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Secrecy and power in the British State

a history of the Official Secrets Act

by Ann Rogers

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Published by Pluto Press in London, Chicago, Ill .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Great Britain
    • Subjects:
    • Public records -- Law and legislation -- Great Britain -- History.,
    • Official secrets -- Great Britain -- History.,
    • Government information -- Great Britain -- History.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (p. [130]-135) and index.

      StatementAnn Rogers.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsKD3756 .R64 1997
      The Physical Object
      Paginationviii, 140 p. ;
      Number of Pages140
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL1012682M
      ISBN 100745310931
      LC Control Number96053336

      Abstract. Three approaches to the issue of state secrecy will be examined: the philosophical, the political and surveillance theory. It will be conceded from the outset that such divisions are somewhat arbitrary since there is a considerable degree of overlap between the philosophical and the political even if surveillance theory rather stands by: 1. In her book Secrecy and Power in the British State, Ann Rogers writes that “national security policy is in the hands of those who have infinite belief in their loyalty and endless suspicion.

      Richard Gid Powers has written extensively on American history, particularly on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the anticommunist movement of the mid-twentieth century. In Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover, he deals with the man who led the FBI from until his death in During Hoover’s tenure, the FBI hunted infamous criminals and suspected subversives.   T he State of Secrecy seems to have been written – or proofread – in some hurry. Words are missing, the index is scanty and the author is made to say things he can’t have meant (for instance, that the Foreign Office feared that Argentinian – he must mean British – claims to the Falklands were far weaker than publicly admitted).

        Without government and media oversight, secrecy can not only overpower civil liberties but can lead to the state having too much power. According to Manningham-Buller, the former Director General of MI5, “secret intelligence gives us one of the best chances of uncovering these unknown networks before they are able to carry out attacks.   Lead­ing UK human rights law­yer, Gareth Peirce, has writ­ten a power­ful and elo­quent art­icle in the Lon­don Review of Books about the Brit­ish state’s involve­ment in tor­ture.. She also broadens out the argu­ment to look at the fun­da­ment­al soci­et­al prob­lems — lack of account­ab­il­ity, secrecy, the use and abuse of the concept of “nation­al secur­ity.


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Secrecy and Power in the British State book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. No1/5(1). The State of Secrecy is an entertaining and timely book, written by a fine reporter who has made a habit of speaking unwelcome truth to power. • The State of Secrecy: Spies and the Media in.

Get this from a library. Secrecy and power in the British State book and power in the British State: a history of British Official Secrets Act, [Ann Rogers]. Official secrecy is a very British disease, used as much to cover up incompetence and bungling as it has been to hide state secrets.

That is Richard Norton-Taylor’s thesis and, my goodness. Reviews “An entertaining and timely book, written by a fine reporter who has made a habit of speaking unwelcome truth to power.” – The Observer “Fans of Norton-Taylor's reporting will enjoy The State of Secrecy, which reprises and updates his admirably determined efforts on these and other vignettes depict the blunders and quirks of the secret world.

“In a finely written memoir that every student and observer of British politics and jourbanalism must read, Norton-Taylor rightly identifies secrecy as the British disease which stifles and undermines democracy in this country. It's a classic of telling truth Brand: Bloomsbury Academic.

In this text, the author argues that the British state uses and misuses the Official Secrets Act to perpetuate the rule of an unrepresentative elite. The grip on power is maintained by excluding and limiting alternative political views, keeping the state undemocratic in many respects.

The State of Secrecy Reviews. The State of Secrecy. -Taylor documents this sorry story in detail, but the most gripping chapters concern the ministry of defence and the British armaments industry.

A decades-long tale of billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money wasted on bungled procurements, massive overspends on out of date weapons systems 4/5(3).

Includes bibliographical references (p. []) and index. Secrecy and power in the British State: a history of the Official Secrets ActPages: Secrecy is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups who do not have the "need to know", perhaps while sharing it with other individuals.

That which is kept hidden is known as the secret. Secrecy is often controversial, depending on the content or nature of the secret, the group or people keeping the secret, and the motivation for secrecy.

This book is widely, and rightly, regarded as the best and most accurate biography of J. Edgar Hoover. Without an axe to grind, Mr. Powers presents the man, warts and all, in the most believable version of him among all the books existing on Hoover and the FBI/5(4).

Cruel Britannia: a Secret History of Torture Ian Cobain Portobello Books, pp, £ Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain Christopher Moran Cambridge University Press, pp, £25 These two books on Britain’s culture of secrecy reveal that, over the past years, the preferred methods by those in officialdom for dealing with inconvenient truths have been casuistry and.

Secrets and Leaks examines the complex relationships among executive power, national security, and secrecy. State secrecy is vital for national security, but it can also be used to conceal wrongdoing.

How then can we ensure that this power is used responsibly. Typically, the onus is put on lawmakers and judges, who are expected to oversee the. () Mostly a recap of the most prominent clients of Mossack Fonseca When the book got closest to narrative was where it was best: the contact with John Doe, internal tension within the ICIJ, how to coordinate hundreds of journalists from around the world, make the data available and searchable for all of them, and still keep the story under wraps/5.

The British state, however, denies, conceals, and covers up its responsibility for the war to this day. Cobain explores the shadier parts of this legacy in detail. At the height of John Stevens’s inquiry into British state collusion inthe police archive in Carrickfergus he was using to store evidence was destroyed in an arson attack.

The new book Deep State by Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady reads like an encomium rather than an indictment of federal government secret activities. By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. "Hughes-Wilson provides a proficient survey of intelligence uses and abuses.", New York Review of Books "Hughes-Wilson, a leading British authority on intelligence matters, defines and describes the ‘intelligence cycle’ while delivering a thematically organized account of intelligence in contemporary contexts.", Publishers Weekly "A solid overview of the importance of secret intelligence /5(10).

This book is a comprehensive study of the restriction of official information in Britain. It seeks to understand why secrets have been kept, and how systems of control have been constructed — and challenged — from – The book explores beyond the conventional boundaries of political or social history in this wide-ranging diagnosis of the ‘British disease’ — the legal forms.

Secrecy and power: the life of J. Edgar Hoover User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict Powers (History, Coll. of Staten Island, CUNY), author of an earlier work on a related subject (G-Men: Hoover's FBI in American popular culture), here offers a full biography of the former FBI Reviews: 1.

Secrecy deserves more public attention and this book is the best starting point for understanding this phenomenon of our society."—Stansfield Turner, Christian Science Monitor " Secrecy is marked by Moynihan’s ability to write directly and concisely about complicated political and governmental matters.

The United States government classification system is established under Executive Orderthe latest in a long series of executive orders on the topic. Issued by President Barack Obama inExecutive Order replaced earlier executive orders on the topic and modified the regulations codified to 32 C.F.R.

It lays out the system of classification, declassification, and.secrecy definition: 1. the state of being secret or of keeping something secret: 2. the state of being secret or of. Learn more. This engrossing study identifies secrecy as a ‘very British disease’, exploring how, as the empire came to an end, government officials burned the records of imperial rule.