NSA Intelligence Collection, Leaks, and the Protection of Classified Information: Background and Issues


Simon Cepeda (Editor)

Series: Intelligence and Counterintelligence Studies
BISAC: POL063000

Media stories about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance pertain to the unauthorized disclosures of two different intelligence collection programs. These programs arise from provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). However, they rely on separate authorities, collect different types of information, and raise different policy questions.

This book provides background and issues for Congress with NSA surveillance leaks; provides a primer on some of the fundamental aspects of the security clearance process, using a “frequently asked questions” format; discusses criminal prohibitions on the publication of classified defense information; the legal framework of the protection of classified information; and practices and proposals of the protection of classified information by Congress. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


NSA Surveillance Leaks: Background and Issues for Congress
(John W. Rollins, Edward C. Liu)

Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
(Michelle D. Christensen, Frederick M. Kaiser)

Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information
(Jennifer K. Elsea)

The Protection of Classified Information: The Legal Framework
(Jennifer K. Elsea)

Protection of Classified Information by Congress: Practices and Proposals
(Frederick M. Kaiser)


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