Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence

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In Spinning Intelligence, contributors heralding from government, journalism, and academia confront the complementary yet often tense relationship between intelligence-gathering organizations and the media. Addressing high-level strategic issues all the way down to the operation of individual committees and departments, this anthology is not just for students of government and politics, but for anyone interested in the relationship between reporting and espionage.

Essays from the perspective of the journalist trace the evolving relationship between news media outlets and the government, especially with regards to advances in technology. Essays from the perspective of the political institution explain governmental oversight of intelligence agencies, the operation of clandestine information units, and the laws that govern the control of information.

Additional contributions investigate the exploitation of the globalized media by intelligence agencies; the CIA's reliance on open sources for intelligence purposes; the real-world use of open source intelligence in rolling back Libya's nuclear program; and the depiction of intelligence in popular culture, from films to popular fiction, which helped facilitate rendition and torture and has conditioned our responses to both. A final essay focuses on cultural representations of the war on terror and their implications for issues of national security.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231701143
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2009
  • Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Dover is lecturer in international relations at Loughborough University and the author of The Europeanization of British Defense Policy, 1997-2005. Michael S. Goodman is senior lecturer in intelligence studies at King's College, University of London, and author of Spying on the Nuclear Bear: Anglo-American Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Intelligence in the Information Age Robert Dover Dover, Robert Michael Goodman Goodman, Michael 1

1 Regulation by Revelation? Intelligence, the Media and Transparency Richard J. Aldrich Aldrich, Richard J. 13

2 Intelligence Secrets and Media Spotlights: Balancing Illumination and Dark Corners David Omand Omand, David 37

3 Terrorism and the Media: Information War Gordon Corera Corera, Gordon 57

4 Good Anthropology, Bad History: America's Cultural Turn in The War on Terror Patrick Porter Porter, Patrick 71

5 Open Source Intelligence and Nuclear Safeguards Wyn Q. Bowen Bowen, Wyn Q. 91

6 All the Secrets That Are Fit to Print? The Media and US Intelligence Agencies Before and After 9/11 Steve Hewitt Hewitt, Steve Scott Lucas Lucas, Scott 105

7 British Intelligence and the British Broadcasting Corporation: A Snapshot of a Happy Marriage Michael S. Goodman Goodman, Michael S. 117

8 Balancing National Security and the Media: The D-Notice Committee Nicholas Wilkinson Wilkinson, Nicholas 133

9 Reflections on a Lifetime of Reporting on Intelligence Affairs Chapman Pincher Pincher, Chapman 149

10 Bedmates or Sparring Partners? Canadian Perspectives on the Media- Intelligence Relationship in 'The New Propaganda Age' Tony Campbell Campbell, Tony 165

11 The Clandestine Clapperboard: Alfred Hitchcock's Tales of the Cold War Pierre Lethier Lethier, Pierre 185

12 From Vauxhall Cross with Love: Intelligence in Popular Culture Robert Dover Dover, Robert 201

Afterword Robert Dover Dover, Robert Michael Goodman Goodman, Michael 221

Glossary 223

Notes 227

About the Contributors 255

Index 259

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