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DNI Clapper Declassifies

DNI Clapper Declassifies

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Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 215).
Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 215).

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Published by: STEFAN MEDO VLAHOVICH on Oct 29, 2013
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DNI Clapper Declassifies Additional Intelligence CommunityDocuments Regarding Collection Under Section 501 of the ForeignIntelligence Surveillance Act
October 28, 2013
In June of this year, President Obama directed me to declassify and make public as muchinformation as possible about certain sensitive intelligence collection programs undertakenunder the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) while being mindful of theneed to protect national security. Consistent with this directive, in September 2013, I authorizedthe declassification and public release of a number of documents pertaining to theGovernment’s collection of bulk telephony metadata under Section 501 of the FISA, asamended by Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 215). Today I am authorizing thedeclassification and public release of a number of additional documents relating to collectionunder Section 215. These documents were properly classified, and their declassification is notdone lightly. I have determined, however, that the harm to national security from the release ofthese documents is outweighed by the public interest.Release of these documents reflects the Executive Branch’s continued commitment tomaking information about this intelligence collection program publicly available whenappropriate and consistent with the national security of the United States. Additionally, theydemonstrate the extent to which the Intelligence Community kept both Congress and theForeign Intelligence Surveillance Court apprised of the status of the collection program underSection 215. Some information has been redacted because these documents includediscussion of matters that continue to be properly classified for national security reasons andthe harm to national security would be great if disclosed. These documents will be madeavailable atthe website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligenceand atICOntheRecord.tumblr.com, the public website dedicated to fostering greater publicvisibility into the intelligence activities of the U.S. Government.James R. ClapperDirector of National Intelligence
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to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) of compliance incidents identified during an on-going NSA-initiated End-to-End review of its collection of bulk telephony metadata pursuant to Section 215 authorities.2.
required for access and query privileges of data collected through NSA’s bulk telephony metadata program under Section 215 authorities.
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