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4.1 Introduction to Statutory Law

4.1.1 Introduction to Lesson 4

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4.1.1 Introduction to Lesson 4

Welcome to Lesson 4: Introduction to Statutory Law.

In this lesson, I’ll be running through the basics of the federal statutory law framework governing the U.S. Intelligence Community. 

If you’re new to legal study and don’t even know what a statute is, don’t worry.

This lesson begins with a comprehensive overview of the basics of statutory law, including how it’s created and where to find it.


After I run through all the basics, this lesson will conclude with a quick—but more or less comprehensive—introduction to the specific Titles of the U.S. Code containing statutes related to U.S. intelligence law.

My goal in this introductory lesson is to let you know where to find the laws governing U.S. intelligence activities.

The U.S. Code is massive and contains tens of thousands of pages filled with statutes most of which are completely unrelated to intelligence operations.

Mixed in with all of these other laws are the laws that govern intelligence agencies and their domestic intelligence activities affecting United States persons.

This lesson will help you cull through the mess, and locate all the blackletter provisions relevant to what we’re studying.


Again, as with Lesson 2: Introduction to Constitutional Law, this introductory course lesson on statutory law won’t talk too much about the substance of individual statutes.

I save that discussion for a later course in this comprehensive lecture series—Course III: Statutory Law and Intelligence


For now in Course I introducing you to legal sources, I just want you to know what a statute is, know how to find them, and know which parts of the U.S. Code deal with U.S. Intelligence Law.

And by the end of this lesson, that’s what you’ll know.  



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