How to Make a Truly Anonymous Facebook Account Part I

There are plenty of articles about how to use social media without making your information public, or leaking it to various ad services and info-grabbing bots. That’s not what we’re doing. We’ll be setting up a Facebook account that is not linked to us in any way—even for those who know how to look. Keep in mind that this is NOT your standard alias account. This account not only hides your name and identity from others on Facebook, but it also hides your identity from people or agencies that might be tracking your activity–not by hiding your name, but by making you into someone else.



Why This Needs to Be Split Into Multiple Articles

Because people have short attention spans, and because the actual process of setting up the framework and getting this put together requires very careful adherence to the process. Before you even create the account, you need certain things set up—including your own head and mindset. This is a building block exercise. Today we are simply exploring the concept. Next we will start making the building blocks necessary to create and run that alternate identity on Facebook—and ultimately online in general.

Why Have a Fake/Anonymous Facebook Account?

  1. Because you want to join groups and communities without it being displayed on your personal page.
  2. Because you don’t want people in the groups you’re joining to know who you really are.
  3. Because you don’t want people who add you or interact with you to know who you are.
  4. Because you don’t want your information tracked or cataloged.
  5. Because you plan to use Facebook as a means to disseminate and/or collect information and propaganda that you don’t want linked to you.
  6. Because you plan to use this account to infiltrate a group.
  7. Because you plan to derail discussions or do some social engineering/rapport building/elicitation.
  8. Because you can, and you shouldn’t have to explain why to anyone.

Any one of these reasons is reason enough, and you may have other reasons not listed here. Whatever your thought process, let’s assume that you want/need an anonymous Facebook account that is not in any way traceable back to you. The nice thing is, this process is repeatable as many times as you need.

The Mindset You Need

In order for this to work, it needs to be used a certain way. Before undertaking this, think through your purpose in creating this account and what you want to do with it. Keep in mind that if you just want an alias account there are ways to do that. This isn’t a how-to for making an account where your name is listed as Bamf Fo Real, or Sheepdog Extraordinaire, or *Your Name* followed by a III.  That will not help you.

If you want an account where you have a new name and story, and you become someone else, that’s what this article is for.

DON’T try to make an anonymous account if:

  • You plan to immediately add all the same friends you already have.
  • You plan to use it to go right back to all of the same groups you’re already in.
  • You plan to talk to your friends and family or even known contacts with it.
  • You plan to list your location, hobbies, employer, or any other personal information.
  • You plan to use it in any way that mimics how you personally, currently use Facebook.
  • You cannot control your temper, need for attention, or need to be in charge of something.
  • You plan to use it to engage in any kind of drama involving people already in your life (such as spying on your significant other or sending jackass messages to your arch-nemesis).
  • You are too lazy to use it correctly (“I’m just gonna check this one thing quick while I’m here at home…”)

DO make an account if:

  • You are joining your local leftist/anti-gun/communist/liberal group and you need a new ‘identity’ to get into it.
  • You are planning to use the account for controlling discussion in various groups through tactics discussed elsewhere, such as these.
  • You plan to use it for disruption in certain groups, or releasing information that exposes people.
  • You don’t plan to really post anything but the kind of stuff your targets and/or groups are looking for and aren’t going to foster discussion on your page; you just want to be able to lurk.
  • You need to have a Facebook account to ‘back up’ the name or identity you’re giving people for your liberty activities.
  • You want to keep Uncle Sugar out of your liberty activities (if you plan to perform support functions and/or ‘gray’ activities, you need to keep Uncle Sugar out of your stuff).

Facebook is horrible. We all know that. However, there are times you may need to use it. This is for those times.

**Note: We are not advocating that you use this for illegal activity. We are not responsible if you decide to watch/buy/sell/interact illegal, immoral, or just plain disgusting stuff. Use your powers for good.

