Considering the Creation of a Domestic Intelligence Agency by Brian Jackson

By Brian Jackson

With terrorism nonetheless popular at the U.S. time table, even if the country1s prevention efforts fit the possibility the us faces remains to be significant in coverage debate. Does the rustic desire a devoted family intelligence supplier? Case stories of 5 different democracies--Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK--provide classes and customary topics that can aid policymakers come to a decision.

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Maximum of 14 days, after which they must be formally charged or released (author interviews, Canberra, October 2007; see also Chalk and Rosenau, 2004, p. 57; PM&C, 2006, p. 29; ASIO, 2006, pp. 42, 45). 31 It is important to stress that the ASIO Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act did not sanction any executive authority for the agency, as actual detentions of suspects have to be executed via the AFP. At the time of this writing, no suspected terrorists had been held for more than 48 hours (author interviews, Canberra, October 2007).

Introduction 9 would also have to be acceptable to the public. RAND was not asked to make a definitive recommendation about whether to create such an agency but was charged with examining relevant options and issues in order to frame policy choices. In considering the potential creation of a new domestic intelligence agency, we approached the issue from a variety of directions, seeking insights that would help us understand the pros and cons of creating such an organization and describe different approaches for doing so.

Examining Other Nations’ Experiences with Domestic Intelligence The United States does not have a stand-alone domestic intelligence agency, but a variety of other countries do. The UK Security Service (better known as MI5) is a frequently cited example, though an array of other democracies have similar agencies. The experiences of those nations in creating, managing, and assessing the results of their domestic intelligence efforts are a source of information relevant to the decision to create such an organization in the United States.

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