Surveillance: Snowden NSA Controversy

The November NSA Trove I: An Introduction

By Benjamin Wittes, Wells Bennett
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 5:36 PM

The latest tranche of declassified NSA materials is pretty big.  But not all of the materials rank equally, significance-wise;  at the same time, many of the documents---though undeniably important---are historical in nature. The internet metadata program at issue in Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's much-discussed 2004 opinion, for example, was discontinued in 2011. There's some deep-diving to be done, in other words, and we will be summarizing the material, as per our usual practice. But unlike with the prior document dumps, we're going to organize this material thematically, not sequentially---and we're going to prioritize, focusing first on the most significant groups.

Our plan will be to post on the most significant documents, beginning with judicial materials and then moving on to congressional and executive oversight materials.  Stay tuned y'all.