A top-secret federal court has renewed the authority of the U.S. government to collect telephone records as part of its surveillance program. In other words: Let the federal spying keep on rolling.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday said that it had decided to declassify more information, including the renewal, of the surveillance program that was revealed last month by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. The renewal of the program occurs regularly but is normally not publicized.
The effort follows a recent move by tech giants to push for greater transparency by the National Security Agency. Sixty-three companies, trade groups, and civil liberties groups on Thursday published a letter asking officials for more latitude in reporting U.S. government requests for user information.