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"There Have Been Some Compliance Incidents": NSA Violates Surveillance Rules Multiple Times a Day
Obviously, it's important to know what precisely these compliance incidents involved, and some are more troubling than others. But at least some of these incidents seem to have implicated the privacy of thousands or millions of innocent people.
The Washington Post also published an article making clear that the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court doesn't think his court has the tools or capacity to evaluate the government's representations about its compliance with the law. Clearly, the fact that the FISA court is so reliant on the representations of intelligence officials is a problem. It makes no sense at all to let the intelligence community police itself.
Some of the information that the Washington Post published last night is information that the government has previously refused to release under the Freedom of Information Act. In 2010, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to enforce a FOIA request for records on the government's implementation of new surveillance laws. Most of the documents we obtained were heavily redacted. (You can see all of the documents here, and there is a full analysis of the documents here.)
BY: By Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 2:21pm
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