US Director Of National Intelligence Launches Tumblr Site “IC On The Record” To Assuage Surveillance Concerns


The U.S. office of National Intelligence launched a new site today to promote government transparency in the wake of the months-long scandals surrounding the National Security Agency’s surveillance tactics.

“In June, President Obama requested that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive NSA programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence and national security,” an unsigned post on the site read.

Launched the website POTUS promised on August 9 as part of an effort to bring greater transparency to intel programs

— Ben Rhodes (@rhodes44) August 21, 2013

IC On The Record featured three new documents today, all FISA Court legal opinion documents, and highlighted seven documents that will be released soon.

The site is a good idea on the surface, but such great portions of the declassified documents are (and, I presume, will continue to be) redacted that it won’t end up being a big help.

It’s unclear why the department chose Tumblr, the blogging platform popular with a younger demographic that was acquired by Yahoo for $1 billion earlier this summer. The site also now has a Twitter handle. Hopefully the office will be able to string together 140 characters without redacting anything.

Ironic that @IContheRecord is not following anyone.

— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) August 21, 2013

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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