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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The RNC Winter Meeting Yields A Peculiar Item


http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/rnc-condemns-nsa-spying-shock-turnaround-0

https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying/timeline

We noticed the RNC completed its winter meetings with a very visible resolution against NSA monitoring.  We find the resolutions strikingly familiar as we consider how the GOP and RNC go about the business of appealing to voters.  

Here is an example of which we speak:
Reicne Preibus, RNC Chair: "(GOP) has to be the happy party. 


Mitt Romney lays on "tan face" for Latino National Event: Univision! 


Paul Ryan after invading (unannounced) a DC soup kitchen just before the 2012 general elections and after Mitt Romney went 47% At the Boca Raton mansions. Lest we forget the kitchen utensils were reported to have been already cleaned and the Ryan camp did not deny the (clean utensils) revelation. One more item.
If you did not catch our point: "The GOP/RNC is about phoniness!"  There is no "happy" in the virtual racially pure party and contrived public exhibitions (one racially manipulative) denote a mindset that does not seem endemic to the Democratic Party. A mindset that reflects on GOP values, ethics and mores` (morays). 

Phoniness established, let's look a bit farther.


The winds of angst and anti-Obama Administration sentiment about NSA monitoring is the driving force behind the RNC/GOP resolutions (talking-points). Despite, the fact millions (liberals, progressives, many conservatives and Independents) poll only 13 points down, the polling numbers give the GOP potential campaign fodder.

If we think in terms of the RNC meandering around for policy and platform issues with clear majority (approval) ratings, where do they go?

Does the RNC pursue....?
  • Gun control
  • Voting rights
  • Women's rights
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Climate control
  • Immigration
  • Healthcare reform (Insurance reform)
  • Spending (It is down)
  • Food for the poor, children (SNAP), elderly, and low income active military
  • US Economy
  • The Stock Market
  • Commitment to Jobs
The RNC/GOP simply has few issues on which to hang their regressive hats. Benghazi simply will not work as a political item. 

While the Winter Meeting yielded more than one policy issue, we are posting the text of the NSA Resolution.
                                                              
"We believe in life!"  We find Priebus as shallow as a tadpole pool. People without jobs and people on SNAP programs deserve life sustaining food and nourishment.  We posit Preibus spoke to his base and does so without an once of substance.  


The full text of the resolution is below: 
RESOLUTION TO RENOUNCE THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY’S SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM
WHEREAS
, the secret surveillance program called PRISM targets, among other things, the surveillance of communications of U.S. citizens on a vast scale and monitors searching habits of virtually every American on the internet;
 
WHEREAS, this dragnet program is, as far as we know, the largest surveillance effort ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens, consisting of the mass acquisition of Americans’ call details encompassing all wireless and landline subscribers of the country’s three largest phone companies*; 
WHEREAS, every time an American citizen makes a phone call, the NSA gets a record of the location, the number called, the time of the call and the length of the conversation; all of which are an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution; 
WHEREAS, the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, that warrants shall issue only upon probable cause, and generally prevents the American government from issuing modern-day writs of assistance; 
WHEREAS, unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society and this program represents a gross infringement of the freedom of association and the right to privacy and goes far beyond even the permissive limits set by the Patriot Act; and 
WHEREAS, Republican House Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, an author of the Patriot Act and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of Section 215’s passage, called the Section 215 surveillance program “an abuse of that law,” writing that, “based on the scope of the released order, both the administration and the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court are relying on an unbounded interpretation of the act that Congress never intended;” therefore be it
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republican lawmakers to enact legislation to amend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make it clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity, phone records and correspondence – electronic, physical, and otherwise - of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republican law makers to call for a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying and the committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance as well as hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance; and 
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee calls upon Republican lawmakers to immediately take action to halt current unconstitutional surveillance programs and provide a full public accounting of the NSA’s data collection programs.
*AT&T has 107.3 million wireless customers and 31.2 million landline customers.
Verizon has 98.9 million wireless customers and 22.2 million landline customers while Sprint has 55 million customers in total.”


We believe the systemically hawkish GOP/RNC's reach for restricting a monitoring program developed and honed during the Bush years a political grab for the "proverbial straw."

The following is a timeline of, and for, NSA Monitoring. As I reviewed the timeline, it was impossible to avoided thoughts of why monitoring has metastasized into the national issue, after running unrestricted for many years. What is it about 2013 and Edward Snowden's espionage brought the issue to national prominence? 


We at the TPI are not active in NSA monitoring derangement. Yet we feel the NSA needs mission direction and a degree of restraint. Restraint that will not reduce NSA's mission to that of complete ineffectiveness. 


