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

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Given recent experiences with terrorism, clearly even the most democratic societies have a legitimate need for secrecy. This secrecy has often been abused, however, and strong oversight systems are necessary to protect individual liberties.

Author Bio: HANS BORN, PH.D., is a fellow at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and publishes frequently on democracy and security issues. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland. LOCH K. JOHNSON, PH.D., is the Regents ...

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Overview

Given recent experiences with terrorism, clearly even the most democratic societies have a legitimate need for secrecy. This secrecy has often been abused, however, and strong oversight systems are necessary to protect individual liberties.

Author Bio: HANS BORN, PH.D., is a fellow at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and publishes frequently on democracy and security issues. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland. LOCH K. JOHNSON, PH.D., is the Regents Professor of political science at the University of Georgia. He lives in Athens, Georgia. IAN LEIGH, L.L.M., is a professor of law and the codirector of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Durham. He lives in Durham, England.

The assembled authors, each well known in the international community of national security scholars, bring together in one volume the rich experience of three decades of experimentation in intelligence accountability. Using a structured approach, they examine the strengths and weaknesses of the intelligence systems of Argentina, Canada, Germany, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. While these democracies have experimented with methods to make intelligence more accountable, they all have different political systems, political cultures, legal systems, and democratic traditions, thereby presenting an exceptional opportunity to examine how intelligence accountability evolves under disparate circumstances. The contributors draw together the best practices into a framework for successful approaches to intelligence accountability, including a prescription for a model law.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781574888966
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 More closely watching the spies : three decades of experiences 3
2 The politicization of intelligence : lessons from the invasion of Iraq 12
3 Beyond the nation state : the influence of the European court of human rights on intelligence accountability 34
4 Governing in the absence of angels : on the practice of intelligence accountability in the United States 57
5 Accountability of security and intelligence in the United Kingdom 79
6 Canada's long road from model law to effective oversight of security and intelligence 99
7 Intelligence and accountability in a state without enemies : the case of Norway 119
8 An unresolved game : the role of the intelligence services in the nascent Polish democracy 145
9 Executive and legislative oversight of the intelligence system in Argentina 160
10 The role of the security services in democratization : South Korea's agency for national security planning 180
11 Controlling the hydra : a historical analysis of South African intelligence accountability 199
12 Balancing operational efficiency and democratic legitimacy 225
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