Lawmakers, groups urge secret court to reveal papers justifying NSA records programs

From Journal Gazette: WASHINGTON – In the recent stream of disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, one document, sources say, has been conspicuously absent: the original – and still classified – judicial interpretation that held that the bulk collection of Americans’ data was lawful.

That document, written by Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, then-chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, provided the legal foundation for the NSA amassing a database of all Americans’ phone records, say current and former officials who have read it.

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