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Countering Terrorism: Blurred Focus, Halting Steps

Countering Terrorism: Blurred Focus, Halting Steps

by Richard A. Posner


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In this third book of a series on intelligence reform, Judge Richard A. Posner evaluates the measures that have been taken in the last two years to implement the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, which decreed a wholesale reorganization of the intelligence system. Countering Terrorism also addresses broader issues in the struggle against terrorism, such as the failure of criminal law enforcement and the difficulty of devising criteria for allocating counterterrorist funds. Although some successes have been achieved in the effort to make our intelligence system more coherent and effective, notably with respect to intelligence analysis and "open source" intelligence, progress overall has been slow, owing in major part to the deflection of senior officials of the intelligence community from overall supervision and coordination to short-term crisis management. Of particular concern, domestic intelligence remains in serious disarray, dangerously exposing the nation to the emergent threat of homegrown, as distinct from foreign-initiated, terrorism. Published in cooperation with the Hoover Institution

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742558830
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Series: Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Richard A. Posner is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of hundreds of articles and dozens of books, including Uncertain Shield: The U.S. Intelligence System in the Throes of Reform (2006) and Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11 (2005). He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Thinking in Probabilities Part 3 I. The Role of Intelligence Chapter 4 2. The Road from 9/11; Benchmarking the Intelligence Reorganization Chapter 5 3. Design Problems Chapter 6 4. Successes and Failures Chapter 7 5. The Three-Cultures Problem Chapter 8 6. The Continuing Crisis in Domestic Intelligence Part 9 II. How Else to Counter Terrorism? Chapter 10 7. The Judicialization of Counterterrorism Chapter 11 8. Counterterrorism Strategy and Structure; An Ounce of Prevention? Chapter 12 Conclusion

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