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Author Johnson, Loch K., 1942- author.

Title Spy watching : intelligence accountability in the United States / Loch K. Johnson
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 615 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: Democracy and intelligence -- Part I: The magnitude of the challenge -- Tracking an elusive behemoth -- Intelligence exceptionalism -- Part II: The evolution of intelligence accountability -- CDemocracy comes to the secret agencies -- The experiment in intelligence accountability begins -- Spy watching in an age of terror -- Part III: The patterns of intelligence accountability -- A shock theory of intelligence accountability -- The media and intelligence accountability -- Ostriches, cheerleaders, lemon-suckers, and guardians -- Part IV: The practice of intelligence accountability -- In the trenches: collection and analysis, covert action -- In the wilderness: coping with counterintelligence -- Part V: The future of intelligence accountability -- Intelligence accountability and the nation's spy chiefs -- The ongoing quest for liberty and security -- Epilogue: Intelligence in the early Trump administration -- Appendix A: The organization of the U.S. intelligence community, 2017 -- Appendix B: U.S. intelligence leadership, 1946-2017 -- Appendix C: The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980
Summary "All democracies have had to contend with the challenge of tolerating hidden spy services within otherwise relatively transparent governments. Democracies pride themselves on privacy and liberty, but intelligence organizations have secret budgets, gather information surreptitiously around the world, and plan covert action against foreign regimes. Sometimes, they have even targeted the very citizens they were established to protect, as with the COINTELPRO operations in the 1960s and 1970s, carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against civil rights and antiwar activists. In this sense, democracy and intelligence have always been a poor match. Yet Americans live in an uncertain and threatening world filled with nuclear warheads, chemical and biological weapons, and terrorists intent on destruction. Without an intelligence apparatus scanning the globe to alert the United States to these threats, the planet would be an even more perilous place. In Spy Watching, Loch K. Johnson explores the United States' travails in its efforts to maintain effective accountability over its spy services. Johnson explores the work of the famous Church Committee, a Senate panel that investigated America's espionage organizations in 1975 and established new protocol for supervising the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the nation's other sixteen secret services. Johnson explores why partisanship has crept into once-neutral intelligence operations, the effect of the 9/11 attacks on the expansion of spying, and the controversies related to CIA rendition and torture programs. He also discusses both the Edward Snowden case and the ongoing investigations into the Russian hack of the 2016 US election. Above all, Spy Watching seeks to find a sensible balance between the twin imperatives in a democracy of liberty and security. Johnson draws on scores of interviews with Directors of Central Intelligence and others in America's secret agencies, making this a uniquely authoritative account."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from electronic title page (EbscoHost, viewed July 11, 2019)
Subject Government accountability -- United States
Intelligence service -- United States.
Legislative oversight -- United States.
Transparency in government -- United States
Government accountability.
HISTORY -- Military -- Strategy.
Intelligence service.
Legislative oversight.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- International.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Intelligence.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- International Security.
Transparency in government.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0190682728