How to Win with Asymmetric Warfare

How to Win with Asymmetric Warfare, by Robert R.�

As preface, I would like to say that I abhor violence and believe killing should only be done when absolutely necessary, but if things in America ever deteriorate to the point of national collapse, with murderous gangs of looters, or other violent oppressive groups wandering the land, it might be worth going on the offensive instead of sitting tight and hoping for the best. Even in the most well-defended retreat, a dedicated group of aggressors has all the time in the world to devise an attack strategy that could defeat you. They could rain .50 caliber rounds on you from a mile away, or take pot shots at you any time you peek out a window or attempt to go outside, until you run out of food or ammunition, or they could set your retreat on fire.�

Sometimes it is necessary to go on the offensive to erase the enemy capability to do you harm. One or two well-equipped, well-trained individuals can defeat a much larger force. Unconventional tactics must be adopted, with a guerrilla “hit and run” strategy in mind. Sun Tzu wrote the widely known “The Art of War” (which is available as a free e-book). It is still taught in military institutions around the world. The concepts laid out all those years ago are still the same that work today. �

For the sake of brevity, this is my extremely condensed version of The Art of War. (I suggest that you get a copy and study it.) These are the principles that guide my ideas in resisting a government gone crazy, foreign invasion, or terrible social disorder where all Schumer has broken loose. �

1. When you avoid battle, you are invulnerable. When you partake in battle, you become vulnerable. (this ties directly with Concept 2)�

2. Only choose the battles that you know you will be victorious in. Having the wisdom to avoid battles you cannot win, and knowing how to strike when you cannot lose, makes you invincible. �

3. It is greater to take the enemy’s weapons, equipment, food, resources, than it is to destroy them. �

Concepts explained�

1. It is pretty easy to understand this concept. If you never attend the gun battle, you can never get killed in the gun battle. If you decide to show up, you risk being shot. This brings us to the next concept, which is extremely simple if you keep concept #1 in mind, but extremely complicated because��

2�there are in infinite amount of possible variables that could contribute to your tactical situation. The enemy may or may not have snipers over looking his “weak” points to pick off possible troublemakers. The enemy may or may not have any number of tools at his disposal, from land mines, to guard dogs, thermal night vision, surveillance drones, or any assortment of lethal and unseen assets intending to capture or kill you.�

This is where knowing your enemy comes into play. You have to make a study out of the enemy. When do certain activities happen? (Guard shift changes, meal time, sleep time, patrols, et cetera.) What is left unguarded and when? What is the chain of command? Where are the communications located? What events will cause a mobilization of forces? All these questions and many more must be asked and answered. It only benefits you to know as much as possible about your adversary.�

All that information helps you to decide if you can potentially make a strike against your enemy without taking losses, or by taking acceptable losses. Acceptable losses in a group of five family members may mean that only a plan that is likely to produce no losses is acceptable. But if you are taking part in a full scale guerilla war against an occupational military force, then some losses may be acceptable if certain objectives have to be met for victory on a strategic level.�

Concept 2 is to only fight when you know you will win. This is done by gathering as much information as possible and putting yourself in your enemy’s shoes so you can choose when, where, and how you want to fight. �

3. If possible, recover any assets from your enemy that may be of potential use. Magazines, weapons, armor, night vision, batteries, anything. This also means gathering items of possible intelligence value like; unit patches, force deployment maps, supply information, duty rosters, and chain of command information. You could even steal uniforms for possible impersonation of enemy forces in later operations. Your victory is all the sweeter if your engagement not only produces dead bad guys, but extra weapons and supplies to continue the fight and lessen the strain on your own supplies.�

Make the best use of your money to allow you the most capabilities in combat. Arm and equip yourself in a manner that allows you flexibility in tactics so you can choose to fight and win in instances that someone might normally be unable to fight at all. For example.�

Example: John decides he is going to buy an M1A, a FAL, two AR15s, two Mini-14s, one Glock, one SIG pistol, one HK pistol, and a couple of revolvers. He buys 10 sets of woodland BDUs and 3 pairs of GI combat boots. He spends an additional $2,000 on all the different spare magazines that he will need for all his different guns. He spent roughly $12,000 for everything and is essentially limited to carrying one rifle and a sidearm, and being camouflaged in a woodland environment no colder than 45 degrees. The other weapons will stay at home and he can’t go out on operations during the winter months because he would freeze.�

Example: Bill buys an AR-15, mounts an EOTech sight with night vision capability and an AAC suppressor, along with 500 rounds of subsonic .223 ammunition. He buys a set of decent Generation III night vision goggles. He buys a few sets of BDUs for the summer months and heavier clothing for the winter months, including cold weather boots. He also buys a .45 pistol with suppressor and pretty much all .45 ammo in the 230 grain weight is subsonic already. Last but not least, he buys a tactical vest to carry all his magazines and side arm in for easy access.�

Bill spends about the same amount of money as John, yet is a much more well-rounded warrior. He can operate in just about any climate, save for extreme weather. He could sneak around at night with night vision goggles and utilize his suppressed weapons to take out any threats with barely making a sound (that could be heard more than a short distance away). (Subsonic ammunition is essential.) �

Bill could sneak into an enemy camp and quietly send potentially dozens of people off into the after life with his suppressed pistol, and walk away without anyone ever knowing he was there. John on the other hand could do no such thing. John would stumble through the darkness, possibly bump into someone, and discharge his weapon, waking up everyone within a mile. �

So try to spend your money in ways that add to your capabilities. Some redundancy is good, but some flexibility is very important as well.�

Be creative in your tactics Be creative in your fighting. Use outside the box thinking. For instance:�
In many previous wars, weapons have been booby trapped to explode when fired. Ammunition can be loaded to explosive pressures and left for the enemy to find. Poisons quietly poured into tomorrow’s breakfast ration during the night could potentially incapacitate a large majority of the enemy force in one sitting. Creating diversions to draw attention away from your main objectives is often a good idea. Setting fires in multiple places simultaneously creates confusion and panic. You get the idea, just be creative. Use all things to your advantage!�

Most people reading this have probably read JWR’s novel, “Patriots”: Surviving the Coming Collapse”, so I will use a few examples of how things could have gone differently if the characters in the book had some other equipment on hand during some of their battles.�

Somewhat early into the book, a number of vehicles try to attack the retreat but are stopped by small arms fire and are eventually killed after a gun battle with some well trained and entrenched defenders. Just to throw out an idea for additional defensive measures. Create pieces of cover for attackers to use when attempting to overtake your position. If you are over looking 200 yards of open grass, you place seemingly harmless things leading up to your position that can be used as cover. Maybe a small shed that one might think is used for storing tools.�

When attacked, enemy forces will try to use this shed for cover and will take refuge behind it. Unknown to them, the shed is filled with 50 pounds of Tannerite(–a binary explosive target mixture that is legal for individual to own without any permit or license in most of the US–) and gasoline. When they get close enough to use it for cover, you shoot the shed, detonating the explosives and fuel, creating one h**l of a blast and fireball, and eliminating (or at least badly discouraging) the attackers that were hiding behind it. �

Another situation the characters found themselves in was when they were driving to go rescue two of their own who hadn’t been able to make it to the retreat. On the journey they encounter a road block and one of their members is shot and killed. That night the two remaining members of the rescue team ambush the road blockers and kill them during a pretty one sided shootout.�

If the rescue team had a set of night vision goggles they could have traveled completely by darkness and possibly avoided detection. Also, upon spotting the road block, one member could have approached the road block on foot with a suppressed pistol and neutralized all the threats as they slept without drawing any attention to the area with loud gun shots and without risking any team members in a shootout.�

I hope that this helps everyone think more outside the box when considering their preparedness plans. Be as aggressive as possible without being reckless. Remember the basic concepts and think, move, and fight like a predator.

How to Stay Lost

Section 1: What I’ll be discussing in this how-to essay

There are many good reasons to want to disappear from society. There are many bad reasons to want to. There are many good ways to disappear from society and there are many bad ways to disappear. While I won’t delve too deeply into the whys of disappearing, I will cover my opinions on how to disappear successfully.

This essay covers what I consider to be the most salient points on how to disappear and remain successfully hidden in society.

  • If you’re thinking of hiding from a moral responsibility — such as child support — I want you to stop reading this right now and shoot yourself. This web page isn’t for you. If you’re thinking about committing a crime and then trying to get away with it, don’t be an idiot: you will get caught — it’s just a matter of when — and nothing on this web page can possibly help you.

If you’re thinking of running from an abusive ex-husband or ex-boyfriend who wishes to do you harm, I wish you the very best and hope that some of these suggestions and contact references prove helpful though most of it, I’m afraid, is probably unworkable, silly suggestions that won’t help you one bit.

  • If you’re thinking about taking your children with you, DON’T! Bring yourself and your children to a shelter in another State but for no reason should you ever drag your children around with you while on the run or while hiding. They don’t deserve the abuse and you’re being selfish if you try to. If you need help caring for your children but need to run from a dangerous spouse, ex-spouse, girl/boy friend, or ex-girl/boy friend, dial a domestic violence group and ask about what your options are for your safety and the safety of your child or children. Call before you leave if possible but most certainly call someone if you and your children must flee. The authorities will be highly motivated into tracking you down if you bring your kids with you as well. Think about what’s best for those you leave behind and, as difficult as it will be leave them behind!
  • While there are many shelters for women, finding a shelter for yourself and your children if you are a man is going to be difficult. References provided toward the end of the essay should be helpful in this regard yet understand that if you’re a man fleeing spousal abuse, society just doesn’t care too much about you. A man still has many options, however, yet, in America, there are fewer than for a woman.

Women who make allegations of child abuse against their husbands, ex-husbands, or ex-boyfriends are likely to be considered truthful in society in far greater percentages than such claims made by men against their female counterparts. A man who must take himself and his children away from an abusive female is likely to be accused of child abuse and American society is likely to believe the allegations.

Because of this, whether you’re a man or a woman, protect yourself from such allegations by documenting abuses before you flee to a shelter with your children. Once at the shelter, make sure that a service worker at the shelter is given a copy of (or a chance to review) your documentation. It’s greatly unfortunate that you will have to face legal needs when you’re trying to escape from a criminally abusive person but legalities is something you must be prepared to face before you make your break. The fact that you took yourself to a children’s shelter or a battered-woman’s shelter goes a long way toward establishing your innocence in allegations likely to surface later.

Women are assigned priority status when it comes to such things. If you are a man fleeing an abusive woman, understand that whatever you tell the authorities (or organizations which provide assistance) will be greeted with undue skepticism. Check the references at the end of this essay for organizations which specifically assist men. �

Section 2: Understand who or what you’re hiding from

You should consider the resources of the individual or organization which you’re hiding from as well as their degree of motivation for finding you. Always over-estimate the resolve of those seeking to find you yet keep your estimations reasonable. Greatly over-estimating your opposition can cause you to behave in predictable, patterned ways, however. It is the predictability of your actions based upon your opposition’s controlled stimulus which can get you caught.

