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Spring 2014 - Smnr: U.S. Intelligence, the FBI, Homeland Security & the Law

Sievert, Ronald J

Course ID: 397S  Unique # 30215  Credit Hours: 3
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Tuesday 3:45 pm - 5:35 pm JON 5.206
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Paper      
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Description
In the last nine years the US Government has undergone its largest reorganization since the New Deal.  The laws passed since 2001, as well as the recently created Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Department of Homeland Security along with the modified CIA, FBI and Department of Justice National Security Divisions, will dominate every aspect of American life for years to come.  This course examines the changes made in the Intelligence Community, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security establishments as well as the relevant legislation and Executive Orders.  The goal will be to understand the changes, but also determine what needs to be improved and modified in the future.

Among other matters, the course will cover the Intelligence Reform Act, Patriot and Electronic Surveillance, the FBIs National Security Branch and DOJs National Security Division, the Secure Border Initiative, Airline Transportation Safety Act, Maritime Transportation Safety Act, Public Health Safety and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act, Critical Infrastructure Protection, the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System and related cases.

The grade is primarily based on the seminar paper although extra points are given based on class participation.  Students choose a paper topic mid semester and present a brief outline towards the end of the semester. 

Textbooks
Cases and Materials on US Law and National Security - Ron Sievert
  William S. Hein, edition: 3rd
  ISBN: 978-0-8377-3859-8   (required)