Security Law Brief
Current events from the Georgetown Law Center on National Security and the Law
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The Best Defense
"The Best Defense" is curated by Thomas Ricks, a journalist who has written about the United States Military for both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. At present he is a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, a think tank studying national security issues.
Researching Law and Terrorism
"A democracy must sometimes fight terror with one hand tied behind its back. Even so, a democracy has the upper hand. The rule of law and the liberty of an individual constitute important components in its understanding of security. At the end of the day, they strengthen its spirit and this strength allows it to overcome its difficulties."
Aharon Barak, President, Supreme Court of Israel, quoted in Less Safe, Less Free.
The information contained in this guide is designed to assist you in your research in the area of Law and Terrorism. We have divided the Guide into secondary sources,including articles and books, primary sources, databases and useful websites. We start with secondary sources to reinforce a basic research precept that it is efficient to start with a good secondary source that pulls together for you the various laws, regulations, concepts, and cases that may be involved in this quickly expanding area of law.
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Statutory Definitions of Terrorism
As used in 22 U. S. C. Section 2656f(d), terrorisism has the following definitions:
As used in 50 U. S. C. Section 1801(c), "international terrorism" means activities that—
(3) occur totally outside the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to coerce or intimidate, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.