A black operation (or black ops) is a covert operation or clandestine operation by a government, a government agency, a military or a para-military organization. This can include activities by private companies or groups. Key features of a black operation are that it is secret and it is not attributable to the organization carrying it out. The main difference between a black operation and one that is merely secret is that a black operation involves a significant degree of deception, to conceal who is behind it or to make it appear that some other entity is responsible ("false flag" operations).
A single such activity may be called a black bag operation; that term is primarily used for covert or clandestine surreptitious entries into structures to obtain information for human intelligence operations. Such operations are known to have been carried out by the FBI,CIA,Mossad, MI6, ASIS, COMANF, DGFI, RAW, MSS, KGB, DGSE and the intelligence services of other nations.
"Black" may be used as a generic term for any government activity that is hidden or secret. For example, some activities by military and intel agencies are funded by a classified "black budget", of which the details, and sometimes even the total, are hidden from the public and from most congressional oversight.
The theme of black operations is a popular genre within fictional literature and Hollywood films. Both the spy film and spy fiction have had a significant following for many decades including such films as Apocalypse Now and Zero Dark Thirty and such authors as John Le Carre and Tom Clancy. These "Black Operations" have been also a key point in video games. One such example is Activitions "Call of Duty: Black Ops" where it is set in early 1960s where you preform black operations like trying to assasinate Fidel Castro.
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