The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) gives the government the ability to monitor foreign agents in the United States. In this video, Mike Chapple explains the FISA process.
- [Instructor] National security is one … of the most hotly debated areas … of privacy in recent years. … On the one hand, the federal government argues … that national security investigations … are of such great importance that they must override … traditional privacy protections. … On the other hand, privacy advocates argue … that the federal government abuses the term … national security and uses it to violate civil rights. … Privacy professionals should be aware of this balance … and also understand the history of legislation in this area. … That history dates all the way back to the Cold War … where the only real national security threat … to the United States was the Soviet Union … and its Warsaw Pact allies. … Federal agents knew that Soviet spies … were operating in the United States, … and they needed technical and legal tools … to surveil enemy agents without being subject … to the rigors of the normal legal process. … Congress recognized this and passed … the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, …
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