Covert Action: Legislative Background and Possible Policy Questions

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Published reports have suggested that in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Pentagon has expanded its counter-terrorism intelligence activities as part of what the Bush Administration termed the global war on terror. This report discusses the Department of Defense's (DOD) various counter-terrorist intelligence activities, whether or not they constitute classification as "covert action," and the challenge of clarifying the roles and responsibilities of various intelligence activities with regard to clandestine activities. This report examines the statutory procedures governing covert action and associated questions to consider.

Creator(s): Best, Richard A., Jr.
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: December 27, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Best, Richard A., Jr.

Specialist in National Defense

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: December 27, 2011
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Published reports have suggested that in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Pentagon has expanded its counter-terrorism intelligence activities as part of what the Bush Administration termed the global war on terror. This report discusses the Department of Defense's (DOD) various counter-terrorist intelligence activities, whether or not they constitute classification as "covert action," and the challenge of clarifying the roles and responsibilities of various intelligence activities with regard to clandestine activities. This report examines the statutory procedures governing covert action and associated questions to consider.

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13 pages.

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