In anticipation of the Patriot Act surveillance law’s expiration, the White House has declassified a six-year-old report on NSA practices. Some Republican lawmakers are seeking the prolongation of bulk data collection.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released the redacted report on the National Security Agency surveillance program following a lawsuit filed by the New York Times in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.
The report was prepared by experts from the CIA, the Justice Department, NSA, ODNI and Pentagon back in July 2009.
The bulk data collection and wiretapping was authorized by President George W. Bush under the ‘President’s Surveillance Program’ (PSP) approved in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001.