The United States Code ( U.s. )

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The United States Code (U.S.C.) “establishes and governs the form, function, duties, and responsibilities of the US Government”. The foundational to US National Security and foreign relations are based on the three titles in the U.S.C, namely, Title 10, Title 22, and Title 50; which “govern US Armed Forces, the Department of State, public diplomacy efforts, and national defense” (American Security Project, 2012). However, the National Security Act of 1947 was the first U.S. law on the conduct of intelligence operations. The act established the Central Intelligence Agency “to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist the President and senior US government policymakers in making decisions relating to national security” (Central Intelligence Agency (2013). This intelligence law help to define the roles of policymakers, (Executive Branch oversight, and Congressional oversight) while making decisions relating to national security; and also defined the scope and functions of intelligence community. For instance, the President who is the head of the executive branch and commander in chief has the authority to direct military operations and intelligence activities against external threats resides in his Constitutional executive and commander-in-chief powers (Wall, 2011).
However, Congress has an oversight power over the president intelligence collection power and activities. Article I, Section 8, paragraph 18 of the United States constitution and
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