This page was created in response to the terrorist attacks in New York City on 2001-09-11.

Cells

Cell organization is the division of a larger organization into many smaller groups, each with only a modular set of knowledge. If one cell is compromised, then the other cells and the larger organization are protected.

One of the earliest known cell organizers was Louis Auguste Blanqui, a socialist of the Napoleonic and post-Napoleonic era. Anarchists, revolutionaries, and communists in France, Germany, Ireland, Russia, and Switzerland adopted cell organization in the late 19th century. Cell organization has been adopted by guerillas and terrorists ever since then.

Cells within a cell organization may serve different functions and can change function as needed.

Intelligence Analysis

  1. An intelligence (or counter-intelligence) analysis consists of several cycles where small pieces of information are collected or "gathered" and evaluated for fragments that make up a part of the puzzle (this is called "Collecting or Extracting Raw Information"). This stage involves obtaining some kind of a seed, or an initial lead which is broken down into smaller essential elements.
  2. The "raw information" is then evaluated, graded or ranked to indicate it's value, relevance, source, and accuracy. In most cases this will involve extracting essential elements from a "seed".
  3. These essential elements are then placed into a series of tables and/or matrices and examined for any kind pattern, linkage, or relationship between the various "small pieces of information".
  4. The above "gathering" cycle is repeated until some kind of pattern starts to form, or the analysis is deemed to be inconclusive (resulting in the analysis project being terminated).
  5. Once the patterns begin to form or relationships are found between specific fragments of information the next step is to index and explore everything the pattern points towards and to find related information which may provide further details for the analysis.
  6. At this point the analyst will draw their "Initial Inferences" and will develop their hypothesis about the bigger picture.
  7. This then leads to hunting down information that could prove or disprove the inference and hypothesis in the form of "Confirming Intelligence".
  8. This cycle is then repeated a number of times until the analyst is confident that all of the inferences are mostly correct, and that the larger puzzle has been at least successfully solved.
  9. To maintain objectivity the analyst then takes his work to a disinterested third party who plays the devil advocate and forces the analyst to prove each of his hypothesis and inferences (usually with hard documentation).
  10. It's important to remember is that any intelligence analysis is a constant loop that feeds back onto itself until patterns being to form.
  11. Additional materials are collected based on the pattern formation until an inference can be made. Once the inferences start to form a hypothesis can be built which must be proven or disproven.
  12. The entire cycle is then repeated any number of times until the entire puzzle has been solved and a final presentation is made in the form of a product called an "Intelligence Analysis".

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