Intelligence accountability and the role of public interest groups in the United States

Van Puyvelde, D. (2013) Intelligence accountability and the role of public interest groups in the United States. Intelligence and National Security, 28(2), pp. 139-158. (doi:10.1080/02684527.2012.735078)

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Abstract

This article explores the role of US public interest groups in the promotion of government transparency, as part of a broader agenda on civil liberties. Drawing on a set of declassified documents, and extensive oral testimony from protagonists, it is argued that such groups occupy a significant position as facilitators of intelligence accountability in the United States. Public interest groups represent a tradition of pluralism that lies at the heart of the American conception of democracy. A survey of the tactics deployed by interest groups to support liberal democratic principles demonstrates that these groups always rely on government institutions to carry out their oversight function. By virtue of this, public interest groups support intelligence accountability rather than hold to account the US government and its intelligence agencies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Van Puyvelde, Dr Damien
Authors: Van Puyvelde, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Intelligence and National Security
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0268-4527
ISSN (Online):1743-9019
Published Online:19 November 2012

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