Targeting Rationale (TAR)
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National Security Agency

Glossary: agencies

Date Created: 2007-01-08
Classification: Top Secret : COMINT : MR
Distribution: NOFORN

Glossary: classification and distribution codes.

Genre: Memo, .PDF , 4 p.

Journalist(s): Barton Gellman
Originating Media Outlet: The Washington Post
Date Published: 2013-08-15
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Communications Target: Foreign communications
Surveillance Program(s): General Intelligence

Glossary: surveillance programs.

Description: This document is a memo that explains the rationale used by the NSA in its selection of surveillance targets outside the US. The document contains actual examples of certification examples that indicate that the staff of foreign heads of state and embassy officials were all targeted for surveillance.