FAA FOIA Documents

December 2, 2010

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records related to the U.S. government's implementation of the invasive FISA Amendments Act (FAA) surveillance power, the government released over 900 pages of records to the ACLU. Although many of these records are heavily or even entirely redacted, the documents do shine some light on the government's interpretation, use, and abuse of the FAA spying power.

Regardless of abuses, the problem with the FAA is more fundamental: the statute itself is unconstitutional. The ACLU has challenged the constitutionality of the FAA in federal court because giving the executive branch the power to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans' international telephone calls and e-mails en masse, without a warrant, without suspicion of any kind, and with only very limited judicial oversight, violates the Fourth and First Amendments.  The case, Amnesty v. Blair, is currently on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Learn more about the FAA >>
Learn more about the ACLU's lawsuit, Amnesty v. Blair >>

See the initial FOIA request >>
November 29, 2010 cover letter regarding FAA FOIA document release >>
ACLU summary of FAA FOIA documents received on November 29, 2010 >>

Agency Page Range Document Date Title
NSA 1 - 22 11/30/2009 NSA Assessments of FAA Compliance (9/1/2008 to 8/31/2009)
NSA 23 - 28   FISA Modernization Final Exam
NSA 29 - 47 11/11/2008 FAA Training Video Transcript
NSA 48 - 57   FAA Training Presentation
NSA 58 - 74 12/23/2008 FAA Section 702 Summary Document
ODNI 1 - 35 12/9 AG/DNI Second Semiannual FAA Compliance Assessment (12/1/2008 to 5/31/2009)
ODNI 36 - 36 3/17/2009 FAA Compliance Assessment Cover Letter (9/4/2008 to 11/30/2008)
ODNI 37 - 38 12/29/2009 FAA Compliance Assessment Cover Letter (12/1/2008 to 5/31/2009)
ODNI 39 - 40 5/7/2010 FAA Compliance Assessment Cover Letter (6/1/2009 to 11/30/2009)
ODNI 41 - 69 03/9 AG/DNI First Semiannual FAA Compliance Assessment (9/4/2008-11/30/2008)
ODNI 70 - 103 05/10 AG/DNI Third Semiannual Assessment of Compliance (6/1/2009 to 11/30/2009)
DOJ OLA 1 - 2 3/4/2009 Cover Letter to First DOJ Semiannual Section 707 Report
DOJ OLA 3 - 4 11/24/2009 Cover Letter to Second DOJ Semiannual Section 707 Report
DOJ OLA 5 - 6 3/9/2010 Cover Letter to Third DOJ Semiannual Section 707 Report
FBI 1 - 10 3/15/2010 Cover Letters to FBI First Annual FAA Report (9/1/08 to 8/31/09)
FBI 11 - 13   FBI First Annual FAA Report (9/1/2008 to 8/31/2009)
FBI 14 - 16 5/20/2009 Powerpoint Slides: Changes to Electronic Surveillance using FISA
FBI 17 - 19 12/1/2009 Powerpoint Slides: Changes to Electronic Surveillance using FISA
FBI 20 - 22 2/11/2010 Powerpoint Slides: Changes to Electronic Surveillance using FISA
FBI 23 - 26 5/21/2010 Powerpoint Slides: Changes to Electronic Surveillance using FISA
FBI 27 - 31 6/10/2010 Powerpoint Slides: Changes to Electronic Surveillance using FISA
FBI 32 - 32 9/3/2008 Powerpoint Slides: FAA Overview
FBI 33 - 34   Withheld pages: 2
FBI 35 - 37 12/9/2009 Powerpoint Slides: Changes to Electronic Surveillance using FISA
FBI 36 12/9/2009 January 23, 2012 release of a less-redacted version of page 36 of "Powerpoint Slides: Changes to Electronic Surveillance using FISA"
FBI 38 - 39   Powerpoint Slides: FISA Section 702 Operations
FBI 40 - 42   Withheld pages: 3
FBI 43 - 47   Powerpoint Slides: How Do I Disseminate FISA 702 Information?
FBI 48 - 52   Powerpoint Slides: The FAA: Significant Changes to FISA
FBI 53 - 53   Powerpoint Slides: Section 702 Presentation
FBI 54 - 54   Withheld page: 1
FBI 55 - 59   Powerpoint Slides: The FAA: Notable Changes to FISA
FBI 60 - 64   Powerpoint Slides: The FAA: Section 702
FBI 65 - 66   Powerpoint Slides: The FAA: Section 702
FBI 67 - 71   Powerpoint Slides: Section 702 of the FAA
FBI 72 - 77 6/7/2010 FBI Legal Opinion
FBI 78 - 78   FAA Overview (Chart)
FBI 79 - 88 4/11/2008 FBI Memorandum of Understanding
FBI 89 - 90 7/11/2008 The FAA (Bullet-point overview)
FBI 91 - 95   Withheld pages: 5
FBI 96 - 96   Redacted Page
FBI 97 - 153   Withheld pages: 57
FBI 154 - 523   Standard Operation Procedure Acknowledgment Requests (almost entirely redacted)
FBI 524 - 524   Title VII of FISA § 702 (chart)
FBI 525 - 530   Purging of FISA 702 Data Standard Operating Procedures
FBI 531 - 535   Purging of FISA 702 Data Standard Operating Procedures
FBI 536 - 603 10/2/2009 Powerpoint Slides: Introduction to FISA Section 702
FBI 604 - 610 9/21/2009 FBI Memo: Electronic Communications Analysis
FBI 611 - 614 1/15/2010 FBI Memo: FISA Section 702
FBI 615 - 619 3/22/2010 FBI Memo: FISA Section 702
FBI 620 - 623 4/19/2010 FBI Memo: FISA Section 702
FBI 624 - 630 5/26/2010 FBI Memo: FISA Section 702
FBI 631 - 635 5/26/2010 FBI Memo: FISA Section 702
FBI 636 - 641 6/7/2010 FBI Memo: Legal Opinion Regarding [Redacted]
FBI 642 - 655   Powerpoint Slides: The FISA, as Amended: Title VII
FBI 656 - 659 8/5/2008 FBI Targeting Procedures under FAA § 702
FBI 660 - 661 8/5/2008 FBI Minimization Procedures under FAA § 702
FBI 662 - 672   FBI Standard FISA Minimization Procedures: Non-U.S. Person
FBI 673 - 696   FBI Standard FISA Physical Search Minimization Procedures: Non-U.S. Person
FBI 697 - 699 1/9/2009 FBI Minimization Procedures under FAA § 702
FBI 700 - 703 7/28/2009 FBI Targeting Procedures under FAA § 702
FBI 704 - 706 7/28/2009 FBI Minimization Procedures under FAA § 702
FBI 707 - 746 10/22/2008 FBI Standard FISA Minimization Procedures
FBI 747 - 748 4/20/2009 Minimization Reviews of FBI FAA Collection
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FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
NSA: National Security Agency
ODNI: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
DOJ OLA: Department of Justice Office of Legal Affairs

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