It is obvious US technological ingenuity and acumen have given the nation an edge in electronic warfare. National defense unfortunately includes knowing what your 
adversaries are doing and in some cases knowing what the suspicious non-adversaries are doing. Do you recall the Us has imprisoned am American convicted of spying for Israel:  

Jonathan Pollard.    



As I often stated, I am much more alarmed and disgusted by
innocent internet tracking for commerce and hacking such 
as that focused on Targets and other retailers, than an NSA
employee scrubbing though my Internet activity and phone

activity.


As stated the RNC/GOP needs issues that garner the attention of the public. They have little, and as history indicates they will attempt to leverage the issue though the 2014 mid-term elections.

Let's take a journey through the history of NSA Meta-data collection.

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Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying

All of the evidence found in this timeline can also be found in the Summary of Evidence we submitted to the court in Jewel v. National Security Agency (NSA). It is intended to recall all the credible accounts and information of the NSA's domestic spying program found in the media, congressional testimony, books, and court actions. The timeline also includes documents leaked by the Guardian in June 2013 that confirmed the domestic spying by the NSA. The documents range from a Top Secret Court Order by the secret court overseeing the spying, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court), to a working draft of an NSA Inspector General report detailing the history of the program. The "NSA Inspectors General Reports" tab consists of one of three documents: a July 10, 2009 report written by Inspectors General of the Department of Justice (DOJ), NSA, Department of Defense (DOD), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; an internal working draft NSA Inspector General report leaked by the Guardian on June 27, 2013; and, an "End to End Review" of the Section 215 program conducted by the NSA for the FISA Court. For a short description of the people involved in the spying you can look at our Profiles page, which includes many of the key characters from the NSA Domestic Spying program.

More after the break below

NSA's Expresses Desire to "Live on the Network"

Dec.
(
National Security Agency, Transtion 2001.
)
In a report about the NSA's mission for the 21st Century, the agency notes: "The volumes of routing of data make indexing and processing nuggets of intelligence information more difficult. To perform both its offensive and defensive mission, NSA must 'live on the network.'"

White House Asks NSA What Could Be Done With More Legal Authority

After 9/11

Four Members of Congress Are Briefed by White House on the Program

Oct 25
(
Inspectors General Report, Pg 16.
)
The Inspectors General Report states that a month after the Program begins, only four members of Congress are provided a briefing: "On October 25, 2001, White House officials and [NSA Director] Hayden conducted a briefing on the PSP for the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Nancy P. Pelosi and Porter J. Goss; and the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, D. Robert Graham and Richard J. Shelby."

OLC Lawyer Yoo Completes Analysis of the Program's Legality

Nov 2
(
Inspectors General Report, Pg 16.
)
"The first [Department of Justice] Office of Legal Counsel opinion directly supporting the legality of the PSP was dated November 2, 2001, and was drafted by Yoo."

Only One Out of Eleven FISC Judges are Briefed on the Program

January

Justice Dept.'s Office of Legal Counsel Lawyer John Yoo Writes Second Legal Analysis for Domestic Spying

Oct 11

John Yoo Resigns from Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel

March

Justice Dept's Office of Legal Counsel Lawyer Patrick Philbin Expresses Concerns to Ashcroft Over Program's Legality

August

OLC Head Goldmith Advises White House Bulk Metadata From Internet Must Cease

Mar 6
(
Inspectors General Report, Pg 24
)
"On Saturday, March 6, Goldsmith and Philbin, with Comey's concurrence, met with Addington and Gonzales at the White House to convey their conclusions that certain activities in the PSP should cease. According to Goldsmith's notes, Addington and Gonzales 'reacted calmly and said they would get back with us.'" It is later revealed in a June 2013 Washington Postarticle that the "certain activities" include "e-mail metadata and technical records of Skype calls from data links owned by AT&T, Sprint and MCI, which later merged with Verizon."

Emergency White House Meeting

Mar 10

Memo Changing The Legal Analysis of NSA Domestic Spying Completed

May 6

FISA Court Rules It Will Now Oversee Certain Aspects of Program

Jan 17
(
Letter from Attorney General to Sen. Leahy
)
In a letter to the Congress on January 17, 2007, then Attorney General Gonzales announces that a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: "had issued orders authorizing the government to target for collection international communications where there is probable cause to believe one of the communicants is a member or agent of Al Qaeda or an associated terrorist group. As a result of these orders, any electronic surveillance that was occurring as part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program will now be conducted subject to the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."

