Intelligence Policies and Legal Issues, law homework help


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In October of 2001, the United States enacted the United and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act. This new legislation was an effort to update and strengthen laws governing the investigation and prosecution of terrorism.

Contained within this act were 16 sunset provisions or statues within the law that would expire at the end of 2005. These provisions were all contained within Title II of the act and dealt with enhanced surveillance procedures for use by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Although these provisions were set to expire in 2005, most of these provisions have since been extended. These provisions include the following sections:

  • 201
  • 202
  • 203(b)
  • 203(d)
  • 204
  • 206
  • 207
  • 209
  • 212
  • 214
  • 215
  • 217
  • 218
  • 220
  • 223
  • 225.

Assignment Guidelines

  • For this assignment, you must write assessments on 3–4 of these provisions. This assignment is more than just a summary of the chosen provisions and should include an analytical assessment of the provision.
  • Address the following in 1,250–1,500 words:
    • Include the following for each of your selected provisions:
      • An explanation as to how and to what extent this provision has changed the legal landscape
      • An summary of how U.S. law enforcement and intelligence have used this provision to protect the U.S. homeland.
      • An analysis of criticisms and controversy over this provision
      • Recommendations for changes or improvements to this provision
  • Be sure to reference all source using APA style.

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The USA Patriot Act 2001 Section 201 focuses in trapping the wired communication
with the aim of protecting and destructing possible contribution by individuals to terror action.
The mandate to interrupt the wired communication comes from the USA Attorney General to the
FBI and other agencies that investigate such terror crimes. This act has had a big impact on the
legal landscape. Basically, interrupting the communication between two individual violates the
privacy right accorded to the parties communicating. The exception of the mandate comes to
protect the country and the citizens from terror attacks. It also defined the extent to which
communication can be legal (Mullan, 2014).
The section 201 of the act has helped the intelligence gather information on the terrorrelated crimes that can be used in killing or causing harm to the country and its citizens. The
Section has been used by the intelligence to detect any plan in the crime such as the use of the
weapon of mass destruction or chemical weapon. The law enforcers have also used the section in
conducting searches to various people who are allegedly involved in terror activities. The law
enforcers conduct a communication surveillance as well as physical search to gather information
about materials that could support terror crime by a foreign individual. This has protected the
country from terror attacks.
The first critic on this provision is the breach of the personal communication to the
people who are not invol...

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