Posted on August 24, 2013


The Obama administration still has unveiled this week on the methods of monitoring the National Security Agency (NSA), but the declassification of secret documents, although welcomed, seems to generate more questions than it solves. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-governmental human freedoms on the Internet, continued last year the government to court to obtain the declassification of secret court order of 2011 on the NSA. The avalanche of revelations of former subcontractor of the NSA, Edward Snowden, forced the government to accept its publication Wednesday. “I was very pleased with the number of documents made public” by the administration, said Mark Rumold, EFF attorney. The decision of October 2011, 85 pages long, meticulously describes a method of spying optical fiber in the United States and ordered the government to change, because it violated the constitutional protections of American citizens. The government has also made public reports hitherto ultra-confidential details of the tens of thousands of crimes committed by analysts at the National Security Agency (NSA), and the measures taken to prevent further. The Washington Post had published on August 15, a partial audit revealing their extent. “We have gained a better understanding, but we have not enough information to judge how best to reform the law,” yet accuses Mark Rumold. An example: a simple footnote, numbered page 14, the decision of 3 October 2011. The judge found there with severity that the NSA has provided incorrect three times the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (IRS) information, the secret tribunal to approve the methods of the NSA to intercept communications, including the Prism program on the internet . But two of the three examples are censored from the public version, leaving the experts to their conjectures. “When we think have happened at the bottom of the hole, we realize that there is something else and it goes even deeper,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, an expert at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “This automatically raises a multitude of new issues,” he said.

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