Why the NSA’s secret surveillance program is so dangerous
The surveillance program known as Stellarwind was supposed to keep the world safe from terrorism.
But the NSA and FBI apparently thought they were protecting Americans from domestic terrorists.
Now, the program is causing widespread concern, as the U.S. government is being forced to respond to lawsuits from privacy and civil liberties groups who say it’s overbroad and unconstitutional.
This week, the Supreme Court ruled that Stellarwind has become an unconstitutional domestic spying program and the spy agency will have to shut it down.
Here are the key questions the NSA has been grappling with for months: What is Stellarwind?
What exactly is the program?
What does it do?
How does it work?
What do we know about it?
Who is covered by the program and what are the consequences for those who don’t?
The NSA and the FBI say they use Stellarwind to track foreign targets for overseas intelligence collection.
But many privacy groups say they are concerned about its use of the word “target,” as it could be interpreted to encompass any citizen or non-citizen living in the United States.
That could lead to government surveillance on a much wider base of people than the NSA originally said it would.
In a statement Friday, the NSA said it’s “committed to the security of all Americans, including those whose communications are not directly targeted,” and that the program “does not violate the Fourth Amendment.”
The Justice Department said the agency has not yet decided what to do about Stellarwind.
The agency declined to comment on the case or whether it intends to appeal the ruling.
The case is one of a series of lawsuits from civil liberties and privacy groups, which allege that the NSA overbroad surveillance program violates Americans’ constitutional rights.
It’s the latest in a series that began in 2014 when the Justice Department launched a lawsuit to stop Stellarwind from being used for domestic surveillance.
In the weeks before the case was filed, the agency began issuing public reports about StellarWind, but those documents are now being taken down by the government.
In response, the government began filing more court filings against the program.
In February, the judge overseeing the case ordered the agency to hand over to Congress documents that would show how the program was being used and whether it violated the Constitution.
The judge also asked for a “detailed description of how the agency obtained its authority under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.”
That’s when the court issued a temporary injunction, barring the government from using the word Stellarwind in court documents and to other court documents, according to a summary of the ruling from U.K. Supreme Court justice David Jones.
In March, a lower court issued an order requiring the government to produce the documents that showed how the NSA had used Stellarwind for surveillance.
The Justice Department responded by saying it had “no objection” to providing those documents, but would need to provide them within 30 days.
That deadline was later extended to March 30, the Justice and State departments said in a joint statement.
The government has said the documents were never made public.
The documents have been turned over to a judge, who is now reviewing the documents, the agencies said.
The NSA, meanwhile, has said it has never been authorized to use the word spy or spy on a citizen.
The government has also said that it has no plans to change its program.
The spy agency has been sued by privacy groups for years, and the court in 2014 ruled in favor of the government, saying the program violated the First Amendment.
That ruling came after the agency had repeatedly been sued in federal court over the use of its surveillance program.
In 2015, the court ruled that the government had a right to gather information about the phone calls of people living in certain communities to help police track down suspected terrorists.
The appeals court’s ruling was significant because it is the first time the government has been forced to address the court’s order that the court has issued.
The court’s decision also came after a judge from the U’th Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in July that the spying program violated Americans’ rights to privacy and free speech.
The court’s orders have been widely criticized by privacy advocates and other civil liberties advocates.
The Obama administration appealed the ruling to the U,S.
Supreme to avoid the court having to rule on whether the NSA violated the constitution.