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.


73 Rules of Spycraft for Patriots – Rules 51-60

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.

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73 Rules of Spycraft for Patriots – Rules 41-50

Hello Patriots,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving week and that you’re feeling recharged and ready to take on the world.

Today we’re going to take on rules 41-50 of Dulles’ 73 Rules of Spycraft.  The original document we’re quoting can be found here.  I just want to reiterate that I don’t speak here from any position of authority on the subject – I’m just an interested layman.

41. Become a real friend of your agents.  Remember that he has a human side so bind him to you by taking an interest in his personal affairs and in his family.  But never let the friendship be stronger than your sense of duty to the work.  That must always be impervious to any sentimental considerations.  Otherwise, your vision will be distorted, your judgment affected, and you may be reluctant, even, to place your men in a position of danger.  You may also, by indulgence toward him, let him endanger others.

Dulles addresses something that many patriots have trouble with – balancing duty and friendship.  Thankfully we’re not currently at the point where it generally matters in a life or death sense, however if things ever go hot, it will.

Balancing duty and friendship…  What are your duties?  You need to define those for yourself, so that you know how to prioritize.  How many men have shirked their family duties to go on an “FTX” to prepare for the “revolution”, which in reality was just hanging out in the woods, drinking beer, and shooting rocks?

If you are a patriot leader and you’re lighting up your followers because they can’t make it to event X due to family committments or not wanting to get fired from their job, you’ve got the wrong balance.  The patriot community cannot thrive if we’re all divorced and living in a trailer while collecting welfare and living on ramen noodles.  Strong patriot families are the core of a strong patriot community.  I’m not risking my job for a last minute rally of little importance.  A friend in danger?  That’s a different story.

42.  Gain the confidence of your agents, but be wary of giving them more of yours than is necessary.  He may fall by the wayside; he may quarrel with you; it may be advisable for a number of reasons to drop him.  In that case, obviously, the less information he posseses, the better.  Equally obviously , if an agent runs the risk of falling into the hands of the enemy, it is unfair both to him and the show to put him in possession of more knowledge than he needs.

Of course, this document was really directed more at men running agents, but it still fits.  Many of us (myself included) struggle with the softer side of interpersonal relations.  How closely do you bring someone in?   How much of yourself do you reveal?  If it’s a relationship of convenience, the right answer is “not much”.

And yes, sometimes it is advisable to drop someone out of your life.  It’s a pity, especially when you saw an ally, to cut someone loose.  You can’t remove knowledge of your home location or the layout of the inside of your home, or whatever, from someone once you are no longer associated.

Let’s also not forget that law enforcement will likely start using more informants due to the prevalence of encryption in the communities they want to monitor.

43. If your agent can be laid off work periodically, this is a very good thing.  And during his rest periods, let him show himself in another field and in other capacities.

Don’t get too hung up in your patriot “job”.  There are lots of people who (at least believe that they can) “run and gun”.  There are a lot fewer who do medical, fewer still that do comms, and a laughable few that do intel.  Branch out, be the well-rounded partisan that the movement needs you to be.

Specialization is for insects.

44. Teach them at least the elements of technique.  Do not merely leave it to his own good judgment, and then hope for the best.  Insist, for a long time at least, on his not showing too much initiative, but make him carry out strictly the instructions which you give him.  His initiative will be tested when unexpected circumstances arise.  Tell him off soundly when he errs; praise him when he does well.

45.  Do not be afraid to be harsh, or even harsh with others, if it is your duty to be so.  You are expected to be likewise with yourself.  When necessity arises neither your own feelings nor thos eof others matter.  Only the job – the lives and safety of those entrusted to you – is what counts.

46.  Remember that you have no right to expect of others what you are not prepared to do yourself.  But on the other hand, do not rashly expose yourself in any unnecessary displays of personal courage that may endanger the whole shooting match.  It often takes more moral courage to ask another fellow to do a dangerous task than to do it yourself.  But if this is the proper course to follow, then you must follow it.

47.  If you have an agent who is really very important to you, who is almost essential to your organization, try not to let them know this.  Infer, without belittling him, that there are other lines and other groups of a bigger nature inside the shadow, and that – while he and his particular group are doing fine work – they are but part of a mosaic.

48.  Never let your agent get the bit between his teeth and run away with you.  If you cannot manage it easily yourself, there are always the terrible “They”.

49.  But if your agent knows the ground on which he is working better than you, always be ready to listen to his advice and to consult him.  The man on the spot is the man who can judge.

50.  In the same way, if you get directives from HQ, which to you seem ill-advised, do not be afraid to oppose these directives.  You are there for pointing things out.  This is particularly so if there is grave danger to security without a real corresponding advantage for which the risk may be taken.  For that, fight anybody with everything you’ve got.

I grouped those rules together because 44-50 speak loudly to leaders and need little further exposition.  I think we can leave it there for today.

The cryptoparty is coming up this coming Saturday in Renton, WA.  It’s sure to be a great opportunity to network and get some help in getting basic encryption running.  Until next time, go learn something new.


73 Rules of Spycraft for Patriots – Rules 33-40

Happy Monday, Patriots!

