[Cryptography] EFF press release on latest FISA opinions release

Perry E. Metzger perry at piermont.com
Tue Sep 10 19:12:32 EDT 2013

The documents haven't yet been completely processed, but they've
already found some interesting features.


    The NSA apparently believed that it had the authority to search
    the telephone records database in order to obtain the 'reasonable
    articulable suspicion' required to investigate those numbers.
    Essentially, they were conducting suspicionless searches to obtain
    the suspicion the FISA court required to conduct searches.


Note that the USG has misleadingly claimed that this document release
was part of an effort to be "transparent" -- in fact, these are the
result of an EFF FOIA and were released at court order.

Perry E. Metzger		perry at piermont.com

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