American Intelligence: Technology, Espionage, and Alliances
In two months, our nation will confront the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In the decade since, what have we learned? What is our espionage history, and why is it important? What is the appropriate balance between civil liberties and national security? In this week, a collaboration with the International Spy Museum, we will examine American intelligence capabilities, the methods by which we collect and analyze data, how our justice system works, and what these issues tell us about who we are and how we form alliances. We’ll learn about our technical capabilities in an information-based global environment with billions of bits of information. What do we know about our espionage efforts, and how do we know our strategies are working?
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Dame Stella Rimington is the retired director general of the British Security Service (MI5). Appointed director general in 1992, she was the first woman to hold the post and the first director general to be publicly named on appointment.
After gaining a postgraduate diploma in the study of records and the administration of archives at Liverpool University, Rimington worked in the Worcester County Record Office and the India Office Library in London. In the mid 1960s, while accompanying her husband on a posting to the British High Commission in New Delhi, she worked part time for the Security Service, which at that time had an office in New Delhi.
On her return to the UK in 1969, Rimington joined MI5 as a full time employee. She worked in all the main fields of the service's responsibilities, counter subversion, counter espionage and counter terrorism, becoming successively director of all three branches. During her tenure as director general, Rimington pursued a policy of greater openness for MI5, giving the 1994 Dimbleby Lecture on BBC TV. She retired from MI5 in April 1996.
Rimington was a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer from 1997 to 2004 and of BG Group from 1997 until May 2005. Amongst other recent appointments she has been chairman of the Institute of Cancer Research, a trustee of the Royal Marsden Hospital, a trustee of the Royal Air Force Museum and a school governor. She is also a trustee of the charity Refuge.
Rimington was made a Dame Commander of the Bath in the 1996 New Year Honours List. She is the author of an autobiography, Open Secret, and the novels At Risk, Secret Asset and Dead Line.
Stella Rimington, former director general of MI5, recalls the complications that followed her emergence into the limelight as head of MI5 after spending decades in anonymity as a secret agent. As Rimington explains, she faced discrimination and tabloid scandal when she came to direct MI5 in 1992.