The Tools You Need

In order to pull this off, you need to have a few things in place. Setting up the account itself is rather simple, but you need to have a framework in place to make it as airtight as possible (keeping in mind that nothing is 100% perfect…this will definitely make them work for it, if they can get it at all). Here’s a basic list of things you need already set up. (We’ll go over these in more detail).

  1. Access to a VPN, ideally two. (check for a list of solid VPNs that do not operate in the US.)
  2. An updated and current Tails OS running on a flash drive, or a virtual machine.
  3. The Tor Browser (found on Tails as well as a standalone for other uses)
  4. At least $20 in Bitcoin, already mixed, split, and sitting in an anonymous wallet (or five). Bonus points if you also have at least two other wallets in other cryptocurrencies and did some swapping back and forth there as well.
  5. A new name and basic cover (try this site if you get stuck thinking of a random name/identity).
  6. Patience.

What can we do with all of that? A lot.

In the next article we will walk through some of the steps necessary to set up your completely new identity on Facebook. In future articles we’ll go over how to flesh out that identity, give it some depth, and start using it for various activities even outside Facebook. In the meantime, get familiar with the tools and articles above, and start thinking about how to leverage them in your favor.

Tradecraft for Patriots: Moscow Rules Part 2

Yesterday we looked at the first part of the Moscow Rules, a list of operating protocols for CIA personnel stationed in Moscow during the Cold War. As we’ve discussed many times, security procedures are remarkably similar regardless of the field or group using them, including the Moscow Rules. Drug dealers, organized crime, and even terrorist groups use tradecraft, and a smart partisan will study their methods, see what works and what doesn’t, and learn from it.

In this article we’ll go through the second half of the Moscow Rules and what they mean to you as a well-rounded partisan.

  • Any operation can be aborted; if it feels wrong, then it is wrong.

Right out of the gate, we see another reference to trusting your gut. Yes, it’s that important. If you’re going out to train with your firearm and suddenly one of your guys wants to bring one of his buddies, if it feels wrong, don’t do it. If you’ve set up a buyer for your firearm and when you get there the guy doesn’t seem right, don’t sell. Use your head, trust your gut.

This brings me to another pair of points. We talked in the last article about people getting turned into informants against groups and individuals, as law enforcement looks to criminalize the patriot movement. The recent case of Schuyler Barbeau is a classic example of how informants are used to put people in jail. More importantly, it’s a quintessential case study in how NOT to act on social media. It’s also a perfect example of why you should vet the people you associate with. We’ll be doing an article specifically on the OPSEC failures in this case—not because we believe that Barbeau didn’t have the right to own an SBR. The Second Amendment secures the right of any citizen to own whatever they want, and to buy and sell that personal property as they see fit. However, the truth is that we live in enemy territory, so to speak. You can bet that Barbeau’s OPSEC and PERSEC failures are being used to full advantage by the authorities, and every single person he associated with is now getting their own info parsed out. The fact that his arrest and imprisonment is unconstitutional does not negate the fact that Barbeau made some basic mistakes. To ignore them is stupid and dangerous. We can be incensed about the unconstitutionality of his arrest while still admitting that mistakes were made and learning from them.

  • Keep your options open.

Again, self-explanatory. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t be caught with only one plan and no backups.

  • If your gut says to act, overwhelm their senses.

You can figure out what this one means.

  • Use misdirection, illusion, and deception.
  • Hide small operative motions in larger non threatening motions.
  • Hide an SD card transfer in a friendly hug.

This speaks to some of the smaller gestures that we engage in. When transferring information between yourself and another party, make it a small motion encased in a bigger, innocent motion—such as hiding an SD card transfer in a hug or even handshake.

  • When free, In Obscura, immediately change direction and leave the area.
  • Break your trail and blend into the local scene.
  • Execute a surveillance detection run designed to draw them out over time.
  • Avoid static lookouts; stay away from chokepoints where they can reacquire you.

