[I]n the wake of 9/11, and the weapons of mass disappearance fiasco, ongoing debate will need to include how better oversight arrangements might act as ‘reality check’ on government planning and intelligence conduct. In my mind, the interaction between the intelligence community and political decision-makers – and the dangers of an intelligence sector connected to the role of a policy cheerleader – remains a central but exceedingly thorny issue. At the very least, it remains unrealistic to expect a general public to be unconcerned about intelligence manipulation while reliant on blind faith in executive privilege when considering the potential for future mistakes and mismanagement.
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