Mark Lowenthal

“Covert Activity” in the United States is defined by law…. “Covert” and “Clandestine” don’t mean the same thing. That which is clandestine is secret but attributable. That which is covert is secret but not attributable. We define this kind of activity in legislation. I love this country
The United States is the only nation that overtly defines covert activity in its legal system. It makes these very subtle distinctions which seemed to many intelligence leaders like Lowenthal a distinction without much of a difference and an attempt by our democracy to make moral and legal distinctions so the dirty parts of the business of espionage seems consistent with an open democracy.
Mark Lowenthal
Mark Lowenthal
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  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: National Security Expert

Mark M. Lowenthal is an author and Adjunct Professor at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He has written five books and over 90 articles or studies on intelligence and national security. His book Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy has become a standard undergraduate and graduate text.

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