Tagged: NSA

Review Board Defends Information Collection under FISA Section 702

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB or ‘the Board’) released yesterday a report on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance and collection activities conducted under Section 702 of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). In 2013, following the disclosure of classified information by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Board was...

Signals Intelligence Activities: President Obama Releases New Policy Directive

Today, President Obama released a Presidential Policy Directive, “Signals Intelligence Activities,” which outlines the manner in which signals intelligence is authorized to be collected by the United States. He stated that gathering practices must be adherent to privacy and civil liberties, “in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive...

Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?

The New America Foundation released this morning a report that poses, and seeks to answer, one of today’s most popular questions related to federal surveillance programs: “Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?” The report analyzed 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaida or like-minded groups, and charged in the U.S. with...

The Snowden Affair: Web Resource Documents the Latest Firestorm Over the National Security Agency

The National Security Archive has collected content related to recent press disclosures about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activities. The National Security Archive has compiled over 125 documents to provide important context about the legal and social ramifications of the Edward Snowden revelations. The compilation is titled "The Snowden...

Government Surveillance Programs: Are They Allowed to Do That?

Following the reveal of two of the government’s broad surveillance programs last week, the American public has been left with many unanswered questions and general concerns regarding these programs’ purposes and legality. In an effort to answer these some of these questions, the Brennan Center for Justice has released a...