Who really exercises power and how? The shadiest area is that of spies and 'intel'. Looking at different countries' agencies, interesting contrasts are apparent: the CIA is brazen about their central role in effecting at least 70 regime changes since WW2; Mossad operatives become national heroes; MI5 and 6 are extremely secretive by contrast. Their role in facilitating foreign jihadists, and in the Syrian conflict for example, raises many questions. Anthropological analysis of this role would start by looking at spies in their overall social and power structure, and questioning the overarching conception of 'intelligence'.
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