Cases and Materials on U.S. Law and National Security, 3rd Edition

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The book begins by reviewing the law often associated with threats posed by foreign enemies such as espionage, terrorism and treason. National security cases that arise in the domestic context, such as disclosure of intelligence information, export of sensitive technology and domestic.terrorism, are then examined. A following section reviews sometimes controversial government actions utilized to gather information and detain individuals such as pen registers, National Security Letters, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Title III interceptions, extradition and rendition as well as the screening of intelligence information through the Classified Information Procedures Act. In an important Chapter on the government s power to act in a crisis, Professor Sievert proceeds from the important civil war case of Ex Pate Milligan outlining martial law to a review of the last decade s critical cases on habeas corpus, military commissions and military assistance. In the final section the casebook examines the War Power with historical cases on Executive versus Congressional authority, efforts to stop the Vietnam and Iraq wars and attacks on Yugolslavia and Libya, a Gulf War Chronology and summary of the effects of the War Powers Act and a review of the Authorizations for Use of Military Force 2001, 2002 as well as the government s recent legal justifications for drone attacks.

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Professor Sievert, a St. Bonaventure and U.T. Law graduate, had a long and distinguished career in the U.S.
Department of Justice where he won awards for the trial of several major cases and worked closely on investigations with the FBI and U.S. Intelligence Community. He was a well recognized instructor for the Department of Justice, FBI Academy and several federal agencies. He began teaching National Security Law and
Intelligence related courses at the University of Texas School of Law in 2000 and accepted an appointment at
the Bush School of Government graduate international affairs program to teach National Security and International Law. He has published numerous law review articles on national security law issues related to government surveillance, Patriot, similarities and differences between the Bush and Obama national security
program, Export Control, the International Criminal Court and the nuclear non proliferation treaty.

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Anyone with a professional or personal interest in counterterrorism, espionage, or counterintelligence will find Ron Sievert s Cases and Materials on US Law and National Security indispensable reading. Mr. Sievert's hands-on experience as a Department of Justice prosecutor for 25 years is evident, not only in his comprehensive case selections but also in his operationally pertinent commentary. No one has done it better. For lawyers and non-lawyers alike, if your field is national security, you need this book front and center on your bookcase. --James M. Olson, former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence and author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying

Ron Sievert is a very rare breed: a legal scholar with years of real world experience on the front line in the fight against those who threaten our nation's security. His new book is perfect for anyone who is interested in how the United States fights against terrorist attacks while struggling to balance civil liberties and national security. --Johnny Sutton, former Chairman of the U.S.Department of Justice Attorney General's Advisory Committee and United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas

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