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Welcome to the Spooks Portal on Powerbase

Welcome to Powerbase - your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR. This portal focuses on intelligence agencies and their activities.

Theorists have traditionally divided the activities of the world's spies into four areas: intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, counterintelligence and covert action. The latter covers a wide range of political interventions, from propaganda and disinformation, through support for front groups to terrorism and guerrilla warfare.

Major intelligence agencies

Main page: List of intelligence agencies

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The Elements of Intelligence

Despite the secrecy which surrounds intelligence agencies, the general nature of their activities is well-known, being based on practices that are thousands of years old. Each of the four main intelligence disciplines present profound issues for democratic societies.

Intelligence collection

Intelligence analysis

Counterintelligence

  • Classification: Categorisation of information according to its sensitivity, e.g. secret, top secret.
  • Security Measures taken to obstruct hostile intelligence services such as personnel vetting and physical security.
  • Counterespionage: Measures designed to actively frustrate a hostile intelligence service, such as surveillance and collection of intelligence on agents.
  • Offensive counterintelligence Attempting to turn one's opponent's intelligence operations to one's own advantage, e.g. Operation Double-Cross.
  • Deception: Operations designed to mislead an opponent's intelligence analysis, e.g. Operation Fortitude
  • Feedback: Intelligence indicating whether a deception has successfully influenced an opponents analysis.

Covert action

Covert action is a term of art used by the American intelligence community to describe "the attempt by a government or group to influence events in another state or territory without revealing its own involvement."[1] Similar terms include the British Special Political Action or Political warfare and the Russian aktivnye merpriiatiia or active measures.

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References

  1. Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards, by Roy Godson, Transaction Books, 2001, p.3.
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