National Security Law

Credit Hours: 3

This class explores the allocation of war-making and other national-security powers among Congress, the President, and the courts. Students will examine the government's surveillance of national-security threats (as under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the National Security Agency's warrantless Terrorist Surveillance Program), policies for protecting sensitive information from public disclosure (as with the use of "secret evidence" in cases against suspected terrorists), and the standards under which captured enemy combatants are detained, interrogated, and prosecuted (as at Guantanamo Bay and before military commissions). Students will consider legal limits on the government's war-making powers, such as those found in the Constitution and international law.