The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World

The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World

The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World

The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World


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The official report that has shaped the international debate about NSA surveillance

"We cannot discount the risk, in light of the lessons of our own history, that at some point in the future, high-level government officials will decide that this massive database of extraordinarily sensitive private information is there for the plucking. Americans must never make the mistake of wholly 'trusting' our public officials."The NSA Report

This is the official report that is helping shape the international debate about the unprecedented surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. Commissioned by President Obama following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, and written by a preeminent group of intelligence and legal experts, the report examines the extent of NSA programs and calls for dozens of urgent and practical reforms. The result is a blueprint showing how the government can reaffirm its commitment to privacy and civil liberties—without compromising national security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691163208
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard A. Clarke served as a national security official under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Michael J. Morell is a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University. Peter Swire is the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Executive Summary xv

Recommendations xxv

Chapter 1 | Principles 1

Chapter 2 | Lessons of History 10

Chapter 3 | Reforming Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Directed at United States Persons 34

Chapter 4 | Reforming Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Directed at Non- United States Persons 81

Chapter 5 | Determining What Intelligence Should Be Collected and How 112

Chapter 6 | Organizational Reform in Light of Changing Communications Technology 125

Chapter 7 | Global Communications Technology: Promoting Prosperity, Security, and Openness in a Networked World 154

Chapter 8 | Protecting What We Do Collect 176

Conclusion 199

Appendix A | The Legal Standards for Government Access to Communications 201

Appendix B | Overview of NSA Privacy Protections Under FAA 702; Overview of NSA Privacy Protections Under EO 12333 205

Appendix C | US Intelligence: Multiple Layers of Rules and Oversight 207

Appendix D | Avenues for Whistle-blowers in the Intelligence Community 208

Appendix E | US Government Role in Current Encryption Standards 209

Appendix F | Review Group Briefings and Meetings 213

Appendix G | Glossary 216

Index 227

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"The Snowden revelations have prompted many people to wonder about what is going on, and what could be done to stop the surveillance infrastructure without crippling the nation's ability to interdict acts of terror. This report, written by world-class experts, provides a valuable explanation and assessment of the situation—and how best to address it. It could turn into the seminal report on the issue—an issue central to liberal democracy."—Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, University of Oxford

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