The official description is this: “annual release of information related to orders issued to telecom providers under national security authorities.”
And here are the details.
“In June, President Obama directed the Intelligence Community (IC) to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive U.S. Government surveillance programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence and national security,” says Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper in a statement issued Thursday night.
“Consistent with this directive and in the interest of increased transparency, the DNI has determined, with the concurrence of the IC, that going forward the IC will publicly release, on an annual basis, aggregate information concerning compulsory legal process under certain national security authorities,” he notes.
So what’s coming? Content emerges from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
“For each of the following categories of national security authorities, the IC will release the total number of orders issued during the prior 12-month period, and the number of targets affected by these orders,” the director says.
FISA orders based on probable cause ( Titles I and III of FISA, and sections 703 and 704).
Section 702 of FISA.
FISA Business Records (Title V of FISA).
FISA Pen Register/Trap and Trace (Title IV of FISA).
National Security Letters issues pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 3414(a)(5), 15 U.S.C. 1681u(a) and (b), 15 U.S.C. 1681v, and 18 U.S.C. 2709.
“Our ability to discuss these activities is limited by our need to protect intelligence sources and methods,” the director continues. “FISA and national security letters are an important part of our effort to keep the nation and its citizens safe, and disclosing more detailed information about how they are used and to whom they are directed can obviously help our enemies avoid detection.”
These reports, like other unclassified information related to foreign intelligence surveillance activities, will be available on the office’s community website, which has been up and running for several weeks here