There is a decent tutorial on detecting and countering surveillance over at ITS Tactical. While you’re over there, check out their piece on performing a self-surveillance. It’s critical that you understand your own movements; you might realize that no matter how many “secure” text apps you have, your actions may be wide open.

  • Once is an accident; twice is a coincidence; three times is an enemy action.

This is one of the more important rules, and one that is pooh-poohed by a fair amount of people. The truth is that it goes back to trusting your gut. Some people—myself included—believe that coincidences rarely happen. If something seems wonky, that’s because it probably is. Pay attention to patterns; things that match, and things that don’t. Pay attention to people. Get training in seeing deception (the Statement Analysis class coming up in February is a fantastic start), and learn to detect changes in their conduct patterns. Learn what motivates the people around you and how that motivation may be used against them—and by extension, against you.

  • Select a meeting site so you can overlook the scene.
  • Keep any asset separated from you by time and distance until it is time.
  • If the asset has surveillance, then the operation has gone bad.
  • Only approach the site when you are sure it is clean.
  • After the meeting or act is done, “close the loop” at a logical cover destination.
  • Be aware of surveillance’s time tolerance so they aren’t forced to raise an alert.
  • If an alert is issued, they must pay a price and so must you.
  • Let them believe they lost you; act innocent.

These are all rules for setting up meetings. They seem pretty logical and obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t do them or even think of them. People like convenience, and if things are inconvenient (such as setting up a meeting properly, using secure comms or engaging in OPSEC), people don’t like to do them. It takes work to operate correctly. It takes vigilance and attention to detail. It only takes one mistake to compromise not only yourself, but everyone you work with. If you have people you trust to have your back, don’t screw them over by being lax in your dealings.

  • There is no limit to a human being’s ability to rationalize the truth.

The final Moscow rule deals with human nature. We’ve all seen it: the anti-gun liberal who refuses to see the truth, the family members who willfully ignore the situation in our country and prefer to pretend like everything is fine. Another hard and cold truth, however, is that patriots do it too. They refuse to practice safety and security. They refuse to believe that privacy is necessary. They refuse to believe that their Facebook chats and Zello meetings and emails are being watched. They refuse to believe that physical fitness is necessary. They refuse to accept that intelligence is a critical part of the equation, or that having zero knowledge about the irregular threats in their area is dangerous. They even refuse to accept that the people they work with might be untrustworthy or even working against them. The reasons for these rationalizations are myriad, and could fill up an entire series of articles. But the bottom line is that they happen.

As patriots we have to be smarter than that. We have to pay better attention, be willing to learn from our mistakes; in fact, we need to be willing to admit that the mistakes happen at all. Don’t rationalize, don’t sugarcoat. Take hard looks at yourself, your training, your ability to operate. Be willing to accept that you have deficiencies—we all do. Be willing to learn, have a teachable attitude, and seek out the training you’re missing. Start practicing your OPSEC. Start working on your intelligence preparation. Start doing the things you’re not doing now. Share the information and training that you possess, and learn from those who are better than you are.

Educate. Empower. Resist.

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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Tradecraft for Patriots: Signs and Countersigns

In this installment of the tradecraft for patriots series, we’ll talk about one facet of communications used to ensure that you’re talking to the right person. In independent cell-based operations, you may find yourself needing to meet up with someone you don’t know who is part of the information chain, or who is a cutout for someone else you’re working with. Anyone who has dipped their toes into the awkward and even dangerous world of online dating knows how difficult it can be, especially in a crowded public place, to know which person is the one you’re supposed to meet. Now multiply that with the knowledge that if you approach the wrong person, you could be endangering yourself, your family, contacts, or even your whole cell or group. You need a solid way to identify people—and telling your contact that “I’ll be wearing a Gadsden flag T-shirt, tactical pants and a III% cap” is not it. (See our previous article on the gray man.) Enter the sign/countersign. It’s a password set of sorts: you say the first half, and your contact—if he is in fact your contact—replies with the second half. Let’s take a look at what these are and how to make a good one.

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