We’re fascinated when it comes to topics like this and especially when conspiracy theories are linked to some of the top 10 best intelligence agencies in the world, similar to the CIA case presented in the 6 most likely conspiracy theories, bringing to our attention organizations which by default keep a low profile. Some people believe that intelligence agencies are actors that in many cases violate our civil rights and liberties in order to fulfill a different purpose than the one they were destined to, while others believe that these organizations protect the constitution of the state they serve by dealing with delicate matters of National Security. It is worth mentioning that surveys conducted post 9/11 and the attacks in the United Kingdom and Spain have recorded the psychological and political impact these acts had as now citizens are more willing to sacrifice their liberties and rights in order to have increased security (the kind of security that is provided by the intelligence agencies).
National Security matters were always on the center of attention not just for the public and the press but for the governments which fund the agencies that handle such issues. Cold War was not the only period when security agencies were thriving. Indeed in our times National Security issues and the protection of commercial interests on foreign territory have become more sensitive due to the nature of information and technology. Our, from all perspectives, globalized world requires of governments to develop institutes that can provide the authorities with sufficient intel which will enable governments to implement efficient policies regarding National Security. On this list of the top 10 best intelligence agencies in the world, the method which we follow does not take into account the reputation an agency has as a result of the Press or media. The listing follows a rather practical logic according to which we take into consideration partially the technology an agency has according to the public records and how active each agency is. By how active we mean for how long and how effectively an agency has been engaged to warfare that threatens a state’s constitution, domestic security and interests abroad.