The ACLU is suing the US government to stop the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act and turned up this gem in a FOIA document dump.
Two weeks ago, as part of our FOIA lawsuit over those documents, the government gave us several declarations attempting to justify the redaction of the documents. We’ve been combing through the documents and recently came across this unexpectedly honest explanation from the FBI of why the government doesn’t want us to know which “electronic communication service providers” participate in its dragnet surveillance program. On page 32:
Isn’t that special? The FBI knows it’s wrong and that the American people won’t like it. Only instead of NOT DOING IT, they hide it from you.