intelligence agency

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intelligence agency (plural intelligence agencies)

  1. A governmental agency that is devoted to the information gathering (known in the context as "intelligence") for purposes of national security and defense.
    • 2010, BioWare, Mass Effect 2 (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, OCLC 865290061, PC, scene: Cerberus: The Illusive Man Codex entry:
      A mysterious maverick to say the least, the Illusive Man heads the Cerberus network. Dubbed "the illusive empire" by investigators, Cerberus is an allegedly untraceable syndicate of private intelligence agencies, biotics laboratories, engineering and scientific research teams, and lucrative front companies.