Date of Award

6-15-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Sattelmeyer - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Howard

Abstract

This paper examines the history of electronic surveillance for national security purposes within the United States and relates the statutory and constitutional law to the current, post September 11th practices. An extensive examination of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the recently leaked, classified Terrorist Surveillance Program shows that the FISA Court, within its narrow jurisdiction, adequately accounts for constitutional standards, yet the TSP—including recent reforms—is in clear violation of constitutional and statutory law.

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