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The National Security Archive is a non-governmental, non-profit research and archival institution located within The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. It archives and publishes declassified U.S. government files concerning selected topics of American foreign policy. The Archive collects and analyzes the documents of many various government institutions obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive then selects documents to be published in the form of manuscripts and microfiche.

 
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The Honorable Alberto Gonzales Attorney General

By: Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont, Chairman

For more than five years, the Bush Administration intercepted conversations of Americans in the United States without warrants and without following the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The President confirmed this fact soon after it became public in December 2005. Since that time, the Senate Judiciary Committee has conducted an inquiry into this warrantless electronic surveillance. Over the past 18 months, this Committee has made no fewer ...

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National Security Counsel Legal Advisor and General Counsel

By: Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont, Chairman

For more than five years, the Bush Administration intercepted conversations of Americans in the United States without warrants and without following the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The President confirmed this fact soon after it became public in December 2005. Since that time, the Senate Judiciary Committee has conducted an inquiry into this warrantless electronic surveillance. Over the past 18 months, this Committee has made no fewer ...

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Counsel to the Vice President, Executive Office of the President

By: Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont, Chairman

For more than five years, the Bush Administration intercepted conversations of Americans in the United States without warrants and without following the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The President confirmed this fact soon after it became public in December 2005. Since that time, the Senate Judiciary Committee has conducted an inquiry into this warrantless electronic surveillance. Over the past 18 months, this Committee has made no fewer ...

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Counsel to the President, Office of Counsel to the President

By: Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont, Chairman

For more than five years, the Bush Administration intercepted conversations of Americans in the United States without warrants and without following the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The President confirmed this fact soon after it became public in December 2005. Since that time, the Senate Judiciary Committee has conducted an inquiry into this warrantless electronic surveillance. Over the past 18 months, this Committee has made no fewer ...

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Looking for a Demarcation-Between Nuclear Transparency and Nuclear...

By: Department of National Security

Future progress in nuclear arms control and disarmament will be strongly dependent on an increase of transparency of nuclear-weapons-related information. However, much of the information on nuclear warheads and fissile materials that will be needed in verification is still shrouded in secrecy. Some of this information should be declassified, but that which is proliferation relevant should remain classified. Although nuclear transparency must have a limit, therefore, it i...

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Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002

By: Department of National Security

Specifications of Amounts and Personnel Ceilings.? The amounts authorized to be appropriated under section 101, and the authorized personnel ceilings as of September 30, 2002, for the conduct of the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the elements listed in such section, are those specified in the classified Schedule of Authorizations prepared to accompany the conference report on the bill H.R. 2883 of the One Hundred Seventh Congress.

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A Feasibility Study of the Health Consequences to the American Pop...

By: Department of National Security

In 1998, the Congress requested that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conduct an initial assessment of the feasibility and public health implications of a detailed study of the health impact on the American people of radioactive fallout from the testing of nuclear weapons. This request resulted in a joint project by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This Progress Report summarizes ...

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Effect of Procedure Governing Fbi-Criminal Division Contacts durin...

By: Department of National Security

The memorandum issued by me today regarding procedures for Contacts between the TBI and the Criminal Pivielon eoncsming foreign intelligence and foreign counterintelligence investigations does not affect the specific instructions, contained in a memorandum from the Deputy Attorney General issued Kerch 4, 195, governing the separation of certain foreign counterintelligence and criminal investigations. Those instructions remain in effect.

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Procedures for Contacts between the Fbi and the Criminal Division ...

By: Department of National Security

The procedure contained herein, unless otherwise specified by the Attorney Oenere. apply to foreign intelligence (FI) end foreign counterintelligence (FCI) investigational conducted by the FBI. Including investigation related to espionage end foreign and international terrorism. The purpose of three procedures is to ensure that FBI and FCI investigation are conducted lawfully and that the Department a criminal and intelligence / Counterintelligence function are properly coordinated, ...

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2005 Report to the President

By: J. William Leonard

This report provides information on the status of the security classification program as required by Executive Order 12958, as amended, ?Classified National Security Information.? It includes statistics and analysis concerning components of the system, primarily classification, declassification, and the ISOO review program. It also contains information with respect to industrial security in the private sector as required by Executive Order 12829, as amended, ?National In...

