Historical Context for Today’s Surveillance Debates: The 1945 Legal Memo on What Became Operation Shamrock – Lawfare

Section 702 is coming up for renewal later this year, and it is clear we’ll be hearing a lot in that context about the impact of SIGINT collection activities on US person communications. When that topic comes up, inevitably there follows at least a brief reference to the Church Committee’s exposure of Operation SHAMROCK and Operation MINARET. In light of all this–or perhaps just because I love archival finds–I’m writing this post to capture some 1940s history that helps us better understand those 1970s revelations–and how if at all they pertain to today’s controversies.

Source: Historical Context for Today’s Surveillance Debates: The 1945 Legal Memo on What Became Operation Shamrock – Lawfare

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