Global Intelligence

Title:                      Global Intelligence

Author:                  Paul Todd

Todd, Paul. (2003). Global Intelligence: The World’s Secret Services Today. London; New York: Palgrave

LCCN:    2003047921

JF1525.I6 G56 2003


Date Updated:  February 21, 2017

This book examines the efforts to detect terrorism from past and the future expectations.

Terrorism has coexisted with intelligence services throughout their modern phase, serving as a covert methodology. The concept was established long ago in the past with Islam as its supporting foundational driving force. With the war on terrorism is considered as the guiding aim of present day security policy by the U.S. and more or less by every major country. It is useful to consider the phenomenon in the light of the social stresses and a rupture accompanying the other central feature of our age with is globalization. The rise of shifting non state coalition has provided a new terrain on opportunity not only for the disaffected but also for opportunist use and sponsorship of terrorism by states themselves.

The events of September 11th created a public panic in the way we see national security. Since these events, ground zero has been the casted as only part of a coming global struggle. As terrorism has become a shared terroristic threat to the world we may ask why and how the phenomenon it describes has come about and from which origins, knowing these event have not come out of the blue. Since the past, agencies have been predicting and countering military security threats and a focused agenda on social control. Globalization and the accompanying revolution in world communications have made these tasks even more difficult.

Air high jacking originated in the Middle East in the 1970s; attacks on high profile targets, prestige buildings, and infrastructure have been successfully carried out in Britain. Along with Britain, the United States has been struggling for years to find an appropriate strategy to deal with Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups by using from ineffective cruise missile attacks to awkward efforts by the FBI to detect overseas prosecutions. These efforts show a lack of a clear institutional focus provided by the Cold War. A concentration on technology advances for intelligence gathering instead of training humans had let to the overwhelming of technological use. The increasing interconnectedness of world organization continues to be dominated by a balance of power mostly in favor of the industrialized nations.


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