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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Published October 25, 1978

This Act allows for wiretapping of U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens if there is cause to believe that the individual may be involved in a criminal violation. It has been updated with the FISA Amendment Act of 2008, Protect America Act, and USA Patriot Act. Government agencies are required to report on their intelligence collection and how it affects their ability to counter criminal activity. In 2015, the intelligence program was overhauled by the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015.

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