National Security Intelligence and Ethics
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This volume examines the ethical issues that arise as a result of national security intelligence collection and analysis.
Powerful new technologies enable the collection, communication and analysis of national security data on an unprecedented scale. Data collection now plays a central role in intelligence practice, yet this development raises a host of ethical and national security problems, such as privacy; autonomy; threats to national security and democracy by foreign states; and accountability for liberal democracies. This volume provides a comprehensive set of in-depth ethical analyses of these problems by combining contributions from both ethics scholars and intelligence practitioners. It provides the reader with a practical understanding of relevant operations, the issues that they raise and analysis of how responses to these issues can be informed by a commitment to liberal democratic values. This combination of perspectives is crucial in providing an informed appreciation of ethical challenges that is also grounded in the realities of the practice of intelligence.
This book will be of great interest to all students of intelligence studies, ethics, security studies, foreign policy and international relations.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license
Table of Contents
Seumas Miller, Milton Regan and Patrick F. Walsh
Part I: The Just Intelligence Model
- Intelligence and the Just War Tradition: The Need for a Flexible Ethical Framework
- Truth-Seeking and the Principles of Discrimination, Necessity, Proportionality and Reciprocity in National Security Intelligence Activity
- The Technoethics of Contemporary Intelligence Practice: A Framework for Analysis
- Ethics in the Recruiting and Handling of Espionage Agents
- The Rights of Foreign Intelligence Targets
- Digital Sleeper Cells and the Ethics of Risk Management
- Intelligence Sharing Among Coalition Forces: Some Legal and Ethical Challenges and Potential Solutions
- Privacy, Bulk Collection and "Operational Utility"
- Surveillance, Intelligence and Ethics in a COVID19 World
- Ethics and Covert Action: The "Third Option" in American Foreign Policy
- Jus ad Vim: War, Peace and the Ethical Status of the In-between
- Reaching the Inflection Point: The Hughes-Ryan Amendment and Intelligence Oversight
- Congressional Oversight of US Intelligence Activities
- Accountability for Covert Action in the United States and the United Kingdom
- GEOINT and the Post-Secret World: Who Guards the Guards?
- Evolving Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism: Intelligence Community Response and Ethical Challenges
- Reflections on the Future of Intelligence
David Omand and Mark Phythian
Part II: Espionage
Part III: Bulk Data Collection and Analysis
Part IV: Covert Operations
Nicholas Melgaard and David Whetham
Part V: Accountability
Genevieve Lester and Frank Jones
Milton Regan and Michele Poole
Part VI: Future Directions
Patrick F. Walsh
Seumas Miller holds research positions at Charles Sturt University, Australia, TU Delft, the Netherlands and the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Mitt Regan is McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Center on National Security and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center, USA. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Patrick F. Walsh is a former intelligence analyst and Associate Professor of intelligence and security studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia.