Records reveal why court shut down Bush-era spy program
The federal government was collecting information on more people communicating through a telecommunications facility than Congress authorized, the secret federal surveillance court reasoned when it ruled in 2007 that the surveillance program was overbroad. The ruling, made public under FOIA, led Congress to debate and ultimately extend the surveillance authority.
The 2007 rulings were originally sought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which initially sued for them under FOIA; the rulings were released in response to lawsuits filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the New York Times. (See https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/safefree/fisc_order_2007_1211.pdf)
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