Posner's New Monograph, Remaking Domestic Intelligence

Business Wire
August 30, 2005

The author of Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) follows up that analysis with an equally compelling argument for reforming the FBI. In the monograph, Remaking Domestic Intelligence (Hoover Institution Press, 2005), Richard Posner develops the case for reform and makes concrete proposals to improve the way in which the United States responds to outside threats.

"The danger of terrorist acts committed on the soil of the United States has not abated despite strenuous efforts to improve homeland security," states Posner in the opening of the monograph. He goes on to evaluate the performance of the FBI leading up to and following 9/11 and the recommendations of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction before outlining his views on preventing terrorist attacks in this country. His main proposal is to develop a domestic intelligence agency, modeled on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which would be separate from the FBI and would have no authority to engage in law enforcement but would instead focus on gathering information with which to identify terrorists.

Posner is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He has authored hundreds of articles and nearly four dozen books on matters of public policy, such as Catastrophe: Risk and Response (2004); Breaking the Deadlock: The 2000 Election, the Constitution, and the Courts (2001); and An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton (1999).

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