In its IC on the Record blog, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a trove of documents related to the warrantless surveillance program under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Newly declassified documents include a "Memorandum and Opinion" approving 2016 Section 702 Certifications; the National Security Agency's updates regarding 702's targeting and minimization procedures; two separate tranches of Section 702; and a recent Inspector General Report on the program. The New York Times reports on the release and how the Trump administration has agreed to halt part of the program. "We decided to act on that, rather than getting into a conflict with the court, and struck a balance to protect the country without getting into Americans' privacy," Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said. NSA Director Mike Rogers said Section 702 "played a major role in understanding Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election," Reuters reports.
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