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CRS: NSA Surveillance Leaks: Background and Issues for Congress

"Recent media stories about National Security Agency surveillance address unauthorized disclosures of two different intelligence collection programs. These programs arise from provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. However, they rely on separate authorities, collect different types of information, and raise different policy questions. As such, where possible, the information contained in this report distinguishes between the two."

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CRS: Government Collection of Private Information: Background and Issues Related to the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Authors: Anna C Henning, Elizabeth B. Bazan, Charles Doyle, and Edward C Liu

This report discusses the history of constitutional interpretations and legislative responses relevant to the collection of private information for criminal investigation, foreign intelligence gathering, and national security purposes. Next, it summarizes the relevant statutory frameworks and changes made by the USA PATRIOT Act and subsequent measures

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CRS: Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act

Author: Edward C Liu

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provides a statutory framework by which government agencies may, when gathering foreign intelligence information, obtain authorization to conduct wiretapping or physical searches, utilize pen registers and trap and trace devices, or access specified business records and other tangible things.

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NYT: How a Single Spy Helped Turn Pakistan Against the United States

"For many senior Pakistani spies, the man sitting in the jail cell represented solid proof of their suspicions that the C.I.A. had sent a vast secret army to Pakistan, men who sowed chaos and violence as part of the covert American war in the country. For the C.I.A., the eventual disclosure of [Raymond] Davis's role with the agency shed an unflattering light on a post–Sept. 11 reality: that the C.I.A. had farmed out some of its most sensitive jobs to outside contractors — many of them with neither the experience nor the temperament to work in the war zones of the Islamic world."

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CRS: The FBI and Terrorism Investigations

Author: Jerome P. Bjelopera

Jerome P. Bjelopera of the Congessional Research Service sets forth possible considerations for Congress as it executes its oversight role for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has reformed itself since 2001 to be more proactive and intelligence-driven concerning domestic terrorism.

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The News: A Quickie-leak On

Mosharraf Zaidi writes that focusing on the adverse role of Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, in Afghanistan is a distraction. He argues that the true purpose behind the WikiLeaks expose is to end Obama's war.

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