I’m working on a political science writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Case Paper Assignment: After reading and thinking about the case, in 4-6 pages respond to the following questions.
Case Writing Assignment Questions:
- Which branch of government should be “in charge” of managing the intelligence community? Why? What are the benefits of Congressional oversight over covert operations vis-à-vis allowing the White House to maintain secrecy by restricting all information?
- Should the oversight role of Congress and the balance of power over the control of the intelligence community shift in times of war or national emergency (such as the Cold War or the “War on Terror”)? If so, how do we know when a war or national emergency is over?
- Consider the current institutional structure for the oversight of covert operations. Would you make any suggested changes in the current structure?
- At a broader level, do covert operations (particularly in peacetime) directly contravene democratic values of openness and transparency and government by the people?