The Ethics of Intelligence
A new framework
By Ross Bellaby
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Series: Studies in Intelligence
This book starts from the proposition that the field of intelligence lacks any systematic ethical review, and then develops a framework based on the notion of harm and the establishment of Just Intelligence Principles.
As the professional practice of intelligence collection adapts to the changing environment of the twenty-first century, many academic experts and intelligence professionals have called for a coherent ethical framework that outlines exactly when, by what means and to what ends intelligence is justified. Recent controversies, including reports of abuse at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, allegations of extraordinary rendition programmes and the ever-increasing pervasiveness of the ‘surveillance state’, have all raised concerns regarding the role of intelligence in society. As a result, there is increased debate regarding the question of whether or not intelligence collection can be carried out ethically.
The Ethics of Intelligence tackles this question by creating an ethical framework specifically designed for intelligence that is capable of outlining under what circumstances, if any, different intelligence collection activities are ethically permissible. The book examines three of the main collection disciplines in the field of intelligence studies: imagery intelligence, signals intelligence and human intelligence. By applying the ethical framework established at the beginning of the book to these three important intelligence collection disciplines, it is possible to better understand the ethical framework while also demonstrating its real-life applicability.
This book will be of much interest to students of intelligence studies, ethics, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR.
Introduction: Intelligence, Ethics, and Intelligence Ethics Part I 1. Harm, Just War and a Ladder of Escalation Physical Integrity Part II: TECHINT 2.Imagery Intelligence 3. Signals Intelligence and the Information Nation Part III: HUMINT 4.The Dark Arts 5. Blackmail and Torture Conclusion
Ross W. Bellaby is lecturer in the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, and has a PhD in International Relations from Aberystwyth University.