Revisiting the Protect America Act of 2007: Reaching the Appropriate Balance Between Our National Security Interests, American’s Civil Liberties and Government Oversight

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Daniel Runge

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Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

This paper, researched and drafted in the winter of 2007-2008, discusses the Protect America Act of 2007 within the framework of the role of government oversight and balancing national security interests and civil liberties. I begin with a discussion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the Protect America Act of 2007 (PAA) that amended FISA. I then argue that the PAA should include more civil liberties protection, the strengthening of government oversight of intelligence gathering and a discussion of the role of retroactive immunity. Finally, I discuss proposals, as of January 2008, to amend the PAA.

Keywords: foreign intelligence surveillance, national security, civil liberties, government oversight

Suggested Citation

Runge, Daniel, Revisiting the Protect America Act of 2007: Reaching the Appropriate Balance Between Our National Security Interests, American’s Civil Liberties and Government Oversight (January 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1859774 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1859774

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