Basic (very basic) Active Shooter Prep

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Today we’ve had yet another mall shooting.  As unrest grows, all individuals need to recognize their responsibility to plan for the worst.

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Cascade Mall’s “24-hour Professional Security Services” didn’t protect the victims.  But this isn’t another post telling you to carry a gun wherever you go.

We need to be prepared to deal with the aftermath.  A very basic kit to handle severe hemorrhaging could save a life.  Those items are:

  • Tourniquet
  • Pressure Bandage
  • Something to hold them in

Here are links to some relevant items on Amazon:

Some links on Amazon:

  • Tourniquet: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OCX1D8Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  • Pressure Bandage: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MSZL5EA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  • Small pouch to hold them: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007595CZW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

OK, I admit it: I lied about not giving you grief about not being armed everywhere.  Carry it.  James Yeager’s series on handling active shooters is excellent:

We must resist evil wherever we can.  It’s up to you, now.

Court: No Location Privacy On Cell Phones

If you use a cell phone, by default you are “opting in” to warrantless surveillance and have no location privacy, according to a federal appeals court this week.

This week, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals—in a decision that impacts residents in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia—held that you have no expectation of privacy in historical location data generated by your cell phone. This decision, which follows decisions from four other federal appellate courts, means that now, in the vast majority of states, federal law enforcement agents don’t need to get a warrant to get access to this data from a cell service provider.

Please note that phrase: “federal law enforcement agents don’t need to get a warrant to get access to this data from a cell service provider.”

So how bad is that? Take a look:

In the case, United States v. Graham, law enforcement officers relied on a simple court order to learn each place that Mr. Graham and his co-defendant had travelled for more than seven months. The 221 days worth of data officers obtained on the two defendants contained nearly 30,000 datapoints for each defendant—data that the ACLU discovered could reveal when the defendants were home and when they left home, when their travel patterns changed from the norm, and even that Mr. Graham’s wife was pregnant. This cell site location information (CSLI) was generated every time the defendants’ phones tried to connect with a cell tower to send or receive data.

Map of 29,659 datapoints generated by Mr. Graham's cell phone over 221 days

“Well,” you might be saying, “maybe this guy shouldn’t have gotten arrested for doing illegal stuff.” That’s fine. What happens when the government decides that you should be a defendant for home-schooling your kids, or not renewing your pet license, or any one of the other things that the government decides you did wrong at any given time?

So how did this happen? How is your personal location data suddenly fair game for warrantless surveillance? Third-party doctrine gone crazy, that’s how.

This week the full court overturned its earlier opinion, relying on a wonky legal principle from two 1970s Supreme Court cases called the “third party doctrine.” This principle holds that information you voluntarily share with someone else—whether that “someone else” is your bank (such as deposit and withdrawal information), the phone company (the numbers you dial on your phone), or a government informant—isn’t protected by the Fourth Amendment because you can’t expect that third party to keep that information secret.

But the Fourth Circuit took the third party doctrine further than any case we’ve seen so far. The court held that it didn’t matter if cell site location information could reveal sensitive information about our lives; it didn’t matter how many days worth of data the government got from the service provider; and it didn’t even matter whether we had any idea the phone was generating the data or had any real control over when or where the phone generated data. Purely because that data was shared with a service provider, the Fourth Amendment didn’t protect it.

The bigger problem isn’t solved by dumping your cell phone, either. If simply using a device means you ‘consent’ to being tracked and surveilled, then the Internet of Things (IoT), as it’s called, is suddenly given a massive green light to do whatever it wants to you. Your smart TV, wifi-linked bathroom scales and kitchen appliances, and a thousand other sensors and data collectors, constantly gathering information about everything from what time you go to sleep to what you eat to recording what you talk about in the privacy of your own home. If you buy the device, according to the court’s opinion, then you agree to all of its features—including the ones that are creepy and wrong.

Meanwhile, reddit.com’s CEO made a remark you should know about yesterday.

Huffman was asked by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten how the company planned to increase monetization of its content.

He cited Facebook’s success in “making people accept in line native ads” but added that Reddit’s “targeting will be different” because it knows even more than Facebook about its users.

“We know all of your interests. Not only just your interests you are willing to declare publicly on Facebook – we know your dark secrets, we know everything,” said Huffman.

Oh, and as long as we’re discussing such things…remember these quotes?

