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Confronting "the enemy within" : security intelligence, the police, and counterterrorism in four democracies
Chalk, Peter.
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Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., [2004]

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xxi, 67 pages ; 23 cm
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Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, critics have charged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while qualified to investigate terrorist incidents after the fact, is not well equipped enough to adequately gather and assess information to prevent attacks. More intrinsically, many believe that given a predominant and deeply rooted law enforcement and prosecutorial culture, the bureau may not be able to change operational focus toward dedicated counterterrorism intelligence gathering and analysis. To better inform debate, researchers analyzed the domestic security structures of four allied countries--the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Australia--weighing both their positive and negative aspects. (PW/PC)

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William Rosenau is a political scientist at RAND's Washington Office and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program, Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
The RAND Corporation Quality Assurance Processp. v
Tablep. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Security Intelligence in the United Kingdomp. 7
The Terrorist Threatp. 7
The Security Service ("MI5")p. 8
MI5 and the Policep. 12
MI5 Oversight and Accountabilityp. 13
Chapter 3 Security Intelligence in Francep. 17
The Terrorist Threatp. 17
La Direction de la Surveillance du Territoirep. 17
The DST and the Policep. 20
DST Oversight and Accountabilityp. 22
Chapter 4 Security Intelligence in Canadap. 25
The Terrorist Threatp. 25
The Canadian Security Intelligence Servicep. 26
CSIS and the Policep. 28
CSIS Oversight and Accountabilityp. 30
Chapter 5 Security Intelligence in Australiap. 33
The Terrorist Threatp. 33
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisationp. 35
ASIO and the Policep. 37
ASIO Oversight and Accountabilityp. 39
Chapter 6 Assessment and Observationsp. 43
Strengthsp. 43
Weaknessesp. 48
Operational Effectiveness and Acceptabilityp. 48
Information Disseminationp. 52
Accountabilityp. 53
Chapter 7 Conclusionp. 55
Appendix The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act, 2003: Background Informationp. 57
Bibliographyp. 59
About the Authorsp. 67