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Author Gaskarth, Jamie, 1976- author

Title Secrets and spies : U.K. intelligence accountability after Iraq and Snowden / Jamie Gaskarth
Published Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, ; London : Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 189 pages)
Series The Chatham House insights series
Insights: critical thinking on international affairs
Contents Theory on accountability and intelligence -- Scrutinising the UK intelligence machinery -- Practitioner views of accountability -- National intelligence accountability -- Liaison and international intelligence accountability
Summary "Using the UK as a case study, this book provides the first systematic exploration of how intelligence professionals view their role, what they feel keeps them honest, and to what extent external overseers influence their work. Moving beyond the conventional focus on oversight, the book examines how accountability works in the day-to-day lives of those in the intelligence community, and considers the impact of technological and social changes, such as artificial intelligence and social media. The UK is a useful case study as it is an important actor on the global intelligence scene, gathering material that helps inform global decisions on such issues as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, transnational crime, and breaches of international humanitarian law. On the flip side, the UK was a major contributor to the intelligence failures leading to the Iraq War in 2003, and its agencies were complicit in the widely discredited U.S. practices of torture and rendition of terrorism suspects. UK agencies have come under greater scrutiny since those actions, but it is clear that problems remain. The book concludes with suggestions for improvement, including the creation of an intelligence ethics committee, allowing the public more input into intelligence decisions. The issues explored in this book have important implications for researchers, intelligence professionals, overseers, and the public in understanding and scrutinizing intelligence practices"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 24, 2020)
Subject Government accountability -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century
Intelligence service -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century
Government accountability.
Intelligence service.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019048136
ISBN 081573798X
Other Titles UK intelligence accountability after Iraq and Snowden
United Kingdom intelligence accountability after Iraq and Snowden