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22nd Jul '17 11:54:25 PM Bronzethumb
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** ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' gives us Statesman, a brand of liquor that's the mundane front of the Kingsman's American counterparts.
19th Jun '17 8:04:01 PM BrokenEye
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** In ''{{Fallout4}}'', there's an old secret [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction DIA]] command center called the Switchboard located in the basement of a Slocum Joe's doughnut shop. The Slocum Joe's corporation itself is a legitimate company, and several other Slocum Joe's franchises can be found elsewhere in the Commonwealth which do not contain any secret government bases. At least, none that the player can find.
16th May '17 9:35:30 AM dmcreif
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* The US Secret Service used to be this way. They were originally part of the United States Department of the Treasury and tasked with tracking and catching counterfeit currency. Then in 1901 the Treasury agents were given the job of protecting the President of the United States and a long list of other people in reaction to the assassination of UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley, which is the public image of the Secret Service these days. Since 2003 they've been shifted over to Homeland Security, so the trope no longer applies.

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* The US Secret Service used to be this way. They were originally part of the United States Department of the Treasury and tasked with tracking and catching counterfeit currency. Then in 1901 the Treasury agents were given the job of protecting the President of the United States and a long list of other people in reaction to the assassination of UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley, which is the public image of the Secret Service these days. Since 2003 they've been shifted over to the Department of Homeland Security, so the trope no longer applies.applies, although the job of chasing counterfeiters is still within their jurisdiction.



### At the time the need was identified, their office happened to be across the street from the White House. (And still is--the Treasury Department building is at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., and is still used as the headquarters of the Treasury.)

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### At the time the need was identified, their office happened to be across the street from the White House. (And still is--the Treasury Department building is at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Avenue, and is still used as the headquarters of the Treasury.)
20th Apr '17 9:04:44 PM LeeM
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* When anti-capitalist groups staged protests in London in the 1980s, hoping to disrupt the operations of the Stock Exchange, their attempts failed because much of the actual work of transferring and registering stocks and shares took place in anonymous offices in side streets.
9th Mar '17 5:09:14 PM Rmpdc
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' reveals that this organization was a front company for the IAA, a government agency with an InterserviceRivalry with the FIB.
5th Mar '17 7:06:05 PM rjd1922
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Not to be confused with the actual use of anti-terrorism powers to enforce weights and measures laws.
10th Feb '17 3:37:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AnotherCaseOfMiltonJones''. Inevitably, Milton suspects the National Trust of being a front. For the National Front. (They aren't, but they are sinister.)
* In ''{{Nebulous}}'', K.E.N.T.'s cover is that they're a laundry. Much to Professor Nebulous's annoyance, their sponsors in the Government seem more inclined to buy equipment for the laundry than for eco-troubleshooting operations.

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* ''AnotherCaseOfMiltonJones''.''Radio/AnotherCaseOfMiltonJones''. Inevitably, Milton suspects the National Trust of being a front. For the National Front. (They aren't, but they are sinister.)
* In ''{{Nebulous}}'', ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'', K.E.N.T.'s cover is that they're a laundry. Much to Professor Nebulous's annoyance, their sponsors in the Government seem more inclined to buy equipment for the laundry than for eco-troubleshooting operations.
20th Jan '17 3:48:55 PM margdean56
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* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}'', Colonel Creighton, the head of the Ethnological Survey of British India, also directs the secret service. There is an overlap between the two organisation, for instance both Creighton and one of his top agents, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, write and publish legitimate ethnological papers and share the ambition of being admitted to the Royal Society. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision.

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* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}'', Colonel Creighton, the head of the Ethnological Survey of British India, also directs the secret service. There is an overlap between the two organisation, organisations; for instance both Creighton and one of his top agents, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, write and publish legitimate ethnological papers and share the ambition of being admitted to the Royal Society. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision.
19th Jan '17 9:34:00 PM Yozzy
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* The Bumani Exchange Corporation in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' is a poorly-concealed front for the Exchange.

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* The Bumani Exchange Corporation in In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' II'', the Bumani Exchange Corporation in the space station above Telos is a poorly-concealed front for [[TheSyndicate the Exchange.Exchange]]. It's poorly concealed in part because of, and for, being an OpenSecret among the station's leadership for when they need a friend in extralegal business; and the Exchange has worked with enough discretion to avoid an investigation by the authorities.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has the United Liberty Paper which is a cover for a unrevealed government agency, headed by [[TheSpook a mysterious man]] [[ShoutOut wearing]] [[Series/{{Heroes}} horn-rimmed glasses]]. They appartently are a black-ops organisation judging by the type of assassinations they blackmail Niko into making.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has the United Liberty Paper which is a cover for a unrevealed government agency, headed by [[TheSpook a mysterious man]] [[ShoutOut wearing]] [[Series/{{Heroes}} horn-rimmed glasses]]. They appartently apparently are a black-ops organisation judging by the type of assassinations they blackmail Niko into making.
19th Jan '17 9:21:44 PM Yozzy
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* In Daniel Suarez's ''Influx'', the secretive [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Bureau of Techniology Control]] has been tasked with suppressing and controlling [[ScaleOfScientificSins disruptive technology]] to make sure rapid change brought about by certain technologies doesn't disrupt world order. Over time they've grown into a hyptertechnological society unto itself complete with paramilitary forces, hereditary citizenship/employment, and at least one superweapon. They're stationed under their old government office building, which is practically abandoned, turning dilapidated, and is filled with technology that hasn't been updated since the 70's.
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