Joint Statement of Lisa O. Monaco, John C. Inglis, and Robert S. Litt at a Hearing Concerning 'FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization' Before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, December 8, 2011 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the joint statement of Lisa O. Monaco, John C. Inglis, and Robert S. Litt, before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States House of Representatives, at a Hearing concerning "FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] Amendments Act Reauthorization," on December 8, 2011. The document was declassified and heavily redacted for publication, to protect ongoing National Security objectives. "On October 3, 2011, the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] issued an opinion addressing the Government's submission of replacement certifications under section 702. [...] The FISC approved most of the Government's submission. It upheld NSA's [National Security Agency's] and FBI's [Federal Bureau of Investigation's] targeting procedures, CIA's [Central Intelligence Agency's] and FBI's minimization procedures, and most of NSA's minimization procedures. Nevertheless, the FISC denied in pert the Government's requests because of its concerns about the rules governing the retention of certain non-targeted Internet communications acquired through NSA's upstream collection. […] On October 31, 2011, after extensive consultations among the Department, ODNI [Office of the Director of National Intelligence], and NSA, the Attorney General submitted amended minimization procedures to the FISC addressing the deficiencies noted by the court. […] On November 30, the FISC granted the Government's request for approval of the amended procedures, stating that, with regard to information acquired pursuant to 2011 certifications, 'the government has adequately corrected the deficiencies identified in the October 3 Opinion,' and that the amended procedures, when 'viewed as a whole, meet the applicable statutory and constitutional requirements.'"
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