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The branch of an intelligence service charged with keeping sensitive information from an enemy, deceiving that enemy, preventing subversion and sabotage, and collecting political and military information.
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1. (Military) activities designed to frustrate enemy espionage
2. (Military) intelligence collected about enemy espionage
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(ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns)

1. the activity of an intelligence service engaged in thwarting the subversive or intelligence-gathering efforts of a foreign power.
2. an organization engaged in counterintelligence.
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Information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted by or on behalf of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations, or foreign persons, or international terrorist activities. Also called CI. See also counterespionage; countersabotage; countersubversion; security; security intelligence.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterintelligence - intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism
counterespionage - spying on the spies
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
security intelligence - intelligence on the identity and capability and intentions of hostile individuals or organizations that may be engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism
censoring, censorship, security review - counterintelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy
intelligence activity, intelligence operation, intelligence - the operation of gathering information about an enemy
countersubversion - the aspect of counterintelligence designed to detect and prevent subversive activities
counter-sabotage - counterintelligence designed to detect and counteract sabotage
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