73 Rules of Spycraft for Patriots – Rules 12-21

Happy Monday, Patriots!

My apologies for this next spycraft article taking as long as it did. No excuses, I just didn’t get it out as soon as I had hoped. More cool stuff is falling into place here at TOWR, so stay tuned.

Without further ado, let’s see what Mr. Dulles has for us today. The full piece we’re quoting is available here. This is part two. Use the navigation links to find part one if you’re lost.

12. Booze is naturally dangerous. So also is an undisciplined attraction for the other sex. The first loosens the tongue. The second does likewise. It also distorts vision and promotes indolence. They both provide grand weapons to an enemy.

13. It has been proved time and time again, in particular, that sex and business don’t mix.

Many patriots believe that what an individual does to their own body is their own business and no business of the state. We would agree. However, if your mind is clouded with alcohol, lust, or mind/mood altering drugs, you are not able to operate as wisely as you need to. We face an opponent that is better equipped and has a longer supply chain than we do; we can’t afford to handicap ourselves further by regularly impairing our judgement.

That’s not a suggestion that you not have fun or drop booze entirely. I drink a few times a week, but never enough to impair my judgement.

14. In this Job, there are no hours. That is to say, one never leaves it down. It is lived. One never drops one’s guard. All locations are good for laying a false trail (social occasions for instance, a casual hint here, a phrase there). All locations are good for picking something up, or collecting… for making a useful acquaintance.

15. In a more normal sense of the term “no hours,” it is certainly not a business where people put their own private arrangements before their work.

16. That is not to say that one does not take recreation and holidays. Without them it is not possible to do a decent job. If there is a real goodwill and enthusiasm for the work, the two (except in abnormal circumstances) will always be combined without the work having to suffer.

Dulles deals a bit more here with work/life balance. For us, I think the takeaway is that we should always have liberty on our mind, and evaluate/cultivate relationships accordingly. Keep building your network, even if the people you’re dealing with are not patriots or preppers. The time may come when you need to have a friend in their business, or at least an acquaintance that won’t turn you in.

Addressing points 15 and 16, we have a bit more of a delicate balance than the professional spy. For us, “private arrangements” are the reason we do what we do. It does us no good as individuals to be completely prepped for everything, to be active in liberty circles, and to go to every rally, if we lose our families in the process. Even if you have to go slowly, every step you take toward liberty now is one less you’ll need to take later.

17. The greatest material curse to the profession, despite all its advantages, is undoubtedly the telephone. It is a constant source of temptation to slackness. And even if you do not use it carelessly yourself, the other fellow, very often will, so in any case, warn him. Always act on the principle that every conversation is listened to, that a call may always give the enemy a line. Naturally, always unplug during confidential conversations. Even better is to have no phone in your room, or else have it in a box or cupboard.

Well, this is certainly a loaded topic that we could do a whole post on by itself.

What would Dulles say about the modern cell phone? Consider some of the ways that it can be used against you:

  • Call intercepts.
  • Location via tower triangulation.
  • Location via GPS tracking.
  • Location via social media check in.
  • Email intercept via broken apps.
  • Email intercept via screen scraping.
  • Eavesdropping via remote microphone activation.
  • Activity monitoring via motion sensing.

As Dulles says, even if you mitigate those issues by leaving the phone at home or removing the battery, others you meet may not be as careful. Certainly, remove the batteries of your phones, use signal blocking bags, or leave them home when you need to discuss important issues.

Don’t forget other technologies that can spy on you as well – smart TVs, Kinect, laptops, and tablets.

18. Sometimes, for quite exceptional reasons, it may be permissible to use open post as a channel of communications. Without these quite exceptional reasons, allowing of no alternative, it is to be completely avoided.

19. When the post is used, it will be advisable to act through post boxes; that is to say, people who will receive mail for you and pass it on. This ought to be their only function. They should not be part of the show. They will have to be chosen for the personal friendship which they have with you or one of your agents. The explanation you give them will depend on circumstances; the letters, of course, must be apparently innocent incontinence. A phrase, signature, or embodied code will give the message. The letter ought to be concocted in such fashion as to fit in with the recipients social background. The writer ought therefore to be given the full details of the post boxes assigned to them. An insipid letter is in itself suspicious. If however, a signature or phrase is sufficient to convey the message, then a card with greetings will do.

