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National Security Law Research: Primary Sources

Legislation

The following list links to the major pieces of national security legislation that have passed since 9/11.  GPO now digitally signs and certifies the PDF files in the online Public and Private Laws database to which these laws link.. The digital signature provides assurance that an electronic document has not been altered since GPO disseminated it, verifying document integrity and authenticity of GPO online Federal documents.

To locate legislative history, consult ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional) database. 

Other Materials

Executive Orders

Executive orders are used by presidents to exercise their authority. They are numbered sequentially as they are issued. Executive Orders from 1937 to the present can be located on the National Archives page.  The list below includes a select few from the last 10 years dealing with national security.

Jurisprudence

Westlaw and LexisNexis databases for case searching

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