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The distinction between secret societies, intelligence agencies or international groups may be slightly moot on occasions. Many are officially allowed to commit serious crimes such as murder, and are subject to minimal effective oversight anyway.

Intelligence agencies are also called "security services" although their modus operandi does not seem to focus on security of people as much as deep state groups.

Official Narrative

For reasons of "national security", nation states need "intelligence services" to gather secrets from other countries (or from individuals or groups inside their own host nation) while preventing other intelligence agencies from discovering such secrets. Members of these groups must not be publicly identified as such and they should not be constrained by laws that apply to other people. Since governments oversee their activities, the consensists given is that the general public does not need to have such oversight. As US President Barack Obama asserted in 2014: "Our intelligence professionals are patriots, and we are safer because of their heroic service and sacrifices."[1]


The justification for national intelligence agencies has a somewhat circular logic to it. In the climate of fear and suspicion generated by the cold war and the secrecy surrounding terrifying new weapons such as the nuclear bomb, the public were fairly easily persuaded for the need for the "services" they claim to provide. The 21st century "war on terror" is however failing to galvanise people in quite the same way. Whilst intelligence agencies have a long history of carrying out false flag attacks, awareness of this fact in the 20th century was limited. The widespread understanding of 9/11 as a plan devised by deep state insiders has perpetrated increasing questions to be asked about intelligence agencies. Many people are now asking what justification there can be for organisations that claim the right to break laws, and carry out murder, torture or mass surveillance amidst an "ends justifies the means" culture. In practice, many, perhaps most, intelligence agencies lack effective oversight, leading to concerns about their unaccountability and the seemingly ever increasing secrecy surrounding their operations.

“There is something very wrong indeed with the UK security services, which are most certainly not a force for freedom or justice. That MI6 can be headed by as extreme a figure as Dearlove, underlines the threat that the security services pose to any progressive movement in politics.”
Craig Murray (11 January 2019)  [2]


The "intelligence" (i.e. information gathering, nowadays in large part by mass surveillance) is one part of the activities of intelligence agencies. Another major strand is covert operations, including assassination, drug trafficking (most notably by the CIA) and associated money laundering, cyberterrorism (probably most notably by the NSA and the Mossad) and a spectrum of clandestine regime change" efforts.

Covert Action

Full article: Covert Action

Covert Action invariably means breaking the law of and in other countries. With the resulting back and forth this can not lead to peace, even when those who have done this as their daily bread argue that it does bring stability, as Theodore Shackley in his book: The Third Option does.[3][4] The attitude in "the business" is exemplified by Patrick Clawson in a 2012 QA at the Policy Forum in Washington.[5]

Token public oversight

A global effort was made [When?][1990s?] to establish at least a token system of oversight for intelligence agencies in countries including the UK and the USA. However, their continuing culture of secrecy means that such a project was unlikely (and probably never intended) to achieve more than a check on the very crassest abuses.[6] As the "war on terror" began to roll back civil liberties, undermine human rights and ramp up government secrecy, intelligence agencies have been rolling back secrecy again.[7] In March 2019, Donald Trump removed a requirement for US intelligence agencies to report on civilian casualties that occurred during their operations.[8]

Deep state control

Full article: Rated 3/5 Deep state

The culture of secrecy, the large, often undisclosed, budgets of intelligence agencies, together with their freedom to operate outside the restrictions of national laws makes them ideal for carrying out deep events such as assassinations or false flag terror attacks. This has made them a core component of deep states, with probably no more than a token loyalty to the "national interest".

Private intelligence

The focus on privatisation in the US and UK since the 90s has brought a number of private intelligence organisations into existence.

