Facts And Fears : Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
by James R. Clapper , Trey Brown
Editor: Penguin Putnam Inc
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The former Director of National Intelligence frank and convincing account of the intelligence community’s success – and failures – in the face of some of the greatest threats to America where he left in January 2017, as the fourth of the United States – Director of National Intelligence, James Battant had been President Obama’s senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, more than his three predecessors combinedHe led U.S. intelligence services through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the attack on Benghazi, Edward Snowden’s leaks, Russia and the operational influence during the 2016 U.S. election campaignIn Facts and Fears, the Battant traces his career through the growing threat of cyber attacks, his relations with presidents and congresses, and the truth about Russia’s role in the presidential electionHe describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to repel suspicion that Americans’ private lives are subject to surveillanceFinally, he is alive through Russia’s interference in the presidential election of 2016 and see how the foundations of American democracy have been-and continue to be, undermined by a foreign power that led him to break with his instinct sharpened through more than five decades in intelligence, from the profession to share his inner experienceThe clapet considers such controversial issues as, Is intelligence ethical?Is it moral for intercepting communications or photographing closed societies from orbitWhat are the limits of what we should be allowed to do?What protections should we give the private of the world’s citizens, let alone our fellow AmericansWhat are the situations where intelligence officers can lose credibility as impartial, journalists of harsh truths by inserting themselves into political decisionsThe Facts and Fears offers a privileged framework to look inside the U.S. intelligence community and, with the candor and professionalism for which James Cla
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