June 27, 2007 | By Derek Slater

It's Official: Senate Committee Issues Subpoenas for Key NSA Spying Docs

Having voted to authorize subpoenas for information on the NSA spying program last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee has now officially issued them.

"Chairman Leahy issued subpoenas to the Department of Justice, the Office of the White House, the Office of the Vice President and the National Security Council for documents relating to the Committee?s inquiry into the warrantless electronic surveillance program. The subpoenas seek documents related to authorization and reauthorization of the program or programs; the legal analysis or opinions about the surveillance; orders, decisions, or opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) concerning the surveillance; agreements between the Executive Branch and telecommunications or other companies regarding liability for assisting with or participating in the surveillance; and documents concerning the shutting down of an investigation of the Department of Justice?s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) relating to the surveillance."

This is a critical step toward revealing the full extent of the NSA's illegal spying and the role that telecommunications companies like AT&T played in it. The deadline for the Administration to respond is July 18.

You can find links to the four subpoenas here.

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