Selected Examples


Intelligence agencies on Wikispooks

Wikispooks pageNation stateWWWDescription
Al Mukhabarat Al A'amahSaudi Arabia
Booz Allen HamiltonDeep state/Supranational nature for-profit part of the US Deep State.
CIAUShttp://www.CIA.govThe most high profile of the US intelligence agencies, a covert agent of foreign policy. Funded by a 'black budget' derived from the global drug trade, the CIA is experienced at assassination, blackmail, instigating coups and other such covert deep state actions. Its scrutiny in the early 1970s however led to the development of more secure bases for the most sensitive deep state operations.
CIA/Directorate of Operations
CIA/Directorate of PlansA branch of the CIA for just over 20 years.
CIA/Near East and South Asia DivisionNational Clandestine Service
Confidential Intelligence UnitNational Public Order Intelligence Unit
Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center
DGSEFrance foreign intelligence agency
Defence Intelligence Division (SANDF)
Diligencehttp://www.diligence.comAn industrial espionage network fronted by former members of the establishment.
Direction de la Surveillance du TerritoireFrance
Dutch Military Intelligence and Security ServiceNetherlandsDutch military intelligence agency. Employed disappeared spook Willem Matser, covered up thefts of Operation Gladio weapon depots by a gang of liasons of the royal family.
Force Research UnitUK/Army
GCHQUK UK equivalent of the NSA, which carries out mass surveillance on a lot of the world's internet traffic
Gehlen Organization
Hakluyt & Company LtdHakluyt is a privately owned intelligence agency founded in 1995 by UK spooks. It has close ties to the UK deep state, MI6, Shell and BP.
Inter-Services IntelligencePakistan
Iraqi National Intelligence Service
Irish Joint SectionMI6
Israel/Military Intelligence DirectorateIsrael
Joint Terrorism Analysis CentreMI5The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre reports to the head of MI5 although it is not formally part of the Security Service.
Joint Threat Research Intelligence GroupGCHQSubunit of GCHQ that uses deception, dirty tricks, fake news to discredit people on the internet to "deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive".
LekemIsrael/Defence Ministry
MI5UK (Military Intelligence, Section 5), is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of its core in the main British domestic intelligence service.
MI5/A BranchMI5
MI5/B BranchMI5
MI5/C BranchMI5A now defunct division of MI5, incorporated into D Branch in 1994.
MI5/D BranchMI5
MI5/E BranchMI5
MI5/F BranchMI5
MI5/G BranchMI5
MI5/H BranchMI5
MI5/K BranchMI5
MI5/T BranchMI5
MossadIsrael"Mossad" (Hebrew for Institute) is an abbreviation for ha-Mossad le-Modiin ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim (Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks). It is the Israeli State Agency with overall responsible for external intelligence and covert operations.
Muslim Contact UnitMetropolitan PoliceSpooky unit of the UK Metropolitan Police interested in "radicalisation" of Muslims.
National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit police intelligence agency interested in "extremism"
Naval Intelligence DivisionUK Naval intelligence, originally named the 'Foreign Intelligence Committee'.
New Zealand Security Intelligence ServiceNew Zealand Zealand's internal spy service
Office of Naval IntelligenceUS/Navy established US intelligence agency targeted on 9-11
Office of Policy CoordinationA forerunner of the CIA, "staffed by reckless adventurers"
Office of Strategic ServicesPrecursor to the CIA.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence goal is as "to effectively integrate foreign, military and domestic intelligence in defense of the homeland and of United States interests abroad."
Office of the National Counterintelligence ExecutiveOffice of the Director of National Intelligence
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Page nameDescription
"The Fourth Service"
AIVDIntelligence agency of the Dutch Deep state. Recruits 15 year olds. Planted Stuxnet. World-champion wiretapping. Rejected evidence of Mabel van Oranje's criminal friends.
Agency for National Security Planning
Agenzia Informazioni e Sicurezza Esterna
Australian Secret Intelligence ServiceThe Australian foreign intelligence agency, but has tentacles all over society, especially in the media.
Australian Signals Directorate
BOSSThe main South African state intelligence agency
Belgian State Security Service
Black CubeSpooky Israeli business intelligence agency
CIAThe most high profile of the US intelligence agencies, a covert agent of foreign policy. Funded by a 'black budget' derived from the global drug trade, the CIA is experienced at assassination, blackmail, instigating coups and other such covert deep state actions. Its scrutiny in the early 1970s however led to the development of more secure bases for the most sensitive deep state operations.
CesidSpanish intelligence agency closely tied to the PSOE government of Felipe González.
Civil Cooperation Bureau
Communications Security Establishment
Control RisksA British "private security" company set up in 1975 by David Walker (SAS), comparable to Kroll Inc set up in New York in 1972
Counterintelligence CorpsU.S. intelligence service active from 1941 to 1961. It became noticeable for recruiting and protecting former German and other Axis operatives; including by operating "ratlines" to South America. Conducted large-scale surveillance in the United States itself.
Danish Defence Intelligence Service
Defence Signals Directorate
Defense Security Command
Dutch Military Intelligence and Security ServiceDutch military intelligence agency. Employed disappeared spook Willem Matser, covered up thefts of Operation Gladio weapon depots by a gang of liasons of the royal family.
FSBRussian intelligence agency, successor to the KGB
Federal Office for the Protection of the ConstitutionGerman intelligence agency
Fiji Intelligence ServiceA former intelligence agency of the Republic of the Fiji Islands
General Directorate for Internal Security
Global Issues Controllerate
Government Communications Security Bureau
Hakluyt & Company LtdHakluyt is a privately owned intelligence agency founded in 1995 by UK spooks. It has close ties to the UK deep state, MI6, Shell and BP.
Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency
KKR Global Institute
Korean Central Intelligence AgencySo dependent on the CIA they didn't bother to change the name.
Kroll Inc.The “CIA of Wall Street”
MI5MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5), is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of its core in the main British domestic intelligence service.
National Criminal Intelligence Service
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Information Center (Chile)The political police and intelligence body which functioned as an organ of persecution, kidnapping, torture, murder and disappearance of political opponents during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Successor of DINA.
National Security Agency"No Such Agency". Spook agency working closely with Silicon Valley
National Underwater Reconnaissance OfficeUS intelligence agency with very low profile
New Zealand Security Intelligence ServiceNew Zealand's internal spy service
Norwegian Intelligence ServiceThe most powerful deep state entity in Norway
Norwegian Police Security Service
Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism
Office for Special AcquisitionAn extra-constitutional secret intelligence organization within the Swedish Armed Forces.
Office of National Intelligence (Australia)Australian intelligence agency responsible for advising the Prime Minister and National Security Committee.
Office of Strategic ServicesPrecursor to the CIA.
Orbis Business Intelligence
Pro DeoA WWII intelligence agency
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Related Quotations

