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Welcome to the Spooks Portal on [[SpinProfiles:About|Spinprofiles]]&mdash;your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR.  
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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 last of these covers 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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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.
  
==Intelligence Agencies==
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Main page: [[List of intelligence agencies]]
 
*'''US:''' [[CIA]] | [[DIA]]
 
*'''US:''' [[CIA]] | [[DIA]]
 
*'''UK:''' [[Security Service| Security Service (MI5)]] | [[Secret Intelligence Service|Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6)]] | [[GCHQ]]
 
*'''UK:''' [[Security Service| Security Service (MI5)]] | [[Secret Intelligence Service|Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6)]] | [[GCHQ]]
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Spinprofiles has a policy of [[SpinProfiles: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 GM Watch Portal is [[User:Tamasin_Cave|Tamasin Cave]].
 
 
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'''Priority pages on Spooks and Intelligence'''
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*[[Valerie Plame]] CIA More material needed
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*[[Human intelligence]]: The age old practice in which intelligence officers recruit agents with access to information: e.g [[Robert Hanssen]], [[Jonathan Pollard]].
 
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*[[Double agent]]: an agent who is secretly working for a rival agency, e.g. [[Kim Philby]], allegedly [[Ahmad Chalabi]]
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*[[Technical intelligence]]: Includes techniques such as [[Imagery intelligence]] obtained from aerial or satellite reconnaissance and [[Signals intelligence]] such as the interception of communications engaged in by the US [[National Security Agency]] and Britain's [[GCHQ]].
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*[[Offensive counterintelligence]] Attempting to turn one's opponent's intelligence operations to one's own advantage, e.g. [[Operation Double-Cross]].
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*[[Feedback]]: Intelligence indicating whether a deception has successfully influenced an opponents analysis.
 
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*[[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.
 
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*[[Unilateral penetration]]: Spying on a friendly intelligence agency, sometimes conducted to assure the strength of the relationship.
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*[[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.
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*[[Front groups]] Organisations secretly created or aided by an agency to pursue its objectives, e.g. [[Congress for Cultural Freedom]].
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*[[Paramilitary operations]]: Examples include US support for Cuban exiles at the [[Bay of Pigs]], the [[Contras]] and the Afghan Mujahideen.
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*[[Assassination]]: Examples include the Russian-sponsored murder of [[Leon Trotsky]], [[CIA]] attempts on the life of [[Fidel Castro]] and British attempts to kill [[Gamal Abdel Nasser]].
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*[[Special Forces]]: Covert deployments of special forces include for example, British operations in Yemen in the 1960s.
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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.
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*[http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/ Lobster magazine] Journal of intelligence, parapolitics and state research.
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*[http://spyblog.org.uk/ Spy Blog] Monitoring state and corporate surveillance.
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*[http://intellit.muskingum.edu/ The Literature of Intelligence] Bibliography by a former CIA officer.
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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.

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