Intelligence services generally are organized into the following major
· Intelligence Collection
· Covert Action
Intelligence Collection is the collection of Intelligence information, secret
or otherwise, through spying, interrogation, satellites, etc. If the information
is collected through spying or interrogation, it is known as HUMINT (human intelligence).
If it is collected through technical means such as electronic eavesdropping
or satellites, it is known as TECHINT (technical intelligence). Open-source
Intelligence (OSINT) is information gathered from non-secret, public sources.
Intelligence Analysis is the assessment of collected raw intelligence and the
processing of it into usable intelligence product that can be used to guide
policy and operations.
Counterintelligence has as its mission the prevention of a foreign intelligence
service from obtaining intelligence information from one’s own country.
In a preventative role, it ensures the employment of security practices to safeguard
information. In a more active role, it conducts operations against enemy intelligence
services; in other words, it spies on the spies. Such action is often referred
to as spycatching.
Perhaps the most interesting and sinister field in Intelligence is
Covert Action (also referred to as Clandestine Operations, Black Ops, and Black
Operations). Some do not consider Covert Action as being part of the
traditional Intelligence mission, and they therefore believe that it should
be treated independently and even organized within a separate organization.
Others feel that, because it often interrelates with Intelligence Operations
and Counterintelligence Operations, it should continue to remain within the
same ruling organization or apparatus.
There are many types of Covert Action operations, not all of them violent.
For example, if a government wishes to influence the politics of another country’s
government, the government may secretly fund an opposition party in that country
in order to influence that country’s elections. Another method is to employ
foreign newspaper reporters to write articles that give the version of events,
the propaganda, that you want people to believe, even if it is the furthest
thing from the truth. Or perhaps the owners or editors of a newspaper or media
service can be bought or won over to allow articles or news stories created
by the Intelligence organization for propaganda purposes to be planted in the
newspaper or media service. A slant can then be given to influence public perceptions.
For example, mercenaries can be referred to as “contractors”, thus
making people believe that casualties among the mercenaries are innocent civilian
construction workers who were unjustly victimized.
The main thing about Covert Action is that it must be deniable. There
is a term called “plausible deniability”. When a government
authorizes a covert action operation, the operation must be done in such a way
that the government can claim that it knows nothing about it; in other words,
the operation must not be attributable to the government that authorized it.
Covert Action operations are often Disinformation Operations, which
are conducted in such a way as to discredit the opposition or the enemy.
This is done, for example, by doing a violent action, such as a bombing, but
making it look like the forces of another country or group did it. Such operations
are sometimes called False-Flag Operations, meaning that the operation is conducted
to make it look like it was done by people serving under another flag, preferably
the enemy’s flag. If the operation succeeds as designed, people will blame
the action on the wrong party (the enemy). Thus, public opinion will be won
over to the side that actually did the killing. Such false-flag, covert action
operations are often referred to as Dirty Tricks.
The British regularly employed Covert Action operations in Ireland,
with the result that it is likely that the IRA often took the blame for violent
actions with which they had no involvement, although they were hardly
innocent players in the general mayhem. Many people suspect that the Northern
Irish bank robbery that occurred some time back was actually a British Covert
Action operation designed to make the IRA take the blame, so that people would
believe that the IRA was not honouring the Good Friday Agreement. Incidentally,
most of the British Northern Irish bank notes taken were worthless old notes,
so they were no skin off anyone’s teeth.
The policy in Iraq is to keep the country destabilized and on the verge
of civil war to show that it cannot govern itself and that it therefore requires
the continued presence of American and British forces. The man accused
of being behind much of the bombing going on there is Al-Zarqawi, a man known
to be dead for some time now. Also, because he is (or, rather, was) a Sunni,
bombings against the Shi’ia population, if blamed on him and the Sunni
insurgents, can keep the pot of civil war simmering, thus giving further justification
to keeping American and British forces there.
Most recently, two British Covert Operations specialists were captured in Basra,
in Southern Iraq. They were disguised as Arabs and were carrying bomb-making
materials. When Iraqi police tried to apprehend them, the two covert action
operatives resisted arrest and killed two policemen. They were eventually caught
and held in jail. After the British military learned that they had been captured,
it sent tanks into Basra to forcibly free the two men. An enraged mob attacked
the tanks with petrol bombs, and people around the world saw British soldiers
jumping out of a flaming tank and being stoned. The reaction was one of sympathy
for the British soldiers. Few stopped to wonder what was behind the anger and
the assault. Most were sympathetic towards the “poor” British soldiers,
who were perceived as being unjustly victimized.
So, who is behind many of the bombings against the Shi’ia and Sunni populations?
It is quite possible, even probable, that many of them are being carried out
by American, British, and even Israeli Covert Action operatives.
So, when you watch the news, think more deeply about what you’re
seeing; and when you read your newspapers, try reading between the lines or
wonder about the source or the writer behind the article. Has the article been
planted? Is the writer in the pay of an intelligence service?