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Preventing a terrorist attack on American soil is the first priority of the Department of Justice, and the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) has played in integral role in the Department's efforts. Since the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, OLP has led efforts to ensure that our law enforcement and intelligence personnel have the tools and authorities they need to do their jobs. OLP played a key role in the passage of critical legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization and Improvement Act. In the last year, our office ensured that the new National Security Division would have all legal authorities in place to hit the ground running, and we have continued efforts to make sure that our laws and regulations are adequate to address the ever-evolving national security threats we face. We have also played a key role in developing the new information sharing environment. This Office has played and will continue to play an important role in efforts to update Attorney General Guidelines to reflect our strategy of prevention.

Preserving Life and Liberty (Public resource page that discusses protecting national security and civil liberties)

Testimony, Speeches, and Views Letters:

Joint Statement of Elisebeth Collins Cook, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, and Valerie Caproni, General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation, before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Concerning the New Attorney General Guidelines for Domestic Intelligence Collection (September 23, 2008)

Attorney General Consolidated Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations (October 3, 2008)

Attorney General Memorandum to Department Components on Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations (October 3, 2008)

Testimony of Assistant Attorney General Rachel L. Brand on U.S. Refugee Admissions and Policy (September 27, 2006)

Testimony of Assistant Attorney General Rachel L. Brand on Current Issues in U.S. Refugee Protection and Resettlement (May 10, 2006)

Testimony of Assistant Attorney General Rachel L. Brand on Subpoena Authority and Pretrial Detention of Terrorists (June 22, 2004)

Letter Conveying Department of Justice Views on USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization (August 29, 2005)

Testimony of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent McIntosh in support of H.R. 4239, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (May 23, 2006)

Testimony of Matthew Berry, Counselor to Assistant Attorney General, on USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization (May 26, 2005)

Testimony of Assistant Attorney General Daniel Bryant in support of S. 2679, the Tools to Fight Terrorism Act of 2004 (September 13, 2004)

Remarks of Assistant Attorney General Rachel L. Brand at the 2004 Holmes Debates on First Amendment Liberties and the War on Terror (June 14, 2004)

Testimony of Assistant Attorney General Daniel Bryant in support of H.R. 3179, the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003 (May 18, 2004)

Testimony of Assistant Attorney General Daniel Bryant on Material Support of Terrorism (May 5, 2004)

Statutes & Reports:

USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (March 9, 2006)

Report on the Sunsetting Provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (April 2005)

Report from the Field: The USA PATRIOT Act at Work (July 2004)

USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 (October 26, 2001)

Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (December 17, 2004)



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