Legislative assignment | CJUS 820 – Advanced Topics in Terrorism and Intelligence | Liberty University

Research Paper:
Compare and Contrast Major Legislation Assignment Instructions


The purpose of this paper is to analyze, compare, and
contrast various pieces of major legislation that relate to the global war on
terror (i.e. the U.S.A. Patriot Act (USAPA), the National Defense Authorization
Act (NDAA), etc.).  Students will also
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each piece of legislation
discussed.  Finally, students will select
a major piece of legislation and take a stance either in support or opposition
of that legislation.  Students will provide
a cogent and academic argument to support their stance based upon sound, scholarly


All papers must be completed through the lens of a
Biblical Worldview where students will incorporate appropriate biblical
passages and/or resources. The paper must be completed in APA formatting and
consist of 20-25 pages (excluding all title, abstract and reference pages). In
addition to the course text, all papers must utilize at least 15 outside
scholarly sources to support evaluation an analysis.

At a minimum, the following sections are required:

  • Introduction
    • Provide a brief
      introduction about the key elements in the paper.
  • Background
    and Problem Statement
    • Preliminary
      research must be conducted using practitioners, government sources,
      articles, etc., to identify and discuss the major pieces of legislation
      such as those listed above (The USA Patriot Act, The NDAA, etc.).
    • The thesis
      statement will discuss and describe the concepts cited and the
      significance of each as they relate to one another. The thesis statement
      must be clear and concise (approximately 250 words).
  • Literature
    • The
      literature review is a critical component of a proposal. This section
      highlights what has been achieved related to your topic. Answer the
      following questions:
      • What is the
        USA Patriot Act?
      • What is the
      • What other
        pieces of legislation play a key role in prosecuting the global war on
      • What role
        does the FISA court and process play?
      • What role
        has the NSA played within this process?
      • What
        technologies have been employed to further this legislation?
      • What role
        does indefinite detention play?
      • What is
        unlawful enemy combatant?
      • What
        aspects of the legislation is viewed as Constitutional?
      • What
        aspects of the legislation are brought into question with regards to the
        U.S. Constitution?
      • How has the
        legislation impacted American civil liberties?
      • What are
        the supporting arguments for the legislation?
      • What are
        the opposing arguments against the legislation?
      • How should
        the legislation be changed or amended?
      • What are
        the central themes and arguments in current literature?
      • What is
        missing from current literature?
    • Scholarly
      articles are required. Although some information from government sources
      may be used sparingly, approximately 80% of the review should incorporate
      recent scholarly articles (published within the last 10 years). 
    • Do not state
      your opinion in this section. All information provided must be properly
      cited and must be from quality academic sources. To achieve this, use
      direct quotations, paraphrases, and synthesized information from multiple
      sources. For example, this statement synthesizes the opinions of 4
      scholars: “Researchers have argued that disaster planning is critical to
      minimizing the negative effects for emergency responders (Brown, 2010;
      Caldwell, 2009; Moore, 2011; Stanley, 2008).”
  • Conclusion
    • Summarize
      your findings. What are the key points in the literature with regards to
      the selected piece of legislation and how it impacts both the U.S.
      efforts in the global war on terror?
    • Since
      passage, how has the legislation impacted the average American citizen’s
      civil liberties?
    • What steps
      should be taken to further improve the legislation?
    • What steps
      might be taken to reduce any potential encroachment on American civil
    • What type of
      response is needed moving forward? 
      What or who should be engaged (e.g., the political community,
      military, federal law enforcement, local law enforcement citizens, etc.)?


Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality
via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.


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