Ethics and Professional Intelligence

Michael Andregg

in The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Ethics and Professional Intelligence


This article discusses the ethics in the profession of intelligence. This article begins with the order goals of true intelligence professionals as differentiated from the thieves and thugs who work for other secret institutions of today. It focuses on what distinguishes the agents of malignant and murderous police states from intelligence professionals who work for legitimate governments and for the good of all. It also discusses how the theoretically moral intelligence professional navigates severe dilemmas such as torture and assassinations in carrying out their task. The article also considers the significance of ethics in the land of deception, betrayal, and occasional death, and where the stakes are high that all rules seemed disposable.

Keywords: ethics; profession of intelligence; intelligence professionals; moral intelligence professional; torture and assassinations; significance of ethics

Article.  8652 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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