Thirty-three groups joined the Center for National Security Studies in a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), thanking the board for their attention to the recent revelations regarding the scope and extent of the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programs. The letter highlighted the need for comprehensive disclosure to facilitate an informed public debate on government surveillance.
In a statement regarding the leak of an order signed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) compelling Verizon to turn over a mass collection of telephone call logs to the National Security Agency, we noted that the news likely was a shock for many Americans.
The recent news that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ordered Verizon to turn over to the National Security Agency the mass collection of telephone call logs generated by millions of Verizon customers likely comes as a shock for many Americans. While officials within all three branches of our government signed off on or were briefed on the program, the public has been left completely in the dark about the scope and the extent of the government’s domestic spying.