He lied to Congress, but he’s going to tell the truth on Tumblr.
On his official Tumblr blog, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (shown) announced August 29 that he will soon declassify a cache of documents disclosing how many people are being watched under the various federal surveillance schemes.
DNI Clapper writes:
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.
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.
Specifically, for each of the following categories of national security authorities, the IC will release the total number of orders issued during the prior twelve-month period, and the number of targets affected by these orders:
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 issued 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.
The watcher-in-chief hedges, of course, adding, “Our ability to discuss these activities is limited by our need to protect intelligence sources and methods.”
He goes on to trot out the Establishment’s favorite trope: All the violations of the Constitution “are an important part of our effort to keep the nation and its citizens safe.”
Freedom for safety seems to be the only available currency exchange in the economy of the surveillance state.
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Photo of DNI James Clapper: AP Images