‘The Activity’ Comic Reveals Secrets of US Army’s Intelligence Support Activity Unit

Have you ever heard of the US Army’s Intelligence Support Activity unit? Not many people have, and there’s not much written about it. Surprisingly one of the best sources is in a comic, as reported by ABC News:

In a dark corner of American special operations there exists, alongside the Army’s Delta Force and the Navy’s Osama bin Laden-killing SEAL Team Six, a small unit of Army spies known as the Intelligence Support Activity.

Created more than 30 years ago, the ISA has had its hand in almost every high-profile American special operation around the world in recent history, and countless others, according to published reports and special operations veterans with firsthand knowledge of the group.

And though relatively little is known about the secret unit — the military still refuses to acknowledge its existence — a new, colorful picture of the group has emerged through, of all things, a comic book.

In the panels of the comic “The Activity,” writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads create a cell-shaded version of the ISA’s world in which the plot is fictional, but much of the rest rings true, even to those few familiar with the comic’s real-life counterpart.

One former member of the special operations community, who requested anonymity to speak about the ISA, told ABC News that while the comic clearly condenses intelligence-gathering timelines and significantly expands the ISA’s duties for the sake of dramatic story telling, he was surprised at its overall accuracy…

[continues at ABC News]

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  • Frank_Black

    The ISA is also the operational frame work and command that John Reece was part of in the tv show Person of Interest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005521988782 J.m. Shaffer

    There is a new book, a fictional account of the Intelligence Support Activity. It is DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY: Kill, Capture or do Nothing by Ed Schroeder. The book goes into great detail about the units capability. Very interesting book, I highly recommend it. It gives the reader a peek behind the curtain on how a top tier special operations unit operates.