Sealed 2703(d) orders in Eastern District of VA May 2011 – Apr 2013 – Research 1 – Nextel Cell Site Location Records

This is a work in progress and meant to be a contribution to a greater corpus, not a complete exploration of a topic.

Research Target: supplementing records for *Sealed Electronic Communication 2703(d) orders for which specific identifying information is already given, in document as originally published on Alexa O’Brien’s site (WikiLeaks Grand Jury | List of every sealed 2703(d) order in Eastern District of VA May 2011 – Apr 2013 – in annotation available as notes, searchable within –linktodocument–.

excerpts from FISA

Electronic Communication orders are governed under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986  and as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act, Pub. L. No. 107-56, Oct. 26, 2001;  again by the USA PATRIOT Act Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-177, Mar. 9, 2006); and most recently by  the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-261, July 10, 2008.

Embedded in O’Brien’s post is a 76 page pdf table , a list of  cases by number of such electronic wiretap requests, by #,  date they were assigned a president judge, the judge’s name, and the administrative designation by *Instance Number and *Card Number [*appears to be the tracking code, possibly time-stamped, of *Sealed access by User] as well as ^User:[^4 letters, presum. first letter first name & 1st three of last, one of 6 clerks for Eastern VA district listed in the orders].

The entire list is thought likely to wholly apply to a single investigation, in this case the US government’s grand jury pursuance of WikiLeaks via surveillance of associates and volunteers of the Org and its founder Julian Assange.

The list begins in May 2011 because public docketing of ‘ec’ orders was established by court order in the Twitter 2703(d) case brought by Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, Birgitta Jonsdottir. When the list was established, it contained nine entries— presumed to be other secret ‘ec’ orders related the grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks.

As of April 11, 2013, the list contains approximately 800 entries. While the Clerk’s Office implied that most of the entries contained in this document pertained to the “same” investigation, there is no way to publicly confirm if that is the case. The entries are sealed.

We will explore the records attempting to find verifiable source material for the Case numbers already annotated on Alexa’s site, and we will look at the records’ structure to identify simple patterns and make inferences where we dare defend them.

The document is presented as a table in 4 columns: Case, Assignment, Judge, Source

We’ll jump into using an actual case (no particular order) with an existing note and attempting to add constructive links.

Keeping in mind that relationships between islands of data will often be as or more important than the given attributes of that data itself will be helpful, again, we are parsing a list of some 800 filings with almost no breaks from monotonous sequence.

Red text is my notes and relevant citations, unless otherwise noted or obvious assume that black text is fact in that it is the official record or at the very least the information as I came upon it.

"WikiLeaks Grand Jury | List of every sealed 2703(d) order in Eastern District of VA May 2011 - Apr 2013" Upper 200's in list of more than 400 EC requests in 2011 Image Source: Alexa O'Brien Second Site Archive, Wikileaks -
“WikiLeaks Grand Jury | List of every sealed 2703(d) order in Eastern District of VA May 2011 – Apr 2013”
Upper 200’s in list of more than 400 EC requests in 2011
Image Source: Alexa O’Brien Second Site Archive, Wikileaks –



USA v. Sprint

Nextel Cell Site Location Records

Case: DC number for electronic communication order ‘ec,’ by year and variously sequential, plaintiff and defendant.

Deviations in the sequence in case number as a rule occurs with an annotation.

Cannot find contemporaneous records in the press. possible that prev. appellants J. A., B.J., et al, can establish relevance based upon Assignment date or Case description (use Nextel, maybe a two-way walkie-talkie type phone in 2011?)

Related in the press:

In 2009 Chris Soghoian published revelations of a “portal”  for accessing GPS data and records of approximately 8 million incidents (pings) of that portal by law enforcement conducting investigations of Sprint Nextel subscribers. A Sprint spokesman downplayed the breadth of the access and implied that overall numbers were inflated, but confirmed that while no dragnet operation, every legal order could generated thousands of pings tracking subjects for extended periods of time

2009 (Source: “Feds ‘Pinged’ Sprint GPS Data 8 Million Times Over a Year.” . Kim Zetter.

Paul Taylor, manager of Sprint’s Electronic Surveillance Team, made the revelations at the Intelligent Support Systems (ISS) conference, “a surveillance industry gathering for law enforcement and intelligence agencies and the companies that provide them with the technologies and capabilities to conduct surveillance.


Date assigned (00/00/0000)



The Judge presiding in the matter of this order is Thomas R Jones.


USA v Levan (ex-CIA)

USA v Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai and Zaheer Ahmad

Eastern VA Alexandra has 4 Magistrates in Chambers, all 4 are in the document

Buchanan, Theresa Carroll

Jones, Thomas Rawles

Davis, Ivan D.

Anderson, John F.


Pres deck?

Instance no.:#1-..

Card no.#1-..

User: rban,  jlan, tche, jsch, jcor


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