Strengthening Intelligence Oversight

On the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Church Committee, former FBI special agent and Brennan Center fellow Michael German interviewed prominent experts about intelligence reform. Details about this conference are available here, and recommendations for intelligence reform from 17 former Church Committee staff are available in this report. For more from Michael German on this subject, check out: How U.S. Intelligence Operates, Why U.S. Intelligence Fails, and Intelligence Reforms that Work.

What is “intelligence?” What do we expect to gain from it? How do we measure its success or failure? Understanding the scope of U.S. Intelligence demonstrates the need for effective controls.

Examining how U.S. intelligence programs are corrupted through poor practices, poor processes, and poor policy choices will inform policy reforms that lead to stronger, more effective intelligence practices.

Michael German, a Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, interviewed the following experts who bring a variety of scholarship and experience to the field of U.S. intelligence, oversight, and reform.

Current oversight mechanisms for U.S. Intelligence simply don't work. There are reforms, however, that can help re-establish public confidence in U.S. intelligence agencies, keep our nation safe, and protect Americans' civil liberties.

On the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Church Committee, 17 former Church Committee staff members have put forward key recommendations to help Congress bring intelligence activities and oversight in line with the law and with American values.