1989“In one sense MI6 and MI5 have got it right, are, in fact, a brilliant success. Faced with their biggest crisis of the post-war period, the end of the Red Menace which justified the budgets,

the careers and the gongs, they have emerged with budgets renewed, new agendas approved; untouched by the politicians, unsupervised by anyone, still - we are not supposed to laugh - still accountable to the Crown not Parliament ( i.e. to no-one). Both MI6 and MI5 have reacted to the new conditions post Cold War in thoroughly competent, even creative ways. Needing something something to justify the budget, MI6 picked the international drug trade. Far as I know, since MI6 joined the 'war against drugs' the price of cocaine and heroin in the UK at street level has halved: it is now cheaper to get off your face, as they say in Hull, on smack than it is on alcohol. And didn't I read a few months ago that MI6 had persuaded Clare Short to task them to provide her with early warning of coups in the developing world? An honest-to-goodness license to do anything, anywhere. Only a Labour government, timid and ignorant, would fall for a proposal as preposterous as that one. MI5 hardly paused for breath after losing the KGB 'threat' contained in the Soviet Embassy and its Trade Mission, before acquiring the domestic terrorism franchise from the Met Special Branch and beginning the process of hyping up the animal rights and green activists as a new terrorist threat.

(And they are getting a new definition of terrorism run through the Houses of Parliament to support it.) Of course, only the politicians and some of the media - the handful who are paying any attention at all - take the talk of the war on drugs seriously. MI6 don't, I am sure; any more than they seriously intend to provide Clare Short with an early warning of coups in the Third World. At the higher levels of MI6, MI5 and all the rest they must be chortling in the senior dining rooms at the incredible gullibility of the British political class - and this present lot in particular.”
Robin Ramsay
Philip Agee“Reforms of the FBI and the CIA, even removal of the President from office, cannot remove the problem. American capitalism, based as it is on exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal greed, simply cannot survive without force – without a secret police force. The argument is with capitalism and it is capitalism that must be opposed, with its CIA, FBI and other security agencies understood as logical, necessary manifestations of a ruling class’s determination to retain power and privilege.”Philip Agee1975
Tom Fuentes“If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that “We won the war on terror and everything’s great,” cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’”Tom Fuentes2009
Malcolm Muggeridge“In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies' resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that vast army of clandestine personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences for them and us.”Malcolm MuggeridgeMay 1966


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