Global Intelligence Oversight: Governing Security in the Twenty-First Century

Hardcover | April 25, 2016

EditorZachary K. Goldman, Samuel J. RascoffbyJane Harman

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In a world that is increasingly unstable, intelligence services like the American CIA and the United Kingdom's MI6 exist to deliver security. Whether the challenge involves terrorism, cyber-security, or the renewed specter of great power conflict, intelligence agencies mitigate threats andprovide decisional advantage to national leaders. But empowered intelligence services require adequate supervision and oversight, which must be about more than the narrow (if still precarious) task of ensuring the legality of covert operations and surveillance activities. Global Intelligence Oversight is a comparative investigation of how democratic countries can govern their intelligence services so that they are effective, but operate within frameworks that are acceptable to their people in an interconnected world. The book demonstrates how the institutions thatoversee intelligence agencies participate in the protection of national security while safeguarding civil liberties, balancing among competing national interests, and building public trust in inherently secret activities. It does so by analyzing the role of courts and independent oversight bodiesas they operate in countries with robust constitutional frameworks and powerful intelligence services. The book also illuminates a new transnational oversight dynamic that is shaping and constraining security services in new ways. It describes how global technology companies and litigation intransnational forums constitute a new form of oversight whose contours are still undefined. As rapid changes in technology bring the world closer together, these forces will complement their more traditional counterparts in ensuring that intelligence activities remain effective, legitimate, andsustainable.

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In a world that is increasingly unstable, intelligence services like the American CIA and the United Kingdom's MI6 exist to deliver security. Whether the challenge involves terrorism, cyber-security, or the renewed specter of great power conflict, intelligence agencies mitigate threats andprovide decisional advantage to national leader...

Zachary K. Goldman is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He previously served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Int...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pagesPublished:April 25, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190458070

ISBN - 13:9780190458072

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"The scholarship on display is impressive...those conversations, and the proposals that came out of them, enrich this dialogue in actionable ways. No one gets the final word on intelligence - but the contributions in this book make for a much better public debate." (From the Preface) --The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars