Full Text of Newly-Declassified Documents Relating to NSA’s US Domestic Spy Operations

We are presenting here the complete collection of declassified documents released by the [U.S.] Office of the Director of National Intelligence [DNI] James Clapper on December 21, 2013.  These documents have been released in an attempt by the NSA to defend itself for its own utterly indefensible US domestic spying operations in which every phone call made by every US citizen was captured and archived for 5 years in an attempt by the US Government to ferret out all political dissidents in the United States of America – present and future – under the guise of the “War on Terror”.  We are posting them here so our friends can download them without having to visit the NSA websites that are offering them to the public.

We’ve decided to publish the entire statement of DNI James Clapper that was released to accompany these documents so that all of our readers can see for themselves the utter bankruptcy of the defense Clapper puts forth in order to justify the unjustifiable NSA/FBI spy operation that has gutted the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States and rendered those documents, essentially, null and void.  If the working class of the United States had a political party of its own, defending the rights of the working class against such outrageous wanton violations of the privacy rights of the citizens of the United States, we would be in a position to see to it that the men and women responsible for these spy ops and the secret courts that oversee them would be facing decades behind bars for their criminal conspiracy against the citizens of the United States.  Unfortunately, the working class of the United States – which is by far the largest single social class in this and every other capitalist state in the world – has NOT ONE representative in any legislative body in the country!  Both of the major pro-capitalist political parties – the Democratic and the Republican – have created the legislation that brought these spy operations into existence; and both parties have repeatedly and overwhelmingly voted again and again to extend and continue the domestic spy operations that have turned the United States into a national police state unsurpassed in the history of the world.  Neither Hitler nor Stalin ever possessed a spy network as comprehensive as the one in possession of the US capitalist class’ national government today.

The bipartisan support for this unparalleled attack on the rights and liberties of every US citizen should be a clarion call to every thinking human being in this country that the time has come to organize ourselves and to create a truly independent revolutionary socialist workers party to fight to overthrow the capitalist US government and replace it with the most democratic socialist workers republic ever created in the history of the world.  Only by disarming the greedheads of the capitalist class; only by taking away their “right” to wage war abroad and to destroy our rights and living standards here at home can we secure a future for our families worth living in.  For the potentially powerful US working class to continue to allow this renegade ruling class and its bought-and-paid-for political puppets in state and national legislative bodies to ride roughshod over our rights would be an act of political suicide.  Time is not on our side, brothers and sisters!  Organize!  We need to build our own working class political parties right now!  Every day we wait, the ruling capitalist class is seizing more and more political and military power into its hands and on behalf of the US’ tiny capitalist class a massive, finely-woven police state apparatus that will be increasingly difficult to combat effectively as the months and years roll on. And the US capitalist state is not just a deadly threat to workers here in the US, but a deadly threat to all our working class sisters and brothers all over the world.

The US capitalist press is spreading the lie that there are politicians in Congress who are taking steps to rein in the NSA/FBI spy apparatus – this is NOT TRUE!  The Obama Administration’s “Presidential Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies” – composed in part of “ex”-“Intelligence Community” honchos – was created by the Obama regime to throw up a massive smokescreen of phony reforms designed not to rein in the NSA/FBI spy operations but to strengthen and even privatize them!  Their “reforms” place special emphasis on cracking down on whistleblowers like heroic former NSA operative Edward Snowden and on making sure that in the future no one like him will ever again be able to emerge from within the US “Intelligence Community”.  To allow the recommendations of Obama’s own handpicked “Review Group” to be accepted as if they were designed to protect the rights of US and foreign worker-citizens is essentially the same as to allow a pack of wolves to redesign the security arrangements for a flock of sheep.  And sheep we certainly must be if we fall for this transparent fraud of Obama’s “Review Group”!

We warn our readers that these documents have necessarily come directly from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s own website, so be sure to set your antivirus scanners to “kill” before opening them.  Unfortunately, we use Ubuntu Linux (which makes us yearn for the halcyon days of Windows Me), so we have only some shaky antivirus program we can use (ClamAV) to scan this garbage with.  We’ve “scanned” it with ClamAV, which did not detect anything amiss, but we simply can not vouch for the security of any .pdf coming from any branch of the repulsive US Government, and neither should you.  You can’t trust this police state any farther than you can throw it.