If your opposition are police authorities, rest assured that they have decades of experience to back them up whereas to them, you’re nothing more than another faceless fugitive on the run. To them you’re no one special; it’s not usually personal (unless you’ve killed a cop in which case they will get you — and I hope you’ll have an “accident” on the way to the police station.) To you, however, being hunted down is quite personal. They know how you will feel and will use that against you.

If you’ve entered a country illegally to start a new life, (or are planning to) you must contend with immigration officials which have historically been under-staffed, poorly-managed, and staffed by incompetent (though often voraciously brutal) thugs — high school dropouts — who only want to carry a gun but couldn’t make it in the police force. Unlike police officers, immigration officials didn’t get into their line of work to help people; they got into their line of work to keep you out of the country and to track you down and throw you out if you do get in. Their desire is to subject you to their control, feeding their power trips, making themselves feel manly. Unlike police officers, they aren’t out to help society, they’re out to inflict misery upon the hapless and the down-trodden.

I mention this because you must understand who your opposition is when you go on the run and try to hide. The objective is for you to disappear and start a new, normal life somewhere else. Illegal immigrants face the exact same problems that those who wish to become anonymous in societies face. The house wife who’s been beaten into the hospital too many times faces the same problems which illegal imigrants face. The opposition, however — those detailed to finding the house wife — are quite different than those trying to find a cop killer. Know who’ll be out looking for you when you run and hide.

The resources of your opposition will dictate greatly your behavior and decisions. If you’re running from an abusive ex-husband or ex-wife, think of what their resources are and determine whether you should stay in the same State or whether you should leave the country entirely. If at all possible, plan your escape as much in advance as possible and work to limit your opposition’s resources. This mean that you clean-out bank accounts if you can and you destroy all vehicles the opposition has easy access to so that they may not be used to track you down. (And they can’t be sold to finance private investigators to look for you.) You destroy said vehicles in a safe and non-violent way, by the way; you don’t want to hurt anyone and thus strengthen the resolve of the authorities.

Total destruction of automobiles can be accomplished easily enough:

  • Add long-grain rice to the car’s radiator fluid. If you’ve been a house wife for decades, you may not know that much about cars so here’s what you look for:
    • Pop the hood of the car. There will be a lever somewhere above the feet of the driver’s side of the car or, in older models, a lever is provided under the leading edge of the hood. Some hoods will stay open on their own whereas others have a rod mounted in the engine compartment that’s used to hold the hood up. The lever might even say “Hood release.”
    • Remove the radiator filler cap if the engine is cold. (Opening the cap with the engine hot can get you badly burned. The fluid can start to boil once the pressure is relieved and spray all over you. The fluid will be quite painful resulting in first and second-degree burns. It’s not likely to be disfiguring but if you accidentally burn yourself, you can very well go ahead with your plan to escape however your mind might be focused entirely upon the pain and not upon escape. With the engine cold you don’t have to worry about getting burned.)
  • �The cap can be found easily enough. Look for a cap with a small lever on it. Some radiator caps don’t have levers, I’ll add, but they’ll be a standard size and shape. The cap will be mounted either in the center of the radiator or, usually, to the right. There will often be a notice on it saying something like “Pressure Test to 13-18 Pounds” — at least in the United States they do. The cap is removed by lifting up the small lever on the top of the cap and turning counter-clockwise. If there’s no lever, press down and turn counter-clockwise. It often only takes about a half turn before you can pull up the cap and remove it.
    • Add as much long-grain rice as possible. The insides of the radiator will greatly affect the amount of rice you can add. If it looks like you must, poor in some rice and use your fingers to move the rice around inside the radiator. Then add more. Try to add as much rice as possible since what you’re aiming for is a horribly clogged radiator and badly damaged engine. As you’re adding rice, fluid will slop out. Don’t worry about that for now.
    • Replace the cap. You’ll have to lift the small lever on the cap (if there is one) then set the cap in place, turn clockwise until it stops turning, and then release the cap’s lever, pushing it down if it doesn’t automatically go down. Close the hood.
    • Depending upon the amount of rice you added and the fluid level of the radiator before you began, you may have a pool of radiator fluid on the ground which, since it’s usually a bright green, can be seen. Someone could see that pool, pop the hood, notice spilled grains of rice, and know that they’ve been “processed.” They’re not likely to run the engine with rice in the radiator — something you want them to do so that they’ll destroy their engine by warping the head. So get a hose and wash the evidence away before your opposition can see it.
  • Add dirt and sand to the engine’s crankcase. Open the hood and find the cap which covers the oil filler tube and remove the cap. (The location of the oil cap is far too different on cars to describe where to locate it.) You may find a notice which indicates the oil filler cap. Such a notice might say something like “Use only SAE 30” or “Use only SAE 10-40.” Add as much sand and gravel as possible. This will rest in the valve cover until the engine is started. As the engine is run, some parts of it will not get oil — oil which is used for both lubrication as well as cooling. Worse still: ground-down particulates will work its way around the entire engine eventually ruining it until it just stops.
  • The traditional way to destroy a car quickly has become somewhat difficult now that most cars have locking gas caps. Still, if you have access to the car’s keys (which you might if you’re running from an abusive spouse) get yourself a funnel and add a pound of sugar to the car’s gas tank. The sugar will disperse in solution and caramelize in the guts of the engine when it’s burned with the air/fuel mixture. That’ll kill the car for sure and will do the job quickly. Note that adding too much sugar could simply clog the fuel outlet line which, while it damages the car and requires extensive repair to clear, won’t kill the car out totally — that’s your objective, remember, since you’re working to limit the resources of your opposition.

