National Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations: A Glimpse at the Legal Background

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This report discusses the USA PATRIOT Act (107-56) and its expanded authority to issue national security letters (NSLs). A report by the Department of Justice's Inspector General (IG) found that in its pre-amendment use of expanded USA PATRIOT Act authority the FBI had "used NSLs in violation of applicable NSL statutes, Attorney General Guidelines, and internal FBI policies," but that no criminal laws had been broken.

Creator(s): Doyle, Charles
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: January 3, 2014
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Doyle, Charles

Senior Specialist in American Public Law

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Publisher Info: Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: January 3, 2014
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United States
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This report discusses the USA PATRIOT Act (107-56) and its expanded authority to issue national security letters (NSLs). A report by the Department of Justice's Inspector General (IG) found that in its pre-amendment use of expanded USA PATRIOT Act authority the FBI had "used NSLs in violation of applicable NSL statutes, Attorney General Guidelines, and internal FBI policies," but that no criminal laws had been broken.

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11 pages.

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