On Friday, the Director of National Intelligence declassified eight documents related to NSA activities, including the bulk collection of telephony metadata.
The documents---all declarations by NSA officials---apparently were filed in support of the government's assertions of state secrets and statutory privileges, in lawsuits filed after public acknowledgement of the Bush Administration's "Terrorist Surveillance Program."
Later on, following Snowden's revelations, federal judges had instructed the United States to update its past positions---to explain whether, and to what extent, the disclosures altered the government's prior claims of secrecy.
The declarations were made in two cases, Jewel et. al. v. NSA et. al., and Shubert et. al. v. Obama et. al.
- DNI McConnell 2007 Shubert State Secrets Declaration
- DNI Blair 2009 Jewel State Secrets Declaration
- DNI Blair 2009 Shubert State Secrets Declaration
- DNI Clapper 2012 Jewel State Secrets Declaration
- DNI Clapper 2013 Jewel Shubert State Secrets Declaration