Blurring Intelligence Crime: a critical forensics

Willem de Lint

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This book explores the conundrum that political fortune is dependent both on social order and big, constitutive crime. An act of outrageous harm depends on rules and protocols of crime scene discovery and forensic recovery, but political authorities review events for a social agenda, so that crime is designated according to the relative absence or presence of politics. In investigating this problem, the book introduces the concepts ‘intelligence crime’ and ‘critical forensics.’ It also reviews as an exemplar of this phenomenon ‘apex crime,’ a watershed event involving government in the support of a contested political and social order and its primary opponent as the obvious offender, which is then subject to a confirmation bias. Chapters feature case study analysis of a selection of familiar, high profile crimes in which the motives and actions of security or intelligence actors are considered as blurred or smeared depending on their interconnection in transactional political events, or according to friend/enemy status.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages230
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-0352-5
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-0351-8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Apr 2021


  • criminological theory
  • critical criminology
  • political crime


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