Human Source Intelligence

Frederick P. Hitz

in The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195375886
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Human Source Intelligence

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This article focuses on human source intelligence (humint) and the relevance of spying in the prevention of terrorist attacks. It assesses whether Cold War spying can be revived and reworked to lead to success in the time of holy terror and whether the motivations to spy remain relevant. In this article, the seven deadly sins of espionage are discussed including how they hold up to today's conditions. The article ends with a discussion on whether human source intelligence gathering or humint can play a significant role in countering international threats to the United States and the West in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: human source intelligence; humint; spying; Cold War spying; spy; espionage; countering international threats

Article.  9853 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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