Assume there is a well-known terrorist group with strong ties to a government that is not friendly to the United States. The terrorist group has agents within the United States. The intelligence community is monitoring the activities and communications of those agents. U.S. government officials learn that the group is planning to use large quantities of small, autonomous drone aircraft in a swarming attack to try to damage a nuclear power plant near the U.S.– Canada border. Using these facts, discuss the following: (1) Is this a matter of national security, homeland security, or both? Explain your response in detail. Does it matter what label this situation is given? (2) Is U.S. security policy sufficiently well-developed in order to allow government agencies to respond to the threat? In what ways could the policy be improved? (3) What are the main constitutional and legal principles governing how U.S. government agencies can react in this situation? (4) Other than security policy, what other national policies are implicated by this situation, and how?
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