Unit 4, Item 1: Intelligence Gathering and Civil Liberty
Watch the Frontline episode “Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings” that recounts a history of American intelligence efforts since 9/11. The program touches on many highly controversial intelligence issues including the justification for the Iraq War, the use of rendition and torture to gather intelligence, the use of drone weapons, broad surveillance of telephone and computer communications, widespread use of license plate and facial recognition technology, and camera surveillance. There has been a substantial investment in intelligence capabilities to prevent terrorist attacks.
Read: Bullock, Chapter 5, Intelligence
Frontline (2013). Top Secret America: 9/11 to the Boston Bombings. Retrieved from Here
Please address the questions in Item 1 with brief answers. Include references using APA (about 150 to 200 words).
a.) What questions does “Top Secret America” raise about U.S. intelligence gathering?
b.) Is the gathering of intelligence infringing on civil liberties? Justify your answer.
c.) Is the intelligence effort making America safer? Justify your answer.