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UK Guardian posts the top secret rules that allow NSA to use U.S. data without a warrant

Follow up to previous postings on NSA’s big data domestic surveillance program – via UK Guardian: Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA’s surveillance of Americans’ communication

  • Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant. The Guardian is publishing in full two documents [here and here] submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009. They detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance.

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