Critique of Warrantless Surveillance Program

National Security Inspectors General Release Critique of Warrantless Surveillance Program

Published on The National Security Archive, by Meredith Fuchs, July 10, 2009.

Washington, DC, July 10, 2009 – Today’s release of a report (43 pdf-pages) by several agency inspectors general reinforces the National Security Archive’s argument in our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the Justice Department should declassify and release the legal justifications for the surveillance program authorized by President Bush after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 

The new report from the inspectors general of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence, criticizes the OLC memoranda that were used to justify warrantless surveillance of US citizens, several of which remain secret and are subject to the Archive’s lawsuit. The IGs state that there were “deficiencies” in the OLC memos, drafted by Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, and that the memos “raise[d] serious concerns” at DOJ because they omitted analysis of key cases and legal provisions and were not subject to the ordinary “rigorous peer review process” … (full text).

(For more information contact: Meredith Fuchs – (US) 202/994-7000).

Link: Court Orders Government to Submit Warrantless Surveillance Legal Opinions for Judicial Review, October 31, 2008.

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