Quest for Absolute Security The Failed Relations among U. S. Intelligence Agencies

ISBN-10: 1566636973
ISBN-13: 9781566636971
Edition: 2007
Authors: Athan Theoharis
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Description: In its 2004 report on 9/11, the Kean Commission criticized U.S. intelligence for having failed to anticipate the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Basing its findings on the premise of absolute security, the commission faulted the FBI  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Publication date: 9/13/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

In its 2004 report on 9/11, the Kean Commission criticized U.S. intelligence for having failed to anticipate the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Basing its findings on the premise of absolute security, the commission faulted the FBI for not adopting a creative and aggressive approach to the terrorist threat, and both the FBI and the CIA for their inadequate cooperation. But, says distinguished historian Athan Theoharis in his new book, absolute security is an illusory quest that is certain to nurture disappointment-and worse. His compelling analysis traces the troubled history of relations among American intelligence agencies and points out the historical myopia that characterizes the Kean Commission's findings and recommendations.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Origins of U.S. Intelligence, 1882-1919
A Period of Transition, 1919-1936
The Origins of the National Security State, 1936-1945: Part I, Domestic Intelligence
The Origins of the National Security State, 1940-1945: Part II, Foreign Intelligence
Bureaucracy and Centralization, 1945-1952
Secrecy and the Loss of Accountability, 1952-1965
The Breakdown of the Cold War Consensus, 1965-1978
Reaffirmation of the National Security State, 1979-2005
Hopes and Realities
Notes
Index

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