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Welcome to [[Powerbase:About|Powerbase]]&mdash;your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR.  This portal focuses on intelligence agencies and their activities.  
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'''Welcome to [[Powerbase:About|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.
 
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*'''Israel:''' [[Mossad]] | [[Shin Bet]] | [[Aman]] | [[LAKAM]]
 
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Powerbase has a policy of [[Powerbase:A Guide to Referencing|strict referencing]] and is overseen by an [[User:Claire Robinson|Managing editor]] and a [[User:David|Sysop]] and several Associate Portal editors. The Editor of the Spooks Portal is [[User:Tom Griffin|Tom Griffin]] tom.griffin AT powerbase.info
 
 
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[[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."<ref>Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards, by Roy Godson, Transaction Books, 2001, p.3.</ref> Similar terms include the British [[Special Political Action]] or [[Political warfare]] and the Russian [[aktivnye merpriiatiia]] or [[active measures]].
 
[[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."<ref>Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards, by Roy Godson, Transaction Books, 2001, p.3.</ref> Similar terms include the British [[Special Political Action]] or [[Political warfare]] and the Russian [[aktivnye merpriiatiia]] or [[active measures]].
 
*[[Intelligence support]] and [[Intelligence liaison]] may be means of exercising covert influence, e.g. [[British Security Coordination]] in the US during the Second World War.
 
*[[Intelligence support]] and [[Intelligence liaison]] may be means of exercising covert influence, e.g. [[British Security Coordination]] in the US during the Second World War.
*[[unilateral penetration]]: Spying on a friendly intelligence agency, sometimes conducted to assure the strength of the relationship.
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*[[Unilateral penetration]]: Spying on a friendly intelligence agency, sometimes conducted to assure the strength of the relationship.
 
*[[Agents of influence]] Individuals with whom an agency maintains a secret relationship so that they will be in a position to influence policy immediately or in the future.
 
*[[Agents of influence]] Individuals with whom an agency maintains a secret relationship so that they will be in a position to influence policy immediately or in the future.
 
*[[Front groups]] Organisations secretly created or aided by an agency to pursue its objectives, e.g. [[Congress for Cultural Freedom]].
 
*[[Front groups]] Organisations secretly created or aided by an agency to pursue its objectives, e.g. [[Congress for Cultural Freedom]].
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*[http://powerbase.info/index.php/Spies_at_Work Spies at Work], by Mike Hughes. Book hosted at Powerbase.
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*[http://powerbase.info/images/pdf/Rogue_Agents_3rd_edition_2011_full.pdf Rogue Agents], by David Teacher (pdf). Book hosted at Powerbase.
 
*[http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/ Lobster magazine] Journal of intelligence, parapolitics and state research.
 
*[http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/ Lobster magazine] Journal of intelligence, parapolitics and state research.
 
*[http://spyblog.org.uk/ Spy Blog] Monitoring state and corporate surveillance.
 
*[http://spyblog.org.uk/ Spy Blog] Monitoring state and corporate surveillance.

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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

Priority pages


Eyekeyhole.jpg This article is part of SpinWatch's Spooks Portal, tracking intelligence agencies and dirty tricks.

Historical

Powerbase has a policy of strict referencing and is overseen by an Managing editor and a Sysop and several Associate Portal editors. The Editor of the Spooks Portal is Tom Griffin tom.griffin AT powerbase.info

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.

Categories

There are a list of categories associated with this page:


Latest Spooks updates

References and Resources

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References

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