President Bush Determines He Does Not Need to Keep Signing Authorizations for NSA Spying to Continue

Feb 1
(
Inspectors General Report, Pg 30
)
The President decides not to reauthorize the Presidential Surveillance Program and the final Presidential Authorization expires on February 1, 2007, after FISA court opinion allegedly allows him to continue it indefinitely.

Subpoena Issued to Vice President's Office By Senate Committee

Jun 27

Protect America Act Signed Into Law

Aug 5

Vice President Cheney Answers Senate Subpoena Revealing the Number of Presidential Authorizations of the Program

Aug 20

Director of National Intelligence McConnell Testifies to Congress About the Dragnet Nature of the Program

Sep 20

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell Reveals Intercepted Communications Not Miminimzed Adequately

Sep 25

FISA Amendments Act Passes House

Jun 20

Inspectors General Report Released, Finds Program of Little Value, Criticizes Legal Reasoning

Jul 10
(
Inspectors General Report
)
As the New York Time reports: "On July 10, 2009, the inspectors general from five federal agencies—the Justice Department, the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence—released an unclassified report investigating the origins and operations of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program."
This timeline extensively quotes from the joint Inspector Generals Report and can be read in full by following the "read more" link.

Construction of Secret Room in AT&T's San Francisco Facility Begins

January
(
Mark Klein's Declaration
)
From AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein: "While on the January 2003 tour, I saw a new room being built....The new room was near completion. I saw a workman apparently working on the door lock for the room. I later learned that this new room being built was referred to in AT&T documents as the "SG3 Secure Room." The SG3 Secure Room was room number 641A, and measures approximately 24x48 feet."

NSA Interviews AT&T Employees For A "Special Job" at AT&T

January
(
Mark Klein's Declaration
)
Mark Klein's manager at AT&T's San Francisco Folsom Street Facility advises him that the NSA is coming to interview a colleague for a “special job” in the Secret Room.

AT&T Whistleblower Mark Klein Comes to EFF With Evidence of AT&T's Involvement in NSA Spying

Jan 20
(
Kevin Bankston Declaration
)
AT&T Technician Mark Klein brings in documents to EFF lawyers detailing the construction of the NSA's secret spying room in AT&T's San Francisco facility. The room contains advanced surveillance technology capable of reading domestic and international communications.

Attorney General Declares ISPs Immune from Liability

2008
(
Attorney General Mukasey's Public Certification
)
Attorney General Mukasey invokes the recently-passed Section 802 of the FISA Amendments Act and asserts the retroactive immunity clause to declare that certain ISPs are immune from suit.

Three NSA Whistleblowers Back EFF's Lawsuit Over Government's Massive Spying Program

Jul 2

NSA Director Hayden Holds Classified Briefing with Congress

Oct 2

Representative Pelosi Sends Letter of Concern to NSA Director Hayden

Oct 11

NSA Director Hayden Responds to Representative Pelosi's Letter

Nov 17

Deputy AG Refuses to Sign Off on Justice Dept. FISA Applications

Late 2001

AT&T Technician Discovers NSA Is Working Inside AT&T Facilities

Summer

Justice Department Hints at Warrantless Wiretapping in Legal Brief

Early 2002

Administration Starts Secretly Approaching Telecom Companies to Participate in NSA's Domestic Spying Program

Mid-Oct

Judge Lamberth Leaves the FISA Court, Replaced by Colleen Kollar-Kotelly

Mid-2002

FISA Judge Complains about NSA; Justice Department Side of Program Briefly Shut Down

Early 2004

Sen. Rockefeller Writes to VP Cheney Questioning Legality of Program. Cheney Does Not Respond

Jul 17

President Bush Signs Order Beginning NSA's Domestic Spying Program

Oct 4
(
Bush's Law by Eric Lichtblau
)
"Twenty-three days after the Twin Towers fell, President Bush signed off on a secret eavesdropping operation so sensitive that even many of the country's senior national security officials, men and women with highest security clearances in his administration, knew nothing about it."

Narus Surveillance Equipment Installed in Secret Room

Jan 1

Culture Against Domestic Spying Begins to Shift at the NSA

Sep 12
(
Wiebe Declaration, Pg 3
)
Ex-NSA Analyst J. Kirk Wiebe recalls: "everything changed at the NSA after the attacks on September 11. The prior approach focused on complying with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA"). The post-September 11 approach was that NSA could circumvent federal statutes and the Constitution as long as there was some visceral connection to looking for terrorists." While another ex-NSA analyst also remembers: "The individual liberties preserved in the US Constitution were no longer a consideration [at the NSA]."