NOTE added July, 2005: Sugar in the gasoline tank does not work well and it’s something of an urban legend. The suggestion is covered in a number of classic books such as Edward Abbey’s “The Monkeywrench Gang” however actual experimentation proves that sugar added to a gas tank doesn’t do enough damage.

It has been suggested that other substances added to a gas tank might cause serious damage, such as pancake syrup and other sweateners however there is no good scientific data available anywhere that I’m aware of that provides any evidence that such substances work.

In the end, perhaps the best way to destroy a vehicle that might be used to come after you is to drape a blanket over the vehicle, dump a gallon of gasoline on it, and throw on a burning object from a relatively safe distance.

Alternatively experimentation with putting clothes soaked in gasoline in a pile under vehicles and then setting the clothes on fire has met with success in the United States so that’s an option.

But take care: Gasoline doesn’t burn; the fumes mixed with oxygen in the air is what burns. After gasoline soaked cloth is set in a location, fumes will build and if yo strike a match anywhere within the volume of asperated fuel, it will go BANG! And you don’t want to be inside that volume when it ignites.

Also take care: Arson should be a last resort because it’s considered to be a violent and dangerous crime. Ask yourself wether your life is in danger or whether your child’s life is in danger and whether burning the vehicle is what’s absolutely required to safeguard your life or the life of your children. If the answer is No, just don’t do it.

Another important aspect of running from a spouse or boy/girlfriend: If they have firearms, think about getting them. If you are comfortable handling any firearms your opposition might have which you feel could be used against you, acquire them and — if they’re small hand guns — deposit them in a postal box as soon as you can. The postal box on the end of any business district street is fine and it doesn’t matter that it’s close to your house or apartment that you’re fleeing.

Assuming you’re a housewife with little to no experience with guns:

  • Remove the firearm from its drawer, night stand, or under the bed or the closet making sure that you keep your hands and fingers away from the trigger. Nearly all firearms will not discharge if you keep your fingers away from the trigger. All firearms require the weapon to be either cocked before it will discharge else one must use a fairly heavy pull on the trigger to both cock and fire the weapon. If a weapon has been cocked, it could be that even the slightest pressure — some three pounds or less — could discharge the weapon. For this reason, keep your fingers away from the trigger!
  • Always be fully aware of where the barrel of the firearm is pointing. Keep it pointed in a direction which will not result in injury of yourself or anyone else in the event the gun discharges. Ground-floor apartment dwellers should point the firearm down. Other-floor apartment dwellers should point the firearm at the television, book-shelves, radiator, heater, or air conditioner — anything heavy which would stop the bullet if the firearm discharges. Most apartment complexes’ walls and most residential houses’ walls are too thin to stop most of the popular projectiles.
  • If you know what to do, clear the weapon. If you don’t know what to do or are uncomfortable clearing the weapon, don’t try it.

In revolvers, there is a round cylinder which you can see has a number of tubes inside. You should also be able to see some of the bullets in the cylinder if it is loaded. On revolvers, one must usually pull a long metal pin resting under the length of the barrel before the round cylinder will swing out to the left. In some revolvers, after pulling the pin out until it stops, one must also pull back the hammer before the cylinder will swing out. With an eye toward where the barrel is pointing at all time, clear the weapon by swinging the weapon’s barrel up. The bullets should slide down toward the floor and into your hand. If not, having the cylinder swung open makes the weapon safe enough to transport to a postal box.

In semi-automatics, there is ammunition stored in the handle of the gun inside of a removable clip. There is usually a lever at the base of the handle which, when pressed, releases the clip. The clip may not slide out on its own in which case you must press the lever and pull the clip out using both hands. On some semi-automatics, there is no lever but there is a screw which one must turn.

Even after removing the clip from a semi-automatic or swinging the cylinder out a revolver, the weapon should not be considered safe. Check to see if there is a round chambered in the barrel. In a revolver, with the cylinder swung out, it will be easy to see if the barrel has a bullet chambered. In a semi-automatic, the way to check to make sure there’s no round in the chamber is — after the clip is removed — to pull back the cocking mechanism to eject any chambered round. If there is, a bullet will be ejected to your right and behind you a few feet so don’t be surprised when it does.

After clearing the weapon, you should have a gun that either has the cylinder swung open or the cocking mechanism locked open. Most semi-automatics will lock open when the last round is emptied from the gun yet many will not lock open.

  • When you can, deposit the safely-emptied firearm in a postal box. If you couldn’t clear the weapon, go ahead and deposit the firearm in a postal box anyway.

Leaving the firearm in a visibly-safe state will make it easier on the postal employee who runs into the firearm when he or she empties the postal box you drop it into. I suggest routing any firearms which might be used against you to the postal service because postal employees have standing orders not to touch what may be evidence and to contact the police. (The letters and boxes taken from the postal box will also be subjected to several day’s — if not weeks — delays as they are checked and the origination and destination addresses checked. Because of that, you shouldn’t deposit any letters you might feel to write in the same box as they will be delayed.)

The police will keep any firearm you deposit into a postal box for a long, long time, perhaps even destroying it even though it’s not been used in a crime. The fact that you are missing will mean that the firearm will not be returned to your abusive spouse or boy/girlfriend to be used against you. More: In many States the right to purchase another firearm will be either revoked or denied until the disposition of your whereabouts is ascertained. Dropping your opposition’s firearms into a postal box will effectively transfer ownership to the police and de-claw your opposition greatly.

