Wednesday, July 31, 2013

U.S. Declassifies Some Documents On The NSA's Phone Surveillance Programs

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files

U.S. Outlines N.S.A.’s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States, as top officials testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As the hearing began, The Guardian newspaper published another document from the archives of Top Secret surveillance matters leaked to it by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden. It was a 32-page presentation describing the N.S.A.'s XKeyscore program, by which N.S.A. analysts can mine vast databases of phone and Internet information the agency has vacuumed up.

The documents released by the government, meanwhile, include an April ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that supported a secondary order — also leaked by Mr. Snowden — requiring a Verizon subsidiary to turn over all of its customers’ phone logs for a three-month period.

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More News On The U.S. Declassifying Some Documents On The NSA's Phone Surveillance Programs

US senators press officials on NSA surveillance programs – live -- The Guardian
U.S. releases documents on phone surveillance programs -- Reuters
Government unveils secret order to Verizon -- Washington Post
Phone Data Collection Court Order Released by Spy Agency -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Declassified documents show NSA snooping had ‘compliance’ problems -- Washington Times

WNU Editor: The Declassified government documents related to NSA collection of telephone metadata records can be read here.

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