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Author Omand, David, author.

Title Principled spying : the ethics of secret intelligence / David Omand and Mark Phythian.

Published Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2018]


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 UniM Bail  172.42 OMAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 286 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-276) and index.
Contents Introduction : why ethics matters in secret intelligence -- Thinking about the ethical conduct of secret intelligence -- Ethics, intelligence and the law -- From just war to just intelligence? -- Secret agents and covert human sources -- Digital intelligence and cyberspace -- The ethics of using intelligence -- Building confidence through oversight and accountability -- Conclusion: towards a safe and sound future.
Summary Collecting and analyzing intelligence are essential to national security and an effective foreign policy. The public also looks to its security agencies for protection from terrorism, from serious criminality, and to be safe in using cyberspace. But intelligence activities pose inherent dilemmas for democratic societies. How far should the government be allowed to go in collecting and using intelligence before it jeopardizes the freedoms that citizens hold dear? This is one of the great unresolved issues of public policy, and it sits at the heart of broader debates concerning the relationship between the citizen and the state. In Safe and Sound, national security practitioner David Omand and intelligence scholar Mark Phythian offer an ethical framework for examining these issues and structure the book as an engaging debate. Rather than simply presenting their positions, throughout the book they pose key questions to each other and to the reader and offer contrasting perspectives to stimulate further discussion. They probe key areas of secret intelligence including human intelligence, surveillance, ethics of covert and clandestine actions, and oversight and accountability. The authors disagree on some key questions, but in the course of their debate they demonstrate that it is possible to strike a balance between liberty and security.
Other author Phythian, Mark, author.
Subject Intelligence service -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Espionage -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Electronic intelligence -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Electronic surveillance -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Spies -- Professional ethics.
National security -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Terrorism -- Prevention -- Moral and ethical aspects.
ISBN 9781626165601 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
1626165602 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
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