Constitutional Law and Public Policy Analysis 3


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Library Research Assignment

Using the library, course materials, and legitimate Internet sources, research the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA).

Assignment Guidelines

  • Address the following in 750 words:
    • What is the primary purpose or purposes of IRTPA? Explain.
      • What is this statute designed to do? Explain.
    • Describe and discuss the specific provisions of IRTPA as they relate to civil liberties.
    • Assess whether the Act went far enough to protect civil liberties.
      • Did the provisions do enough, or should the legislation have been drafted to do more to protect civil liberties? Why or why not? Explain in detail.
  • Government documents represent one of the best sources of information regarding this particular task.
    • The actual legislation (the bill that was signed into law), or records of Congressional and Senatorial hearings are an example of such documents. Reports to Congress, such as the Congressional Research Service, are another example.
    • The Homeland Security Digital Library is one source for these examples, as well as many other documents that can assist with this task.
  • Use at least 3 legitimate sources. Be sure to format your references using APA style.
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