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The best Intelligence Agency in the world: ISI

The best Intelligence Agency in the world: ISI

Topping the Top Ten? “ISI for sure,’ says Gren, “No double agents, no agent ever caught on camera, the lowest budget but still affective. In war with 6 big intelligence agencies of the world. ISI has even countered MOSSAD in the 1980s and late ‘90s when there was a plan of a possible strike on Pakistan’s nukes.”

“It has to be the ISI” says John Smith on the Web site. “It broke down the Soviet Union (which also led to the reunification of Germany; the German Intelligence Chief gave a piece of the Berlin Wall to the Pakistani Intel Chief with a plaque under it saying, ‘To the one who struck the first blow’), has protected and developed the country’s nuclear assets against all odds, has defeated Al Qaeda/Taliban especially these days with the capture of Baradar, etc. by the ISI, has deep ingress into India. No other agency matches it in efficiency, precision, discipline and professionalism.”

10. ASIS – Australia
Formed 13 May 1952
Headquarters Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Annual budget $162.5m AUD (2007)
Minister responsible The Hon. Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Agency executive Nick Warner, Director-General

Australian Secret Intelligence Service is the Australian government intelligence agency responsible for collecting foreign intelligence, undertaking counter-intelligence activities and cooperation with other intelligence agencies overseas. For more than twenty years, the existence of the agency was a secret even from its own government. Its primary responsibility is gathering intelligence from mainly Asian and Pacific interests using agents stationed in a wide variety of areas. Its main purpose, as with most agencies, is to protect the country’s political and economic interests while ensuring safety for the people of Australia against national threats.

9. RAW – India
21 September 1968
New Delhi, India
Agency executive
K. C. Verma, Secretary (R)
Parent agency
Prime Minister’s Office, GoI

Research and Analysis Wing is India’s external intelligence agency. It was formed in September 1968, after the newly independent Republic of India was faced with 2 consecutive wars, the Sino-Indian war of 1962 and the India-Pakistani war of 1965, as it was evident that a credible intelligence gathering setup was lacking. Its primary function is collection of external intelligence, counter-terrorism and covert operations. In addition, it is responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and persons, in order to advise Indian foreign policymakers. Until the creation of R&AW, the Intelligence Bureau handled both internal and external intelligence.

8. DGSE – France
Formed April 2, 1982
Preceding agency External Documentation and Counter-Espionage Service
Minister responsible Hervé Morin, Minister of Defence
Agency executive Erard Corbin de Mangoux, Director

Directorate General for External Security is France’s external intelligence agency. Operating under the direction of the French ministry of defence, the agency works alongside the DCRI (the Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence) in providing intelligence and national security, notably by performing paramilitary and counterintelligence operations abroad. The General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) of France has a rather short history compared to other intelligence agencies in the region. It was officially founded in 1982 from a multitude of prior intelligence agencies in the country. Its primary focus is to gather intelligence from foreign sources to assist in military and strategic decisions for the country. The agency employs more than five thousand people.

7. FSB – Russia
Formed 3 April, 1995
Employees 350,000
Headquarters Lubyanka Square
Preceding agency KGB

The Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSD) is the main domestic security agency of the Russian Federation and the main successor agency of the Soviet-era Cheka, NKVD and KGB. The FSB is involved in counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance. Its headquarters are on Lubyanka Square, downtown Moscow, the same location as the former headquarters of the KGB. All law enforcement and intelligence agencies in Russia work under the guidance of FSB, if needed. For example, the GRU, spetsnaz and Internal Troops detachments of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs work together with the FSB in Chechnya. The FSB is responsible for internal security of the Russian state, counterespionage, and the fight against organized crime, terrorism, and drug smuggling. The number of FSB personnel and its budget remain state secrets, although the budget was reported to jump nearly 40% in 2006.

6. BND – Germany
Formed 1 April 1956
Employees 6,050
Agency executive Gehlen Organization
Parent agency Central Intelligence Group

The Bundesnachrichtendienst is the foreign intelligence agency of the German government, under the control of the Chancellor’s Office. The BND acts as an early warning system to alert the German government to threats to German interests from abroad. It depends heavily on wiretapping and electronic surveillance of international communications. It collects and evaluates information on a variety of areas such as international terrorism, WMD proliferation and illegal transfer of technology, organized crime, weapons and drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal migration and information warfare. As Germany’s only overseas intelligence service, the BND gathers both military and civil intelligence.

