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What’S International Law Got To Do With It? Transnational Law And The Intelligence Mission, James E. Baker Jan 2007

What’S International Law Got To Do With It? Transnational Law And The Intelligence Mission, James E. Baker

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The United States faces an immediate and continuous threat of terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. The intelligence function and national security law, including international law--or more accurately transnational law--are central to addressing this threat. Indeed, international law is more relevant today in addressing this threat than it was before September 11. Part II of this article describes a continuum of contemporary threats to U.S. national security, with a focus on nonstate terrorism. Part III addresses the role of intelligence and national security law, and in particular law addressed to process, in combating these threats. Part …