FISA

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First passed in 1978, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) still guides the physical and electronic surveillance of foreign powers and agents. Congress has repeatedly amended the law, however, seeking to calibrate the government’s surveillance to accord with the level of threat and seeking to keep authorities current as technology develops at breakneck speed. Nevertheless, even authorized activities affirmatively permitted by statute have come under fire as a torrent of leaks have revealed government surveillance programs under the statute.

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Intelligence Community

Director of National Intelligence Releases Annual Transparency Report

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its annual transparency report. The annual report compiles statistics and information on the intelligence community's use of legal authorities including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. You can read the report here and below. 

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)

Summary: Declassified Nov. 2020 FISC Opinion

On April 26, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) declassified a Nov. 18, 2020, ruling issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The decision grants the U.S. government’s request for approval to continue collecting information on non-U.S. persons in order to acquire foreign intelligence information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 

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