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National Policy

  • Presidential Policy Directive 28 -- Signals Intelligence Activities The White House 17 Jan 2014
  • Administration White Paper: Bulk Collection Of Telephony Metadata Under Section 215 Of The USA Patriot Act US Dept. of Justice Released 9 Aug 2013 -- "This white paper explains the Government’s legal basis for an intelligence collection program under which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtains court orders directing certain telecommunications service providers to produce telephony metadata in bulk. The bulk metadata is stored, queried and analyzed by the National Security Agency (NSA) for counterterrorism purposes. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“the FISC” or “the Court”) authorizes this program under the “business records” provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 50 U.S.C. § 1861, enacted as section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 215)."
  • Fourth Amendment -- Search and Seizure "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." ["Constitution of the United States, Analysis and Interpretation: 2002 Edition" U.S. Government Printing Office.]

National Strategy

Executive Orders

U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Legal Counsel Opinions

  • MEMORANDUM FOR THE FILES - Re: Status of Certain OLC Opinions Issued in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 15 Jan 2009 -- The purpose of this memorandum is to confirm that certain propositions stated in several opinions issued by the Office of Legal Counsel in 2001-2003 respecting the allocation of authorities between the President and Congress in matters of war and national security do not reflect the current views of this Office. We have previously withdrawn or superseded a number of opinions that depended upon one or more of these propositions. For reasons discussed herein, today we explain why these propositions are not consistent with the current views of OLC, and we advise that caution should be exercised before relying in other respects on the remaining opinions identified below [PDF Version]

The Opinions below are no longer United States Policy

U.S. Dept. of Justice


Court Rulings

US District Court for the District of Columbia

US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Six Circuit


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