Private detective agencies don’t usually operate for free. If your opposition has no financial resources to draw upon, they are limited to a great extent. If you’re a criminal, they’ll still use the police agencies of the country to track you down, of course, at which point it’s simply a matter of time before they find you. If you’re not on the run for a criminal act, police authorities will have no reason to try to find you and, lacking private detective services, your opposition will be working alone.

If you’re running from the IRS, know that your opposition has unlimited resources and, depending upon how much money you owe, a broad spectrum of motivation for finding you. If you’re running from the criminal law, you should know that you will eventually get caught regardless of what measures you take to hide yourself. It’s only a question of time before they find you.

In summary, stay motivated and work to reduce both the motivation and the financial avenues of your opposition. Know who your opposition is and what they’ll likely employ to find you. Work to reduce the effectiveness of what your opposition is likely to do to find you. If your opposition has weapons which could be used against you, give them to the police by using the post office. �

Section 3: Throw away yourself and build a new you

Before you go to ground, destroy as much of the old you as possible. You want to go beyond making yourself disappear: You want to make it seem as if you never existed. This means that you should do as much of the following as possible before and after you disappear:

  • Destroy all photographs you have access to before you disappear. This includes family volumes of photographs that family members have. Your family members may or may not be supportive and hand over (to your opposition) all of their photographs of you depending upon your situation. Your family could be forced to support your opposition through threat of law or through physical violence. If you destroy all photographs of you, they can’t be shown around gas stations and quick food stops.

If at all possible, your opposition should be reduced to passing out artist renditions of you. Even if you have police mug shots on file or have a drivers license photograph on file, it’s still a good idea to limit the availability of photographs. Make the opposition use old photographs rather than up-to-date photographs if you can.

  • Discard all your worldly possessions except cash. Most importantly destroy and discard all of your credit cards! The instant you use a credit card or an ATM bank card while on the run is the instant the authorities or private investigators know where you are. Before you run you should empty all bank accounts anyway. Gas debit cards can also be used to find you. Telephone calling cards can be used to find you. In fact, any magnetic card with your name or the name of someone you know can and will be used to find your general area. Destroy them all. If the FBI, DEA, BATF, CIA, or any number of other agencies are involved in searching for you, they can pinpoint your location within minutes of you using a magnetic card.

Don’t even think about hanging onto a credit card or other type of magnetic card for an emergency. You might think about maxing-out your cards then converting what you purchase to quick cash… but don’t take cards with you! What you don’t have can’t tempt you to give your location away. When you’re cold and hungry you will be tempted to use any cards you keep so destroy them before that happens.

  • Purchase clothes you normally wouldn’t consider wearing and put them on in a place where you won’t be observed. Cut your old clothes into pieces and flush them down the toilet — you don’t want your old clothes to be found. (O. J. Simpson probably discarded the shoes and clothes he wore when he probably murdered two people by depositing them into an airport trash can. Don’t rely on blind luck to save you like he probably did: Destroy your old clothes and flush them!)
  • Abandon your car. Don’t bother driving your car into a lake or an ocean. They can be seen from helicopters or, at minimum, fresh tracks left in the mud surrounding lakes can be spotted from the air easier than by people from the ground. Since you’re giving up an asset, make giving it up work for you.

Abandoning your car in a place where you feel confident it will be stripped and sold by thieves is a good idea yet you’re left with having to walk out of a probably dangerous neighborhood.

Leave the pink slip of the car in the glove box to make it easier for thieves to chop and sell your abandoned car. Leave a door unlocked so they don’t have to break a window. You want the car to be taken in mass rather than picked apart on the street where a cop will spot it so it’s best that you leave the key in the ignition while you’re at it. Before you walk away from your car, leave the engine running, in fact, so that a thief will feel more comfortable stealing it. You could make it look like you’re just running into a store to buy something quickly.

  • Don’t use a taxi service any time you’re fleeing. Taxi drivers and their dispatcher will take records of everyone picked up and dropped off and often taxi drivers will be able to recall your description to match you to your destination. If you look like you’re running from something, their memory of you will be even sharper.
  • Purchase another car. In America one can slap down $300.00 and buy a pile of junk with no questions asked and no identification needed. If the seller has the pink slip and a key, you buy it if it’s cheap and doesn’t have anything a cop might consider stopping you for a safety violation.

Make sure that the back license plate has a current registration and that the exhaust doesn’t visibly smoke. Make sure the turn indicators are working and that you have headlights. Make sure the windshield has no cracks. Broken or missing break lights are often used as an excuse by police officers to pull over suspicious cars so make sure that the break lights are working.

Don’t do something stupid and buy a stolen car! If there’s no pink slip and no ignition key, don’t buy it. Match the VID number on the pink slip to the VID number on the metal plate usually mounted on the dash board under the windshield wipers. Match the license plate number. If one or both don’t match, don’t buy the car: the license plate could be stolen or the car could be stolen or both.

Don’t borrow a friend’s car. Don’t even think about borrowing a family member’s car. There are cameras situated along America’s highways and, while I don’t know their resolving capabilities, I think it’s likely that the make and model of cars streaming past them can be made. Even if they can’t resolve your car, a borrowed car is a known avenue of your escape so avoid it.

