Confronting "The Enemy Within": Security Intelligence, the Police, and Counterterrorism in Four Democracies

Synopsis

The authors examine the origin, development, and functions of intelligence organizations in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Australia. They assess the terrorist threat in each country, the intelligence organization's role in terrorism threat mitigation, its relationship with law enforcement agencies, and the means and modalities by which it is controlled and monitored. The analysis is intended to help inform debate within the United States on the advisability of creating a dedicated information collection and surveillance body that operates outside the existing structure of the FBI.