Major Regulatory And Legal Requirements

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Major Regulatory and Legal Requirements that the CIA Operates Under
The CIA, being a chartered organization, must operate within the realms of certain regulations and legal requirements. These are to ensure that it does not overstep its mandate and mission of conducting the intelligence operations that it has been tasked with of correcting Canadian detainees’ torture in Afghanistan. However, given that the CIA is not a law enforcement organization, it operates within certain realms legally. It cooperates within the set guidelines with other counterterrorism and counterintelligence agencies, such as the FBI, to ensure that the law is maintained.
One of the core regulatory requirements that the CIA operates under are the Presidential directives, in which Congress determines the activities that the organization can participate in. Initially, at the formation of the organization in 1957, Congress was the legal body that provided oversight authority over the CIA. However, in the mid-1970s, this changed as it was delegated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) to carry out the tasks. This move was guided by the Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980. Therefore, legally, the operations of the CIA are defined and guided within the realms of this Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980.
In another aspect, the CIA conducts its activities within the realms of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act…
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