Saturday, April 25, 2015

Government Releases Once-Secret Report on Post-9/11 Surveillance

In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by The New York Times, the government has declassified a 2009 report by five agencies’ inspectors general about the Stellarwind program, the group of N.S.A. warrantless wiretapping and bulk phone and e-mail records collection activities initiated by President George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In 2009, the government released a 43-page unclassified version which omitted discussion of many key facts that then remained secret. After the 2013 leaks by the former intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, which included a draft version of the N.S.A. inspector general’s contribution to this larger joint I.G. report, the government declassified many facts about surveillance, leading to The Times’ lawsuit seeking release of the full and final report.

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