DNI James Clapper's Cover Letter Announcing the Document Release   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper's cover letter to announce the release of newly-declassified documents, as summarized by the DNI Press Release dated August 21, 2013. "In June of this year, President Obama directed the Director of National intelligence to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence activities and national security. Consistent with this directive, the Director of National Intelligence has today authorized the declassification and public release of a number of documents pertaining to the Government's collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). These documents were properly classified, and their declassification is not done lightly. The Director of National Intelligence has determined, however, that the harm to national security in these circumstances is outweighed by the public interest. The documents released today are a testament to the government's strong commitment to detecting, correcting, and reporting mistakes, and to continually improving its oversight and compliance processes. […] Today we are releasing two FISA Court opinions, and a portion of a third, making redactions only when necessary to protect classified intelligence activities. These opinions provide additional context to statements declassified by the Government and made by Senator Wyden in July 2012 that the Court had concluded on one occasion that NSA's [National Security Advisory] implementation of Section 702 was inconsistent with FISA and the Fourth Amendment." Other documents released included: 2011 NSA minimization procedures, Congressional 702 White Papers, and Compliance and Oversight program documents.

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