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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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By chmilz on 7/30/2013 7:32:11 PM , Rating: 2
Declassification should come with dropped charges for leaking it in the first place. Declassifying is PR step 1. PR step 2 would be letting the dude go. PR step 3 would obviously be scrapping the whole thing entirely (while building their newer, better, more secretive program of course).

RE: Snowden
By Ammohunt on 7/30/13, Rating: 0
RE: Snowden
By spread on 7/31/2013 1:26:51 AM , Rating: 2
Like during the prohibition. If you went to prison for having a drink of alcohol you must serve the rest of your sentence even if it becomes legal the next day.

It's not immoral. It's the law and he broke it. What the government needs to do is write some new laws (or bring up some of those secret laws that nobody can see) and charge him with those as well because he broke all the laws.

Charge him with the law!

RE: Snowden
By Ammohunt on 7/31/2013 11:46:23 AM , Rating: 1
Nice emotional response there! The "Age of Reason" is dead behold the "Age of Emotion"!

RE: Snowden
By MichalT on 7/30/2013 8:47:49 PM , Rating: 2
He also released additional classified information to WikiLeaks. Any sympathy I might have had for him disappeared with the additional disclosures.

RE: Snowden
By PontiusP on 7/30/2013 8:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
Since the ban against the government using propaganda against Americans has been lifted, I see the paid shills are hard at work here.

RE: Snowden
By captainBOB on 7/30/2013 11:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
He gave away all the information to specific people, such as the guy working at The Guardian.

Any additional information you're seeing isn't being released by Snowden, its the press that's deciding when to do it.

RE: Snowden
By Azsen on 7/31/2013 12:16:27 AM , Rating: 2
And that's exactly what they'll do. The current program might be denounced and dismantled, they'll win some support from the people. Meanwhile they'll create another system to do exactly the same thing. Less people will know about it and it will be even more highly classified. Anyone working on the new program will be highly scrutinized and watched day and night.

Actually they don't even need to dismantle the first system. No-one will be able to actually prove that they dismantled it as they said. Are they going to let the media into the NSA and watch them blow up the system and datacenters? How would you know if all of it got destroyed? Maybe they only blew up a tenth of it for show. Obviously blowing it up is a bit over the top and a waste of money. They'd try to repurpose all the datacenter servers and equipment. But how would you prove it got repurposed truthfully? They could just move it to another location deep underground and continue as normal.

The only way to truly get rid of this spying on the whole world is to impeach your entire congress, senate and presidency. Start afresh with honest people. Have a revolution. That's what the Second Amendment is all about, your right to bear arms in defense of yourself and a rogue government. I tell you, if all 314 million+ people decided for a revolution all across America, there is absolutely nothing the government could do to stop it.

RE: Snowden
By Spuke on 7/31/2013 6:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
The thing is that despite what Congress and the President dictate, reasonable people are actually carrying out the "orders". If the NSA is disclosing the program, that's exactly what they're doing.

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