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National Security Law

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Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y

This course examines the domestic and international legal framework governing the use of national security powers by the U.S. government. After introducing the structures and decision-making processes of the defense, intelligence, and law enforcement communities, the course will carefully examine the use of force both abroad and within the U.S., intelligence collection, and the role of law enforcement in national security operations and prosecutions, to include counterterrorism. Throughout the course, consideration will be given to the appropriate balance between liberty and security, the proper allocation of power between the three branches of government, and the tension between national security objectives and international obligations.