Hoover Institution: In Uncertain Shield Richard A. Posner Examines U.S. Intelligence Efforts since 9/11

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

It is unfortunate that the public takes so little interest in intelligence; if it took more interest, we might have been spared the more dubious provisions of the Intelligence Reform Act," said the Honorable Richard A. Posner. "Public opinion is a force in a democracy."

In Uncertain Shield: The U.S. Intelligence System in the Throes of Reform (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006) Posner builds on his previous books, Preventing Surprise Attacks and Remaking Domestic Intelligence (both Hoover Institution Press, 2005), in questioning how well the government is using intelligence to safeguard Americans since 9/11. In Uncertain Shield Posner examines the new organizational structures developed as a result of the report of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD commission).

Posner is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He has authored hundreds of articles and nearly four dozen books on matters of public policy, such as Catastrophe: Risk and Response (2004); Breaking the Deadlock: The 2000 Election, the Constitution, and the Courts (2001); and An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton (1999).

Uncertain Shield is part of a series of books titled Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society edited by Hoover research fellows Peter Berkowitz and Tod Lindberg and published in cooperation with the Hoover Institution.

Uncertain Shield
by Richard A. Posner
ISBN: 0-7425-5127-X $19.95
256 pages March 2006

"Posner's continued study of reforms in our intelligence structure since 9/11 is illuminating and constructive. Uncertain Shield makes a major contribution to the debate over how best to ensure America's security." —Henry Kissinger