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Proseminar on National Security, Law Enforcement & Terrorism

Proseminar on National Security, Law Enforcement & Terrorism


The proseminar began with some assessment of the nature of the terrorist threat, based on what we know (or think we know) about it. Proseminar participants then looked closely at the relationship between the law enforcement and intelligence communities before beginning to address the underlying question: how, if at all, should law and institutional practice change to address the threat of international terrrism? Numerous experts in the fields of law enforcement, intelligence, civil liberties and security participated in the seminar and served as resources for student research. Student research addressed a range of legal and institutional topics, including the USA Patriot Act; intellegence gathering and the proper institutional site for domestic national security operations; use of military tribunals; immigration issues; homeland preparedness; interrogation, search and seizure, and surveillance issues; and ethnic and religious profiling.