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31st Dec '17 2:31:29 PM GMon
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** In the second game, "Squeaky Cleaners" are a bunch of hitmen serving as the BigBad's private army. This has a further practical aspect in that the cleaning equipment helps remove bodies, blood and otherwise clean up the aftermath of killings.

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** In the second game, "Squeaky Cleaners" are a bunch of hitmen serving as the BigBad's private army. This has a further practical aspect in that [[CleanupCrew the cleaning equipment helps remove bodies, blood and otherwise clean up the aftermath of killings.killings]].
29th Dec '17 10:35:14 PM karstovich2
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## At that time, it was one of only two civilian federal law-enforcement agencies, the other being the US Marshals. The Marshals, however, were tightly linked to the judiciary. As the Treasury Department had for many years routinely loaned out Secret Service agents to other federal departments for investigative tasks, the agency was really the most obvious choice.

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## At that time, it was one of only two civilian federal law-enforcement agencies, the other being the US Marshals. The Marshals, however, were tightly linked to the judiciary. As judiciary; though they are part of the Department of Justice (and therefore formally ultimately take orders from the President), their job revolves around the courts: guarding courtrooms and courthouses, enforcing judgments, serving process, that sort of thing. If it didn't more or less directly involve litigation, the Marshals were generally not inclined to get involved if they could help it. On the other hand, the Treasury Department had for many years routinely loaned out Secret Service agents to other federal departments for investigative tasks, the agency was really the most obvious choice.
13th Dec '17 2:09:41 PM ZimFan89
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* Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters was this for decades. However, it's been blown up so many times, it probably doesn't qualify any more.

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* [[ComicBook/XMen Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters Youngsters]] was this for decades. However, it's been blown up so many times, it probably doesn't qualify any more.more.
* ''ComicBook/ScoobyApocalypse'' has the Athena facility, the [[TheConspiracy Complex's]] data backup facility, which is hidden within a paper mill. Lampshaded by Shaggy commenting on the oddity of it, with Velma pointing out that they couldn't exactly advertise it as a secret facility.
11th Dec '17 8:43:13 PM caffeinedelusions
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Federation's covert black ops group is known by the benign name 'Section 31' and its agents masquerade as working for any of Starfleet's security divisions. Slightly subverted in that this cover only fools other Federation citizens. The Romulan Tal Shiar is well aware of the agency's real name and purpose...which is exactly what Section 31 wants. [[BatmanGambit It's a long story.]] The group itself underwent something of a retcon, it originally had no home base, was hidden from even some of the higher-ups at Starfleet Command, and its agents were spread out among the entire Federation (Bashir, a doctor on a Space Station, was a recruit). Later use of Section 31 (in ''Enterprise'' and the film ''Star Trek Into Darkness'') show it to be more of a traditional secret group that officially doesn't exist but is well known in the Starfleet inner circle.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the Federation's covert black ops group is known by the benign name 'Section 31' and its agents masquerade as working for any of Starfleet's security divisions. Slightly subverted in that this cover only fools other Federation citizens. The Romulan Tal Shiar is well aware of the agency's real name and purpose...which is exactly what Section 31 wants. [[BatmanGambit It's a long story.]] The group itself underwent something of a retcon, it originally had no home base, was hidden from even some of the higher-ups at Starfleet Command, and its agents were spread out among the entire Federation (Bashir, a doctor on a Space Station, was a recruit). Later use of Ironically, Section 31 (in ''Enterprise'' and the film ''Star Trek Into Darkness'') show it to be operates as something more akin to a rogue agency than any kind of a traditional secret group that officially doesn't exist but is well known in legitimate intelligence agency, and routinely uses the Starfleet inner circle.Federation's legitimate intelligence service (Starfleet Intelligence) as a mundane cover.
7th Nov '17 4:32:32 PM MGD107
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* In ''Series/{{Ghosted}}'' to the general public, the [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Bureau Underground]] base's of operations in LA is simply the Mid Valley Coat Hanger Company.
11th Oct '17 7:49:43 PM Ominae
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TemptingFate Well it's not the bad guys'll suspect that some glasses-wearing researcher's gonna take them down, right?]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TemptingFate Well it's not like the bad guys'll suspect that some glasses-wearing researcher's gonna take them down, right?]]]]
11th Oct '17 6:37:55 AM Ominae
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TemptingFate Well it's not the bad guys'll suspect that some glasses-wearing researcher's gonna take them down, right?]]]]
24th Sep '17 1:11:14 PM shamchimp28
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': [[BaldOfAwesome Lex Luthor]] has a secret bunker ironically located underneath a barbershop.
23rd Sep '17 4:25:04 AM 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.

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** ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' gives us Statesman, a brand of liquor that's the mundane front of for the Kingsman's American counterparts.counterparts. The front is revealed to be a multi-billion dollar company.
20th Sep '17 10:51:54 PM infernape612
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* An acronym no doubt familiar to anyone who has played Call of Duty: Black Ops, the main wet work program in the Vietnam War was titled MACV-SOG... Military Assistance Command Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group. (This one might have renamed more than anything for greater palatability on the home front; the original official gloss for "SOG" was "Special Operations Group", and it's doubtful anyone involved was expecting the change of name to fool the North Vietnamese.)

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* An acronym no doubt familiar to anyone who has played Call of Duty: Black Ops, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', the main wet work program in the Vietnam War was titled MACV-SOG... Military Assistance Command Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group. (This one might have renamed more than anything for greater palatability on the home front; the original official gloss for "SOG" was "Special Operations Group", and it's doubtful anyone involved was expecting the change of name to fool the North Vietnamese.)
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