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Explain the basic concepts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was enacted in 1978, and it gave the Attorney General a broad power to authorize, without a court order, electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The intelligence information had to be directed solely at communications exclusively between or among foreign powers. “FISA established a procedure for obtaining approval by a special court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court” (Abrams, 2018). Apply the procedures of FISA to communications involving individuals within the United States. The FISA would allow law enforcement to obtain authorizing electronic surveillance for the purpose of obtaining information on suspects. Congress passed FISA to settle what is believed to be the unresolved question of the applicability of the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement to electronic surveillance.

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