The secret US court has given permission to the National Security Agency (NSA) to use information collected ‘inadvertently’ from Americans while spying on abroad targets without a warrant, according to the new documents revealed.
The Guardian published two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, dubbed the Fisa court, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and signed on July 29, 2009.
The news paper reported that US communications can still be collected, retained and used even under authorities governing the collection of foreign intelligence from foreign targets.
US President Barack Obama, earlier this month, defended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programme, Prism, citing security concerns.
According to the news paper, the document states that in the absence of specific information regarding whether a target is a US person, a person reasonably believed to be located outside the country or whose location is not known will be presumed to be a non-US person unless such person can be positively identified as a US person.
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