IWPCHI

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[Office of the Director of National Intelligence Press Release – Source: http://www.odni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/191-press-releases-2013/991-dni-announces-the-declassification-of-the-exisitence-of-collection-activities-authorized-by-president-george-w-bush-shortly-after-the-attacks-of-september-11,-2001  – IWPCHI]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Leading Intelligence Integration

DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Saturday, December 21, 2013

[.pdf version of this document – IWPCHI]  DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001

December 21, 2013

Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence (“DNI”) announced the declassification of the existence of collection activities authorized by President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Starting on October 4, 2001, President Bush authorized the Secretary of Defense to employ the capabilities of the Department of Defense, including the National Security Agency (“NSA”), to collect foreign intelligence by electronic surveillance in order to detect and prevent acts of terrorism within the United States.  President Bush authorized NSA to collect: (1) the contents of certain international communications, a program that was later referred to as the Terrorist Surveillance Program (“TSP”), and (2) telephony and Internet non-content information (referred to as “metadata”) in bulk, subject to various conditions.

President Bush issued authorizations approximately every 30-60 days.  Although the precise terms changed over time, each presidential authorization required the minimization of information collected concerning American citizens to the extent consistent with the effective accomplishment of the mission of detection and prevention of acts of terrorism within the United States.  NSA also applied additional internal constraints on the presidentially-authorized activities.

Over time, the presidentially-authorized activities transitioned to the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”).  The collection of communications content pursuant to presidential authorization ended in January 2007 when the U.S. Government transitioned the TSP to the authority of the FISA and under the orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”).  In August 2007, Congress enacted the Protect America Act (“PAA”) as a temporary measure.  The PAA, which expired in February 2008, was replaced by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which was enacted in July 2008 and remains in effect.  Today, content collection is conducted pursuant to section 702 of FISA.  The metadata activities also were transitioned to orders of the FISC.  The bulk collection of telephony metadata transitioned to the authority of the FISA in May 2006 and is collected pursuant to section 501 of FISA.  The bulk collection of Internet metadata was transitioned to the authority of the FISA in July 2004 and was collected pursuant to section 402 of FISA.  In December 2011, the U.S. Government decided to not seek reauthorization of the bulk collection of Internet metadata.

After President Bush acknowledged the TSP in December 2005, two still-pending suits were filed in the Northern District of California against the United States and U.S. Government officials challenging alleged NSA activities authorized by President Bush after 9/11.  In response the U.S. Government, through classified and unclassified declarations by the DNI and NSA, asserted the state secrets privilege and the DNI’s authority under the National Security Act to protect intelligence sources and methods.   Following the unauthorized and unlawful release of classified information about the Section 215 and Section 702 programs in June 2013, the Court directed the U.S. Government to explain the impact of declassification decisions since June 2013 on the national security issues in the case, as reflected in the U.S. Government’s state secrets privilege assertion.  The Court also ordered the U.S. Government to review for declassification all prior classified state secrets privilege and sources and methods declarations in the litigation, and to file redacted, unclassified versions of those documents with the Court.

The eight previously classified DNI declarations and classified NSA declarations that were filed in support of the U.S. Government’s prior assertions of the state secrets privilege and sources and methods privilege in this litigation are posted on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website and ICOntheRecord.tumblr.com, the public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the U.S. Government.  Some information has been redacted from the declarations to protect information that remains properly classified for national security reasons and because of the great harm to national security if disclosed.  The unclassified DNI and NSA declarations filed with the Court yesterday are also posted.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Public Affairs

Documents:

