As fas.org notes, there is a remarkable quote in this report:
“Intelligence activity in the past decades has, all too often, exceeded the restraints on the exercise of governmental power that are imposed by our country’s Constitution, laws, and traditions,” according to the Congressional Research Service.
The CRS, which shuns polemical claims, presents that assertion as a simple statement of fact (although cautiously sourced to the 1976 Church Committee report) in a newly updated report on FBI terrorism investigations.
The report reviews the FBI investigative process, the statutory framework within which it operates, and the tools at its disposal, along with oversight considerations for Congress. See The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Terrorism Investigations, April 24, 2013.
Hat tip to fas.org for keeping us up to date with the latest CRS reports. The two reports on domestic drones are excellent primers.
Other new or newly updated CRS reports include the following.
Integration of Drones into Domestic Airspace: Selected Legal Issues, April 4, 2013
Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses, April 3, 2013
Super PACs in Federal Elections: Overview and Issues for Congress, April 4, 2013
“Amazon” Laws and Taxation of Internet Sales: Constitutional Analysis, April 3, 2013
FutureGen: A Brief History and Issues for Congress, April 3, 2013
Congressional Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act: A Legal Overview, April 2, 2013
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant: A Primer on TANF Financing and Federal Requirements, April 2, 2013
The Recess Appointment Power After Noel Canning v. NLRB: Constitutional Implications, March 27, 2013
Overview of Health Care Changes in the FY2014 Budget Proposal Offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan, March 22, 2013
Cuba: U.S. Policy and Issues for the 113th Congress, March 29, 2013
these rock. H/T to FAS (link above) for posting
New and updated products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has not made readily available to the public include the following.
Cloud Computing: Constitutional and Statutory Privacy Protections, March 22, 2013
The National Broadband Plan Goals: Where Do We Stand?, March 19, 2013
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Trade Facilitation, Enforcement, and Security, March 22, 2013
Itemized Tax Deductions for Individuals: Data Analysis, March 21, 2013
International Monetary Fund: Background and Issues for Congress, March 21, 2013
China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities — Background and Issues for Congress, March 21, 2013
Former Presidents: Pensions, Office Allowances, and Other Federal Benefits, March 21, 2013
CRS Reports on Privacy and Cloud Computing –