Intended as an exposure of the state's instrument of repression, this book can also serve as an exposure of the angry, suspicious mind, convinced that "the ruling class in Britain" will resort "[again] to the use of force against the people." The book is a troublesome survey qua indictment, characterized by remarks such as "the war in Northern Ireland, IRA bombings in England, and hijackings by Arab guerrillas all contributed to an increasing paranoia. . . ." Whose paranoia?