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Is the ascendancy of extremists in the AfD driven more by their growing share of East German (than West German) party membership?

Background The BfV classified around 36% of AfD members as right-wing extremist for the year 2022. With no dedicated critics of the AfD's extremist faction (aligned with Björn Höcke, formerly called ...
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What are the holes in the records retention laws and regulations regarding US intelligence agencies that make it possible for documents to be deleted?

What are the holes in the records retention laws and regulations regarding US intelligence agencies that make it possible for documents to be deleted? I am asking, because there might be a historical ...
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When can one U.S. agency ask for intelligence or information from another U.S. agency?

When can one U.S. agency ask for intelligence or information from another U.S. agency? Let's say the FBI needs intelligence of information the CIA might have about a certain individual. Can the FBI ...
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Why has Germany not seen as many Islamist terror attacks as France, Italy or the UK?

The German intelligence agencies often complain, that they are ill-equipped to deal with terror attacks efficiently because they lack the legal authority to use certain surveillance methods. For ...
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What are the implications of allowing politicization of intelligence services?

There is a lot of talk and pearl-clutching, at the moment, about possible politicization of intelligence services. It usually involves current of former intelligence or counter-intelligence officials ...
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Is there any convention on who is responsible for "former" intelligence agents?

This question is NOT about any one country. It is about whether there is an accepted convention about whether former employer countries are responsible for future actions of their would-be retired ...
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What international or domestic legal consequences could Russia face if it is proven that Skripal was poisoned by Russian operatives?

There seems to be some debate, if extrajudicial killings commited by intelligence services are legal and what laws they are breaking. Famous historical examples are the killings committed by the ...
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What's behind the cat and mouse play of ISI and CIA?

There are several reports about Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) targeting the CIA (example1, example2). But why? I am sure there are specific interests of Pakistan involved in this. What ...
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Are 00 agents really a thing?

Politically, are there actually equivalents to 00 agents, as per James Bond? That is, not just people who work for an intelligence agency, but people who are sent on missions behind enemy lines with ...
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Why do federal intelligence agencies need the Patriot Act to be allowed to share information with other agencies?

I thought I heard that, without some of the provisions in the Patriot Act, intelligence agencies would not be allowed to share information with other agencies. But the President is the head of the ...
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Has the Israeli Intelligence Service, or Army (Mossad, IDF) ever been implicated in human trafficking?

Given that the operatives of Israel are almost entirely self financed, and that Israeli crime groups often engage in drug dealing, prostitution etc, it seems feasible that they may or may not have ...
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Government Oversight Committee

How is a committee, for example, the House Intelligence Committee formed, how do the people that oversee the intelligence agencies get selected?
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