In today’s world, it’s easy to forget that email is just as available to state actors as regular snail mail, unless extraordinary protections are taken. Serious conversation should not take place over email unless those protections are taken, and even then, only when it cannot be avoided.

If you’d like to learn more about some of those protections, come to our cryptoparty on December 5th in Renton, WA. It is completely free. It’s not a class in the traditional sense, but still a great learning opportunity for people of all skill levels.

Back to the rules, number 19 brings to the forefront the need to have codes established in case you need to communicate in clear text. Those codes will be up to you and your group, and be operationally dependent. Simple is better, but do what you need to to in order to accomplish the mission.

20. Make a day’s journey, rather than take a risk, either by phone or post. If you do not have a prearranged message to give by phone, never dial your number before having thought about your conversation. Do not improvise even the dummy part of it. But do not be too elaborate. The great rule here, as in all else connected with the job is to be natural.

There’s not much to add here. Make the safest choice when lives are in the balance, and be natural.

21. If you have phoned a line or prospective line of yours from a public box and have to look up the number, do not leave the book lying open on that page.

Our modern equivalent would be “Don’t search for something sensitive over the open Internet.” Your search history will come back to bite you and those you care about. At the least use a live CD and a search engine that doesn’t save your history, like startpage.com. Better would be to use Tails from another network (such as McDonalds or Starbucks).

Well, that seems like a good stopping point for today. As always, thank you for your support. Don’t forget our upcoming events, the Sparks31 Communicator Course on November 14-15, and the Cryptoparty on December 5.

Please pray for us as we decide what classes to offer next, pray for Christians around the world and at home as they are persecuted, and pray for wise, dedicated patriots to rise up and prepare for whatever is coming next for our nation.

Educate. Empower. Resist.

73 Rules of Spycraft for Patriots – Rules 1-11

Greetings, Patriots!  Today we’re going to start a series on spycraft.  To be specific Allen Dulles73 Rules of Spycraft.  Let me be completely frank here: I am in no way an expert on this subject.  I’m just an interested layman.  However, I believe there is a lot that we as patriots, III%-ers, and preppers can take away from these rules, if we just adjust them for our situation.  Let’s look at the first eleven rules.

1. There are many virtues to be striven after in the job.  The greatest of them all is security.  All else must be subordinated to that.

I think that up front, it’s best to acknowledge that security is hard.  It’s inconvenient, and it doesn’t often make you friends.  I know that I make compromises with my security regularly to fit in with normal society and for familial peace.  However, being aware of the principles will help you make adjustments where you can and be wise about where you compromise.

2. Security consists not only in avoiding big risks.  It consists in carrying out daily tasks with painstaking remembrance of the tiny things that security demands.  The little things are in many ways more important than the big ones.  It is they which oftenest give the game away.  It is consistent care in them, which form the habit and characteristic of security mindedness.

In our circumstance it’s important to turn our minds more toward security.  Think about who you’re talking to, what’s around you.  Take time to consider your passwords (we’ll discuss password selection in another article).  Shred your documents and use good litter discipline.

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Moving From Apathy to Effectiveness – Part IV

In this last section I had originally intended to give a brief overview on prepping. However, on pondering that, I decided to change course a little. For one, I’m far from an expert on the matter, and for two, there is already a vast number of blogs, books and websites on the subject. I wouldn’t be adding much to the conversation by covering readily available material. So, what I’d like to discuss instead is my opinion on why we should prep, and how we should go about it.

The first reason for prepping is obvious: disaster will strike. The only questions are when it will strike, where it will strike, and what form it will take. Preparing physically and mentally to survive any disaster, be it a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake, an economic collapse, or even an attack from a foreign government or terrorist organization, is always of wise and of value. If I had to choose the single most important piece of prepping gear though, I think my answer might be surprising. It wouldn’t be solar panels, or the 4-gun battery, or a years worth of food, or anything similar. No, I firmly believe that by far the most valuable prepping supply you can have involves the gray stuff between your ears. This really became obvious to me when I watched this video of a gentleman that fabricates his own kiln-fired-tile-roof wood-heated hut with his bare hands, and only the natural materials he found in the forest. Nothing can substitute for knowledge. So yes, as crazy as this sounds, I’m suggesting that watching YouTube videos can indeed be a valuable prepping activity. Of course, that’s not to say we should abandon all physical prepping, but without the knowledge of how to use and adapt our resources, we may be giving ourselves a false sense of security. I mean, what’s the use in having a HAM radio or a firearm without the knowledge of how to use it? Patriots should have an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and knowledge of things regarding survival, defense, and prepping, should be high on the list.

