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Foreign Intelligence

Statutory Law

50 U.S.C. § 401a(2) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 15: National Security—Subchapter A: Coordination for National Security)

As used in this Act:
   (2) The term "foreign intelligence" means information relating to the capabilities, intentions, or activities of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations, or foreign persons, or international terrorist activities.

Administrative Law

Executive Order 12333, United States Intelligence Activities, § 3.5(e) (2010)

Foreign intelligence means information relating to the capabilities, intentions, or activities of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations, foreign persons, or international terrorists.

Department of Defense Regulation 5240.1-R, Procedures Governing the Activities of DOD Intelligence Components that Affect U.S. Persons, § DL1.1.11 (Dec. 1982): Foreign Intelligence

Information relating to the capabilities, intentions, and activities of foreign powers, organizations, or persons, but not including counterintelligence except for information on international terrorist activities.

The Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations § VII (E) (Sept. 29, 2008)

Information relating to the capabilities, intentions, or activities of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations or foreign persons, or international terrorists.