This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Dulles' 73 Rules of Spycraft

Hi Patriots,

This weekend’s Cryptoparty was a great time, even though Kit made me talk :).  Just a heads up in case you missed it:

  • The two shooting/tactics classes have been postponed due to location issues.
  • The 80% AR-15 Receiver Completion class is almost full.  Don’t tarry!
  • We have a professionally taught Statement Analysis class coming up.  You don’t want to miss it!

Now let’s get back to the spycraft list.

51. If you have several groups, keep them separate unless the moment comes for concerted action.  Keep your lines separate; and within the bounds of reason and security, try to multiply them.  Each separation and each multiplication minimizes the danger of total loss.  Multiplication of lines also gives the possibility of resting each line, which is often a desirable thing.

I believe the takeaway from this rule is redundancy and isolation.  The more monolithic a structure becomes, the more military-like, the more susceptible it is to a single point of failure.  If you have a more cellular structure, the loss of one group is less traumatic.

You should always be suspicious of leaders who put their own ego, their own status, above the goals of the movement.  Be suspicious of patriot leaders who gather power to themselves and are harsh with dissenters.  Dangerous leaders will say, “I did this, I did that, follow me.”  A good leader will put the goals of our movement above their own ego.  Be that leader.

52. Never set a thing really going, whether it be big or small, before you see it in its details.  Do not count on luck.  Or only on bad luck.

Have a plan, don’t just hope for the best.

53.  When using couriers, who are in themselves trustworthy – (here again, the important element of personal friendship ought to be made to play its part) – but whom it is better to keep in the dark as to the real nature of what they are carrying, commercial smuggling will often provide an excellent cover.  Apart from being a valid reason for secrecy, it gives people a kick and also provides one with a reason for offering payment.  Furthermore, it involves a courier in something in which it is in his own personal advantage to conceal.

54. To build this cover, should there be no bulk of material to pass, but only a document or a letter, it will be well always to enclose this properly sealed in a field dummy parcel with an unsealed outer wrapping.

Here we see Dulles advising multiple means of protection for your messages.  You have conspiracy (your courier wants to protect themselves), deflection (by hiding it inside another illegal activity), concealment, and deception (by hiding the letter in a non-descript parcel).

55. The ingredients for any new setup are: serious consideration of the field and of the elements at your disposal; the finding of one key man or morel safe surroundings for encounter; safe houses to meet in; post boxes; couriers; the finding of natural covers and pretext for journeys, etc.; the division of labor; separation into cells; the principal danger in constructing personal friendships between the elements (this is enormously important); avoidance of repetition.

56. The thing to aim at, unless it is a question of a special job, is not quick results, which may blow up the show, but the initiation of a series of results, which will keep on growing and which, because the show has the proper protective mechanism to keep it under cover, will lead to discovery.

57. Serious groundwork is much more important than rapid action.  The organization does not merely consist of the people actively working but the potential agents whom you have placed where they may be needed, and upon whom you make all, if need arises.

These three can be overly simplified to “plan carefully  and be patient.”  For many of us we’re running out of patience; we want to see change, we want to see results.  However, we must be intelligent and focus on the end goals.  We have to game our moves out three, four, ten moves ahead.

58.  As with an organization, so with a particular individual.  His first job in a new field is to forget about everything exceping his groundwork; that is, the effecting of his cover.  Once people label him the job is half done.  People take things so much for granted and only with difficulty change their sizing-up of a man once they have made it.  They have to be jolted out of it.  It is up to you to see that they are not.  If they do suspect, do not take it that all is lost and accept the position.  Go back to your cover and build it up again.  You will at first puzzle them and finally persuade them.

59.  The cover you choose will depend upon the type of work that you have to do.  So also will the social life in which you indulge.  It may be necessary to lead a full social existence; it may be advisable to stay in the background.  You must school yourself not to do any wishful thinking in the sense of persuading your self that what you want to do is what you ought to do.

60.  Your cover and social behavior, naturally, ought to be chosen to fit in with your background and character.  Neither should be to much of a strain.  Use them well.  Imprint them, gradually but steadfastly on people’s minds.  When your name crops up in converstation they must have something to say about you, something concrete outside of your real work.

For us, this goes to the “grey man” concept.  We have a tendency, as people of intense conviction, to loudly try to convince all of those within earshot of the validity of our positions.  The next time you change jobs, consider practicing the grey man concept.  Your coworkers don’t need to know the full extent of your patriot activities, how “crazy” you are.

That’s it for this time.  We’ve got one or two more parts of this series, then I’ll probably start writing more about privacy, security, and technology.

Do something today for liberty.

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Steve is a father of two, husband of one, devoted follower of Christ, IT guy, and jack of all trades. He's a liberty activist, blogger, gun lover, and general class radio operator. He read entirely too much Heinlein as a child and routinely fails at his attempts to become the "competent man".

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