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Abstract

This Note will outline the history preceding the passage of FISA, including a discussion of the cases from which the "primary purpose test" arose. The Note will then explore the language of the FISA statute, and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals' continuing reliance on the "primary purpose" test in the analysis of cases decided following the passage of FISA. Following a discussion of the historic FISC and FISA Review Court opinions in Parts III and IV, including an articulation of the Patriot Act amendments to FISA, Part V of the Note will focus on the ramifications of the Review Court's unnecessarily broad disposition of the appeal, and the potential dangers that decision poses for the future of FISA.