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    Discussing Executive Powers & their Expansion

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    Please help me examines these issues:

    * Should intelligence operations be expanded? What is the intelligence dilemma facing United States law enforcement? Define and explain this dilemma. Address concerns about interagency cooperation related to the expansion of intelligence operations.
    * Should executive powers be increased? What Constitutional arguments have been made against, and in support of, the expansion of executive powers?

    * Generalize arguments from Defending the Homeland for both sides of each issue.
    * Cite sources according to APA requirements.

    Any help with this assignment will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

    Debating Crime and Defending the Homeland

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    The Intelligence Dilemma & Inter-agency Cooperation

    Following 9-11, the Bush Administration signed into law the USA Patriot Act of 2001. The aim of the Act is to expand the authority of U.S. Law enforcement agencies domestically and abroad. The Patriot Act has certainly moved forward some of the issues earlier on presented by the U.S. Intelligence Community as particular domestic laws prevent effective intelligence gathering within American Soil. White's 2004 book Defending the Homeland is unique in its analysis of the reorganization of government resources to increase domestic security since 9-11. While looking at the changes & re-adaptations of the Criminal Justice System adapting it to the terrorist threat; it also discusses the bureaucratic and inter-agency issues as well as the civil liberties that the changes instituted. According to White, 9-11 has affected a change in American perspectives on War particularly on offensive & defensive strategies as violent international radicalized terrorism & domestic terrorism became hard realities for today's American nation.

    While he has raised various points with regards to intelligence dilemma, I find that there are 2 major hurdles that currently confront the US intelligence Community (USIC) & the DOJ --- intelligence sharing failure & bureaucratic dilemmas. While the U.S. Intelligence community is divided into particular agencies due to their specialization (with the CIA the most prominent) and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence who reports directly to the president; they are not the only branch of the Federal government that is active in pursuing intelligence work for the sake of national security. Below is a link to the official website of the US Intelligence Community & one will find that the CIA, the NSA and the department of Homeland Security apart of it, including the various intelligence bodies of the Department of ...

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    The solution in the form of an essay discusses the various issues involved in inter-agency cooperation for national security & the debates behind the expansion of executive powers for the sake of national security. The solution ends with a reflexive discussion on Personal Freedoms & Liberties. The solution includes a word version of the essay for easy printing.