You might consider a street motorcycle, in fact, since they’re as mobile as one can get without using a horse. Motorcycles, however, draw more police attention to them if they look chopped and fast. Your personal appearance on a motorcycle can help deduct from any suspicion that is a normal part of riding a motorcycle in America. A suit and tie might be a good idea: “Mr. Business Man” or “Ms. Business Woman” clothes and appearance might help.

  • Don’t fill up your newly-acquired car with any of your personal belongings. If you get stopped by a cop or a cop drives by you, you don’t want it to look like you’re packed up to the ceiling with all your worldly possessions. You need to discard everything you own and don’t let it show that you’re doing anything other than commuting to or from work. Even if the cop doesn’t stop you, if word gets around that you’ve gone missing, the cop is more likely to remember a stuffed car than all the countless cars simply commuting. They’ll match your profile against your description and may recall the general — if not the exact — type of car you may be driving. If you want to escape notice of the cops, you need to blend in.

Cops work off of profiles: They are trained to spot the unusual as well as how to spot individuals fitting a variety of profiles. Someone on the run fits several profiles. You want to “fall out of the net” and slip through the typical police profiles.

A cup of coffee on the dashboard in front of a guy or gal wearing work clothes arouses no suspicions. You’re on your way to work, not running from someone.

Don’t studiously avoid catching a cop’s eye, by the way. Lean back in your seat, left arm on the window sill, right hand on the steering wheel at the 6:00 O’Clock position. Take a sip of your coffee, water, or Diet Coke every now and then, and try to act like you’re a mindless commuter getting from point A to point B with the rest of the lemmings.

You’re not frightened that you’ll get stopped. You’re not anxious of what will happen when your wife or boyfriend discovers you’ve left. You’ll need to adopt a carefree attitude and outward composure. If you’re an illegal alien, you should be thinking about joining the work force and becoming a productive member of your new society, not thinking about the friends and family you might have left behind. Cops, immigration, and everyday people can smell your anxiety and fear so you’ll want to focus on the positive aspects of why you’re on the run.

  • Don’t run from the cops in a car or motorcycle! If you’re in a car or on a motorcycle, pull over, stop, turn the engine off, and show your hands. If you like, get out and run. (More on bailing out of cars and running later.) The worse thing you can do is try to run with your car. Not only will you kill someone, the police will be very motivated to do what it takes to stop you before you do kill someone. In America that includes pulling along side you and popping you with Mr. Shotgun. If you’re driving 120 through the streets of Los Angeles, you become a fatal threat and will be handled with fatal force. Don’t think that you and your car can get away! You can’t. These days nobody can. Believe it. You can’t outrun radio or helicopters and the police aren’t just going to go away. Spike strips will puncture your tires and slow you down even more. (Eventually there will be devices deployed which will destroy an engine’s ignition system, operated through a remote-control radio link.) These days nobody gets away and you are a dangerous fool to try it in America. Believe it.
  • Don’t tell anyone where you’re planning to go or what you’re planning to do. For as long as possible, don’t ask friends for help or shelter — most of all never ask family members! Don’t telephone anyone to say “good bye.” Don’t have any contact with friends or family! Police authorities will monitor their residential lines and private investigators can easily tap loop-start residential lines with not much more than two pieces of equipment costing all of $200.00 each.
  • Leave town. Don’t go to any place you’ve talked about or stated a desire to visit. Don’t run to any place predictable. Don’t hide in a city or town you’ve ever been to or contains known family members. Don’t do something obviously stupid like running to Las Vegas or Hollywood. If you’re taking children out of an abusive family, leave town and go immediately to a shelter in another State — preferably a State which has laws which help to protect battered men or women from their ex-spouses or live-ins. (References provided toward the end of this essay.)
  • Alter your buying habits. When you throw your old self away, you need to discard as many predictable patterns as possible. One of the most common mistakes when hiding is maintaining old habits. If you’re a smoker, stop. If you don’t smoke, start. If you enjoy hot and spicy foods, stop purchasing those items and change to mild foods. If you frequent bars, stop. This may seem an unusual step but you’re working toward disappearing, right? Patterns are predictable. Break them.

There is the possibility that in the future people may be identifiable by their purchasing habits. Granted the point-of-sale data collected by computers would need to be immense yet eventually pattern-recognition software may some day be able to provide authorities with perhaps 100 of the best possible “hits” on people matching your known buying habits. When — if ever — that becomes a reality, you can be sure you won’t know about it until it’s shown on cable television. By that time the technology will have been in use for years and you may end up on a list of possible matching a purchase profile.

  • It’s best to avoid going to McDonnald’s or other fast food places if you have a habit of doing so. When spotted in a city the authorities will divide and eliminate sections of the city. If you like certain fast food places and they know this, they will keep an eye out for you in those areas. These places also have been installing cameras which watch over the counter and the eating areas — cameras you can’t see and cameras you can see. This is also true of many drive-through areas as well though the camera angle is usually covered up by a one-way concave mirrored surface.


Section 4: Keep from depositing traces of yourself

Every place you go, you inadvertently leave pieces of yourself. Every article of clothing, every door knob, every carpet, every telephone, every toilet seat you use will contain pieces of you. Your skin is flaking off all the time. You need to decide whether there is a risk of the authorities or private investigators looking for you tracking you through your blood type or DNA (which can be worked-up by using pieces of your hair.) After you weigh the risks, take the precautions you deem are needed.

