Intelligence Law School - Course 1: Lesson 7.2 Concluding Remarks for Course 1

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7.2 Concluding Remarks for Course 1

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7.2 Concluding Remarks for Course I

Remember that this course is supported by an annotated transcript and countless free supporting materials available on

The annotated lecture transcript for this course is over 350 pages long with almost 100,000 words of explanatory footnotes backing up roughly 70,000 words of actual lecture.

Ø  Yes, the footnotes are much longer than the lecture text itself.


90% of the time I spent working on this course was spent backing up everything I say with reliable sources.

You should definitely take advantage of the additional information contained in these footnotes.

I put a ton of ancillary background information into these footnotes in order to streamline the lecture and keep it focused so I wouldn’t put you to sleep.


Also, don’t forget that I’ve created numerous free intelligence law course books and primary authority supplements that you can download from for free.

Ø  Free Secondary Authority Course Book for Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources: There’s a free 340-page  course book for this course;[1]

Ø  Free Secondary Authority Course Book for Course III: Statutory Law and Intelligence: There’s also an early edition of the free course book for Course III: Statutory Law and Intelligence available for download right now.[2]

o   This statutory law course book is a monster—it’s 2170 pages long.

o   I’ve organized to correspond directly with the U.S. Code so you can find relevant CRS reports on any statutory law issue you’re interested in so long as you have a decent idea where the relevant law is codified in the Code.

o   Remember:

§  Title 5: contains general management statutes like the APA, FOIA, and Privacy Act;

§  Title 18: has crimes and criminal procedure; and

§  Title 50 has the National Security Act as Chapter 15 and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as Chapter 36.

o   I’ve structured this free course book so that you’ll have a few relevant CRS reports on all relevant statutory law issues.

Ø  Free Primary Authority Supplements: In addition to these course books, there are also 4 free primary source supplements on U.S. intelligence law.

o   There’s a Constitutional Law Supplement, a Statutory Law Supplement, an Administrative Law Supplement, and a Statutory and Administrative Law Glossary with statutory and administrative law definitions for critical intelligence law terminology.

o   The Statutory Law Supplement is huge.

o   It’s 1667 pages long and it contains virtually all codified statutes governing intelligence agency conduct.[3]

o   Yes, I said all of them.

o   Altogether, these 4 free supplements contain most of the blackletter primary legal authority governing everything from the statutory reporting requirements for the most thrilling, Osama-Bin-Laden-Killing covert action planned by the hotshots at CIA, all the way down to the mundane procurement authority for ordering paperclips and pocket protectors for NSA employees at Fort Meade.

o   Everything is governed by the blackletter legal framework contained in these free supplements.


And there’s plenty more than that.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about U.S. intelligence law, you should definitely check out all the free resources available on


There is also an expanded edition of this free course available for $49.95, and every penny goes to help us create the rest of the intelligence law courses we’ve got planned for


This expanded edition contains hours of additional lectures on other important topics related to legal sources in U.S. intelligence law not addressed in the free version of Course I.

Specifically, the expanded edition covers extra topics like the sources of public international law, statutory interpretation, legal research methods, agency organic statutes, and much more.

The expanded edition gives detailed explanation advanced topics related to legal sources—topics concerning matters like the extraterritorial reach of American statutes and the limits imposed by international law on Congress’s jurisdiction to prescribe.


If you liked this free course and want to help us create the four future intelligence law courses we’ve got planned, please think about buying a copy of the expanded edition of Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources in U.S. Intelligence Law today.

It’s available on iTunes and, and there are links to where you can buy it on the course page for Course I on


Every sale helps enormously.

Without these sales, we won’t be unable to finish the next four massive intelligence law courses that are needed to complete our comprehensive law school series on U.S. intelligence law.

The full series is designed to train any American who wants to master this field, and train them so well they know the field almost as well as practicing intelligence lawyers in the intelligence community.

Even if they start with no legal training at all.

It’s a massive and costly undertaking to complete such a comprehensive legal curriculum and make it available for free, so your support by buying the expanded edition of this Course really makes all the difference.


If we’re able to raise the funds necessary to complete the full series, we hope that the Americans who take advantage of this free law school education will use their new legal expertise to defend their rights and the rights of fellow Americans.

So it’s an investment.

Not only will you be armed with the knowledge necessary to defend your rights yourself, but maybe a random stranger you help to train with your purchase might someday be the only person in a position to protect your rights from being violated.

You want that person fully trained if that happens, don’t you?

If so, please consider buying a copy of the expanded version of Course I on iTunes or Amazon today.

Just $49.95 to help us produce hundreds of hours of free law school courses to train countless citizen lawyers who can defend your rights.

It’s really a bargain, if you think about it.  



Well, that does it for Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources in U.S. Intelligence Law.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first course and are planning to move on to Course II where you’ll begin mastering the substantive legal provisions governing domestic intelligence operations affecting United States persons.  

Until then, keep your rights handy wherever you go, and if you’re an American scholar or journalist who’s ever even considered criticizing Pentagon policy or domestic counterintelligence abuses be sure to watch your back, Jack.


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[1] David Alan Jordan (ed.), Creative Commons Course Book for Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources in U.S. Intelligence Law (2010), available at

[2] David Alan Jordan (ed.), Creative Commons Course Book for Course III: Statutory Law and Intelligence (2010), available at

[3] David Alan Jordan, Statutory Law Supplement for U.S. Intelligence Law (2010), available at


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