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FISA Reports To Congress - 1979-2006

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Each year, the Department of Justice is required to report to Congress on the activities related to the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA). The following table contains data on the applications for authority to conduct electronic surveillance and physical search for foreign intelligence purposes; these applications were made by the Federal Government during calendar years 1979-2006.

There is a clear trend over time towards more requests for surveillance, with a doubling from 2000 to 2006. Also, prior to 2000, the FISA Court had not modified a single request; in 2006, the Court modified 73.

The first year that the Court rejected an application was 1999.

Table Source: FISA

FISA Applications for Electronic Surveillance and Physical Search
Calendar 1979 - 2006

Year Applications Approved Substantially Modified
2006 2,181 2,176 73
2005 2,074 2,072 61
2004 1,758 1,754 94
2003 1,727 1,724 79
2002 1,228 1,228 2
2001 932 934 4
2000 1,005 1,003 1
1999 886 880 0
1998 796 796 0
1997 749 748 0
1996 839 839 0
1995 697 697 0
1994 576 576 0
1993 509 509 0
1992 484 484 0
1991 593 593 0
1990 595 595 0
1989 546 546 0
1988 534 534 0
1987 512 512 0
1986 573 573 0
1985 587 587 0
1984 635 635 0
1983 549 549 0
1982 473 473 0
1981 431 433 0
1980 319 322 0
1979 199 207 0

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