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They could be released as early as this week

National Security Agency surveillance programs will be declassified and available to the public as early as this week.

U.S. spy agencies are declassifying documents that shed light on surveillance programs in an attempt to place more transparency on such affairs. 

Also, the documents will reveal information about the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. 

James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has been working on the declassification of some information by the Surveillance Court.

"I think there is a high likelihood of FISC opinions being declassified soon," said Clapper.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden uncovered the spying methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this year, which included collecting data from phones. This was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after such revelations. 

Now, the release of declassified information is an attempt to restore a bit of trust and understanding regarding the intelligence agencies' actions. 

Source: CNN

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Trust and Understanding
By dsquare86 on 7/30/2013 5:50:48 PM , Rating: 5
Why would anyone trust the government?

RE: Trust and Understanding
By TSS on 7/31/2013 1:26:18 AM , Rating: 3
Don't bite the hand that feeds?

Just saying it's pretty hard for any human being to knock on the government when it's the government keeping you alive. That it was the government that got them there in the first place doesn't matter(see stockholm syndrome, on a national scale). It's just human to like the entity being benign in a crappy situation, which for alot of americans is reality right now (50 million people on foodstamps anybody?).

The only way to stop that is to point out the emperor has no clothes on.

RE: Trust and Understanding
By Flunk on 7/31/2013 9:01:10 AM , Rating: 2
I hear this a lot, but I don't see anyone doing anything about it. If you really didn't trust your government you would be doing something about it.

RE: Trust and Understanding
By ClownPuncher on 7/31/2013 12:00:12 PM , Rating: 3
We are doing something about it. Just because nothing seems to change doesn't mean some of us aren't working to make this a better place.

RE: Trust and Understanding
By Crank the Planet on 7/31/2013 5:39:32 PM , Rating: 2
I have a question, isn't the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court supposed to be for spying on Foreign countries, as the name implies? Why then are they using this court to obtain warrants to spy on us???

RE: Trust and Understanding
By Spuke on 7/31/2013 6:09:41 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Trust and Understanding
By Ammohunt on 7/31/2013 11:48:16 AM , Rating: 2
47 million people on SNAP?

RE: Trust and Understanding
By Spuke on 7/31/2013 6:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
23 million according to the USDA.

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