Loveable Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called his first few thousand users “dumb f*cks” for trusting him with their data, published IM transcripts show. Facebook hasn’t disputed the authenticity of the transcript.

…and then there’s Google CEO, Mr. “Don’t Be Evil” himself:

If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

Those of you who scream catchphrases like “That’s unconstitutional!” would do well to note the following:

  1. The government does not care one iota about your Constitution.
  2. The Constitution itself is a piece of paper; it means jack squat if one party doesn’t follow it and the other doesn’t make them.

Think about that next time you leave your house with a cell phone…or talk about anything IN your house, for that matter.

It’s not paranoia if they admit they’re after you.

Team Security and Vetting Course

NOTE: This class has been postponed. We will post more information later.. Thanks!

 

 

The Security and Vetting course is a two-day course that prepares students to obtain the skills needed to adequately validate and verify personnel in your teams and organizations. Over the course of two days, we cover the following topics:

• Introduction to Counterintelligence
• In Depth look at the threats of CI
• Operational Security
• Conversation and how to utilize it
• Elicitation skills (and Social Engineering)
• Assessing Credibility of Personnel
• Planning and Conducting a CI Interview

 

These topics are a broad overview, and we will dive much deeper into each topic. Multiple exercises are incorporated into the class to make sure students understand the topics and are able to competently perform them. This course will require critical thinking and coming out of your comfort zone.

The skills taught in this class can be utilized by any individual who values the integrity of their teams or organizations and wants to learn how to maintain that security. You will be given literature we will go over during the course and you will also receive access to exclusive content that you can access after the course to keep up with your skills. As these skills can be perishable if not practiced, we provide you all the tools required to maintain success.

The course is taught by Martin, a former Marine who served as a Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Specialist. He currently teaches this class as part of Forward Observer Magazine.

Dates: July 23-24

Location: Seattle, WA

The class is $225 per person for the whole weekend. An advance deposit of $100 is required to hold your place in the class.

Email us to hold your seat!

Popular Support – It Matters

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking being “in the right” is enough for any movement to succeed, but it’s a trap just the same. Any movement needs a certain level of popular support, or at the very least indifference, in order to succeed. It doesn’t matter if it’s a political movement, or social reform, or a tactical operation, in many ways it lives or dies on the level of popular support it enjoys.

Some people will never understand the cause of liberty, but many that don’t now could be persuaded to if we give them a chance. We should do everything we can to bring as many people to our side as we can, and not alienate anyone unnecessarily. Check out this great post from the Iowa Firearms Coalition that tells a story we could all learn from:

Admitting to the fact that she stereotypes gun owners is a rare thing, but Ms. Spaulding-Kruse goes one step further. As part of her classwork the professor has Drake freshman engage in dialog on a controversial issues. To her credit Ms. Spaulding-Kruse nervously called up a firearms instructor to learn more about gun ownership, shooting, and Second Amendment issues. What is not surprising (for us, at least) is that she was treated with extreme kindness.

The professor writes this about what she discovered, “The woman on the other end of the line turned out to be so helpful I brought my entire class out to the Butch Olafson Shooting Range in Polk City, where she and her husband gave us a lesson (my very first) in shooting 9-mm and 22-mm handguns. A few days later, the couple came to campus to share their views on firearms and gun safety with us.”

 

 

Fitness is Built: A Lesson in Being Better Than You Were Yesterday

ITS Tactical has a must-read article on what’s probably the most neglected part of the III% training regimen—physical fitness.

Fitness is built, which is 110% true. It’s work, it’s sweat, it can even be tears, but most of all it’s putting one foot in front of the other and getting started. Somewhere, anywhere. You don’t have to already be in shape and you don’t have anyone else in the world to compete against, except yourself. What’s important to strive for is being better than you were yesterday.

If that means you did one more pushup, resisted the extra chips at lunch, or went all out at the gym, congratulations. You’re better than you were yesterday and that means more than you might be allowing yourself to acknowledge. It’s been said in business that success doesn’t happen overnight. That goes for fitness too. Don’t beat yourself up if what you wanted to accomplish today isn’t “enough.” Try changing your mindset to think of accomplishment as layers and not so black and white. You’re building something. Stack up each day on top of the next, you’ll be surprised how impactful those layers become.

Read the rest. It’s worth your time.