“Do you know a cure for me?"
“Why yes,” he said, “I know a cure for everything. Salt water.”
“Salt water?” I asked him.
“Yes,” he said, “in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
“Three in the morning, Dad, good citizen
stopped, waited, looked left, right.
He had been driving nine hundred miles,
had nearly a hundred more to go,
but if there was any impatience
it was only the steady growl of the engine
which could just as easily be called a purr.I chided him for stopping;
he told me our civilization is founded
on people stopping for lights at three in the morning.”
from a poem by Bruce Hawkins.
What makes all this more than a journalistic failure is that the press plays a crucial role in our democracy. We count on the press to help create an informed electorate. And perhaps even more important, we rely on the press to hold the powerful accountable.
That requires calling out political leaders when they transgress or fail to meet commonly agreed-upon standards: when they are corrupt, when they deceive, when they break the rules and refuse to govern. Such exposure is the first consequence. When the transgressions are sufficiently grave, what follows should be continued scrutiny, marginalization, contempt and ridicule.”
“Does a unit of market share matter if it’s not being used? For us, it matters that people use our products. We really want to enrich people’s lives, and you can’t enrich somebody’s life if the product is in the drawer.”
DNI Declassifies Intelligence Community Documents Regarding Collection Under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
In June, President Obama requested that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive NSA programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence and national security.
Consistent with this directive and in the interest of increased transparency, DNI Clapper has today authorized the declassification and public release of a number of documents pertaining to the Intelligence Community’s collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). DNI Clapper has determined that the release of these documents is in the public interest.
These documents and other unclassified information related to foreign intelligence surveillance activities are available on a new Intelligence Community website established at the direction of the President. The new www.icontherecord.tumblr.com is designed to provide immediate, ongoing and direct access to factual information related to the lawful foreign surveillance activities carried out by the U.S. Intelligence Community.
The Administration is undertaking a careful and thorough review of whether and to what extent additional information or documents pertaining to this program may be declassified, consistent with the protection of national security. IC on the Record provides a single online location to access new information as it is made available from across the Intelligence Community.
Documents being released today include:
DNI James Clapper’s Cover Letter Announcing the Document Release
October 3, 2011 — Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Memorandum Opinion and Order (J. Bates)
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9
November 30, 2011 — Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Memorandum Opinion and Order (J. Bates)
Part 1 | Part 2
September 25, 2012 — Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Memorandum Opinion and Order (J. Bates)
NSA posts a bunch of PDFs with seemingly important data about domestic and foreign surveillance programs…. and they are all 404s. That certainly instills some confidence.