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United States

Statutory Law

8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(38) (2010) (Title 8—Chapter 12: Immigration and Nationality)

(a) As used in this Act—
   (38) The term "United States," except as otherwise specifically herein provided, when used in a geographical sense, means the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

10 U.S.C. § 101(a)(1) (2010) (Title 10—Chapter 1: Definitions)

(a) In general.  The following definitions apply in this title:
   (1) The term "United States", in a geographic sense, means the States and the District of Columbia.

18 U.S.C. § 2340(3) (2010) (Title 18—Chapter 113C: Torture)

As used in this chapter [18 U.S.C. §§ 2340 et seq.]—
   (3) "United States" means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.

18 U.S.C. § 3077(4) (2010) (Title 18—Chapter 204: Rewards for Information Concerning Terrorist Acts and Espionage)

As used in this chapter [18 U.S.C. §§ 3071 et seq.], the term—
   (4) "United States", when used in a geographical sense, includes Puerto Rico and all territories and possessions of the United States;

21 U.S.C. § 802(28) (2012) (Title 21—Chapter 13: Drug Abuse Prevention and Control: Subchapter I: Control and Enforcement)

As used in this subchapter:
[…]
(28) The term “United States”, when used in a geographic sense, means all places and waters, continental or insular, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

22 U.S.C. § 611(m) (2010) (Title 22—Chapter 11: Foreign Agents and Propaganda: Registration of Foreign Propagandists)

As used in and for the purposes of this Act—
(m) The term "United States", when used in a geographical sense, includes the several States, the District of Columbia, the Territories, the Canal Zone, the insular possessions, [including the Philippine Islands,] and all other places now or hereafter subject to the civil or military jurisdiction of the United States;

22 U.S.C. § 4302(a)(7) (2010) (Title 22—Chapter 53: Authorities Relating to the Regulation of Foreign Missions)

(a) For purposes of this title—
   (7) "United States" means, when used in a geographic sense, the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories and possessions of the United States.

22 U.S.C. § 7102(12) (2010) (Title 22: Foreign Relations and Intercourse—Chapter 78:  Trafficking Victims Protection)

In this division:
   (12) United states. The term "United States" means the fifty States of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories and possessions of the United States.

28 U.S.C. § 1603(c) (2010) (Title 28—Chapter 97: Jurisdictional Immunities of Foreign States)

For purposes of this chapter [28 U.S.C. §§ 1602 et seq.]—
   (c) The "United States" includes all territory and waters, continental or insular, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

50 U.S.C. § 426(9) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 15: National Security--Subchapter D: Protection of Certain National Security Information)

For the purposes of this title [50 U.S.C. §§ 421 et seq.]:
   (9) The term "United States", when used in a geographic sense, means all areas under the territorial sovereignty of the United States and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

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

“United States,” when used in a geographic sense, means all areas under the territorial sovereignty of the United States and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

50 U.S.C. Appx § 2 (2010) (Title 50—Appendix: Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917)

The words "United States," as used herein, shall be deemed to mean all land and water, continental or insular, in any way within the jurisdiction of the United States or occupied by the military or naval forces thereof.

Administrative Law

Executive Order 13549, Classified National Security Information Program for State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Entities, § 5 (m) (August 18, 2010)

For purposes of this order:
  (m) “United States” when used in a geographic sense, means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, any possession of the United States and any waters within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Department of Defense Regulation 5240.1-R, Procedures Governing the Activities of DOD Intelligence Components that Affect U.S. Persons, § DL1.1.24 (Dec. 1982): United States

When used to describe a place, the term shall include the territories under the sovereignty of the United States.

The Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations § VII (T) (Sept. 29, 2008)

When used in a geographic sense, means all areas under the territorial sovereignty of the United States.