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Intelligence Agency Mottoes

Intelligence agency mottos have always fascinated me, so here’s a collection of their mottoes along with brief explanations.

Why Intelligence Agency Mottos as Posters?

Why not? I’m a visual person and I love typography.

Also, I’m not the only one, this page is one of the most popular on my website.

Intelligence Agency Mottos


The CIA needs no introduction. Unquestionably, it’s the biggest and most powerful intelligence agency in the world, although it’s arguably not ‘the best’, a title the British, Russians and Israelis would all dispute.

The full motto of the CIA is “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” which is a quote from the bible (John 8:32).

CIA Motto: The Truth Shall Make You Free


The KGB was the Soviet Union’s intelligence agency. A hugely powerful force in its day and feared across the world. Some of its operations, such as stealing the secret of the Atom Bomb from the Anglo-American allies of WW2 are legendary.

The KGB’s motto was “Loyalty to the Party. Loyalty to the Motherland.”

KGB Motto Crumpled and framed


Mossad is a small but well-organised and deadly intelligence agency. Ever since the formation of Israel after WW2, Mossad has fought a shadow war against the countries that would destroy it.

Many people think “By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War.” is Mossad’s motto, but it isn’t. Mossad’s motto is actually: “Where No Counsel is the People Fall”.

Mossad Motto: Where No Counsel is the People Fall


Britain’s MI6 is perhaps the best known intelligence agency in the world, thanks to spy fiction, in particular its fictional association with James Bond.

MI6 has the Latin motto Semper Occultus, which means Always Secret – an interesting contrast with the CIA’s motto.

MI6 Motto: Semper Occultus, Always Secret


The highly secretive R&AW (Research and Analysis Wing) is India’s foreign intelligence and counter-terrorism agency.

R&AW has an interesting motto that contrasts with some of the other intelligence agency mottoes: “The Law Protects When it is Protected”.

R&AW Motto The Law Protects When it is Protected

Other Intelligence Agency Mottos

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