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The role of intelligence in the contemporary world is ubiquitous: individuals, groups and organizations as well as states seek information in order to increase their sense of security. The events of 9/11 and subsequent 'war on terror' have made intelligence more central to the study of government and international affairs than at any time previously, reviving old debates and generating new ones.

But what exactly is intelligence? Who seeks to develop it and how? What happens to the intelligence that is produced? This timely new book explores these and other key questions. Concentrating on the role of states and organizations, and using the post-9/11 security agenda as its key focus, it offers an authoritative and accessible guide to the relationship between intelligence and processes of public and private governance.

Drawing on a range of contemporary examples, the book examines the limits of intelligence and asks whether the 9/11 attacks, the bombings in London and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq may be seen as intelligence 'failures'? It concludes by discussing the need for democratic control of intelligence to prevent its future abuse by unaccountable state or corporate agencies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Gill and Phythian have done it again: produced a comprehensive,readable, nicely illustrated, and thought-provoking examination ofnational security intelligence in today's uncertain and dangerousworld. Want to know all about espionage, covert action, andcounterintelligence? Here's an excellent place to begin."
Loch K. Johnson, University of Georgia

"Gill and Phythian provide the best introduction to the study ofsecurity and intelligence in democratic societies. They have doneso by marrying the rigour of academic analysis with theaccessibility of more popular accounts – no mean trick. Thenew edition is not only updated to include the most contemporarydevelopments, but also expands and deepens the authors’critical reflections on the state of intelligence in the post-9/11world. This is a must-read for everyone concerned with security inthe face of terrorism and for democratic freedoms in the face ofthe expansion of state security powers."
Reg Whitaker, York University, Ontario

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745632445
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Gill is Professor of Politics and Security at Liverpool John Moores University.

Mark Pythian is Professor of International Security at the University of Wolverhampton.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes.



1 What is Intelligence?

Defining Intelligence.




Conclusion: Towards a Theory of Intelligence.

2 How Do We Understand Intelligence?


The Critique of Positivism.

The Challenge of Postmodernism.

Critical Realism: Neither Positivist nor Postmodernist.

Agency and Structure.

Surveillance: Knowledge and Power.

Conclusion: a Map for Theorising and Researching Intelligence.

3 Who Does Intelligence?

Introduction: Security Networks.

Mapping Intelligence Networks.

State sector.

Corporate sector.

Communitarian sector.

Cross-sectoral networks.

Making Security Networks Work.


4 How Do They Gather Information?


Planning and Direction.

Open Sources.

Secret Sources.

HUMINT: human intelligence.

SIGINT: signals intelligence.

IMINT: imagery intelligence.

HUMINT Vs. SIGINT: The Post-9/11 Debate.

Gathering and Hunting: an erosion of boundaries?

The Predator: a vision of the future?

Extraordinary rendition.


5 What Do They Do With the Information Gathered?



'No good will come of this': Problems with Dissemination.

Where intelligence Turns into Action: the Intensification of Surveillance.


6 Why Does Intelligence Fail?


The Limits of Intelligence.

Failure Located in Collection and Analysis.

The Policy Maker-Intelligence Interface as a Site of Intelligence Failure.

Politicisation of Intelligence.

The 9/11 Commission Report: Explaining Intelligence Failure?

The 7 July 2005 London Bombings: An Intelligence Failure?


7 Iraqi WMD: What Kind of Intelligence Failure?


US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Butler Inquiry.

Political pressure on the JIC.

Australian Inquiries.


8 Can Intelligence be Democratic?


Defining Control, Review and Oversight.

The Legal and Ethical Bases of Oversight.

Organising External Oversight.

Parliamentary Oversight: the Case of the UK.

Extra-Parliamentary Oversight.

Media, NGOs and citizens.


9 Intelligence for a More Secure World?




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