Legitimizing the use of covert action in the eyes of the American people

afghanistan-cia-pqk-force_0Covert operations loomed large in Cold War debates about the legitimacy and morality of intelligence organizations. Since September 11, Washington agenda for taking the offensive to the United States’ enemies has revived such arguments. Indeed, there has been a fresh burst of enthusiasm for covert operations after a special team of Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Information now available suggests an increase in covert activity in Iraq and Afghanistan and in infiltrating terrorist cells. Lire la suite