Foreword: The NSA and the Legal Regime for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 9 ISJLP ___ (2014 Forthcoming)
43 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013
Date Written: November 25, 2013
This paper introduces a symposium, to be published in I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 9 ISJLP __ (2014), entitled, "NSA Surveillance: Security, Privacy, and Civil Liberty," which appears online in working draft form. The paper traces the history of electronic surveillance law by way of explaining how our laws have evolved to a stage where lawyers could plausibly defend the government’s entitlement to capture and store an immense volume of our telephone and online communications, as well as metadata about both. It goes on to introduce the other papers in the symposium and concludes by arguing the importance of executive branch acquiescence in such statutory limits as Congress may impose on national security surveillance as it affects Americans.
Keywords: NSA, FBI, surveillance, warrantless surveillance, foreign intelligence, fourth amendment
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