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In 1975, after The New York Times published a devastating critique of the CIA, three government panels--the Rockefeller, Church, and Pike Committees--were formed to examine these allegations in depth. What they uncovered--assassination plots, opened mail, drug experiments against unsuspecting subjects (two of whom died from side effects)--shocked the American people and moved Senator Frank Church to call the CIA "a rogue elephant rampaging out of control." Clearly, America needs a strong, effective intelligence effort, but just as clearly, this effort must operate within the bounds of an open, democratic society.

Based on hundreds of interviews with CIA officials, national security experts, and legislators, as well as a thorough culling of the archival record, America's Secret Power offers an illuminating and up-to-date picture of the Central Intelligence Agency, stressing the difficult balance between the genuine needs of national security and the protection of individual liberties. Loch Johnson, who has studied the workings of the CIA at first hand as a legislative overseer, presents a comprehensive examination of the Agency and its relations with other American institutions, including Congress and the White House (he offers particularly astute analyses of the CIA's use of journalists and academics to gather intelligence) and he illuminates the CIA's three major missions--intelligence analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action--providing vivid descriptions of their purpose and their pathologies. For example, he offers a fascinating analysis of the "Seven Sins" of intelligence work, revealing how the best intelligence reports can be distorted or ignored (in the mid-1960s, the evidence against a quick American victory in Vietnam was dismissed); how covert actions can spin out of control despite extensive safeguards, as in the Iran-Contra scandal; and how the CIA has spied on American citizens in clear violation of its charter. Further, he provides a thorough review of legislative efforts to curb these abuses, suggesting several important ways to achieve the delicate balance between national security and democratic ideals.

Vividly written and meticulously documented, America's Secret Power draws the strands of a vast amount of research into a balanced critique of our intelligence networks. It is a work that stands alone in its thoroughness and objectivity, a thoughtful and sobering portrait of the contemporary CIA.

Synopsis:

Based on hundreds of interviews with CIA officials, national security experts, and legislators, as well as a thorough culling of the archival record, America's Secret Power offers an illuminating and up-to-date picture of the CIA, stressing the difficult balance between the genuine needs of national security and the protection of individual liberties. Loch Johnson, who has studied the workings of the CIA at first hand as a legislative overseer, presents a comprehensive examination of the Agency and its relations with other American institutions, including Congress and the White House, and looks closely at how it pursues its three major missions--intelligence analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action.

At once fascinating and sobering, Johnson's book reveals how the best intelligence reports can be distorted or ignored; how covert actions can spin out of control despite extensive safeguards, as in the Iran-Contra scandal; and how the CIA has spied on American citizens in clear violation of its charter. Further, he provides a thorough review of legislative efforts to curb these abuses, and suggests several important ways to achieve the delicate balance between national security and democratic ideals.

Synopsis:

How should we define the role of secret agencies in a democratic society? Can a balance be struck between civil liberties and national security? These are questions addressed in Loch Johnson's book, an overview of the CIA and its activities in American affairs, both domestic and foreign.

About the Author

Loch K. Johnson is Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia, and was recently named a Meigs Professor, the University of Georgia's highest teaching honor. He has served on the Senate and House committees on intelligence and on foreign affairs and has been a consultant to the National Security Council, the U.S. State Department, and the Senate Subcommittee on Separation of Powers. He is the author of A Season of Inquiry, the winner of the 1986 Certificate of Distinction of the National Intelligence Study Center, and America As a World Power (1991).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction


2. Basic Concepts and Definitions


3. Derivative Expressions for Integrals and Molecular Orbital Coefficients


4. Closed-Shell Self-Consistent-Field Wavefunctions


5. General Restricted Open-Shell Self-Consistent-Field Wavefunctions


6. Configuration Interaction Wavefunctions


7. Two-Configuration Self-Consistent-Field Wavefunctions


8. Paired Excitation Multiconfiguration Self-Consistent-Field Wavefunctions


9. Multiconfiguration Self-Consistent-Field Wavefunctions


10. Closed-Shell Coupled Perturbed Hartree-Fock Equations


11. General Restricted Open-Shell Coupled Perturbed Hartree-Fock Equations


12. Coupled Perturbed Configuration Interaction Equations


13. Coupled Perturbed Paired Excitation Multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock Equations


14. Coupled Perturbed Multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock Equations


15. Third and Fourth Energy Derivatives for Configuration Interaction Wavefunctions


16. Correspondence Between Correlated and Restricted Hartree-Fock Wavefunctions


17. Analytic Derivatives Involving Electric Field Perturbations


18. The Z Vector Method


19. Applications of Analytic Derivatives


20. The Future


Appendices


Product Details

ISBN:
9780195069440
Author:
Johnson, Loch K.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Loch K.
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Foreign
Subject:
Defense Policy
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Foreign and Defense Policy
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Foreign & Defense Policy
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Series Volume:
29
Publication Date:
19910331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 line illus.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25x6.16x.99 in. 1.18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Based on hundreds of interviews with CIA officials, national security experts, and legislators, as well as a thorough culling of the archival record, America's Secret Power offers an illuminating and up-to-date picture of the CIA, stressing the difficult balance between the genuine needs of national security and the protection of individual liberties. Loch Johnson, who has studied the workings of the CIA at first hand as a legislative overseer, presents a comprehensive examination of the Agency and its relations with other American institutions, including Congress and the White House, and looks closely at how it pursues its three major missions--intelligence analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action.

At once fascinating and sobering, Johnson's book reveals how the best intelligence reports can be distorted or ignored; how covert actions can spin out of control despite extensive safeguards, as in the Iran-Contra scandal; and how the CIA has spied on American citizens in clear violation of its charter. Further, he provides a thorough review of legislative efforts to curb these abuses, and suggests several important ways to achieve the delicate balance between national security and democratic ideals.

"Synopsis" by , How should we define the role of secret agencies in a democratic society? Can a balance be struck between civil liberties and national security? These are questions addressed in Loch Johnson's book, an overview of the CIA and its activities in American affairs, both domestic and foreign.

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