Jargon Glossary

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Agent of Influence
  • An agent of influence is a well-placed, trusted contact who actively and consciously serves a foreign interest or foreign intelligence services on some matters while retaining his integrity on others. Agent of influence might also refer to an unwitting contact that is manipulated to take actions that advanced interests on specific issues of common concern.
Bigot List
  • A narrow, select group of people with access to the reports from a particularly sensitive agent or espionage list.
  • Blowback is a term now broadly used in espionage to describe the unintended consequences of covert operations. Blowback typically appears as a surprise, apparently random and without cause, because the public generally is unaware of secret operations that caused it.
Burn Notice
  • A burn notice is an official statement issued by one intelligence agency to other agencies. It states that an individual or a group is an unreliable source of information or has become an unreliable source.
Extraordinary Rendition
  • Extraordinary rendition is a term used to describe an extra-judicial procedure conducted by the United States government, and in particular by the CIA, to transfer to third-party states persons detained in the frame of the "War on Terror"...
False Flag Operation
Inherited Assumptions
  • Still another problem analysts faced when reviewing the Iraq information was reliance on what was known as "inherited assumptions." This was when the analysts failed to recalibrate their viewpoints in examining reports despite the changing political or social environment in the area they were studying. Pretext for War, p. 342.
Plausible Deniability
  • In law, rendition is a "surrender" or "handing over" of persons or property, particularly from one jurisdiction to another.
  • Stovepiping refers to retrieval of filtered information from disconnected sources lacking context, which may in turn lead to decisions lacking common  sense...Theoretically, higher authorities would want to avoid making decisions  based solely on information, rendered by disconnected information systems or underlings, that has not yet been adequately scrutinized...In the intelligence community, stovepiping is often used to characterize the inappropriate  transmission of raw information to high-level officials that could lead to misguided policies, as sometimes happens with military intelligence.
TSR (Trauma Stress Response)
  • When tragedy strikes here, the command post or squadron commander alerts key agency representatives, one of which is the Traumatic Stress Response Team. The TSR Team is a communitywide resource to help the base prepare for and cope with traumatic events, said Maj. Melissa O'Neill, Langley's Behavioral Health Flight commander and TSR Team chief. The TSR Team meets on a regular basis and focuses on three primary missions. These missions include: responding to traumas on base, providing high-risk occupations with pre-exposure, or PEP training and working together with deployed chaplains in the to alleviate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.