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Encyclopedia > Covert cell

A covert cell structure is a method for organizing undercover or unconventional fighters against a large and well-established organization. If the covert cell is part of a resistance movement it can also be called a resistance cell, and if it's part of a terrorist organization it can be called a terrorist cell; in some cases, a given covert cell could be called both depending on who is asked.


The organizational structure of covert cells is intended to limit the harm that can be done if members are captured and interrogated. Most members will only know the identities of other people in their own cell; only the leader of a cell will know the identities of leaders of other cells and communicate with them. By keeping cell size small, captives or double agents will have a very limited knowledge of the organization as a whole.


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Covert cell Information (328 words)
A covert cell structure is a method for organizing a group in such a way that it can more effectively resist penetration by an opposing organization.
The use of covert cells was pioneered in the 19th century by revolutionaries in France such as the political activist Louis Auguste Blanqui.
A cellular model of organization was used by many covert organizations in the 20th century, ranging from the French Resistance in World War II, to the Vietcong and the Provisional IRA and Al Qaeda.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Covert cell (363 words)
If the covert cell is part of a resistance movement it can also be called a resistance cell, and if it's part of a terrorist organization it can be called a terrorist cell; in some cases, a given covert cell could be called both depending on who is asked.
The cytoplasm of a cell is surrounded by a plasma membrane.
A sleeper cell is a cell of sleeper agents that belongs to a large national or terrorist organization.
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