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This article discusses the ethics in the profession of intelligence. This article begins with the order goals of true intelligence professionals as differentiated from the thieves and thugs who work for other secret institutions of today. It focuses on what distinguishes the agents of malignant and murderous police states from intelligence professionals who work for legitimate governments and for the good of all. It also discusses how the theoretically moral intelligence professional navigates severe dilemmas such as torture and assassinations in carrying out their task. The article also considers the significance of ethics in the land of deception, betrayal, and occasional death, and where the stakes are high that all rules seemed disposable.
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