MABAHITH (The) - General Investigation Directorate (aka al-Mabahit and al-Ammah), a Saudi secret police force. Surveillance, intel gathering, beatings, torture (even children), and killings.

MACLEAN, Donald, Spy - The escape from Britain by Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess is one of the most mysterious and confounding in the annals of espionage. It was a stunning event that rocked the government and began a series of mole hunt throughout the intelligence world.

MASINT - Measurement and Signature INTelligence; a form of technical collection that uses signatures that do not fit into the traditional scope of IMINT and SIGINT.

MASKIROVDA - Russian name for deception techniques designed to fool US spy satellites. Recently used by India's counterintelligence agency to conceal nuclear testing from the CIA.

MAY, Alan Nunn - Spy.

MATA HARI - Honeypot, femme fatale.

MBR - One of Russia's intelligence agencies, disbanded in December 1993 and replaced by the FSK, which ultimately became the FSB.

MERCURY FULMINATE - An initiating agent for detonating PETN, or Pentaerythritol tetranitrate, the most exlosive substance known and one or the main ingredients of Semtex. See PETN.

MI5 - The British domestic counterintelligence service; officially known as the Security Service.

MI6 - The British foreign intelligence service; officially known as the Secret Intelligence Service.

MICE - An acronym for money, ideology, compromise, and ego - the usual motives for spying. Some say an S for sex should be added, thus making the acronym SMICE.

DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY INTELLIGENCE - Also known as Aman, is Israel's overarching intelligence agency and its largest component. Along with Mossad and Shin Beth, it represents the backbone of Israeli intelligence. It incorporates the cyber warfare branch, Unit 8200, the Havatzalot Program, an elite training program, and has its own reconnaissance unit, the Sayeret Matkal which is based on Britain's SAS and said to be equivalent to the USA's Delta Force.

MILLER, Richard - Spy.

MILF - Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

MIN/MAX - A concept in strategic game-theory.

MINISTRY OF STATE SECURITY (MSS) - Intelligence agency and non-military security agency of the People's Republic of China. Counter-intelligence, foreign intelligence and political security.

MIT - Millî Istihbarat Teskilati. Turkish National Intelligence Organization. It supposedly co-operates with both American and Russian intelligence agencies.

MITI - One of Japan's intelligence agencies.

MKULTRA - US research program. Project MKUltra, also called the CIA mind control program, is the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects, at times illegal, designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Innocents died in those experiments. (See Sidney Gotlieb)

MOLE - Also known as a "penetration agent","deep cover agent" or "sleeper agent", is a lomg-term agent of one organization sent to penetrate an opposite secrets-rich environment or intelligence agency, generally by gaining employment in sensitive areas. One of the many terms popularized by John Le Carre.

MONTENEROS - An underground group in Argentina.

MOSCOW RULES (The) - Set of rules for agents developed in Cold War Moscow. Every new "embassy staffer" had them memorized when he arrived.

  1. Assume nothing.

  2. Never go against your gut.

  3. Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

  4. Do not look back; you are never completely alone.

  5. Go with the flow, blend in.

  6. Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

  7. Lull them into a sense of complacency.

  8. Do not harass the opposition.

  9. Pick the time and place for action.

  10. Keep your options open.

MOSSAD - One of Israel's intelligence agencies, noted for its expertise in wet affairs. Literally translated as "institute".


MUKHABARAT - Arabic term for intelligence, as in intelligence agency. The term is sometimes used negatively, connotating repression, often by means of secret police or state terror.

MUSIC BOX - Slang for a clandestine radio.

MUSICIAN - Slang for a clandestine radio operator.