Global Intelligence: The World's Secret Services Today

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Zed Books, Nov 8, 2003 - Political Science - 240 pages
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The CIA, the KGB, MI5, Mossad, Boss, Savak, Dina -- the names read like a rollcall of the seamier side of history in the years following the Second World War. Today the Cold War is dead; there are fewer dictatorships; and 9.11 has created a whole new raison d'etre for covert action. Global Intelligence: * Explains how the war on terrorism provides a wholly new context for the murky world secret services and intelligence agencies operate in;* Describes in detail how ultra-modern new technologies have vastly increased their power to spy abroad and eavesdrop at home;* Tells us the changing priorities and working methods of the CIA and other US agencies, the FSB (successor to the KGB) in Russia, Britain and Western Europe's secret services, Mossad in Israel, and the various security services in developing countries.This up-to-date account raises important issues, including the new roles the secret services have found for themselves as they target 'rogue states', 'the war on drugs', and 'terrorists'. Most important of all, its authors explore the unsolved contradiction between the world of these secretive and unaccountable agencies operating on the fringes of the law, and the requirements of a free and democratic society. There is, they conclude, 'no easy walk to freedom'.

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This up-to-date account raises important issues, including the new roles the secret services have found for themselves as they target 'rogue states', 'the war on drugs', and 'terrorists'. Most ... Read full review

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This book is basically an alphabet soup breakdown of the intelligence agencies around the world, with more emphasis on some of the more important ones, and actually a reasonably lengthy explanation ... Read full review

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Paul Todd read philosophy at the University of East Anglia and has a doctorate from the University of Middlesex. A historian of the Cold War specialising in Middle East issues, he has done research at the US National Security Archives and was editor of The Gulf Report monthly at the Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies in London. He is the author of World Power and Global Reach: US Security Policy in Southwest Asia.Jonathan Bloch was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied law at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. He was politically active in South Africa and remains involved in Southern African causes. He is now a London-based businessman and is a Liberal Democrat councillor in the London Borough of Haringey. He co-authored British Intelligence and Covert Action and KGB/CIA, and was also a co-author of three chapters in the collection Dirty Work 2: The CIA in Africa.

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