5. MSS – China
Jurisdiction People’s Republic of China
Headquarters Beijing
Agency executive Geng Huichang, Minister of State Security
Parent agency State Council

Ministry of State Security is the security agency of the People’s Republic of China. It is also probably the Chinese government’s largest and most active foreign intelligence agency, though it is also involved in domestic security matters. Article 4 of the Criminal Procedure Law gives the MSS the same authority to arrest or detain people as regular police for crimes involving state security with identical supervision by the procuratorates and the courts. It is headquartered near the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. According to Liu Fuzhi, Secretary-General of the Commission for Politics and Law under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Minister of Public Security, the mission of the MSS is to ensure “the security of the state through effective measures against enemy agents, spies, and counter-revolutionary activities designed to sabotage or overthrow China’s socialist system.” One of the primary missions of the MSS is undoubtedly to gather foreign intelligence from targets in various countries overseas. Many MSS agents are said to have operated in the Greater China region (Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) and to have integrated themselves into the world’s numerous overseas Chinese communities. At one point, nearly 120 agents who had been operating under non-official cover in the U.S., Canada, Western and Northern Europe, and Japan as businessmen, bankers, scholars, and journalists were recalled to China, a fact that demonstrates the broad geographical scope of MSS agent coverage.

4. CIA – America
Formed September 18, 1947
Employees 20,000
Agency executive Leon Panetta, Director
Parent agency Central Intelligence Group

CIA is the largest of the intelligence agencies and is responsible for gathering data from other countries that could impact U.S. policy. It is a civilian intelligence agency of the United States government responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior United States policymakers. The CIA also engages in covert activities at the request of the President of the United States of America. The CIA’s primary function is to collect information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and to advise public policymakers. The agency conducts covert operations and paramilitary actions, and exerts foreign political influence through its Special Activities Division. It has failed to control terrorism activities including 9/11, Not even a single top level Al-Queda leader captured own its own in the past 9 years – ‘they missed 1 Million’ Soviet troops marching into Afghanistan’. Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, Have the found them yet? -Number of defectors/ double agents numbers close to a thousand. On 50th anniversary of CIA, President Clinton said ”By necessity, the American people will never know the full story of your courage. Indeed, no one knows that what CIA really does”. Highly funded and technologically most advanced Intelligence set-up in the world.

3. MI-6 – United Kingdom
Formed 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau
Jurisdiction Government of the United Kingdom
Headquarters Vauxhall Cross, London
Minister responsible The Rt Hon. William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary
Agency executive Sir John Sawers KCMG, Director General
Parent agency Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British have had a long public perception of an effective intelligence agency (due to the success of the unrealistic, yet entertaining, James Bond movies). This perception matches reality. MI6, the British equivalent to the CIA, has had two big advantages in staying effective: The British Official Secrets Act and D notices can often prevent leaks (which have been the bane of the CIA’s existence). Some stories have emerged. In the Cold War, MI6 recruited Oleg Penkovsky, who played a key part in the favorable resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Oleg Gordievski, who operated for a decade before MI6 extracted him via Finland. The British were even aware of Norwood’s activities, but made the decision not to tip their hand. MI6 also is rumored to have sabotaged the Tu-144 supersonic airliner program by altering documents and making sure they fell into the hands of the KGB.

2. Mossad – Israel
Formed December 13, 1949 as the Central Institute for Coordination
Employees 1,200 (est)
Agency executive Meir Dagan, Director
Parent agency Office of the Prime Minister

The Mossad is responsible for intelligence collection and covert operations including paramilitary activities. It is one of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community, along with Aman (military intelligence) and Shin Bet (internal security), but its director reports directly to the Prime Minister. The list of its successes is long. Israel’s intelligence agency is most famous for having taken out a number of PLO operatives in retaliation for the attack that killed eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. However, this agency has other success to its name, including the acquisition of a MiG-21 prior to the Six-Day war of 1967 and the theft of the plans for the Mirage 5 after the deal with France went sour. Mossad also assisted the United States in supporting Solidarity in Poland during the 1980s.

1. ISI – Pakistan
Government of Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan
Agency executive
Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, PA Director General

With the lengthiest track record of success, the best known Intelligence so far on the scale of records is ISI. The Inter-Services Intelligence was created as an independent unit in 1948 in order to strengthen the performance of Pakistan’s Military Intelligence during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1948. Its success in achieving its goal without leading to a full scale invasion of Pakistan by the Soviets is a feat unmatched by any other throughout the intelligence world. KGB, the best of its time, failed to counter ISI and protect Soviet interests in Central Asia. This GOLD MEDAL makes it rank higher than Mossad. It has had 0 double agents or Defectors throughout its history, considering that in light of the whole war campaign it carried out from money earned by selling drugs bought from the very people it was bleeding, the Soviets. It has protected its Nuclear Weapons and it has foiled Indian attempts to attain ultimate supremacy in the South-Asian theatres through internal destabilization of India. It is above all laws in its host country Pakistan ‘A State, within a State’. Its policies are made ‘outside’ of all other institutions with the exception of The Army. Its personnel have never been caught on camera. It is believed to have the highest number of agents worldwide, close to 10,000. The most striking thing is that it’s one of the least funded Intelligence agencies out of the top 10 and still the strongest.