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From Apathy to Effectiveness: Defeating Our Own Worst Enemy Part 3

Apathy: The Tyrant’s Best Ally – Part III

Our entire society been conditioned to simply accept tyranny, to comply with tyrannical legislation, and to put our efforts into repealing those “laws.” While seeking to repeal that legislation is certainly a noble objective, it is not the only peaceful means of fighting tyranny. Simple non-compliance is another very powerful tool that we should never abandon. In New York and Connecticut, when they passed onerous new gun control laws, it is estimated that a mere 4% of New Yorkers complied with the SAFE act, and even a smaller percentage in Connecticut complied with the new gun control laws enacted in that state in 2014. Compliance gives legitimacy to illegitimate law. We have no moral or Constitutional duty to comply with the legislation of a lawless government that not only infringes upon our natural rights, but violates the highest law of the land. We do have a duty to refuse to comply.

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From Apathy to Effectiveness: Defeating Our Own Worst Enemy – Part II

As much as our inner cynic would probably lead us to conclude otherwise, political action can be very valuable. Besides, if we aim to exhaust every peaceful means possible to prevent the violent effects of tyranny, we’d be remiss to ignore political action entirely in favor of apathy. What we must consider is what is and is not EFFECTIVE political action. It’s easy to get distracted by political parties, factions, and personality candidates. We must stay focused on continuing to ask the question “what will best further the cause of liberty?” and act according to the answer. We have limited resources, so we must leverage the effect of our actions to achieve the greatest impact possible.

Personally, I’ve largely given up on Federal elections, and generally only see value in State elections with specific candidates and in specific States. While States do have the ability to implement nullification and interposition against Federal tyranny, finding the willpower and courage among the elected officials to do so is no small task. Even in independent Texas, Debra Medina was unsuccessful in her campaign for governor with those principles as a large part of her platform. Probably the only notable exceptions to this is the legalization of marijuana in several States, and the variations of the Firearms Freedom Act that have been passed by a handful of States. The 10th Amendment Center is doing great work in this area, but the battle is very much uphill.

I would propose that the most important elections all take place at the County level, starting with the County Sheriff, followed by the County Prosecutor, and the rest of county government. The County Sheriff can not only refuse to enforce unconstitutional legislation and codes, he or she can actually act to prevent them from being enforced, under threat of arrest, and may even deputize the citizenry to assist in doing so. This is not insurrection or sedition, but rather the Sheriff faithfully carrying out the Oath of Office, and defending the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, including the alphabet soup of Federal agencies. Within the County, the Sheriff is the highest ranking Peace Officer, bar none. This provides a fully lawful, universally recognized, and already existing framework to fight against tyranny. This idea is not original to the Order of the White Rose. Sheriff Richard Mack, who along with Sheriff Printz won the SCOTUS ruling on the Brady Bill, has written on the subject. The CSPOA is an organization founded on this principle, and the Constitution County Project is an ongoing effort to actually make some aspect of it reality in Navajo County Arizona.

Recently, in Priest River Idaho, when the VA threatened to confiscate the firearms of a veteran that checked the wrong box on a form he sent to the VA, the County Sheriff, along with a group of patriots, prevented them from doing so. Ultimately, the VA backed down and claimed they never intended to confiscate his firearms in the first place. In 2011, when FDA agents were harassing raw-milk-selling dairy farmer David Hochstetler, the County Sheriff notified the FDA agents they would be arrested for trespassing if they went on his property without a warrant. The FDA backed down. Sheriff Tony DeMeo stood up to BLM in 2004 for illegally seizing cattle from Wayne Hage’s ranch in order to justify removing his water rights. Eventually the BLM came to a proper understanding of the Sheriff’s jurisdiction, but only after threatening to arrest him and being told their SWAT team would be met with the Sheriff’s if they attempted to make good on that threat.

As we can see, there is still value in political action, we just must be very careful and tactical in what action we take. We want to be effective at achieving success, and we can be. Do you have a Constitutional Sheriff in your County? If not, meet with them and see if you can educate them to become one. If you can’t, find someone to replace them, or run yourself. The impact of a County Sheriff fully acting on their Oath of Office will not only be in that specific county, but the ripple effect could very well be felt across the fabric of the nation.