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Foreign Intelligence Information

Statutory Law

18 U.S.C. § 2510(19) (Title 18—Chapter 119: Wire and Electronic Communications Interception and Interception of Oral Communications)

As used in this chapter [18 U.S.C. §§ 2510 et seq.]—
   (19) "foreign intelligence information", for purposes of section 2517(6) of this title [18 U.S.C. § 2517(6)], means—
      (A) information, whether or not concerning a United States person, that relates to the ability of the United States to protect against—
         (i) actual or potential attack or other grave hostile acts of a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power;
         (ii) sabotage or international terrorism by a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power; or
         (iii) clandestine intelligence activities by an intelligence service or network of a foreign power or by an agent of a foreign power; or
      (B) information, whether or not concerning a United States person, with respect to a foreign power or foreign territory that relates to—
         (i) the national defense or the security of the United States; or
         (ii) the conduct of the foreign affairs of the United States;

50 U.S.C. § 1801(e) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 36: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance—Subchapter A: Electronic Surveillance)

“Foreign intelligence information” means—(1) information that relates to, and if concerning a United States person is necessary to, the ability of the United States to protect against—(A) actual or potential attack or other grave hostile acts of a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power; (B) sabotage, international terrorism, or the international proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power; or (C) clandestine intelligence activities by an intelligence service or network of a foreign power or by an agent of a foreign power; or (2) information with respect to a foreign power or foreign territory that relates to, and if concerning a United States person is necessary to—(A) the national defense or the security of the United States; or (B) the conduct of the foreign affairs of the United States.