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date: 19 September 2020

intelligence services 

A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations
Peter ByrdPeter Byrd

All states gather intelligence about the ‘enemies of the state’ at home and abroad. The police and armed forces collect and act on intelligence, but the term intelligence services refers to services organized expressly for the collection of secret information. Such services also take covert (disavowable) activity on behalf of the state.... ...

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