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DNI: FISC Reauthorizes Telephony Metadata Collection for 90 Days

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Monday, December 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Today, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper declassified the fact that the government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to extend the National Security Agency’s telephony metadata collection program by ninety days. The FISC signed off on the request. In March, President Obama had announced his intention to secure . . .
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Senators Express Concern on 702 Interpretation

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Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post reports that four U.S. Senators—Jon Tester, Jeff Merkley, Mark Begich, and John Walsh—wrote a July 24th letter to DNI Clapper expressing their concerns with NSA’s interpretation of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. They pull heavily from the PCLOB report released earlier this month, in which the Board observed that . . .
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More FISC Materials Released

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Friday brought us three newly declassified FISC rulings.  The release was prompted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s FOIA action against the NSA. Interestingly, one of the documents apparently is an “updated”—according to the DNI release—version of a previously released, March 2, 2009 FISC order, which had blasted NSA for non-compliance with certain minimization rules. At . . .
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Joint DNI/AG Statement on Bulk Telephone Records Collection, Pending Legislative Changes

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

The document was released late yesterday afternoon.  Here ’tis: Earlier this year in a speech at the Department of Justice, President Obama announced a transition that would end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it existed, and that the government would establish a mechanism that preserves the capabilities we need without the government . . .
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Official Announcement of Permissible Uses of Bulk Collection

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:36 AM

One of the policy questions kicked to the DNI in PDD-28 was defining the permissible uses of bulk collection. Thanks to Thomas Earnest over at Just Security, I just noticed that the DNI has now done so. The full text of the statement reads: Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-28 – Signals Intelligence Activities establishes a process for determining the . . .
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Skepticism about Supposed White House and Intelligence Committee Ignorance About NSA Collection Against Allied Leaders [UPDATED]

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Count me as very skeptical about the suggestions in recent days that neither the White House nor the congressional intelligence committees knew about NSA collections against leaders in allied countries. I have a hard time believing that the President in his many hundreds of intelligence briefings – scores of which surely involved intelligence about allied . . .
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The NSA, Oversight, the Law, and Why Compliance is the Ball Game

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Friday, September 27, 2013 at 9:22 AM

For the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday, I prepared a written statement for the record, and I had intended merely to summarize that statement in my oral presentation. Two things happened that caused me to tear up my remarks and speak more extemporaneously. One was that Chairman Feinstein’s opening statement, in which she gave an . . .
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Congress is Still Naked

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Our piece last night summarizing the just-released FISC opinion on Section 215 bulk metadata collection unleashed a storm of protest that caught us a little by surprise. In particular, Marcy Wheeler (aka emptywheel) went medieval on our repetition of FISC Judge Claire Eagan’s suggestion that a 2011 report the administration sent to Congress on bulk . . .
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Declassified Intelligence Community Documents

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is declassifying a large group of important documents pertaining to NSA surveillance programs under Section 702 of FISA. I will keep updating this list as more files become available. We will be reading and processing the documents over the course of the evening, and will have commentary . . .
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DNI Statement on “Facts on the Collection of Intelligence Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”

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Monday, June 10, 2013 at 6:18 AM

The following statement was issued by the DNI on Saturday: DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, DC 20511 June 8, 2013 Facts on the Collection of Intelligence Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act PRISM is not an undisclosed collection or data mining program. It is an internal government computer system used to facilitate the . . .
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DNI Statement on the Verizon Story

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Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

ODNI has released a statement commenting on the Verizon story.  It underscores my point just now about the importance of minimization procedures, but also reminds me that it is perhaps even more important what rules the FISC (in conjunction with DOJ) has determined should limit use of the information derived from this type of collection.  . . .
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Two Small Pieces of News from the Sunday Shows on Leaks

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Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair ABC, speaking about how leaks from the top of the Obama administration set the tone for leaks further down that are subject of DOJ investigations: Martha Raddatz: “You’ve heard the press’s side there.  Admiral Blair, you were in the White House. The leak investigations have been quite intense . . .
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New America Says Guantanamo Recidivism Rate Isn’t as High as Intelligence Community Claims

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Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:15 AM

The New America Foundation has released a fact sheet listing the identities of Guantanamo Bay detainees who are “confirmed to be or suspected of engaging in militant activities against either U.S. or non-U.S. targets” after their release or relocation from the prison. New America’s numbers suggest that the recidivism rate may actually be a fair bit lower than . . .
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Carrie Cordero on Questions to Ask After the Boston Attacks

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Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with this piece on the Boston attacks and possible improvements to our approach to counterterrorism: If the recent news reports are accurate (a leap of faith, but a necessary one for present purposes), then DNI Clapper’s recent statement that . . .
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March 2013 Guantanamo Recidivism Report from DNI

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The DNI has released the latest report, accurate as of January 2013, but only released this month, on the reengagement of former Guantanamo detainees. The DNI is required to release the report under the 2012 Intelligence Authorization Act. Here’s the critical table: Here’s the September 2012 report, and the March 2012 report.

Senate NDAA Amendments Update

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

As readers know, last Thursday the Senate approved Senator Feinstein’s amendment to the NDAA, regarding the domestic detention of citizens and lawful permanent residents. That wasn’t all.  Now, after further debating and voting, the Senate’s updated bill also conditions the availability of certain funds for the Executive Office of the President on prior congressional notification regarding . . .
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Update on the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:23 PM

The Supreme Court is not the only branch of government focused on FISA. As many Lawfare readers will recall, Congress is currently considering reauthorizing Title VII of FISA, which is scheduled to expire at the end of the year pursuant to a sunset provision in the 2008 amendments. This post summarizes the current status of . . .
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Carrie Cordero On the FAA Reauthorization

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Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following account of a recent Cato Institute event (which, ahem, would have been on the Lawfare calendar and the good folks at Cato notified us about it, by the way) on reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: . . .
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US-Mexican Intelligence Cooperation Against Cartels: An Interesting Section in the Draft Intel Authorization Act

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Friday, July 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Two short items involving drug cartel violence in Mexico and the related issue of US cooperation with Mexican authorities in counter-cartel efforts. First, as readers presumably know, Mexico has just elected a new president: PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto.  It will be very interesting to see how his policies differ from Calderon’s vis-a-vis the cartels.  Early . . .
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Andy Worthington on Guantanamo Recidivism

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Monday, March 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

British journalist Andy Worthington offers this critique of the recent DNI report on Guantanamo recidivism–and of the press coverage of the report. The DNI had reported that 16 percent (95 individual) of released detainees had reengaged with the enemy and an additional 12 percent (72 individuals) were suspected of reengaging. Worthington writes: there are still problems with . . .
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