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Visit Precis: Ambassador Roy Ferguson

This NSA briefing dated 22 March 2013 previews a forthcoming visit of the director of New Zealand’s Intelligence Coordination group to Fort Meade. The purpose of the visit was “to provide an update on legislation being proposed for the New Zealand Intelligence Community” which, the NSA document notes, “will include a strong oversight element”. The resignation of the GCSB’s deputy director as a consequence of the “Kim Dotcom incident” is also slated for discussion: see the Intercept article New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It, 15 September 2014.

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DNI/AG 702(g) Certification 2010-A

This 2010 certification from the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General asserts that procedures are in place to ensure foreign intelligence gathering stays within the boundaries of the law by targeting people “who are reasonably believed to be outside the United States.” The breadth of the authority is, however, very wide, allowing surveillance of communications “about” 193 countries and other entities specified in a separate document: see the Washington Post article Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show, 30 June 2014.

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Letter from Thomas Shannon

In this short extract from a 2009 letter, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon thanks NSA Director Keith Alexander for the “deep insight into the plans and intentions” of other participants in the Fifth Summit of the Americas that the agency had provided: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.

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EU Inquiry into Electronic Mass Surveillance draws its conclusions

For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s revelations, held the first of its fifteen hearings on 5 September 2013 and is now making amendments to the draft report prepared by Inquiry rapporteur, MEP Claude Moraes.

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