Hepting v. AT&T Lawsuit Filed

Jan 31
In Hepting v. AT&T, EFF sues the telecommunication giant on behalf of its customers for violating privacy law by collaborating with the NSA's illegal domestic spying program. Evidence in the case includes undisputed evidence provided by former AT&T telecommunications technician Mark Klein showing AT&T has routed copies of Internet traffic to a secret room in San Francisco controlled by the NSA.

Government Officially Intervenes in Hepting v. AT&T

Jun 26

Judge Walker Unseals Certain Documents in Hepting v. AT&T

Oct 1

Notice of Appeal Filed by AT&T and US Government in Hepting v. AT&T

Apr 30
The government and AT&T appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's June 2006 decision rejecting the argument that the state secrets privilege prevented millions of ordinary American from having their day in court.

Judge Walker Rules State Secrets Doesn't Apply to Hepting v. AT&T

Jul 20
Judge Walker of the Northern District Court rejects the government's argument that the lawsuit must be dismissed due to the state secrets privilege .

EFF Files Final Brief in Ninth Circuit in Hepting v. AT&T

Jul 2

EFF Argues Hepting v. AT&T Before Ninth Circuit

Aug 31

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Hepting v. AT&T

Dec 29

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Hepting v. AT&T

Oct 9
The Supreme Court decides not to review EFF's case against AT&T, Hepting v. AT&T, for the telecommunications carrier's role in the NSA domestic spying program. The Supreme Court lets stand a Ninth Circuit decision upholding Congress' grant of "retroactive immunity" to the telecommunications companies, passed as part of the FISA Amendments Act two years after EFF had filed suit against the telecom companies.

Judge Walker Dismisses Hepting v. AT&T

Jun 3
Judge Walker dismisses dozens of lawsuits against telecommunication companies for their role in illegal domestic surveillance of American citizens, ruling that the companies had immunity from liability under the controversial FISA Amendments Act.

Opening Brief Filed in Ninth Circuit's Rehearing of Hepting v. AT&T

Dec 8

Government Responds to EFF Opening Brief in Ninth Circuit Hepting v. AT&T Case

May 19

Companies File Response to EFF's Opening Brief in Ninth Circuit Hepting v. AT&T Case

Feb 10

EFF Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Hepting v. AT&T

Mar 30
EFF asks the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit's decision in Hepting v. AT&T. The Ninth Circuit dismissed EFF's lawsuit against telecom companies for their role in the NSA's domestic spying program.

Judge Walker Hears Hepting v. AT&T Oral Arguments in Northern District of California

Dec 2

Government Files Motion to Dismiss in Jewel v. NSA

Apr 3

Oral Arguments in Jewel v. NSA in the Northern District of California

Jul 15
EFF argues that the lawsuit cannot be dismissed based on the government's blanket secrecy assertion (the state secrets privilege), as made clear in previous court decisions concerning NSA spying and the CIA's special rendition program. EFF also argues that the government is not immune from suit for violating federal wiretapping statutes.

Judge Walker Dismisses Jewel v. NSA in Northern District of California

Jan 21

EFF Files Appeal of Jewel v. NSA to Ninth Circuit

Mar 19

EFF Argues Jewel v. NSA Before Ninth Circuit

Aug 31
EFF argues that the claims against the government are not "generalized grievances" and that the number of people harmed should have no bearing on whether each individual—whose own communications and communications records are being intercepted and diverted to the government—should be able to sue. On appeal, the government does not seriously defend the District Court’s reasoning but instead renews its old argument that the case should be dismissed based on the state secrets privilege. Click here for a video of the hearing.

Ninth Circuit Reinstates Jewel v. NSA

Dec 29
The Ninth Circuit reverses a decision by the district court that resulted in the case's dismissal, holding that the claims raised in Jewel were not "generalized grievances" but, instead, were the types of claims that were suitable for resolution by the judicial branch.

Jewel v. NSA Back to District Court: EFF Files Motion for Partial Summary Judgement

Jul 2

Jewel v. NSA Oral Arguments Heard in Northern District Court of California

Dec 14

EFF Files Opening Brief in Jewel v. NSA in Ninth Circuit

Aug 13
EFF points out that three longstanding statutes protect the privacy of Americans' communications from wholesale, unwarranted government surveillance: Title III (The Wiretap Act), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the Stored Communications Act. It also notes that the Constitution forbids such surveillance. Like EFF's earlier case,Hepting v. AT&T, the Jewel case relies in part on the whistleblower evidence uncovered by former AT&T technician, Mark Klein, detailing a secret facility at the Folsom Street office of AT&T in San Francisco where copies of private customer communications are routinely given to the NSA.

