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Effectiveness of Current Intelligence Oversight

Cover image of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Central Intelligence Agency interrogation and detention programs launched in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks.This discussion activity will address the current effectiveness of Intelligence Oversight (IO) in the United States. In our required video, there is discussion on the lack of effectiveness of the current oversight mechanisms. Additional research will address more concern for better oversight following the 9/11 attacks and the legislation that resulted from the WMD Commission. If the current oversight mechanisms are not effective, why not and what can be done to increase their effectiveness?

Make sure to validate your answer with required readings. You may also use other sources to strengthen your answer.

The module learning outcome addressed in this activity is:
•Assess the effectiveness of the current Intelligence Oversight (IO) apparatus in the United States (CO #3)


After Completing the assigned readings for the module, please respond to the following questions in your initial post:
1.How does the current IO mechanisms protect American civil liberties? Explain your answer. Are these mechanisms effective? Why or why not?
2.After you indicate your position on this issue, support that position with details from the readings or independent research.

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