No More Secrets

Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence

by Hamilton Bean
Foreword by Senator Gary Hart

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May 2011


Pages 218
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/U.S. Homeland Security
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This in-depth analysis shows how the high stakes contest surrounding open source information is forcing significant reform within the U.S. intelligence community, the homeland security sector, and among citizen activists.

Since 9/11, U.S. intelligence organizations have grappled with the use of "open source" information derived from unclassified material, including international newspapers, television, radio, and websites. They have struggled as well with the idea of sharing information with international and domestic law enforcement partners. The apparent conflict between this openness and the secrecy inherent in intelligence provides an opportunity to reconsider what intelligence is, how it is used, and how citizens and their government interact in the interests of national security. That is the goal of No More Secrets: Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence.

To write this thought-provoking book, the author drew on his own direct participation in the institutionalization of open source within the U.S. government from 2001 to 2005, seeking to explain how these developments influence the nature of intelligence and relate to the deliberative principles of a democratic society. By analyzing how open source policies and practices are developed, maintained, and transformed, this study enhances public understanding of both intelligence and national security affairs.


  • Critique and commentary from intelligence officials and analysts regarding open source reforms within the intelligence community and homeland security sector
  • Three interrelated case studies through which post-9/11 U.S. intelligence reform is analyzed and critiqued
  • Examples of collateral, including official and unofficial photos, from the 2007 and 2008 Open Source Conferences sponsored by the Director of National Intelligence
  • A timeline of key open source developments, including the establishment of associated commissions and changes in organizational structures, policies, and cultures
  • Appendices containing excerpts of key open source legislation and policy documents
  • A bibliography of open source-related scholarship and commentary


  • Identifies actual organizations and individuals involved in the institutionalization of open source information within the U.S. intelligence community
  • Assesses how open source developments reconfigure the relationship between citizens and their government
  • Tells the inside story of the turf wars among agencies vying for control of open source reforms
  • Offers a communication-based model for understanding the processes of institutional change within the U.S. national security arena
Author Info

Hamilton Bean, PhD, is assistant professor of communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Denver. Bean has published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs and Intelligence and National Security.



“An assiduous and incisive account of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s flirtation with ‘open source intelligence’.” —Gordon R. Mitchell, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

“This study proves clearly the vital importance of critical analyses of communication for placing national security in an ethical balance with a robust democratic culture.”—Ross Singer, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

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