Monday, February 06, 2006

Wiretap Deja Vu

The National Security Archive has just posted an electronic briefing book, Electronic Surveillance: From the Cold War to Al-Qaeda. Included are historic documents from the Church Committee investigations of intelligence abuses, National Security Agency documents underlining the limits imposed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and the Fourth Amendment on surveilling U.S. persons, and two studies by the Office of Technology Assessment on the challenges of electronic surveillance and civil liberties in a digital age. Also made available are secret Justice Department reports from June 1976 and March 1977 on the potential criminal liability of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency for several secret investigations. The Archive's posting was compiled by senior fellow, Dr. Jeffrey Richelson.

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