  • Wear a hat indoors. Wearing a hat in a hotel room won’t remove the probability of you leaving hair follicles in the room yet it will reduce the number of such particles making finding evidence difficult. Cutting your hair until it’s real short will also help. And that’s what you want to do: Limit the amount of physical evidence which can be used to track you.
  • Use “toilet seat protectors” — so-called “Ass Gaskets” — where they are provided to reduce the possibility of leaving skin, sweat, or other body fluids on the seat. These substances can be swabbed into glass vials and be used to identify you. Paper seat covers will either eliminate this problem else reduce it greatly.
  • NEVER lick an envelope or a stamp for obvious reasons! If it is known you’re in a particular city your general location can be inferred by the physical location of your correspondence in a stack collected by the postal authority. You shouldn’t mail anyone anything unless it’s done so anonymously (wear gloves when handling paper) yet if you feel the need, remember that if you lick something and it leaves your control, you may as well take out an advertisement in the newspapers broadcasting your general location.
  • Don’t leave blood, semen, or menstrual discharge behind you as you run. If you happen to spill your blood on something, there’s not a damn thing you can do to get it cleaned-up so you may as well not expend the effort to try. Even if you were to clean it up entirely and then wash everything down with gasoline, there are substances which can spot minute traces of blood and technologies which can type extremely minute traces. Even burning the building down to the ground is pointless: Spill your blood and you’ve left a clue you can’t retract at any cost. Don’t even try as you make it worse by spending time trying.
  • Wipe every surface in your hotel before you leave. For good measure, wipe every surface in any bathroom you may use along the road. Keep in mind that you need to use soap and water when you wipe away your fingerprints and skin tissue otherwise you’ll only leave a bunch of smudges which can be reconstructed using contemporary computer imaging technologies.

Toss your wiping materials down the toilet. (If you’re on an airplane, don’t toss anything down the toilet as it goes to a holding tank which can be raked for evidence later. Carry-out your wiping papers with you inside your shirt under an armpit and flush them in a normal toilet when you can. (Note: Visible bulges under your shirt will be considered by flight attending employees to be indicating the real possibility that you’re smuggling drugs. If you must hide a lot of wipe materials, you should distribute them among your body to eliminate bulges, otherwise you may be escorted to a little white room and made to strip. When they find you’re hiding damp paper towels, you’ll have some explaining to do.)

Be sure to wipe everything including things you didn’t touch! Scientifically-controlled testing shows that people touch objects without realizing it or being able to recall having touched them. The only way to be absolutely certain you remove finger prints from everything you touch is to clean everything within reach.

By the way: Rubbing alcohol is pretty good at getting up the natural oils which comprise the majority of your fingerprints so perhaps before you run you should acquire a bottle and keep it with you.

Before you leave your hotel room, hang the “please make-up this room as soon as possible” sign on the door handle, taking care not to leave your prints on the sign. You want the room vacuumed, cleaned, and touched by hotel employees as soon as possible.

Don’t wear gloves where you can be seen yet do wear gloves when you won’t be seen.

  • Don’t eat in restaurants. Your drinking glasses and eating utensils will contain pieces of you. Fast-food places without cameras are okay provided you be sure to take the food with you and can flush paper down a toilet. If you eat at a fast-food place and discard of your trash in the trash bin, you’re leaving a trail behind you. (It’s a difficult trail to follow, granted, yet still a trail.)

Don’t forget that most fast-food places and mini-markets these days will videotape you. Even the smallest stores usually run continual videotape of everyone who enters, leaves, and stands in the check-out line.

Don’t look for the cameras; notice where they are not and then focus on that spot. Turning your head up to look at a camera changes the shadow and contrast attributes of the video shots of you drastically so, as you enter a shop, keep you face down and look at spots where you off-handedly know cameras are not mounted. (In fact, practice becoming aware of where visible cameras are. Lately cameras are becoming invisible so eventually you’ll never know where they are. You can learn where cameras are usually located, however. Learning the location of cameras you can see will tell you a lot about the possible locations of cameras you won’t see.)

Contemporary computer imaging software can take multiple video shots of you from different camera angles and combine them in extraordinary ways. Poor quality video shots of differing contrasts, brightness, and angles can be processed on a computer to yield good quality photographs of you. Your job is to limit the number and attributes of raw video shots taken of you. This is a damn difficult thing to do, of course. �

Section 5: Keeping yourself hidden

Running is the easiest part. Hiding is a bit harder. Staying hidden is the difficult part. The difficulties are determined by the resolve and resources of those hunting you. If the government wants to find you, they will unless you are willing to sacrifice everything.

  • If you run to the hills, satellites can see you and identify the type and color of the automobile you’re driving. If you’ve hidden yourself in a cabin, your thermal signature will be seen from satellites. Even if you drive to a road and abandon your vehicle and walk to a cabin 30 miles away, a body heat source in a cabin in the desert or in the woods with no corresponding automobile heat source can signal where you are. It’s suspicious.

Satellites can bounce LASER light off of your windows and, by measuring the minute distance differences between a vibrating window and the satellite, reconstruct your speech — from orbit! I don’t know how much this process costs yet it was demonstrated for PBS some years ago so it may not be all that expensive. The quality of the audio is poor but it can be understood.

Incidentally: Some of the higher technology law enforcement agencies (FBI, CIA, lately BATF) employ “adaptive mirrors” for some of their optical law enforcement efforts. A signal is bounced off of an object, and the signal contains marking information and timing information. The return bounce tells the computer system a great deal of information about the atmospheric conditions, temperatures of the air and surfaces, and a host of other attributes about the environment (such as humidity.)

