Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: Background, Issues and Proposals

Keara Declan (Editor)

Series: Intelligence and Counterintelligence Studies
BISAC: POL012000



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Recent disclosures concerning the size and scope of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) surveillance activities both in the United States and abroad have prompted a flurry of congressional activity aimed at reforming the foreign intelligence gathering process. While some measures would overhaul the substantive legal rules of the USA PATRIOT Act or other provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), there are a host of bills designed to make procedural and operational changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), a specialized Article III court that hears applications and grants orders approving of certain foreign intelligence gathering activities, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, a court that reviews rulings of the FISC. This book will explore a selection of these proposals and address potential legal questions such proposals may raise. (Imprint: Novinka )


Chapter 1 - Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: Procedural and Operational Changes (pp. 1-32)
Andrew Nolan and Richard M. Thompson II

Chapter 2 - Introducing a Public Advocate into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Courts: Select Legal Issues (pp. 33-74)
Andrew Nolan, Richard M. Thompson II and Vivian S. Chu

Chapter 3 - Joint Statement of James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence and Keith B. Alexander, Director, National Security Agency. Hearing on ''Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act'' (pp. 75-82)

Chapter 4 - Statement of Carrie F. Cordero, Director of National Security Studies and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Hearing on ''Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act'' (pp. 83-96)


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