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McCain Virtual Conference 2021, Day 4 - Dr. Ed Barrett, Sir David Omand, Mr. Mitt Regan - The Ethics of Human Intelligence Collection

  POSTED ON: Sunday, April 18, 2021 3:01 AM by The Stockdale Center

On the final day of exploring the ethics of spying, the 2021 McCain Conference focused on ethical permissions and prohibitions that apply to human intelligence collection (HUMINT) and to covert action.   

Sir David Omand joined us from the UK, where teaches intelligence ethics at King’s College London. Previously, his posts in British government service included: Security and Intelligence Coordinator in the Cabinet Office after 9/11; Permanent Secretary of the Home Office; Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ); and Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Policy in MOD.  He is the co-author of Principled Spying: The Ethics of Secret Intelligence, and his latest book is How Spies Think: 10 Lessons from Intelligence.

Mr. Mitt Regan is McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center.  Before joining Georgetown, he served as a law clerk on the US Supreme Court (to Justice Brennan) and on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit (to then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg). His latest book is entitled BigLaw: Money and Meaning in the Modern Law Firm.  Thankfully, Mitt is a Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center.  

 Midshipman engaged in a virtual Q & A period after an initial interview section and a round of discussion. 

 A recording of the full discussion is here:


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