When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?: Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence

  title={When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?: Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence},
  author={G. Lester},
1. An analytical approach: intelligence, accountability and oversight 2. Organizing secrecy: the CIA and institutional control 3. External accountability: the development of congressional oversight 4. Congress and oppositional oversight 5. An independent judiciary? The domestic implications of intelligence and the politics of secret oversight 6. Conclusions. 
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