Strategic Intelligence & Public Policy: Advanced Issues (S)
LAW JD 849
Strategic intelligence -- the collection, analysis, and use of intelligence information to formulate and implement national military and diplomatic strategy -- plays a vital role in U.S. public policy. This course will explore the legal authorities, as well as the legal and policy restraints, on the role of strategic intelligence in our democratic society. Topics may include the historical development of constitutional and statutory law regarding government surveillance, and the emerging challenges of cybersecurity. The course will also explore the role of dissent in a democratic society and the balance between free expression and national security, including the investigation and prosecution of espionage cases and the use of the Classified Information Procedures Act. The course will also examine the intelligence oversight roles of the Executive and Legislative branches, including the use of presidential and congressional commissions and other efforts to ensure compliance. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.