Homeland Security Intelligence

The Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) and the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001 are controversial topics. The events of September 11, 2001 brought reality to the terrorist threat to the United States. As a result, new, relevant procedures and tactics must be implemented to protect and prevent terrorism in the homeland. FISA and the Patriot Act are two solutions to the terrorism threat.

Assignment Guidelines
•Research the provisions of both FISA and the Patriot Act. ◦Briefly summarize these 2 pieces of legislation.
◦Using scholarly references, identify 1-2 supportive and 1-2 opposing positions on both FISA and the Patriot Act.

•Select 2-3 items from the following list or any other types of surveillance, detection, or inspection technologies used by DHS agencies: ◦Wiretapping
◦Video surveillance (CCTV)
◦Biometric surveillance
◦Deep-packet inspection
◦Data mining

•Describe the selected technologies, and provide an example of a technological limitation for each.
•Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.


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