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Secrecy and Democracy: The CIA in Transition
Secrecy and Democracy: The CIA in Transition
By Stansfield Turner
Houghton Mifflin, 1985, 304 pp.

Admiral Turner, director of Central Intelligence during the Carter Administration, reflects on the inevitable tension between the openness on which democracy depends and the secrecy necessary for effective intelligence and counterintelligence. Turner favors congressional oversight of intelligence activities and suggests how it can be done responsibly. The book is explicitly not a memoir or chronicle of events. There are no juicy tidbits, although the arms-length relationship between Turner and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is evident.