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  •  What "The Program" means (5+ / 0-)

    The NSA Inspector General draft report, leaked here, has some helpful background information on program terminology:

    (U) President's Surveillance Program Terminology

    (U/FOUO) For purpose's of this report, the PSP, or "the Program," refers to activities conducted under the authority of the 4 October 2001 memorandum, and subsequent renewals, known hereafter as the "the Authorization." As mandated by the FAA, this review includes activities authorized by the President between 11 September 2001 and 17 January 2007 and those activities continued under FISC authority. This includes the program described by the President in a 17 December 2005 radio address as the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was content collected under the Authorization.

    This section is marked as unclassified. It's pretty much previously-known public information.

    Depending on context and how the term is used, but "the Program" is specific, not vague.

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