Poli 007 Spring 2015: U.S. Foreign Policy, Quiz #6

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Poli 007 Spring 2015: U.S. Foreign Policy, Quiz #6

This one is about espionage, everyone's favorite topic.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Its 2007. You are POTUS and planning the surge strategy in Iraq and want to better understand insurgent movements and communications in order to craft an overall COIN strategy. Eavesdropping on insurgent cell phone conversations will be key to collecting intelligence. What agency do you turn to?
    • A. 

      NSA

    • B. 

      National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

    • C. 

      Bureau of Intelligence and Research

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 2. 
    What method of intelligence collection does this photo best represent?
    • A. 

      HUMINT

    • B. 

      SIGINT

    • C. 

      IMINT

    • D. 

      OSINT

  • 3. 
    Covert operations, including assassinations, have been part of the intel community's (especially the CIA's) toolbox for a long time. So why is the Predator drone program so controversial and unprecedented? For all of the following reasons except:
    • A. 

      Civilian victims

    • B. 

      Extreme secrecy surrounding them

    • C. 

      Using them to kill American citizens overseas

    • D. 

      All of these are reasons the drone program is controversial

  • 4. 
    The Raymond Davis episode demonstrates all of the following issues with post-9/11 intel operations except:
    • A. 

      Outsourcing/contracting out of intel operations

    • B. 

      Militarization/paramilitarization of CIA

    • C. 

      Obsession with counterterrorism

    • D. 

      Dangers of CT goals overwhelming broader FP goals

    • E. 

      NSA over-reach

  • 5. 
    Why was the DNI created in 2004?
    • A. 

      To help coordinate the sprawling intel community bureaucracy

    • B. 

      So that a top intel official would be in the White House close to POTUS

    • C. 

      To serve as the intel community's liaison to Congress

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 6. 
    Covert operations, especially in the realm of counterterrorism, are attractive to presidents for all of the following reasons except:
    • A. 

      They do not involve messy and potentially politically unpopular military entanglements

    • B. 

      They are not subject to public scrutiny, and therefore the whims of public opinion

    • C. 

      They are conducted under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security, which presidents more directly control

    • D. 

      In a difficult budgetary environment, they are less expensive than sending in troops

  • 7. 
    What is the worst that can happen to an intelligence officer with diplomatic cover if s/he is caught spying (if the host country respects international law)? 
    • A. 

      They can be arrested and held for up to 30 days

    • B. 

      They can be declared persona non grata and thrown out of the country

    • C. 

      They can be forced to reveal the identities of other officers in the national clandestine service

    • D. 

      None of these

  • 8. 
    According to the Top Secret America investigative report, the Office of the DNI, upon its creation, faced all of the following hurdles except:
    • A. 

      Unclear mandate

    • B. 

      The DNI had no clear legal or budgetary authority over intelligence matters

    • C. 

      Turf battles between DNI and other intel agencies

    • D. 

      The powerful CIA was not among the agencies the DNI was charged with overseeing

  • 9. 
    What are the potential pitfalls of the excessive influence of the intel community over foreign policy? 
    • A. 

      The intel community has lower levels of democratic accountability by virtue of its secrecy and therefore can pursue harmful policies without adequate checks on its activities.

    • B. 

      The Constitution says nothing explicit about oversight over intel agencies, and therefore there is a danger that their role and influence is not properly constrained.

    • C. 

      The intel community has become excessively focused on counter-terrorism and can be blind to broader strategic and diplomatic goals, as we have seen in countries such as Pakistan.

    • D. 

      All of these

  • 10. 
    Senator Feinstein's authority and efforts (and that of her committee) to hold the CIA accountable are rooted in reforms of which era:
    • A. 

      Height of the Cold War

    • B. 

      1970s and 1980s

    • C. 

      Post-Cold War

    • D. 

      Post-9/11

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