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"This collection contains 45 historical and contemporary readings on the topic of government secrecy in the US in different time periods and contexts. Maret (library and information science, San Jose State U.) and Goldman (intelligence, National Defence Intelligence College) include readings written as early as 1787 (by Thomas Jefferson), up to 2008, most of which are from the mid-twentieth century and later. Readings cover the history, philosophy, theory, practice, critique, and justification of the field, and consider definitions, organizational aspects in selected intelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA, criteria for government secret keeping, secrecy as regulation, national security and presidential power, and after 9/11 and the future of information." - Reference & Research Book News

About the Author

Dr. Susan L. Maret is a part-time faculty member in the Library and Information Sciences Program at San Jose State University. Before completing her PhD in Critical and Information Studies from The Union Institute and University in 2002, she worked as an academic and government documents librarian. She holds an MLS degree from the University of Arizona and is the author of numerous books, website and database reviews, and On Their Own Terms: A Lexicon with an Emphasis on Information-Related Terms Produced by the U.S. Federal Government, located at the Federation of American Scientists Website (http://www.fas.org/sgp/library/maret.pdf).

Dr. Jan Goldman joined the National Defense Intelligence College as a professor where he teaches intelligence courses in strategic warning, threat management and ethics. He has been working in the Intelligence Community for over 25 years. He has written or edited numerous articles and publications including Words of Intelligence: A Dictionary (2006), Ethics of Spying: A Reader for the Intelligence Community (2005), and the recently declassified book, Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning (2004).


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