DNI McConnell 2007 Shubert State Secrets Declaration

DNI Blair 2009 Shubert State Secrets Declaration

DNI Blair 2009 Jewel State Secrets Declaration

DNI Clapper 2012 Jewel State Secrets Declaration

DNI Clapper 2013 Jewel Shubert SSP Unclassified Signed Declaration

NSA Alexander 2007 Shubert Declaration

NSA Bonanni 2009 Jewel Declaration

NSA Alexander 2009 Shubert Declaration

NSA Fleisch 2012 Jewel Declaration

NSA Fleisch 2013 Jewel Shubert Declaration Unclassified

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[Source:  Office of the Director of National Intelligence at http://icontherecord.tumblr.com/tagged/declassified%5D

IC On The Record

DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001

December 21, 2013

Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence (“DNI”) announced the declassification of the existence of collection activities authorized by President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Starting on October 4, 2001, President Bush authorized the Secretary of Defense to employ the capabilities of the Department of Defense, including the National Security Agency (“NSA”), to collect foreign intelligence by electronic surveillance in order to detect and prevent acts of terrorism within the United States.  President Bush authorized NSA to collect: (1) the contents of certain international communications, a program that was later referred to as the Terrorist Surveillance Program (“TSP”), and (2) telephony and Internet non-content information (referred to as “metadata”) in bulk, subject to various conditions.

President Bush issued authorizations approximately every 30-60 days.  Although the precise terms changed over time, each presidential authorization required the minimization of information collected concerning American citizens to the extent consistent with the effective accomplishment of the mission of detection and prevention of acts of terrorism within the United States.  NSA also applied additional internal constraints on the presidentially-authorized activities.

Over time, the presidentially-authorized activities transitioned to the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”).  The collection of communications content pursuant to presidential authorization ended in January 2007 when the U.S. Government transitioned the TSP to the authority of the FISA and under the orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”).  In August 2007, Congress enacted the Protect America Act (“PAA”) as a temporary measure.  The PAA, which expired in February 2008, was replaced by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which was enacted in July 2008 and remains in effect.  Today, content collection is conducted pursuant to section 702 of FISA.  The metadata activities also were transitioned to orders of the FISC.  The bulk collection of telephony metadata transitioned to the authority of the FISA in May 2006 and is collected pursuant to section 501 of FISA.  The bulk collection of Internet metadata was transitioned to the authority of the FISA in July 2004 and was collected pursuant to section 402 of FISA.  In December 2011, the U.S. Government decided to not seek reauthorization of the bulk collection of Internet metadata.

After President Bush acknowledged the TSP in December 2005, two still-pending suits were filed in the Northern District of California against the United States and U.S. Government officials challenging alleged NSA activities authorized by President Bush after 9/11.  In response the U.S. Government, through classified and unclassified declarations by the DNI and NSA, asserted the state secrets privilege and the DNI’s authority under the National Security Act to protect intelligence sources and methods.   Following the unauthorized and unlawful release of classified information about the Section 215 and Section 702 programs in June 2013, the Court directed the U.S. Government to explain the impact of declassification decisions since June 2013 on the national security issues in the case, as reflected in the U.S. Government’s state secrets privilege assertion.  The Court also ordered the U.S. Government to review for declassification all prior classified state secrets privilege and sources and methods declarations in the litigation, and to file redacted, unclassified versions of those documents with the Court.

The eight previously classified DNI declarations and classified NSA declarations that were filed in support of the U.S. Government’s prior assertions of the state secrets privilege and sources and methods privilege in this litigation are posted on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website and ICOntheRecord.tumblr.com, the public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the U.S. Government.  Some information has been redacted from the declarations to protect information that remains properly classified for national security reasons and because of the great harm to national security if disclosed.  The unclassified DNI and NSA declarations filed with the Court yesterday are also posted.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Public Affairs

Documents:

DNI McConnell 2007 Shubert State Secrets Declaration
DNI Blair 2009 Jewel State Secrets Declaration
DNI Blair 2009 Shubert State Secrets Declaration
DNI Clapper 2012 Jewel State Secrets Declaration
DNI Clapper 2013 Jewel Shubert State Secrets Declaration

NSA Alexander 2007 Shubert Declaration
NSA Bonanni 2009 Jewel Declaration
NSA Alexander 2009 Shubert Declaration
NSA Fleisch 2012 Jewel Declaration
NSA Fleisch 2013 Jewel Shubert Declaration

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IWPCHI

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