Book Description

The official report that has shaped the international debate about NSA surveillance

"We cannot discount the risk, in light of the lessons of our own history, that at some point in the future, high-level government officials will decide that this massive database of extraordinarily sensitive private information is there for the plucking. Americans must never make the mistake of wholly 'trusting' our public officials."—The NSA Report

This is the official report that is helping shape the international debate about the unprecedented surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. Commissioned by President Obama following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, and written by a preeminent group of intelligence and legal experts, the report examines the extent of NSA programs and calls for dozens of urgent and practical reforms. The result is a blueprint showing how the government can reaffirm its commitment to privacy and civil liberties—without compromising national security.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Transmittal Letter
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Executive Summary
  9. Recommendations
  10. Chapter One | Principles
  11. Chapter Two | Lessons of History
  12. Chapter Three | Reforming Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Directed at United States Persons
  13. Chapter Four | Reforming Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Directed at Non-United States Persons
  14. Chapter Five | Determining What Intelligence Should Be Collected and How
  15. Chapter Six | Organizational Reform in Light of Changing Communications Technology
  16. Chapter Seven | Global Communications Technology: Promoting Prosperity, Security, and Openness in a Networked World
  17. Chapter Eight | Protecting What We Do Collect
  18. Conclusion
  19. Appendix A | The Legal Standards for Government Access to Communications
  20. Appendix B | Overview of NSA Privacy Protections Under FAA 702; Overview of NSA Privacy Protections Under EO 12333
  21. Appendix C | US Intelligence: Multiple Layers of Rules and Oversight
  22. Appendix D | Avenues for Whistle-blowers in the Intelligence Community
  23. Appendix E | US Government Role in Current Encryption Standards
  24. Appendix F | Review Group Briefings and Meetings
  25. Appendix G | Glossary
  26. Index