LESSON 3: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
3.2 Basic Structure of the U.S. Constitution
3.2.3 The Three Articles Most Important to U.S. Intelligence Law
Annotated Lecture Transcript
These 2 important parts can be broken down for intelligence law purposes even more.
Ø The 3 Articles Relevant to U.S. Intelligence Law: Of the 7 Articles making up the first part, only the first 3 Articles are critically important to U.S. intelligence law.
o Those first 3 Articles set out the powers of the three branches of the federal government.
§ The Legislative Branch;
§ The Executive Branch; and
§ The Judicial Branch.
o There is some stuff in other articles that are relevant—like the Supremacy Clause of Article VI—but Articles I through III are the most important.
 U.S. Const., art. VI, cl. 2 (“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”).