[Cover Letter and 2009 Report on the National Security Agency's Bulk Collection Program Affected by USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization] [open pdf - 4MB]
From the description on the website of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI): "In the interest of increased transparency, the Director of National Intelligence has authorized the declassification and public release of the attached documents pertaining to the collection of telephone metadata pursuant to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. DNI Clapper has determined that the release of these documents is in the public interest." From the document: "Thank you for your letter of September 30, 2009, requesting that the Department of Justice provide a document to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) that describes the bulk collection program conducted under Section 215 -- the 'business records' provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). We agree that it is important that all Members of Congress have access to information about this program, as well as a similar bulk collection program conducted under the pen register/trap and trace authority of FISA, when considering reauthorization of the expiring USA PATRIOT Act provisions."
U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence: http://www.dni.gov/