[Letter from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley Regarding 'ACLU et al. v. Clapper et al.', 13 Civ. 03994 (WHP)] [open pdf - 88KB]
This is a letter to U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara regarding the case, 'ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] et al. v. Clapper et al.' This case deals with the "highly sensitive and, in many respects, still classified intelligence-collection program that is designed to assist the U.S. Government in discovering whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, including persons and activities inside the United States. Under this program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtains authorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ('FISA Court') to collect telephony metadata from certain telecommunications service providers. The National Security Agency (NSA), in turn, archives this information; queries the data, when strict standards are met, to detect communications between foreign terrorist organizations and their potential operatives located in the United States; and provides leads to the FBI or others in the Intelligence Community for counterterrorism purposes."
American Civil Liberties Union: http://www.aclu.org/