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Daily Archives: June 29, 2013

Founder of nonprofit Internet Archive permitted to talk about receiving a national-security letter

What It’s Like to Get a National-Security Letter by Maria Bustillos

“Brewster Kahle, the founder of the nonprofit Internet Archive, perhaps the greatest of our digital libraries, and of the Wayback Machine, which allows you to browse an archive of the Web that reaches back to 1996. He is one of very few people in the United States who can talk about receiving a national-security letter. These letters are one of the ways government agencies, in particular the F.B.I., can demand data from organizations in matters related to national security. They do not require prior approval from a judge, only the assertion that the information demanded is relevant to a national-security investigation. Recipients of a national-security letter typically are not allowed to disclose it.”

Wiretap Report 2012 – Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

“Each Wiretap Report uses tables, text, and charts to report information provided by federal and state officials on orders authorizing or approving interceptions of wire, oral, or electronic communications for the calendar year ending December 31…This report covers intercepts concluded between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012, and provides supplementary information on arrests and… Continue Reading

WaPo Documents NSA’s secret programs work

Timothy B. Lee, “In the last few days, the press has focused on NSA leaker Edward Snowden and his efforts to evade capture by the U.S. government. But the more important story is what we’ve learned about National Security Agency surveillance programs thanks to his disclosures.” See also WaPo – NSA slides explain the PRISM… Continue Reading