Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was introduced on May 18, 1977, by Senator Ted Kennedy and was signed into law by President Carter on 25 October 1978. The act was created to provide judicial and congressional oversight of the government’s covert surveillance activities of foreign entities and individuals in the United States, while maintaining the secrecy needed to protect national security. The Act was amended in 2001 by the USA Patriot Act.

Synonyms:
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978