Ethics of Spying A Reader for the Intelligence Professional, Volume 2 continues where the first book ended, but with a twist. It begins with a historical perspective of the expectations of the moral and ethical conduct of intelligence personnel. A previously classified memo from 1941 and a report from 1954 provide a sense of both the history and the perception of standard professional conduct by government officials-both describing intelligence as an amoral albeit necessary profession.
The first half of the book defines an intelligence professional, while the second half seeks to apply theoretical and practical perspectives to that definition. The richness of Ethics of Spying, Volume 2 comes from the international views of its authors, who hail from countries as diverse as Israel, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. These preeminent scholars explore ethics throughout the intelligence cycle and discuss how the topic is evolving and is viewed in a post-911 world.
The book concludes with a survey on ethical conduct by interrogators, a brief history of intelligence reform, and a bibliography. The history and international perspectives provided by Ethics of Spying lay the foundation for further study in this, increasingly prominent field of interdisciplinary study.