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Who's Watching the Spies? Establishing Intelligence Service Accountability.


Who's watching the spies?; establishing intelligence service accountability.

Born, Hans et al.

Potomac Books, Inc.


255 pages




The authors--all national security scholars--examine the intelligence systems of Argentina, Canada, Germany, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the US. Each of these nations has tried different methods of addressing the tension between secrecy and democracy and thereby offer insight into how intelligence accountability evolves under different circumstances. The authors conclude that due to historical and potential abuses of government power, strong oversight systems are necessary to protect individual liberties. The book summarizes the best practices into a framework and include a prescription for a model law.

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Date:Aug 1, 2006
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