FISA: Reform

NSA Spying Will Begin Winding Down This Week: Justice Department Memo

By Cody M. Poplin
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6:11 PM

Dustin Volz of the National Journal has obtained a memo from the Department of Justice circulated among congressional offices today that says the NSA will need to begin taking steps to wind down the bulk telephone metadata collection program authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act by Friday, May 22nd.

The memo makes clear that the NSA collection program cannot stop at the flip of a switch, and while the NSA will "attempt to ensure that any shutdown of the program occurs as close in time as possible to the expiration of the authority," it must also "ensure that it does not engage in any unauthorized collection or use of the metadata." To do so, the NSA will begin rolling back the program by May 22nd.

You can read the full memo here.