In January 2017, Human Rights Watch requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (“I&A”). The request primarily concerned communications surveillance activities under two of the United States’ main foreign intelligence surveillance authorities: Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Executive Order 12333.
In response to this request, Human Rights Watch received documents from I&A on April 17. While DHS had previously released most of these documents to the public, the undated “Intelligence Oversight Training” appears to have been a fresh disclosure. The training explains I&A’s surveillance activities under Executive Order 12333, including its collection of information about US persons (a category that includes US citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as certain corporations and associations).
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