Before we get back to Mr. Dulles, I’d like to make a few comments about Thanksgiving.  It’s easy for those of us with our eyes open to give in to negativity and live on the cynical and pessimistic side.  Take a few minutes today to find something to be thankful for, and remember Who to be thankful to.  Are you short on ideas?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Be thankful that you *are* awake.  You have been given the discernment to know that something is wrong with the world and that you should prepare for the coming storm.
  • Be thankful that you live in the most prosperous nation in the world (addressing my fellow Americans).  Even in decline, opportunity abounds and a wise person can make preperations for the future.
  • Be thankful for the good patriot leaders out there, leading by example and not being braggadocious.
  • We don’t get too preachy here on the blog, but be thankful to the God that gave you life, and died to make things right between you so that life could be eternal.

OK, enough of that.  Everyone else will be doing Thanksgiving posts and I don’t want to pile on too much more :).  Let us return to Dulles’ Rules of Spycraft.  The full article we quote can be found, as always, here.

33. Always be polite to people, but not exaggeratedly so.  With the following class of persons who come to know you – hotel and restaurant staffs, taxi drivers, train personnel, etc., be pleasant.  Someday they may prove useful to you.  Be generous in your tips to them, but again, not exaggeratedly so.  Give just a little more than the other fellow does – unless the cover under which you are working does not permit this.  Give only normal tips, however, to waiters and taxi drivers, etc., when you are on the job.  Don’t give them any stimulus, even of gratification to make you stick in their minds.  Be as brief and casual as possible.

This strikes me as being basic social engineering.  Holmes had his homeless network, and spies surely do similar.  The wise person, based on Dulles’ comments, adjusts their tipping and politeness levels based on their mission; whether ingratiation is preferred, or forgettability.

34. Easiness and confidence do not come readily to all of us.  They must be assiduously cultivated.  Not only because they help us personally, but they also help to produce similar reactions in those we are handling.

35.  Never deal out the intense, the dramatic stuff, to a person before you have quietly obtained his confidence in your levelheadedness.

36. If you’re angling for a man, lead him around to where you want him; put the obvious idea in his head, and make the suggestion of possibilities come to him.  Express, if necessary – but with great tact – a wistful disbelief in the possibilities at which you are aiming.  “How fine it would be if only someone could… but of course, etc. etc.”  And always leave a line of retreat open to yourself.

I believe it’s important for us to not only absorb these lessons in case we need to use them ourselves, but also so that we’re aware if they’re being used on us.  That guy who seems so at ease in his own skin, who has proven himself to you in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, seems to agree with you on everything, and seems to be fishing for you to suggest the next course of action?  He may be exactly what he seems, or he might be playing you.  Proceed with caution, feelers up, and don’t be afraid to cut ties if your spidey-sense is tingling.

37.  Never take a person for granted.  Very seldom judge a person to be above suspicion.  Remember that we live by deceiving others.  Others live by deceiving us.  unless others take persons for granted or believe in them, we would never get our results.  The others have people as clever as we; if they can be taken in, so can we.  Therefore, be suspicious.

38.  Above all, don’t deceive yourself.  Don’t decide that the other person is fit or is all right, because you yourself would like it to be that way.  You are dealing in people’s lives.

It’s really quite tempting, especially for an unaware/untrained person looking for somewhere to belong, to grab hold of a person seemingly like them and follow them anywhere.  Loyalty should be earned over time, not instantly given.

A good friend of mine who is more experienced than I gave their trust to someone too easily.  My friend took this person to be above suspicion, blew off several signs of deception, and therefore maintained a working relationship longer than they should have.  When the deception had reached the point that it could no longer be ignored, the consequences of separating themselves from the toxic situation had escalated as well and could no longer be completed wholly in private.

Recognize that most of us are playing in the shallow end of the pool, here.  If an organization with massive funding targets you, you may not recognize it until it’s too late.  Being aware of your weaknesses is the first step in mitigating them.

39.  When you have made a contact, till you are absolutely sure of your man – and perhaps even then – be a small but eager intermediary.  Have a “They” in the background for whom you act and to whom you are responsible.  If “They” are hardch, if “They” decide to break it off, it is never any fault of yours, and indeed you can pretend to have a personal frievance about it.  “They” are always great gluttons for results and very stingy with cash until “They” get them.  when results come along, “They” always send messages of congratulation and encouragement.

40.  Try to find agents who do not work for money alone, but for conviction.  Remember, however, that not by conviction alone, does the man live.  If they need financial help, give it to them.  And avoid the “woolly” type of idealist, the fellow who lives in the clouds.

There’s not a whole lot of commentary to add other than to continue the theme of putting yourself on the receiving end of these instructions.  If someone were trying to recruit you in this fashion, how would it look?  Do you fit this mold?

I think we’ll cut this segment off there.  The next several rules also talk about how to run agents, and will make a good post on their own.

As always, please post your thoughts in the comments section.  Until next time,

Educate. Empower. Resist.

73 Rules of Spycraft for Patriots – Rules 22-32

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ello fellow patriots!

What a wild couple of weeks.  This past weekend, as most of you probably know, we had the Sparks31 Communicator Class.  Although the material was a bit advanced for some students, I think everyone came away with some valuable new knowledge and skills.  Most importantly, in my humble opinion, we had the ability to network with the like-minded.  I’m happy to say that everyone acted in an adult fashion and we left both the classroom and the FTX site in very good condition.

I almost thought about canceling this series because Kit’s tradecraft series is a superior read.  If you haven’t started it, you can find it here.  However, because I hate to leave things half done, we shall persevere :).

The full piece on we’re quoting from is available here.  I’m merely offering my commentary on the patriot’s perspective of these, from an “interested layman” level of knowledge.  If you have a different or more experienced take, you’re welcome to add your thoughts to the comments section.  Here we go…

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