The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a strong central authority and to limit that central authority's capacity to abuse its power.
The series Your Government: How It Works provides an in-depth examination of our government and its processes and makes clear how our informed participation is crucial to government's serving both the individual and the American people as a whole.
Mention the Secret Service, and most people think of agents in dark glasses whose only responsibility is to protect the president. Actually, this law enforcement agency was originally created to combat the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, and it continues to fulfill that mission.
The U.S. Secret Service documents the history of the agency, showing how changes in the presidency and in American society have made commanders in chief more vulnerable and the need for Secret Service protection more critical. Secret Service agents, who are among the most highly trained in all of law enforcement, are also among the most dedicated: if called upon, they must be willing to give up their own lives to save the life of the president.
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|Government: Crises of Confidence||5|
|2||The History of the Secret Service||17|
|3||Protecting the President||29|