James Comey Named Deputy Attorney General

December

Concerns Grow Over the Program in the Justice Department

Early Mar

Attorney General Told to "Just...Sign It"

Oct 5

Addington, Counsel to the VP, Refuses to Allow NSA Lawyers to Read Legal Memo on NSA Program

Dec 8

Jack Goldsmith Becomes Asst Attorney General and Head of the OLC.

Oct 6

Deputy Attorney General Comey Tells Attorney General Ashcroft the Program Might Be Illegal

Mar 4

Attorney General Ashcroft Hospitalized; Comey Takes Over as Acting Attorney General

Mar 5

Deputy Attorney General Comey Tells White House He Will Not Sign Off on Another 45-day Extension of NSA Spying

Mar 10

Alberto Gonzales Attempts to Get Hospitalized Attorney General Ashcroft to Authorize NSA Spying Extension

Mar 10

White House Extends Program Without Justice Department Approval

Mar 11

Deputy Attorney General Comey, Along with Several Top DOJ and FBI Officials, Plan to Resign

Mar 12

Bush Tells Deputy Attorney General Comey to Make the Changes and Stay on; Most of the Program Remains

Mar 12

New York Times Exposes NSA Spying to the Public for the First Time

Dec 16

President Bush Confirms Existence of NSA Spying

Dec 17

New York Times Reveals Some of NSA Spying Activites Are Purely Domestic

Dec 21

New York Times Reveals NSA Spying Program Much Larger Than President Bush Acknowledged

Dec 23

New York Times Reveals Companies Gave Backdoor Access to Their Communications Stream

Dec 23

New York Times Reports NSA Program Leads FBI to Hundreds of Dead-Ends and Innocent Americans

Jan 17

Parts of the Cancelled "Total Information Awareness" Program Quietly Moved into Domestic Spying Program

Late Sep

Congress Passes FISA Amendments Act, Giving Telecom Companies Immunity and Expanding Wiretapping Powers

Jul 9

Attorney General Certifies NSA Program Without Assessing Program's Legality

Mid-Oct

Addington, Counsel to VP, Refuses to Inform Other White House Officials of the Program, Gives Ominous Warning

Oct 15

Three Weeks After the Program is Authorized, Attorney General Ashcroft Asks OLC Lawyer Yoo to Analyze Its Legality for the First Time

Late Oct

USA Today Names the Telecom Companies, Including AT&T, MCI and Sprint, Which Helped in NSA Domestic Spying Program

Feb 5

Government Admits NSA Spying Violated Constitution

Jul 20

Citing Privacy Violations, Government Refuses to Estimate How Many Americans Have Been Spied on Under FISA Surveillance

Jun 18

Baltimore Sun Reports NSA Killed System That Sifted Phone Data Legally

May 18

NSA Starts Construction on Massive Data Center to Hold the World's Intercepted Communications

Jan 6

Protect America Act Passed by House and Senate, Expands President's Wiretapping Abilities

Aug 3

The Bill of Rights, Including the Fourth Amendment, Goes Into Effect

Dec 15
The Fourth Amendment reads: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Signed Into Law, Protecting Americans from Domestic Spying

Oct 6
(
New York Times
)
From the New York Times "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, was enacted in 1978, passed in response to revelations by the Church Committee showing widespread abuse of government wiretaps, and to growing concerns on the part of the Supreme Court over eavesdropping practices. The law governs the surveillance of people in the United States for the purpose of collecting intelligence related to foreign powers. A secret court, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, was created to hear requests for such warrants. Safeguards were put in place to ensure that investigators pursuing criminal matters did not obtain warrants under FISA that they could not get from an ordinary judge."

In Al-Haramain, Judge Holds FISA Preempts State Secrets Privilege, Suit Can Go Forward

Jul 3

ACLU Case, Amnesty v. Clapper, Challenging FISA Amendments Act Argued Before Supreme Court

Oct 30

Second Circuit Rules Amnesty v. Clapper Plaintiffs Have Standing to Challenge FISA Amendments Act

Mar 22

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of FISA Amendments Act

Jul 11

Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Bush Lawsuit Alleging Warrantless Wiretapping Begins

Mar 1

Federal Judge Rules the Government Illegally Spied on Plaintiffs in Al-Haramain

Apr 1

Federal Judge Awards Plaintiffs in Al-Haramain $2.5 Million After Ruling Goverment IIlegally Spied on Them

Dec 22

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama

Aug 8

Oral Arguments in Hepting v. AT&T in Ninth Circuit About Government's Claim to Secrecy

Aug 15

Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001

Sep 11

Justice Dept.'s Goldsmith Tells VP's Office of Legal Concerns With the Program

Mid Dec

White House tells OLC Head Goldsmith they Disagree with Justice Dept. and OLC's Legal Assessment

Mar 7

President Obama Takes Office

Jan 20

Senator Obama Breaks Promise and Votes For the FISA Amendments Act

Jun 20

Senator Obama Promises Strong Opposition to FISA's Retroactive Immunity for Telecommunications Companies

Oct 24

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on "Strengthening FISA: Does the Protect America Act Protect Americans' Civil Liberties and Enhance Security?"

