Government Homework

| September 30, 2015

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Library Research Assignment

Perhaps the biggest concern with regards to intelligence fusion centers at the federal, state, and local levels is the concern over privacy. Since their inception, fusion center officials have taken a number of steps to embed privacy policies and practices into the management of the program.

You are the chief privacy officer (CPO) for the Department of Homeland Security assigned to the DHS privacy office. As the CPO, you are responsible for enforcing fusion center privacy policies, including specifically insuring that the methods and technologies used by the fusion centers for intelligence collection and dissemination do not violate privacy protections and that the fusion center complies with fair information practices in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974. One of your primary responsibilities as the CPO is to conduct a privacy impact assessment of the current policies, practices, and proposals involving the collection and disclosure of personal information by fusion centers.

Assignment Guidelines

    • For this assignment, you must write an assessment (3–4 pages) of the current policies, practices, and proposals regarding privacy and fusion centers.
    • Using the library, course materials, textbook, and Web resources, research current policies, practices, and proposals regarding privacy and fusion centers.
    • Address the following in 1,000–1,250 words:
      • How do these policies affect the overall mission of the fusion center? Explain.
      • Do the policies effectively protect privacy in accordance with U.S. privacy laws? Explain and fully support your rationale.
        • Be sure to provide specific examples to support your arguments.
      • How would you assess the current process of policy implementation regarding citizen privacy? Explain.
        • How would you improve the current process and system? Give a detailed explanation.
    • Remember to only use scholarly and academic resources to support your arguments.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

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Key Assignment

In October of 2001, the United States enacted the United and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act. This new legislation was an effort to update and strengthen laws governing the investigation and prosecution of terrorism.

Contained within this act were 16 sunset provisions or statues within the law that would expire at the end of 2005. These provisions were all contained within Title II of the act and dealt with enhanced surveillance procedures for use by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Although these provisions were set to expire in 2005, most of these provisions have since been extended. These provisions include the following sections:

  • 201
  • 202
  • 203(b)
  • 203(d)
  • 204
  • 206
  • 207
  • 209
  • 212
  • 214
  • 215
  • 217
  • 218
  • 220
  • 223
  • 225.

Assignment Guidelines

    • For this assignment, you must write assessments on 3–4 of these provisions. This assignment is more than just a summary of the chosen provisions and should include an analytical assessment of the provision.
    • Address the following in 1,250–1,500 words:
      • Include the following for each of your selected provisions:
        • An explanation as to how and to what extent this provision has changed the legal landscape
        • An summary of how U.S. law enforcement and intelligence have used this provision to protect the U.S. homeland.
        • An analysis of criticisms and controversy over this provision
        • Recommendations for changes or improvements to this provision
  • Be sure to reference all source using APA style.

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Key Assignment Final Draft

A mastermind behind 9/11, Khalid Sheik Mohammad (KSM), was captured in Pakistan in March of 2003. Immediately following his capture, KSM was subjected to a series of controversial interrogation methods, often referred to as enhanced interrogation techniques. These techniques included the now infamous waterboarding technique. Waterboarding is a technique that involves immobilizing subjects on their back with their head inclined downwards. The subject’s face is then covered with a cloth, and water is poured over the cloth, which ultimately triggers the subject’s gag reflex and causes the subject to experience the sensations of drowning. This technique is not a new technique; it has been around for hundreds of years and is used by nations around the world to collect intelligence.

You are an intelligence research specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice and have been asked by the U.S. Attorney’s office to provide a written brief on the pros and cons of using waterboarding as a technique to collect intelligence.

Assignment Guidelines

  • First, revise your Week 4 Key Assignment according to instructor feedback and peer review.
  • Next, address the following, and include your responses in your Key Assignment Final Draft.
    • For this portion of the assignment, you must discuss the use of waterboarding to collect intelligence.
    • You must specifically discuss the legality of the technique, moral and ethical considerations, and the overall effectiveness of using this method.
    • In addition, you should also discuss the following:
      • What is the current U.S. policy on using waterboarding?
      • Why is waterboarding being considered as a technique now, when we have faced greater threats in the past?
      • Is there a difference between imitation torture and actual torture?
    • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

 

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