The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, the government is required to obtain a judicial warrant — similar to those issued in criminal investigations — before federal intelligence agencies can conduct electronic surveillance and gather intelligence within the United States in the interest of national security. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established by Congress to approve or deny warrant applications related to national security investigations. Read related article.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Sources: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Federal Judicial Center, Department of Justice, Federation of American Scientists. By Todd Lindeman/The Washington Post. Published on June 7, 2013, 11:53 p.m.
 
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