All posts by Joel Brenner

Joel Brenner is a senior research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the former inspector general and senior counsel of the National Security Agency and former head of US counterintelligence under the first three directors of national intelligence. He gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Alexander Loomis of Harvard Law School.
Foreign Intelligence

A Review of “The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age” by Laura K. Donohue

Joel Brenner presents his critique of Professor Laura Donohue’s The Future of Foreign Intelligence, and its “full-throated denunciation of the entire legal framework regulating the government’s collection of data about American citizens and permanent residents.” He discusses her findings in detail, and in the end, finds that they both agree on a number of specific proposals, and “disagree profoundly on FISA’s rationale and constitutional limitations.”