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DOJ AND ODNI Support Leahy NSA Reform Bill

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

It looks like it’s time for Lawfare to update an old post of ours, “Who is Saying What about the Leahy Surveillance Bill.” On September 2, Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy endorsing the Senator’s version of the USA FREEDOM Act.  Key passages are . . .
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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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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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World Wide Threat Assessment 2014

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Last week, DNI Clapper appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to give his annual World Wide Threat Assessment.  Once again cyber leads the list of most significant threats — ahead of terrorism — and the highlight is the IC’s assessment that the likelihood of destructive attacks that delete data or break machinery is . . .
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Statement from DNI Clapper on President Obama’s Remarks

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Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Just posted on IC on the Record: Statement from DNI James R. Clapper on Intelligence Reforms Announced Today by President Obama Today, President Obama announced new guidelines for Intelligence Community foreign intelligence surveillance programs. His decisions were guided by recommendations from the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight . . .
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From IC On The Record: A response to the Times Editorial, and the FISC Renews the Telephony Metadata Program

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Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Two important releases showed up on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Tumblr on Friday. First, the General Counsel for the ODNI, Bob Litt, responded to the New York Times Edward Snowden editorial last week, and sought to set the record straight with regard to the DNI’s exchange with Senator Ron Wyden’s staff in . . .
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December NSA Mini-Trove: Clapper and Fleisch on Secrecy Claims Post-Snowden

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Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM

At the heart of this month’s NSA Mini-Trove are the government’s most recent explanations of its now narrower claims of secrecy in two long-pending lawsuits—Jewel v. NSA and Shubert v. Obama—the narrowing occasioned by, naturally, Edward Snowden’s disclosures. Such is the gist of two declarations regarding secrecy privileges in the cases filed on December 20, 2013, by Director . . .
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Matinee Idols: Ryan Lizza’s Flawed Account of Surveillance Law

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Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Ryan Lizza’s piece in this week’s New Yorker, “State of Deception,” is essential reading for those interested in surveillance and civil liberties.  It is a gripping account of the history of the NSA telephone and Internet surveillance programs put in place after September 11.  It traces these programs from their inception amid broad claims of . . .
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Reflections on U.S. Economic Espionage, Post-Snowden

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Cheng Li’s and Ryan McElveen’s good post over the weekend (via Daniel Byman) sparked the following reflections on U.S. economic espionage, post-Snowden.  Li and McElveen nicely summarize U.S.-Chinese relations concerning cybersecurity in the run-up to and aftermath of the Snowden revelations.  The post is especially helpful on how the Snowden revelations have hurt some U.S. . . .
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Additional NSA Declassified Documents on 215 Collection

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Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I have not read these yet but will do so over the next few days and offer thoughts and summaries as I do. DNI James Clapper issued this statement along with the document release: In June of this year, President Obama directed me to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain . . .
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National Security, the Shutdown, and Moral Seriousness

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Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Imagine if the Democrats in 2007, having just regained control of the Congress, had decided to go to the mat against the Bush tax cuts. Imagine that they voted repeatedly to repeal them. They tried to delay implementation. They linked repeal to debt ceiling legislation. And while most of them knew better than to shut . . .
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October 2 Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on FISA: Video and Testimony

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Despite the government shutdown, the Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with its planned hearing on FISA. Here’s the list of witnesses and their testimony: “Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226 10:00 a.m. Panel I The Honorable James R. Clapper (testimony) Director of . . .
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September 26 Senate Committee Hearing on FISA: Witness Testimony

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Below you’ll find links to all the prepared testimony associated with today’s open hearing, a rarity, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Panel I (joint statement) Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (opening remarks) National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander (opening remarks) Deputy Attorney General James Cole (opening remarks) Panel II Ben Wittes, Brookings Institution Tim Edgar, Watson Institute . . .
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Alexander and Inglis Letter to the “NSA/CSS Family,” and the USG’s Unconscionably Weak Defense of NSA

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Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Kevin Gosztola at Firedoglake has a copy of a two-page letter from NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and NSA Deputy Director John Inglis to the “NSA/CSS family” about the Snowden leaks.  The letter essentially defends NSA from what Alexander and Inglis see as wrongful public portrayals of its activities, and concludes with the claim that . . .
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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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Sequestration, Cyber and the 2013 Worldwide Threat Assessment

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

This morning was the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s open hearing on worldwide threats to the United States. Witnesses included DNI James Clapper, newly-minted CIA Director John Brennan, NCTC Director Matthew Olsen, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of the DIA Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, and Assistant Secretary of State for intelligence and research Philip Goldberg. . . .
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FBI Reporting Duties in the Petraeus Imbroglio [UPDATED]

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Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

In connection with the Petraeus matter, the NYT reports: The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not inform the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about the inquiry until this week, according to Congressional officials, who noted that by law the panels — and especially their chairmen and ranking members — are supposed to be told about . . .
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DNI Clapper Announces New Steps to Deter Leaks

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Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper today announced new measures within the intelligence community to deter and detect unauthorized disclosures:  (1) mandating that a question related to unauthorized disclosure of classified information be added to the counterintelligence polygraph used by all intelligence agencies that administer the examination (CIA, DIA, DOE, FBI, NGA, NRO, and . . .
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Clapper Letter on NDAA

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Friday, November 25, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I missed this before Thanksgiving, I’m afraid, but fortunately, the invaluable Josh Gerstein did not: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is joining the chorus of Obama administration voices warning against detainee-related language in a pending Senate defense authorization bill. In a letter sent Wednesday to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) at her request, Clapper . . .
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The Foreign/Domestic Divide and the Legal Architecture of “Domestic Intelligence”

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Marc Ambinder reports that the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, gave his first speech as DNI on the subject of “domestic intelligence” (at an event on that topic sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the national security-oriented arm of which is a direct descendant of the 9/11 Commission and 9/11 Public Discourse Project).  I don’t . . .
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