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Report to the Attorney General and Director of Central Intelligenc...

By: Department of National Security

In the early 1990s, the BNL and BCCI prosecutions gave rise to public, press, and congressional perceptions of shortcomings in the Intelligence Community/Law Enforcement relationship. Many of those perceptions were articulated in three studies of the relationship: by the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI); by the CIA Inspector General (IG); and by Judge Frederick Lacey, who was appointed as a special counsel by former Attorney General Barr. In Ma...

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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978

By: Department of National Security

The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, to whom was referred the bill (H.E. 7308) to amend title.18, United States Code, to. authorize applications for a court order approving the use of electronic surveillance to obtain foreign intelligence information, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendments and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.

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The Committee Has Amended the Original Language of the Bill to Req...

By: Department of National Security

The committee has. amended the original language of the bill to require that the terrorist activities must occur totally outside the United States or otherwise be international in character. Thus, if a member of the Baader-Meinhof Group or the Japanese Ked Army, who has engaged in terrorist acts abroad, comes to the United States, he or she may be immediately placed under surveillance. If the activities have not occurred totally outside the United States, then it must be...

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Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of Conference

By: Department of National Security

The managers on the part of the House and the Senate at the?con- f erence on the disagreeing rotes of the two Houses on the amendments of the House to the bill (S. 15'66) to amend title 18. United States Code, to authorize applications for a court order: approving the use of electronic surveillance to obtain foreign intelligence information, submit the explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying conference repor...

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Foreign Intelligence P. L. 95-511 History of the Bill

By: Department of National Security

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1977, S. 1566, was introduced by Senator Kennedy on May IS. 1977 to provide a statutory procedure for the authorization of applications for a court order approving the use of electronic surveillance to obtain foreign intelligence information. The bill, cosponsored by seven other Senators (Mr. Bayh, Mr. Eastland, Mr. Tnouye, Mr. McClellan, Mr. Mathias, Mr. Xelson and Mr. Thurmond), was referred to and considered by the Committe...

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Foreign Intelligence P. L. 95-511

By: Department of National Security

guise that he is an agent of a refugee terrorist leader and then to target these recruited persons against the FBI, the Dade County Police, and the CIA, the ultimate goal being to infiltrate these agencies. F is to keep the intelligence officer informed as to his progress in this regard but his reports are to be made by mail, because the U.S. Government. cannot open the mail unless a crime is being committed. Comment.?As in. case No. 4, no tap would be permitted under S....

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Hearings before the Subcommittee of Intelligence and the Eights of...

By: Department of National Security

Senator Bath. We will convene our hearings.-Our -full committee chairman is en route, and pending his arrival, perhaps I would ask the Attorney General's indulgence for-a brief opening statement to. try to put the foundation on what we are doing and why we are here, and. I will ask my colleague from North Carolina and other colleagues.if they care to also have any opening comments. ...

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The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly Presiding Judge U.S. Foreign ...

By: Department of National Security

Thank you for your letter of July 24, 2002, providing a copy of the Rules of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FXSC). We appreciate your offer to respond to questions for clarification of the rules, and we are particularly interested in three rules that were recently amended or added.

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Questions for the Record for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Sen...

By: Department of National Security

Respectfully, it would not be appropriate to comment on internal deliberations within the Justice Department regarding steps that might have been considered or taken with respect to the seized records. It is accurate to say that it is the Department?s view that the search and seizure of Congressman Jefferson?s records were conducted pursuant to a lawful search warrant approved by a federal judge, and that procedures were proposed by the Department and approved by the cou...

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The Honorable Alberto Gonzales Attorney General of the United Stat...

By: Department of National Security

Last week we heard dramatic and deeply troubling testimony from former Deputy Attorney General Comey. He testified that in March 2004, when he was Acting Attorney General, he informed the White House that the Department of Justice had concluded an ongoing classified surveillance program had no legal basis and would not certify it. He then described how you, then Counsel to the President, and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card arrived at the hospital bedside of...

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