Surveillance and Espionage in a Free Society

Title:                      Surveillance and Espionage in a Free Society

Author:                  Richard H. Blum

Blum, Richard H. (1972), ed. Surveillance and Espionage in a Free Society. A Report by the Planning Group on Intelligence and Security to the Policy Council of the Democratic National Committee. New York: Praeger. Foreword by Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III. 319 p. No index.

LCCN:    72085979

JK468.I6 S95


Date Updated:  December 10, 2015

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[1]

This uneven book contains lengthy sections on both domestic and foreign intelligence, although the authors focus on “covert action” rather than clandestine collection. Of the various essays, those by David Kahn and Ithiel de Sola Pool merit closest attention. Highly critical of the U.S. intelligence community, the book includes numerous recommendations to improve U.S. Intelligence and domestic security activities. Despite the subjective tone of much of the writing, the book is of value because it provides “outsiders’” critical reviews of intelligence activities.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

Blackstock lists Wilensky, Harold L. “Intelligence, Crises, and Foreign Policy: Reflections on the Limits of Rationality.” In this book, pp. 236-66.

A report by the Planning Group on Intelligence and Security of the Policy Council of the. Democratic National Committee.

[1] Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature: A Critical And Annotated Bibliography of Open-Source Literature (7th ed, rev.). Washington, D.C. : Defense Intelligence School, p. 9

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 51


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