court order, senior U.S. officials said it was issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to a subsidiary of Verizon in April. Officials described it as the formal order underlying the directive that was disclosed in June by Snowden, who is accused of leaking classified information about surveillance programs.
The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity before the order was released because they were not authorized to speak publicly, expressed hope that the document would shed light on how the U.S. government obtains communications records under FISA and the restrictions placed on surveillance programs.
The NSA has earlier said it was reviewing whether or not to stop the telephone data collection and retention program and place the data retention responsibility with the private phone companies instead.
Primary Order for Business Records Collection Under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act
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Are we moving toward searchable online data bases of personal data? Will Google charge you to see where your spouse has surfed and where your children are calling you from? Will medical records be open?
Is Judge Judy the secret court? Enquiring minds want to know!
‘…one of the twenty specially-authorized Homeland Mission Coordinators in the Analysis and Production Directorate of the Signals Intelligence Directorate.’
I feel safer already.
Found the article on XKEYSCORE in the Guardian pretty enlightening …. err, frightening. Let me entertain some NSA boob for a minute:
WHITE HOUSE GPS COORDINATES
AL QAEDA HOMEGROWN TERRORIST CELL
NYC SUBWAY GAS BOMB
WASHINGTON DC SUBWAY EXPLOSION
RADIATION IN RESERVOIR
NYC SEWER BOMB
LOL! They’ll have to look up that last item to see what it means.
Love it! I’m sure the Professor does, as well. These will help generate some ‘buzz’:
TEA PARTY MEETING
NYC Sewer Bomb?
Oh, you mean Weiner Campaign official spokeswoman Barbara Morgan letting loose about Weiner Text-mate Sydney Leathers?
You know, I almost posted on that story (had a draft last night ready to go), but then I didn’t know how to do so without offending the sensibilities of those who read the blog from work. LOL
I tweeted a screen shot last night of the intern’s Twitter profile – she’d changed her bio to match the…uh…words…of Weiner’s comms director. It was like watching Jerry Springer live on Twitter.
I’ve never seen a TS/SI document marked like that in my life. Seriously, what the heck – top and bottom of the page?