Executive Order 12139

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Signed by President  Jimmy Carter  Wednesday, May 23, 1979 Federal Register  page & date: 44 FR 30311, Friday, May 25, 1979
See the Notes section for a listing of Executive Orders affected by or related to the issuance of this Executive Order.

Executive Order 12139 of May 23, 1979

Foreign Intelligence Electronic Surveillance


By the authority vested in me as President by Sections 102 and 104 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1802 and 1804), in order to provide as set forth in that Act for the authorization of electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes, it is hereby ordered as follows:


1–101. 

Pursuant to Section 102(a)(1) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1802 (a)), the Attorney General is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information without a court order, but only if the Attorney General makes the certifications required by that Section.


1–102. 

Pursuant to Section 102(b) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1802 (b)), the Attorney General is authorized to approve applications to the court having jurisdiction under Section 103 of that Act {50 U.S.C. 1803} to obtain orders for electronic surveillance for the purpose of obtaining foreign intelligence information.


1–103. 

Pursuant to Section 104(a)(7) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1804 (a)(7)), the following officials, each of whom is employed in the area of national security or defense, is designated to make the certifications required by Section 104(a)(7) of the Act in support of applications to conduct electronic surveillance:

(a)   Secretary of State;
(b)   Secretary of Defense;
(c)   Director of Central Intelligence;
(d)   Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
(e)   Deputy Secretary of State;
(f)   Deputy Secretary of Defense; and
(g)   Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.

None of the above officials, nor anyone officially acting in that capacity, may exercise the authority to make the above certifications, unless that official has been appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.


1–104. 

Section 2–202 of Executive Order No. 12036 is amended by inserting the following at the end of that section:

“Any electronic surveillance, as defined in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, shall be conducted in accordance with that Act as well as this Order.”.


1–105. 

Section 2–203 of Executive Order No. 12036 is amended by inserting the following at the end of that section:

“Any monitoring which constitutes electronic surveillance as defined in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 shall be conducted in accordance with that Act as well as this Order.”.

Signature of Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter
The White House,
May 23, 1979.
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