NSA mass surveillance programs FOIA

3 07 2013

PCJF (the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund) Files FOIA request with National Security Agency related to surveillance programs
Demands also sent to other federal agencies for disclosure of documents

Within hours of Edward Snowden’s courageous revelations about the U.S. government’s massive spying program against the people of the United States and the world, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands to the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) for documents related to the identification of mass surveillance programs, their scope, operating guidelines and procedures, the retention of data collected through such programs, and internal evaluations attempting to justify these programs’ legality and constitutionality.

The FOIA request reads in part: “The people of the United States have an urgent need for disclosure of the requested information regarding what appears to be the largest covert surveillance program directed against them in U.S. history. The U.S. government and its agencies that are carrying out these unprecedented surveillance programs are not entitled to hide these programs from the public.” . . .


• UPDATES on the FOIA request



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