US intelligence agencies will finally reveal how many people each year they target

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has announced that the US intelligence community will start revealing how many people are targeted each year by surveillance, a long-sought victory for transparency advocates. In a Tumblr post, Clapper says that the NSA and other agencies will begin releasing the total number of surveillance orders made under several programs, as well as how many people were affected by each. It’s a move that members of Congress and civil liberties groups have sought for years, but Clapper says it was spurred by President Obama’s post-Snowden directive to declassify as much surveillance information as possible without compromising national security.

The numbers are set to be revealed in an annual report…

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