Anti-Terrorism, Law & Intell

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/12
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar will open with accepted legal definitions of terrorism; proceed with Richard Clarke, “Against All Enemies,” and Steve Coll, “Ghost Wars,” to define the threat of religion-based, non-state terrorism; read Phil Heymann’s studies on the appropriate legal and constitutional responses to terrorism; study the USA Patriot Act for the congressional response; Hamdi, Padilla, Rasul, and Hamdan for the courts’ responses to the president’s military order and the notion of “unlawful combatants”; read the 9/11 Commission Report and the report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Iraqi WMD reporting; and study the Silberman/Robb report on intelligence analysis. The seminar will venture some judgments on the proper balance between anti-terrorism measures and the constraints of a constitutional democracy on such issues as coercive interrogations, pre-emptive incarcerations, and intrusive surveillance. We shall read the OLC torture memos. Finally, the seminar will also consider the legality and propriety of targeted assassinations of terrorists by the U.S. Intelligence Community, using the Predator drone and whether the US should set forth its aims and conditions for such use.

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Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
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Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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