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Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Posted By admin On June 21, 2013 @ 4:58 am In Featured Stories,Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Glenn Greenwald and James Ball
London Guardian [1]
June 21, 2013

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.

The Guardian is publishing in full two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court [2]), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009. They detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance.

The documents show that even under authorities governing the collection of foreign intelligence from foreign targets, US communications can still be collected, retained and used.

The procedures cover only part of the NSA’s surveillance of domestic US communications. The bulk collection of domestic call records, as first revealed by the Guardian [3] earlier this month, takes place under rolling court orders issued on the basis of a legal interpretation of a different authority, section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Full article here [1]


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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/fisa-court-nsa-without-warrant

[2] Fisa court: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/fisa-court

[3] as first revealed by the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data

[4] NSA collected thousands of US internet communications ‘with no terror connection’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-collected-thousands-of-us-internet-communications-with-no-terror-connection.html

[5] FISA Approves EVERY Secret Surveillance Warrant in 2011: Report: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fisa-approves-every-secret-surveillance-warrant-in-2011-report.html

[6] Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers’ phone records: http://www.prisonplanet.com/secret-court-lets-nsa-extend-its-trawl-of-verizon-customers-phone-records.html

[7] Revealed – the secret torture evidence MI5 tried to suppress: http://www.prisonplanet.com/revealed-%e2%80%93-the-secret-torture-evidence-mi5-tried-to-suppress.html

[8] NSA taps in to user data of Facebook, Google and others, secret files reveal: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-taps-in-to-user-data-of-facebook-google-and-others-secret-files-reveal.html

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