The Evolution Of Competing Secret Intelligence Agencies

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The evolution of competing secret intelligence agencies only began to occur during world war one when developing technologies meant gathering information on the enemy was entering new phases of complexity. The need for information became an increasingly more desperate pursuit as new devastating weapons were created which could inflict widespread and catastrophic damage, escalating from chemical weapons, to nuclear warheads. But as the 20th century proved conflicts became increasingly focused on the clash of political ideologies, while the two world wars managed to quash right wing fascism, a new perceived threat came from the opposite side of the political spectrum, communism. Here was an ideology to threaten and challenge the sacred ideals of American capitalist democracy, and those in the US who had climbed to power through this system saw the possible undoing of this in communism. As the US-soviet Union cold war developed, the national security council advised the president for the creation of a central intelligence agency whose task would be to ‘correlate and evaluate intelligence relating to the national security, but not to have any police, subpoena, law enforcing powers or internal security functions’. Its duties mainly involved to advise the NSC, to make recommendations, to correlate and evaluate intelligence, in effect it was a tool of the NSC. However two years later it was further empowered its secrecy allowing it to hide names, spending and allow it to have…
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