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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Sudan: The Darfur Crisis and the Status of the North-South Negotiations

Sudan: The Darfur Crisis and the Status of the North-South Negotiations

Date: October 22, 2004
Creator: Dagne, Theodore S & Everett, Bathsheaba
Description: None
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Botswana: The San (Bushmen) Rights Case

Botswana: The San (Bushmen) Rights Case

Date: October 19, 2004
Creator: Townsend, Jeff
Description: This report discusses the case of San people of Botswana against the government of Botswana.
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Drug Control: International Policy and Approaches

Drug Control: International Policy and Approaches

Date: October 19, 2004
Creator: Perl, Raphael F
Description: Over the past decade, worldwide production of illicit drugs has risen dramatically: opium and marijuana production has roughly doubled and coca production tripled. Street prices of cocaine and heroin have fallen significantly in the past 20 years, reflecting increased availability. Despite apparent national political resolve to deal with the drug problem, inherent contradictions regularly appear between U.S. anti-drug policy and other national policy goals and concerns. The mix of competing domestic and international pressures and priorities has produced an ongoing series of disputes within and between the legislative and executive branches concerning U.S. international drug policy. One contentious issue has been the Congressionally-mandated certification process, an instrument designed to induce specified drug-exporting countries to prioritize or pay more attention to the fight against narcotics businesses.
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DNA Testing for Law Enforcement: Legislative Issues for Congress

DNA Testing for Law Enforcement: Legislative Issues for Congress

Date: October 14, 2004
Creator: Hill, Cindy
Description: DNA evidence is a powerful forensic tool in criminal cases. Its use and capabilities have increased substantially since it was first introduced in the late 1980s. That growth has led to the emergence of the following issues that were considered by the 106th Congress in legislative initiatives: eliminating the nationwide backlog of unanalyzed DNA samples, expanding the kinds of offenders who are profiled, providing opportunities for post-conviction testing of DNA evidence, and continuing development of forensic science capabilities. This report discusses those and related issues and the legislation proposed and enacted to address them. It begins by describing provisions in prior federal law and then discusses issues and the legislation proposed, including the enacted DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 (H.R. 4640, which became P.L. 106-546).
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War on Drugs: Legislation in the 108th Congress and Related Developments

War on Drugs: Legislation in the 108th Congress and Related Developments

Date: October 3, 2004
Creator: Eddy, Mark
Description: None
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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: Selected Legislation from the 108th Congress

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: Selected Legislation from the 108th Congress

Date: September 30, 2004
Creator: Bazan, Elizabeth B
Description: None
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Gun Control Legislation in the 108th Congress

Gun Control Legislation in the 108th Congress

Date: September 28, 2004
Creator: Krouse, William J
Description: None
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Standards For Retroactive Application Based Upon Groundbreaking Supreme Court Decisions in Criminal Law

Standards For Retroactive Application Based Upon Groundbreaking Supreme Court Decisions in Criminal Law

Date: September 28, 2004
Creator: Wallace, Jr., Paul Starett
Description: This report discusses the Supreme Court decision to announce the “new rule”, supreme courts decision that addresses an issue of law in a new way or for the first time. In criminal law new rules apply prospectively, but they also apply retroactively sometimes.
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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: An Overview of the Statutory Framework and Recent Judicial Decisions

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: An Overview of the Statutory Framework and Recent Judicial Decisions

Date: September 22, 2004
Creator: Bazan, Elizabeth B
Description: None
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Nuclear Terrorism: A Brief Review of Threats and Responses

Nuclear Terrorism: A Brief Review of Threats and Responses

Date: September 22, 2004
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: None
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Lawfulness of Interrogation Techniques under the Geneva Conventions

Lawfulness of Interrogation Techniques under the Geneva Conventions

Date: September 8, 2004
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K
Description: None
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Privacy: Key Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission

Privacy: Key Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission

Date: August 19, 2004
Creator: Stevens, Gina Marie & Relyea, Harold C
Description: None
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Terrorism in Southeast Asia

Terrorism in Southeast Asia

Date: August 13, 2004
Creator: Manyin, Mark E; Chanlett-Avery, Emma; Cronin, Richard P; Niksch, Larry A & Vaughn, Bruce
Description: None
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Terrorism: Key Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and Recent Major Commissions and Inquiries

Terrorism: Key Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and Recent Major Commissions and Inquiries

Date: August 11, 2004
Creator: Grimmett, Richard F
Description: None
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Removing Terrorist Sanctuaries: The 9/11 Commission Recommendations and U.S. Policy

Removing Terrorist Sanctuaries: The 9/11 Commission Recommendations and U.S. Policy

Date: August 10, 2004
Creator: Miko, Francis T
Description: None
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Proposed Change to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) under S. 113

Proposed Change to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) under S. 113

Date: August 9, 2004
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer
Description: This report discusses S. 113, a bill to extend the coverage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") to non-U.S. persons who engage in international terrorism or activities in preparation for terrorist acts, without a showing of membership in or affiliation with an international terrorist group.
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Terrorism in South Asia

Terrorism in South Asia

Date: August 9, 2004
Creator: Kronstadt, K. Alan & Vaughn, Bruce
Description: None
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Violence Against Women Act: History, Federal Funding, and Reauthorizing Legislation

Violence Against Women Act: History, Federal Funding, and Reauthorizing Legislation

Date: July 15, 2004
Creator: Laney, Garrine P.
Description: This report discusses the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2000 which reauthorized most of the original act’s programs and created new grant programs to prevent sexual assaults on campuses, assist victims of violence with civil legal concerns, create transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse (administered by HHS), and enhance protections for elderly and disabled victims of domestic violence. VAWA 2000, also, created a pilot program for safe custody exchange for families of domestic violence.
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Military Tribunals: Historical Patterns and Lessons

Military Tribunals: Historical Patterns and Lessons

Date: July 9, 2004
Creator: Fisher, Louis
Description: None
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Internet: Status Report on Legislative Attempts to Protect Children from Unsuitable Material on the Web

Internet: Status Report on Legislative Attempts to Protect Children from Unsuitable Material on the Web

Date: July 6, 2004
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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Terrorism and National Security: Issues and Trends

Terrorism and National Security: Issues and Trends

Date: July 6, 2004
Creator: Perl, Raphael F
Description: None
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Obscenity and Indecency: Constitutional Principles and Federal Statutes

Obscenity and Indecency: Constitutional Principles and Federal Statutes

Date: June 29, 2004
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Recent Developments and Pending Issues

Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Recent Developments and Pending Issues

Date: June 29, 2004
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks Using Chemical and Biological Agents: An Assessment Framework and Preliminary Comparisons

Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks Using Chemical and Biological Agents: An Assessment Framework and Preliminary Comparisons

Date: June 23, 2004
Creator: Shea, Dana A & Gottron, Frank
Description: None
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