Case Study 3: USA PATRIOT Act

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  1. Case Study 3: USA PATRIOT Act
    Due Week 7 and worth 50 points

    Read The New York Times’ article titled “Battle Looms Over the Patriot Act”, located at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/us/politics/20patriot.html?pagewanted=print, and the Highlights of the USA PATRIOT Act in an article titled “The USA PATRIOT Act: Preserving Life and Liberty”, located at http://www.justice.gov/archive/ll/highlights.htm.

    Write a two to four (2-4) page paper in which you:

    1. Describe
      how the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act grants law enforcement and
      intelligence officials special powers to combat terrorism.
    2. Explain
      in your own words the two (2) different views of the USA PATRIOT Act
      and why some believe it is inappropriate legislation.
    3. Consider
      the Act and determine whether you believe that law enforcement and
      intelligence officials should have the authority granted to them in the
      provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
    4. Use at least three (3)
      quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar
      Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

    Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

    • Be
      typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with
      one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA
      or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
      instructions.
    • Include a cover page containing the title of the
      assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,
      and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
      the required assignment page length.

    The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

    • Describe the foundations of homeland security.
    • Describe counterterrorism and anti-terrorism laws in the United States.
    • Analyze the role of intelligence and counterterrorism activities among federal agencies.
    • Use technology and information resources to research issues in homeland security.
    • Write
      clearly and concisely about topics related to Homeland Security
      Organization and Administration using proper writing mechanics and
      technical style conventions.

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