The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Almost 2,000 Pages of NSA Documentation Declassified and Released to the Public

Under the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), President Obama has directed the release of certain sensitive intelligence collection programs and documents about how the Government collects and decimates metadata that it collects.

The released documents include information mostly from 2009, with one document from 2010 and two memorandums from 2011. There are nearly 2,000 pages of documentation that have been declassified. These documents include: "…20 orders and opinions of the Foreign Surveillance Court, 11 pleadings and other documents submitted to the Court, 24 documents provided to Congress, and 20 reports, training slides, and other internal documents describing the legal basis for the programs and how they operate."

Another document included in this release is the United States Signals Intelligence Directive 18, a document that details NSA (National Security Agency) procedures and policies, which is meant to protect the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.

The released documents fit into several categories, including electronic communications metadata collection opinions, training documents (including slides and internal guidance), and minimization procedures, like Directive 18, that aim to protect citizen's rights.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence also runs a tumblr page which hosts these documents and others released through FISA.