NSA Conducted Domestic Surveillance Without a Presidential Directive
The New York Times reported this morning that the National Security Agency started expanding its domestic operations very quickly after September 11, before the President had a chance to sign his secret directives flouting Congressional limits to the agency's power. Does this mean it was operating as a rogue organization? Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter of concern about the new activity on October 11, 2001, which until recently had remained classified. At her request, it was declassified and released, allowing the American public to learn about this development more than four years after the fact. The legality of the NSA's activity remains very much an open question. We need a full investigation into this and the President's secret directive, not just the selective release of documents that raise more questions than they answer.