73 Rules of Spycraft for Patriots – Rules 61-73

Happy Sunday, Patriots.

Check out our upcoming events – there are still a few seats for the AR-15 80% Receiver Completion course.  Think about this: for only $200 you leave the class with new skills AND a legal AR-15 receiver that you built yourself.  No I-594, no 4473, nothing.  The class is 3/5.  Contact us at TOWR@whiterose.us to get a seat.


We are also have a two-day statement analysis class on 2/6-7.  Learn to identify liars and figure out what they might be hiding.  This is a PROFESSIONAL course and we will have LEOs attending; it’s THAT good.  We worked with the instructor to get you the class for $100, a hefty discount on material that’s normally only available to professionals.

With that out of the way, we’re on the home stretch of the Rules of Spycraft series.  The original document we’re quoting is available here.  Mr. Dulles, take us away:

61.  The place you live in is often a thorny problem.  Hotels are seldom satisfactory.  A flat of your own where you have everything under control is desirable; if you can share it with a discreen friend who is not in the business, so much the better.  You can relax into a normal life when you get home, and he will also give you an opportunity of cover.  Obviously the greatest care is to be taken in the choice of servants.  But it is preferable to have a reliable servant than to have none at all.  People cannot get in to search or fix telephones, etc. in your absence.  And if you want to not be home for awkward callers (either personal or telephonic), servants make that possible.

All this talk of servants makes me think of Bruce Wayne and Alfred.  Unfortunately, as normal Americans, most of us can’t afford a manservant to handle our mundane business.  Like many of the things we do, we must improvise.  For us, I think the “discount Alfred” could perhaps be an elderly parent.  They may not be physically capable of running and gunning, but they can keep an eye on your home and contribute to your mission.

62.  If a man is married, the presence of his wife may be an advantage or disadvantage.  That will depend on the nature of the job – as well as on the nature of the husband and wife.

63.  Should a husband tell his wife what he is doing?  If is taken for granted that people in this line are possessed of discretion and judgment.  If a man thinks his wife is to be trusted, then he may certainly tell her what he is doing – without necessarily telling her the confidential details of particular jobs.  It would be fair to neither husband nor wife to keep her in the dark unless there were serious reasons demanding this. A wife would naturally have to be coached in behavior in the same way as an agent.

A common thread in prepper communities is the unsupportive spouse.  Sometimes it’s the hustband, sometimes it’s the wife.  I’m not going to attempt to weigh in there, aside to remind you that your priority is your spouse and family.  If your prepping causes a major divide between you, then it’s all for naught anyway.

64.  Away from the job, among your other contacts, never know too much.  Often you will have to bite down on your vanity, which would like to show what you know.  This is especially hard when you hear a wrong assertion being made or a misstatement of events.

65.  Not knowing too much does not mean not knowing anything.  Unless there is a special reason for it, it is not good either to appear a nitwit or a person lacking in discretion.  This does not invite the placing of confidence in you.

66.  Show your intelligence, but be quiet on anything along the line you are working.  Make others do the speaking.  A good thing sometimes is to be personally interested “as a good patriot and anxious to pass along anything useful to official channels in the hope that it may eventually get to the right quarter.”

This goes back to the grey man.  I admit that on occasion I struggle with not correcting folks when they’re wrong (doggone INTJ tendencies), but I continue to work on it.  There are advantages to not being known as the “right-wing extremist nutjob” at work.

67.  When you think a man is possessed of useful knowledge or may in other ways be of value to you, remember that praise is acceptable to the vast majority of men.  When honest praise is difficult, a spot of flattery will do equally well.

That’s basic social engineering right there.

68. Within the limits of your principles, be all things to all men.  But don’t betray your principles.  The strongest force in your show is you.  Your sense of right, your sense of respect for yourself and others.  And it is your job to bend circumstances to your well, not to let circumstances bend or twist you.

69.  In your work, always be in harmony with your own conscience.  Put youself periodically in the dock for cross examination.  You can never do more than your best; only your best is good enought.  And remember that only the job counts – not you personally, excepting in the satisfaction of a job well done.

70.  It is one of the finest jobs going, no matter how small the part you play may appear to be.  Countless people would give anything to be in it.  Remember that and appreciate the privilege.  No matter what others may do, play your part well.

Sticking to your principles in our movement can be tough.  When people in our circles start playing politics and manipulating people to gather power to themselves it can be disheartening.  You may be in the minority, even within the movement.  During those times, do your job, do it well, and don’t give up.

With rule 70, obviously folks aren’t clamoring to be in our movement, however how many of us have thought to ourselves, “I was born in the wrong time,” or, “I hope that if X ever happens again that I will do my part.”  We’re heading into interesting times and we need to be ready to do our part to keep liberty going.

71.  Never get into a rut.  Or rest on your oars.  There are always new lines around the corner, always changes and variations to be introduced.  Unchanging habits of work lead to carelessness and detection.

For years, folks in our movement focused on storing beans, bullets, and bandaids.  In the past few years, as a group, we’ve expanded that; people are maturing and picking up medical and comms skills.  Today, the trend is to add intelligence gathering to the mix.  There is always a way to expand our capabilities both individually and collectively.  TOWR wants to help you do that by providing affordable and quality training.

72.  If anything, overestimate the opposition.  Certainly never underestimate it.  But do not let that lead to nervousness or lack of confidence.  Don’t get rattled, and know that with hard work, calmness, and by never irrevocably compromising yourself, you can always, always best them.

73.  Lastly, and above all – REMEMBER SECURITY.

We have a powerful adversary, but the American people are uniquely suited to defeating tyranny.  Nobody can say for sure what’s happening tomorrow, but we can do our best to be ready.

PS. The above points are not intended for any cursory, even interested, glance.  They will bear – each of them – serious attention, and at least occasional reperusal.  It is probably, furthermore, that dotted here and there among them will be found claims that have particular present application for each person who reads them.  These, naturally, are meant to be acted upon straightaway.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.


Author: Steve

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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