Hit squad

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Teams of assassins

Hit squads are teams of people formed to carry out assassinations. In overt police states they may work publicly, but in "democracies" they aim to operate covertly.

Plausible deniability

Plausible deniability is a key concept in the organisation of assassinations, since (with some recent exceptions such as the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki) they are generally agreed to be criminal in nature.

Deep state

For high profile actions, such as assassinations of public figures, support from commercially-controlled media is important to maintaining plausible deniability. Deep state groups reportedly vie for control of hit squads, which are employed for intimidation purposes, or as a tool of last resort, to suppress dissenting opinion.  

Hit Squads on Wikispooks

Wikispooks pageNation stateFromToDescription
Operation 40National Clandestine Service
CIA
March 19601968A CIA-run assassination squad begun with Fidel Castro in mind, but that had its fingers in a lot of pies, probably including the JFK Assassination.

 

Examples

Page nameDescription
Bureau of Narcotics Covert Intelligence NetworkA covert assassination squad used to hide CIA activities from scrutiny.[citation needed]
Civil Cooperation Bureau
Group 13Rumoured to be a secret cadre of UK ex-SAS and military intelligence operatives
Military Reaction Force
Operation 40A CIA-run assassination squad begun with Fidel Castro in mind, but that had its fingers in a lot of pies, probably including the JFK Assassination.


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