INTERNET RIGHTS GROUP the Electronic Frontier Foundation has won a legal victory that will force the release of hundreds of NSA surveillance related documents that date back at least nine years.
The EFF has pushed hard for the release of the papers, and said that it's reward will come next week. It has secured the right to release hundreds of documents following judicial approval of one of its Freedom of Information requests.
"In a major victory in one of EFF's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, the Justice Department conceded yesterday that it will release hundreds of pages of documents, including FISA court opinions, related to the government's secret interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the law the NSA has relied upon for years to mass collect the phone records of millions of innocent Americans," it said in a statement.
"In a court filing, the Justice Department, responding to a judge's order, said that they would make public a host of material that will 'total hundreds of pages' by next week."
The EFF also said that we should ignore any governmental spin, and said that although the US Justice Department might give the impression that it is happy with the release, the opposite is true.
"While we applaud the government for finally releasing the opinions, it is not simply a case of magnanimity. The Justice Department is releasing this information because a court has ordered it to do so in response to EFF's FOIA lawsuit, which was filed on the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Patriot Act - nearly two years ago," it added.
"For most of the duration of the lawsuit, the government fought tooth and nail to keep every page of its interpretations secret, even once arguing it should not even be compelled to release the number of pages that their opinions consisted of. It was not until the start of the release of documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that the government's position became untenable and the court ordered the government to begin the declassification review process."
Included in the document releases will be more information about how the US security agencies interpret Section 215 of the Patriot Act. µ
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