Sep 25

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Holds "Hearing on the Protect America Act of 2007"

Sep 20

Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution Holds "Restoring the Rule of Law"

Sep 16

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing "Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations"

Jul 25

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Holds Hearing "Administration Proposal to Modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act"

May 1

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing "Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel
"

Feb 14

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing "FISA Amendments: How to Protect Americans' Security and Privacy 
and Preserve the Rule of Law and Government Accountability"

Oct 31

House Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing "Administration Views of FISA Authorities
"

Sep 20

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing "Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:
 The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans' Privacy Rights (Part II)"

Sep 18

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing "Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:
 The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans' Privacy Rights (Part I)"

Sep 5

House Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing "FISA for the Future: Balancing Security and Liberty
"

Dec 2

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Holds Hearing "Modernization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act"

Sep 6

President Truman Establishes the National Security Agency (NSA)

1952

NSA Collecting All Americans' Phone Calls for Database

May 11

Senate "Church Committee" Investigation Uncovers Illegal Domestic Spying by NSA, Recommends Reforms

1975

Supreme Court Rules Warrants Are Required for Domestic Intelligence Surveillance

1973

New York Times Reports NSA Still Collecting Purely Domestic Communications

Apr 15

Congress Cancels "Total Info Awareness" Surveillance Program Due to Privacy Concerns

Sep 25

Secret Court Order Revealing Spying of All US Verizon Calls Leaked

Jun 5

PRISM Program Revealed: NSA Tapping Into Internet Companies' Systems, Mass Collecting User Data

Jun 6

Director of National Intelligence General Clapper Declassifies Parts of Dragnet Spying

Jun 6

President Obama Comments On Dragnet Spying By NSA

Jun 7

Court documents reveal Qwest CEO declined to give information to NSA

April 2007

In Light of Leaks, Government Asks For More Time in Jewel v. NSA

Jun 7

NSA Tool to Record and Analyze Spying Revealed

Jun 9

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Testifies in Front of House Judiciary Committee

Jun 15

In Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing, General Alexander Gets Grilled on Domestic Spying

Jun 12

Washington Post Reveals Names of Programs Alleged In EFF Lawsuits

Jun 15

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Okays Dragnet Surveillance of Telephony Metadata for First Time Ever

May 24

Telecommunications Companies Formally Enter Voluntarily Agreements with US to Give Data to NSA

Late 2002

Phone Companies' Voluntary Agreement to Hand Over "Bulk Metadata" to Government Ends. Orders from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Begins.

May 2006

An Unnamed Telephone Company Approaches Government to Change Voluntary Requests Into Court Orders

December 2005

Department of Justice Confirms NSA Does Not Need Court Order Everytime it Searches Databases of Americans' Calling Information

Jun 18

The Guardian Releases Draft NSA Inspector General Report Detailing Complete History of Domestic NSA Spying

Jun 27

NSA Approaches Some Companies to Voluntarily Hand Over Data

Oct 16

3,000 People Briefed on Warrantless Wiretapping

January 2007

NSA Inspector General is Finally Notified Almost a Year After Programs Start

Aug 2

With President's Authorization, NSA Director General Michael Hayden Begins Targeting

Sep 14

All US Phone Numbers Calling an Afghanistan Telephone Number Can Be Kept and Shared

Sep 26

NSA Director General Hayden Informs Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of Programs by Telephone

Oct 3

NSA Resurfaces Plan from 1999 to Enhance Spying After White House Asks What More Could Be Done

Sep 15

David Addington, Counsel to Vice President Cheney, Drafts First Presidential Authorization

End of Sep, Beg of Oct

NSA Director General Hayden "Surprised With a Small 'S'" After Authorization Drafted by Vice President's Counsel is Signed by the President

Oct 6

NSA Believes Authorization Allowed It to Spy on US Phone Calls and Emails Without Warrant