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    August 11, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Can the ISI survive without US aid/

  2. tufail
    October 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    yes survive

  3. tufail
    October 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm


    established as an independent intelligence agency in 1948 in order to strengthen the sharing of military intelligence between the three branches of Pakistan’s armed forces in the aftermath of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, which had exposed weaknesses in intelligence gathering, sharing and coordination between the Pakistan Army, Air Force and Navy.

    ISI’s headquarters are situated in Islamabad. It is currently headed by Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, who took over as ISI’s

  4. Moin Ansari
    December 11, 2010 at 1:13 am

    MY TRUTH:–Mushrraf persuaded me to operate an anti-India propaganda website then and he told me that ISI will pay the expenses once every 6 months. Because of him I started Rupeenews and many other websites under various names of cities. First year ISI paid me money for my work of writing fake anti-India articles but now it stopped paying suddenly. When I contacted Mushrraf, he told me to contact ISI Afghan branch. In email ISI say they will not pay me anymore because change in leadership. Now am broke and have no money to run website that requires $10000 per month and a full time editor. It is time consuming to write articles and at the same time to write comments on article to attract readers while we hardly have visitors and no revenue from ads. Both Mushrraf and ISI ditched me and now am in debt hence almost in street. Now I realized am not doing productive and respectable work through this anti-India website. Enough is enough on this wrong propaganda. Truth can’t be faked in 21st century. Is any Pakistani out here to help me? If nobody helps me within couple of months, I have no choice but to come out of Rupee news and other websites forever!
    Alberuni documents in his book, in Pakistan most Hindus who were become Muslims due to forced conversions while under the control of Afghan Muslim rulers. Over one thousand years of Muslim rule in the Punjab, Sindh, Swat and POK, people were exposed to Islamic teachings through the Sufis who retained their basic Hindu practice. But even today Sufism not respected as Islam by Saudi scholars and hence almost every day Taliban attacking Sufi shrines, Ahmadiyya and Shia. Most Pakistani muslims have undeniable Hindu blood and ancestry in them, they are neither acceptable to Afghans nor to Persians hence they face identity crisis even today.
    Anyway, following are the ongoing separatist movements:
    1)POK Kashmiris struggling to escape from ISI strangle. Gilgit-Baltistans appears to be almost in Chinese control.
    2)Pashtuns in FATA never ever accept the rule of Sindhis or Punjabis who are controlling Army and ISI. They want to join their brothers across the border to have Pushtunistan.
    3)Balochistan will never forget the brutal burial of Nawaz Bugti at the hands of Pakistan army and ISI. Balochi always identify themselves as Balochi (but not as Pakistani).
    There is no end in sight for the everyday ruthless killings between Shias, Sufis, Ahmadiyya and Sunni(Taliban).
    What remains is the Sindh and Punjab to be called as Pakistan where partition time migrated Bihari and Bangla muslims still being kicked around as Muhajirs.
    The final Pakistan mathematics is:
    Pakistan=(Sindh+Punjab) minus (FATA+Baloch+POK)
    Nevertheless, how long ISI hegemony can hold all of opposing province (same as Sovit Union) and how long US pour billions of their taxpayer money on an unfaithful companion is anybodys guess. Another 9/11 type attack on US originating from Pakistan could also erase Pakistan. Nevertheless, India got be prepared to handle millions of Pakistanis crossing to India in the event of collapse of cancerous Pakistan entity.

  5. USA
    January 22, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Do you have any info on the latest UHF/VHF or EM Signal Receivers?

    The latest Technology being used by the Secret Intelligence Agencies in the USA and other Countries involves detecting and fine tuning UHF/VHF Signals being produced from the body. They are using this technology on the Highest Level Government Agents and Agencies around the globe to both spy and partly control their activities.

    It is imperitive that this information be relayed to the Highest Level of Government Officials as they would be very surprised to find out how many of their people are currently being spyed on with this technology.


  6. Proud Pakistani
    May 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    No. 1 ISI Pakistan

    Other’s are simply Jealous… hahaha

  7. July 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    LOL Canada’s CSIS should get an honourable mention for our great book keeping.

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