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Fall 2012-2013
WWS 384 (SA)   na, npdf

Secrecy, Accountability and the National Security State

Barton D. Gellman

National security secrecy presents a conflict of core values: self-government and self-defense. We need information to hold our leaders accountable, but if we know our enemies know too. This course explores that dilemma and the complex relationships that resolve it. We will apply competing legal and philosophical models to real-world cases of unauthorized disclosure. Class discussion will be enriched by visiting government officials, journalists and lawyers. Among the subjects: weapons of mass destruction, Pentagon Papers, domestic surveillance and Wikileaks.

Sample reading list:
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Secrecy
Geoffrey R. Stone, Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark
Barton Gellman, Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency
Dana Priest and William Arkin, Top Secret America
Jack Goldsmith, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings will include news and scholarly articles, legal briefs and books. Before each seminar, with a view to promoting substantive engagement in class, each student will submit a succinct written response to the readings. These Reading Notes will be returned with comments on substance and style in preparation for a final paper of 5000 words, which will demonstrate mastery of our subject in a case study of the student's choice.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23159 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:13 Limit:14