Oct 4

NSA General Counsel Decides Program is Legal

Oct 5

Select NSA Analysts Called in to Receive Special Clearance Briefings

October 6 and 7

NSA Director Convenes Employees Selected to Work on Program

Oct 8

90 NSA Employees Know About Program One Week After It Begins

Oct 15

NSA Deputy General Counsel Read Into Program

Nov 11

More Companies Start Sending Telephony and Internet Metadata to NSA

Nov 1

Companies Start Sending Internet and Telephony Content to NSA

Mid to Late October

Analysis and Production of Metadata and Content Consolidated into Advanced Analysis Division

2004

Selected FBI and CIA Employees Join NSA Team

End of 2003

Vice President's Counsel, David Addington, Denies NSA Inspector General and Deputy General Counsel From Reviewing Legal Opinions on Program

Dec 8

Two Years After Program, NSA Inspector General, General Counsel, and Deputy General Counsel Have Yet to See Full Legal Opinion Justifying Spying

Dec 9

NSA Provides Comments to Report Being Prepared by Department of Justice lawyers Jack Goldsmith and Patrick Philbin

May 4

Over 500 People Informed of Program

Jun 1

Chief Judge of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is Briefed on Program

May 17

Chief Judge of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Gets Another Briefing at White House

Aug 12

All But Two Judges on Secret Surveillance Court Finally Told of Spying

Jan 9

Judge Bates of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Briefed on Program

Mar 21

Judge Scullin of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Briefed on Program

Jan 31

Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel Drafts Another Opinion on Program

Jul 16

First Day of Three Month Period When NSA Stops Collecting Bulk Internet Metadata. Will Start Again in July

Mar 19

Department of Justice Meets with NSA to Find Another Legal Basis for Spying Program

Mar 26

Chief Judge of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Law Clerk Briefed Again

April 2004

Secret Surveillance Court, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Signs First Order

Jul 14

NSA General Counsel Introduces Idea of Changing Spying Law to Allow for Dragnet Collection of Message Content

Feb 21

Secret Spying Court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Signs Two Orders About Collecting Phone Calls and Emails

Jan 10

Chief of NSA Signals Intelligence Directorate Office of Oversight and Compliance Briefed on Program

Oct 10

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) v. Obama Dismissed

Jun 3

Supreme Court Dismisses ACLU's Suit Against the Spying, Clapper v. Amnesty International

Feb 26

EFF Files New Lawsuit Challenging Spying: First Unitarian Church v. NSA

Jul 16

ACLU Files New Lawsuit Against NSA Spying

Jun 11

Federal Judge Allows Jewell v. NSA, EFF's NSA Mass Spying Case, to Proceed

Jul 8

Company E Approached to Hand Over Calling Information for Olympics

Early 2002

Internet Provider Company D Asked to Support NSA Program

Sep 5

Internet Provider Company F Approached by NSA, but Denies to Help

Oct 29

Company G Approached by NSA for Data

April 2003

NSA Sends First Letters to Some Private Companies Asking for Data

Oct 16

Unknown Company E Sent Letter by NSA Requesting Data

Feb 26

Internet Provider Company D Receives First Formal Letter From NSA Demanding Data

Oct 9

Company C Requests Letter from Attorney General on the Legality of the Program

June 2003

Company C Receives Letter from Attorney General on Legality of Program

Aug 8

President Amends March 11 Order to Stop Bulk Collection of Internet Metadata

Mar 26

New Letters Sent to Companies

Mar 12

New NSA Director General Keith B. Alexander Starts Signing Letters to Companies Demanding Data

Sep 19

Letters to Companies are Updated Again

Jan 24

Letters Demanding Data From Companies Updated

Apr 13

House Judiciary Committee Rails Witnesses About NSA Spying

Jul 17

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On NSA Spying

Jul 31

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Releases Documents Right Before Senate Hearing

Jul 31

NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander Provides Briefing to Senate Intelligence Committee

May 17

Washington Post Reveals NSA Internal Audit Showing Thousands of Violations

Aug 15

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Releases FISA Court Decision Detailing NSA's Violation of the Fourth Amendment

Aug 21

Chief Judge of FISA Court Says Court is Unable to Oversee Spying

Aug 15

White House Releases Supposed Legal Justification for section 215 of the PATRIOT Act

Aug 9

Wall Street Journal Reports on "Upstream" Collection--Key Issue in EFF's NSA Spying Cases

Aug 20

White House Unveils New Tumblr to Release Documents: IConTheRecord

Aug 21

NSA Stops Internet Metadata Collection, Continues Collection of Internet Content

Oct 11

Governmet Releases FISA Court Opinions in Response to EFF Lawsuit

Sep 10

Government Releases FISA Court Legal Justification for Mass Spying Using Section 215

