Global Intelligence: The World's Secret Services Today
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ZedBooks - LibraryThing
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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