Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources in U.S. Intelligence Law

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Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources in U.S. Intelligence Law

Introduction to Legal Sources in US Intelligence LawCourse Objectives

By the end of this course you will have a sophisticated understanding of the federal legal system of the United States and the general framework of laws governing all domestic intelligence activities.

Course Description

Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources in U.S. Intelligence Law provides a comprehensive overview of all sources of primary legal authority governing federal intelligence agencies in the United States. This introductory course on American law is designed primarily for non-lawyers and law students but may prove useful even for practicing attorneys. U.S. intelligence law is distinct from most other areas of law in that the legal framework is expounded by very few judicial opinions. Instead, the corpus juris is composed almost entirely of statutory law fleshed out internally within the executive branch through a multiplicity of administrative instruments. These instruments include various types of presidential directives, policy statements, procedural rules, internal agency guidelines, and interpretive memoranda that are unique to the intelligence field. To complicate matters further, there is also considerable inconsistency in the nomenclature used to name these issuances, which often makes it difficult for new intelligence lawyers to see how individual documents fit into the broader legal framework. As a result, it might be useful even for experienced attorneys to complete this introduction as a primer before diving into the sui generis administrative landscape that provides the backdrop for all substantive courses on


General Details

  • Lecturer: David Alan Jordan
  • Spoken Length: 8 Hours (72,306 Words)
  • Full Annotated Transcript: 220,758 Words
  • Length of Footnotes: 148,452 Words
  • Copyright Information: © Copyright 2012 David Alan Jordan. All rights reserved.
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Course Book for Course 1Creative Commons Course Book for Course I: Introduction to Legal Sources in U.S. Intelligence Law

          • Editor: David Alan Jordan
          • Cost: Free
          • Length: 340 Pages
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          • Dedication: This free intelligence law course book is dedicated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation []
          • Other Details: The table of contents in this pdf document is interactive. All you need to do is find the statute or material you're looking for and click on it in the table of contents and you will be taken right to it.
          • Copyleft Notice for Course Book: This course book is in the public domain. No rights reserved.
          • COPYRIGHT NOTICE FOR LECTURE MATERIALS: Only the Creative Commons Course Books and Supplements are in the public domain. All lectures, transcripts, audio, video and other forms of professor-generated content are protected by copyright: © 2012 David Alan Jordan, All Rights Reserved.


Full Lesson Outline for Course 1

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Primary Legal Authority in the Federal System

Lesson 3: Constitutional Law

Lesson 4: Statutory Law

Lesson 5: Administrative Law

Lesson 6: Hierarchy of Legal Sources

Lesson 7: Conclusion