S. 1927 (110th): Protect America Act of 2007

Aug 01, 2007 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 110-55.
Mitch McConnell
Senator from Kentucky
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Last Updated
Aug 06, 2007
6 pages
Related Bills
S. 2011 (Related)
A bill entitled “The Protect America Act of 2007”.

Failed Senate
Aug 03, 2007

H.R. 3356 (Related)
Improving Foreign Intelligence Surveillance to Defend the Nation and the Constitution Act of 2007

Failed Under Suspension
Last Action: Aug 03, 2007


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 5, 2007.

Introduced Aug 01, 2007
Reported by Committee Aug 02, 2007
Passed Senate Aug 03, 2007
Passed House Aug 04, 2007
Signed by the President Aug 05, 2007
Full Title

A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information and for other purposes.


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Aug 03, 2007 9:16 p.m.
Bill Passed 60/28
Aug 04, 2007 10:20 p.m.
Passed 227/183

1 cosponsors (1R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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8/5/2007--Public Law.
Protect America Act of 2007 - Amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to state that nothing under its definition of "electronic surveillance" shall be construed to encompass surveillance directed at a person reasonably believed to be located outside the United States.
Allows the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Attorney General (AG), for periods up to one year, to authorize the acquisition of foreign intelligence information concerning persons outside the United States if the DNI and AG determine that:
(1) there are reasonable procedures in place for determining that such acquisition concerns persons outside the United States, and such procedures will be subject to review by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Court);
(2) the acquisition does not constitute electronic surveillance;
(3) the acquisition involves obtaining foreign intelligence information from or with the assistance of a communication service provider or other person who has access to communications;
(4) a significant purpose of the acquisition is to obtain foreign intelligence information; and
(5) the minimization procedures (procedures to ensure the smallest level of privacy intrusion while obtaining such information) to be used meet the definition of minimization procedures under FISA. Requires such determination to be certified and submitted to the Court.
Requires the AG to report to: (1) the Court the procedures by which the government determines that such acquisitions do not constitute electronic surveillance; and (2) the congressional intelligence and judiciary committees semiannually concerning acquisitions made during the previous six-month period.
Terminates this Act 180 days after its enactment. Makes authorizations for the acquisition of information made by this Act, and directives issued pursuant to such authorizations, effective until their expiration.

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