National Insecurity

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The Cold War has been over for ten years and no country threatens this nation's existence, yet, we still spend billions of dollars on covert action and espionage. Even during the Cold War, when intelligence was seen as a matter of life and death, our system served us badly. It provided unreliable information (leading, among other things, to a grossly inflated military budget) as it supported corrupt regimes around the world, promoted the drug trade, and repeatedly violated foreign and domestic laws. And worse, ...

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National Insecurity: U.S. Intelligence After the Cold War

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Overview

The Cold War has been over for ten years and no country threatens this nation's existence, yet, we still spend billions of dollars on covert action and espionage. Even during the Cold War, when intelligence was seen as a matter of life and death, our system served us badly. It provided unreliable information (leading, among other things, to a grossly inflated military budget) as it supported corrupt regimes around the world, promoted the drug trade, and repeatedly violated foreign and domestic laws. And worse, proceed in a shroud of secrecy, it paid no price for its mistakes, but instead grew larger and more insulated and in drastic need of reform.

In National Insecurity ten prominent experts describe, from an insider perspective, what went wrong with U.S. intelligence and what needs to be done to fix it. Drawing on their experience in government administration, research, and the foreign service, they propose a radical rethinking of the United States' intelligence needs in the post-Cold War world. In addition, they offer a coherent and unified plan for reform that can protect U.S. Security while upholding the values of our democratic system.

The contributors include Roger Hilsman, former Assistant Secretary of State, advisor to President Kennedy, and author of The Cuban Missile Crisis; Melvin A. Goodman, former division chief and senior analyst at the CIA's Office of Soviet Affairs; Robert E. White, former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay and president of the Center for International Policy; Robert V. Keeley, former ambassador to Greece, Zimbabwe, and Mauritius; Jack A. Blum, chief investigator for Senator Church's Senate Foreign Relations Committee and for the Senate investigation of the Iran-Contra scandal; Kate Doyle, analyst at the National Security Archive; Alfred W. McCoy, author of The Politics of Heroin; Robert Dreyfuss, a journalist who publishes regularly on intelligence matters; Richard A. Stubbing, who for twenty years handled the intelligence budget for the Office of Management and Budget; Pat M. Holt, former chief of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and author of Secret Intelligence and Public Policy; and the editor.

About the Author:

Craig Eisendrath is Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. He served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566398480
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2000
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction 1
1 After the Cold War: The Need for Intelligence 8
2 Espionage and Covert Action 23
3 Too Many Spies, Too Little Intelligence 45
4 CIA-Foreign Service Relations 61
5 Covert Operations: The Blowback Problem 76
6 The End of Secrecy: U.S. National Security and the New Openness Movement 92
7 Mission Myopia: Narcotics as Fallout From the CIA's Covert Wars 118
8 Techint: The NSA, the NRO, and NIMA 149
9 Improving the Output of Intelligence: Priorities, Managerial Changes, and Funding 172
10 Who's Watching the Store? Executive-Branch and Congressional Surveillance 190
Conclusions 212
Selected Bibliography 223
About The Center for International Policy 227
About the Contributors 231
Index 233
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