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Changes to Handling of FAA-702 Collection

This internal NSA memo from SIGINT Director Teresa H Shea shows how the agency reacted to a October 2011 ruling of the FISA court, which was declassified after Edward Snowden’s revelations began. The ruling found that NSA had been intercepting the communications of non-targeted persons in the United States, violating the Fourth Amendment. The memo announces minimal changes to the Agency’s procedures, which the agency finally admitted were lacking in 2017, when it finally amended its mode of collection: see the Intercept article The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs In Eight U.S. Cities, 25 June 2018.

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Special Source Operations Weekly – 18 April 2013

This extract from the 18 April 2013 edition of the internal NSA newsletter Special Source Operations Weekly provides details of five PRISM reports based on the output of Iranian academics working in the field of medical science. The presentation says the universities “are suspected of being linked to Iranian CBW [chemical and biological warfare] programs”: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 August 2016.

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UK court rules that GCHQ-NSA intelligence sharing is illegal

Since the first reporting on documents disclosed by Edward Snowden in June 2013, a number of legal challenges to GCHQ’s surveillance practices have been initiated in the UK. Today, in response to one of those applications, from Liberty and several other organisations, the court that oversees the GCHQ ruled against the UK intelligence services for the first time in its controversial 15 year history.

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