30 December 2000: Link to NSA
response of 18 December 2000, releasing eight documents.
24 October 1999. Invitation for letters to NSA
for release of TEMPEST-related information.
For background on the FOIA request:
For comprehensive TEMPEST public information (non-secret, that is):
[Received October 21, 1999]
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND
7 October 1999
JYA Urban Deadline
Attn: Mr. John Young
251 West 89th St., Suite 6E
NewYork. NY 10024
Dear Mr. Young:
This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of 14 May
1998, which was received by this office on 18 May 1998, for various publications,
manuals, guidelines, related to TEMPEST. A copy of your request is enclosed.
Your request has been processed under the FOIA and we have located documents
responsive to your request. Two documents, NSTISSAM 1-92 and NSA/CSS Regulation
90-6, are being released to you in part, however, the remainder of the documents
you requested are being denied since they are currently and properly classified.
The remainder of the documents found responsive to your request, as well
as the parts of the two documents being released to you, have been reviewed
by this Agency as required by the FOIA and have been found to be currently
and properly classified in accordance with Executive Order 12958. These documents
meet the criteria for classification as set forth in Subparagraphs (c), (e),
and (g) of Section 1.5 and remain classified SECRET as provided in Section
1.3 of Executive Order 12958. The documents are classified because their
disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national
security. The information is exempt from declassification in accordance with
Section 1.6(d) of E.O. 12958. Because the documents are currently and properly
classified, they are exempt from disclosure pursuant to the first exemption
of the FOIA (5 U.S.C. Section 552(b)(1)).
In addition, this Agency is authorized by various statutes to protect certain
information concerning its activities. We have determined that such information
exists in these documents. Accordingly, those portions are also exempt from
disclosure pursuant to the third exemption of the FOIA which provides for
the withholding of information specifically protected from disclosure by
statute. The specific statute applicable in this case is Title 18 U.S. Code
798. No portion of the information is reasonably segregable.
Since part of your request has been denied, you are hereby advised of this
Agency's appeal procedures. Any person notified of an adverse determination
may file an appeal to the NSA/CSS Freedom of Information Act Appeal Authority.
The appeal must be postmarked no later than sixty (60) calendar days after
the date of the initial denial. The appeal shall be in writing addressed
to the NSA/CSS FOIA Appeal Authority (N5P5), National Security Agency, 9800
Savage Road STE 6248, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6248. The appeal shall
reference the initial denial of access and shall contain, in sufficient detail
and particularity, the grounds upon which the requester believes release
of the information is required. The NSA/CSS Appeal Authority will endeavor
to respond to the appeal within twenty (20) working days after receipt, absent
any unusual circumstances.
Correspondence related to your request should include the case number assigned
to your request. Your letter should be addressed to National Security Agency,
FOIA Office (N5P5), 9800 Savage Road STE 6248, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6248
or may be sent by facsimile to 301-688-6198. If sent by fax, it should be
marked for the attention of the FOIA office. The telephone number of the
FOIA Office is 301-688-6527.
SALLY V. SEWARD
Deputy Director of Policy
JYA note on documents released:
NSTISSAM TEMPEST/1-92, Compromising Emanations Laboratory Test Requirements,
Electromagnetics, is a 172-page document. Classified sections, about
half of the volume, have been redacted. Transcription is underway and will
be offered on Cryptome as completed. An initial transcribed section:
NSA/CSS Regulation 90-6, NSA/CSS Technical Security Program, is a
12-page document. A few sections have been redacted. Transcription:
JYA/URBAN DEADLINE 251 WEST 89TH ST, SUITE 6E NY NY 10024
October 24, 1999
By mail and fax to: 301-688-6198
NSA/CSS FOIA Appeal Authority (N5P5)
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road STE 6248
Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6248
RE Case Number J9517-98
Dear NSA/CSS Appeal Authority,
I appeal denial of access by the NSA FOIA office, dated 7 October 1999 (received
on 21 October, 1999) of my request for twenty-two TEMPEST-related documents
except for parts of NSTISSAM 1-92 and NSA/CSS Regulation 90-6. My purpose
for requesting the information is to publish it on the Internet at
The grounds of appeal are:
1. Release of declassified information on TEMPEST-related threats (compromising
emanations) would be in the public interest as stipulated by Executive Orders
and legislation on warranted declassification of information when a broader
public interest would be served than would be served by continued classification.
2. Public information on TEMPEST-related threats to privacy and confidentiality
is sorely needed to counterbalance the burgeoning global digital intrusion
industry which is using technologies developed for national security purposes,
and now being rapidly privatized for commercial and illicit markets by producers
who once sold only to government and military.
3. Public availability of TEMPEST-related information is needed for design
and production of devices and products for protection of personal privacy,
commercial enterprise, and economic security of the nation, in particular,
against economic espionage and widespread global data gathering and mining
for illicit purposes.
4. Public availability of TEMPEST-related information is needed in the same
way as encryption information and for the same reasons: sophisticated technology
for exploiting compromising emanations to invade privacy invasion and to
violate confidentiality of digital communications should be countered with
detailed public information on the threat and trustworthy standards and means
of protection against it.
5. Public information on protection against compromising emanations is vital
for trust in digital enterprise, for trust in governmental and commercial
institutions, and thereby, for social stability and national security.
Enc NSA letter, 3 pp.
Letters supporting our FOIA appeal would demonstrate public interest in release
of declassified TEMPEST-related information, and are needed under Executive
Orders and legislation for declassification of information in the public
interest. You need not be a citizen of the United States.
Send to NSA directly to the address or fax number above. Include on your
letter the case number: J9517-98.
For those without fax access, send to us by e-mail and we will forward. For
those who do not want to be entered into the NSA database, note on your e-mail
to delete identifying information (not that that will prevent NSA from knowing
who you are via Echelon and compromising emanations).
We remind that any information released by the US government to anyone under
FOIA is available to anyone else on the planet who requests it.
Thanks very much,
[Original FOIA Request]
JYA/URBAN DEADLINE 251 WEST 89TH ST, SUITE 6E NY NY 10024 212-873-8700
May 14, 1998
National Security Agency
ATTN: FOIA Office (N5P5)
9800 Savage Road STE 6248
Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6248.
Under the Freedom of Information Act I request the following documents, latest
1. NACSIM 5000 TEMPEST Fundamentals
2. NACSIM 5004 TEMPEST Countermeasures for Facilities Within the U.S.
3. NACSIM 5100 (Unknown title)
4. NACSIM 5100A Compromising Emanations Laboratory Test Requirements,
5. NACSIM 5112 (Unknown title)
6. NACSIM 5201 TEMPEST Guidelines for Equipment/System Design Standard
7. NACSIM 5203 Guidelines for Facility Design and Red/Black Installation
8. NSA/CSS Manuals / Regs.: 65-6; 73-2A; 89-092; 90-5; 90-5A (Unknown titles)
9. NSTISSAM TEMPEST/1-92 (Unknown title)
10. MIL-STDs: 285; 461A-D; 462A-D; 883; 1541; 1818 (Unknown titles)
11. MIL-E-6051 (Unknown title)
12. KAG-30A/TSEC (Unknown title)
13. AMSG 720B (Unknown title)
I shall be pleased to pay FOIA-provided costs for fulfilling this request.
Thank you very much.
212-799-4003 [Now 212-787-6102]