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“A Very British Institution”: The Intelligence and Security Committee and Intelligence Accountability in the United Kingdom

Mark Phythian

in The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195375886
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195375886.003.0042

Series: Oxford Handbooks

“A Very British Institution”: The Intelligence and Security Committee and Intelligence Accountability in the United Kingdom

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This article discusses Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) and intelligence accountability in the United Kingdom. It discusses the origins of intelligence oversight in the United Kingdom including ISC's independence, its ability to maintain secrets, its means of access to information, and its expertise and investigative powers. The article also discusses the reforms undertaken by the ISC to retain public confidence in the committee such as recognizing its limitations and imposing accountability.

Keywords: Intelligence and Security Committee; intelligence accountability; intelligence oversight; United Kingdom; reforms; accountability

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Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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