Sep 17

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Oct 2

Senate Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing

Sep 26

Senate Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing

Sep 26

The Guardian Reveals NSA's Ability to Hack Tor

Oct 4

FISA Court Forces NSA to Obtain Court Approval for Every Metadata Search

Mar 2

NSA's "End to End Review" of Section 215 Telephony Metadata Completed

Jun 25

FISA Court Orders Weekly Reports by NSA on Section 215 Telephony Metadata Program

Jul 3

NSA Finally Implements Audit Controls for Staff Accessing Section 215 Telephony Metadata

Aug 17

FISA Court Lifts August Restrictions. Allows NSA to Search Section 215 Telephony Metadata.

Sep 3

Washington Post Reveals How NSA Attacks Google and Yahoo!'s Data Centers

Oct 30

House Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing

Oct 29

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Transparency Issues

Nov 13

News Reports Reveal CIA Collecting Bulk International Money Transfers Using Patriot Act

Nov 14

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on NSA Spying

Nov 21

Government Releases More Documents Due to EFF's Patriot Act FOIA Lawsuit

Nov 18

Der Spiegel Reveals GCHQ Used Fake LinkedIn Pages to Target Engineers

Nov 11

Huffington Post Reveals NSA Spied on Porn Habits

Nov 26

Guardian Reveals Australian Spy Agency Offered Unminimized Data of Ordinary Citizens

Dec 2

Hearing in ACLU's Newest Lawsuit Against the NSA Spying

Nov 22

SCOTUS Denies EPIC's Petition to Hear Arguments on NSA Disclosures

Nov 18

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Files an Emergency Writ to the US Supreme Court

Jul 8

US Government Responds to EPIC's Petition to the Supreme Court

Oct 14

EPIC Responds to Government Filing in US Supreme Court

Oct 28

Reuters Reports on DEA's Use of Data Collected by NSA

Aug 5

Reuters Follow up: IRS also Uses Data DEA Receives from NSA

Aug 7

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on FISA Authorities

Dec 11

Guardian Reveals Extent of Britain's NSA-equivalent, GCHQ

Jun 21

Washington Post Reveals More Information About Government Partnership with Companies

Jul 6

New York Times Reports on Secretive FISA Court Decisions

Dec 3

Guardian Reports on Microsoft's Cooperation with US Government

Jul 11

XKEYSCORE Revealed

Jul 11

Washington Post Explains How NSA Programs Work

Aug 8

Guardian Reveals Legal Loophole NSA Uses to Spy on Americans

Aug 9

Wall Street Journal Reveals NSA Employees Spied on Ex-Lovers

Aug 23

Secret "Black Budget" of Intelligence Community is Released

Aug 29

New York Times Reveals AT&T Calling Records Database Used by DEA Goes Back 20 Years

Sep 1

Guardian Reveals How NSA and GCHQ Attack Encryption Standards and Hack

Sep 5

New York Times Reports on NSA's Mapping of Americans' Social Networks

Sep 28

Guardian Reveals NSA Stores Metadata of Millions of Web Users for up to a Year

Sep 30

New York Times Reveals NSA Tracked Cell-Phone Location of Americans for up to Two Years

Oct 2

Wahington Post Reveals NSA Collects Americans' Address Books and Buddy Lists

Oct 14

New York Times Offers Comprehensive Overview of NSA's Collections and Programs

Nov 2

Washington Post Reveals NSA Collecting 5 Billion Records of Mobile Phone Location Daily

Dec 4

Newspapers Reveal NSA Spied on Online Video Game Users

Dec 9

Washington Post Reveals How NSA Tracks Mobila Data

Dec 10

Washington Post Reveals How NSA Turns Browser Cookies Into Surveillance Devices

Dec 10

Reuters Reports on Secret NSA Contract with Computer Security Company RSA

Dec 20

Review Group Directed by President to Review NSA Spying Releases Report

Dec 18

Der Spiegel Reveals Internal NSA Catalogue Documenting Spy Tools

Dec 29

FISA Court Renews Order Collecting All Americans' Calling Records

Oct 11

FISA Court Renews Order Collecting All Americans' Calling Records

Jan 3

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing

Jan 14

Guardian Reveals NSA Collects Millions of Text Messages

Jan 16

Senate Judiciary Commitee Holds Annual "Oversight of Department of Justice" Hearing

Jan 29

Government Releases More FISA Court Orders on Section 215 of the Patriot Act

Jan 17

President Obama Gives Speech on Recent Disclosures and Section 215 of the Patriot Act

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