The computer system evaluates conditions and then adapts mirrored surfaces to remove distortion, providing amazingly clean audio surveillance from orbit upon unsuspecting suspects. As you can imagine, it’s expensive and law enforcement doesn’t apply the technology to every fugitive. It’s used against law breakers only in extreme cases. The technology is usually applied in intelligence gathering missions for NATO-aligned countries.

If a satellite must be re-missioned or maneuvered, obviously the cost goes up — but then if they do that, they’ve launched a man hunt against you which you probably won’t escape anyway. Cloud cover won’t help. Smog won’t help. Tree coverage will help a little but don’t rely on it.

  • The eyes track motion. If there are helicopters looking for you, it is always best to hide in a bush or up in a tree rather than running it out on foot. Your body heat will probably give you away any way. If you have a helicopter looking for you, bury yourself in mud and leaves and you stand a chance of not being detected by your body heat. A river, lake, or stream can mask your body heat, of course, yet those would be obvious places to look for you.

I might add that helicopter pilots are trained to follow the driver of automobiles when they bail out and leave any other occupants of the car that bail out to the ground officers. If you’re driving a car and bail out (which is the safe, smart move rather than trying to make a run for it with the car) with a helicopter watching over you, climb over to the rear right hand seat and bail out from there, never from the driver’s seat. If they don’t know you’re alone, they may mistakenly wait for the driver. It might even help to kick open the driver’s door before climbing out the back door. If you do that, though, you could be identified as the driver by your clothes so consider the problem.

If you’re walking or running through hills or wooded areas, the eyes of your opposition will track your motion. If you’re motionless, picking you out of the visual clutter will be difficult. Even dogs have trouble picking up a stationary object.

  • Speaking of dogs, I’ve yet to see a human capable of outrunning a healthy dog. You can confuse them by running around objects a few times and — always traditional — running downstream a swiftly moving stream of water.

Running upstream should be avoided. Your scent will be carried downstream and you wish to go with it otherwise you leave a long tail behind you.

Dogs will go for your feet or hands when you’re running then for your hands when you’re down. They’re trained not to go for the throat (though I’ve heard that some police trained dogs will if given specific instructions to.) Since they are trained not to bark until they are close to you, you will probably not hear the dog getting closer.

Dogs usually work with one officer. Putting more than one dog on an individual’s trail is very rarely done. The officer usually holds onto the dog’s leash yet that slows the dog down considerably. Dogs that have had their voices removed are rarely released for long-distance track downs.

If a police dog confronts you with an officer, give up. If the police dog has been sent on ahead, kill the dog. You should sacrifice a bit of flesh to do this effectively: Offer your “dumb” hand to the dog and let it take it. (First wrap your arm in a shirt if you can.) Use the knife in your “smart” hand and try to drive it through the dog’s braincase.

This will work provided the dog hasn’t seen your knife. They know what they look like and what they’re used for. Anything in your hand, in fact, even if it’s a jacket or a pair of socks will be treated with much suspicion by the dog and the dog will be trained to go after the hand with the object in it.

Dogs are trained to expect their targets to scream and yell such amusing phrases as “Argh! Get him off me! Get him off me!” That makes the dog immune to the emotional pleas of its victims. They’re trained to ignore all commands except those of its master and in some cases they are trained to understand commands given in different languages.

Trying to get both hands around the dog’s neck is probably a mistake since doing so will be next to impossible. If you can get your hands around the neck and you don’t have a knife, lift the dog off the ground and shake it until its neck snaps. You can try to squeeze the dog’s windpipe closed yet that takes strength and time. It’s best to break the neck. You’ve been on the run and will probably lack the strength needed to strangle the dog.

There was a discussion several years ago about police dogs’ bodies being used to offer clues as to the general location of the criminal they had been tracking. If possible, hike the dog’s body along with you and dispose of it later. If you use a knife, leave it in the dog as the blade can and will be used to identify you if you’re caught with it.

  • When running from ground forces, it is expected that you’ll:
    • They will expect you to: Run directly away from the opposition. You’ll want to put as much distance between yourself and your opposition as possible. That may be a bad decision since escape could be to your left or your right. You don’t want to be driven into a trap by running directly away from the ground forces. If they can see you, running directly away could be leading you into a trap — they have radios and you probably don’t. They have helicopters. If they can’t see you, take an unexpected tangent to their pursuit. It won’t put as much distance between you at first but if they walk past you at a distance, you win for a while.
    • They will expect you to: Seek the high ground. There is the idea that if one puts a mountain between you and your pursers, you’re home free. From the top of a mountain or high hills you can better see possible avenues of escape. Your opposition will expect you to climb. Ravines and passes are going to be easier, allowing you to move faster though perhaps not as far away from the opposition as you would like. Going around a mountain could take more time than going over — you decide how you want to do it. If you go over the top, you stand a chance of being seen and you also have more of a helicopter treat.
    • They will expect you to: Go to ground (or “hole up.”) If you’re hurt or just tired, hungry, and desperate, you will probably want to go to ground. It is expected that as your pursers get closer to you, you’ll find a hole to climb into, a tree to climb, or something equally disastrous. In the cities, the criminals are often found under a bush, in a tree, under a car, in someone’s shed on a roof. At some point it’s expected that you’ll stop running and try to hide. With today’s technology, that’s a bad idea. Keep going until you’re unable to. You can catch up on your sleep when they catch you or when they put a few rounds into your back.
    • They will expect you to: Take the easiest route to escape capture. You may want to do things which are totally unexpected by doing things the hard way. If you’re tramping through the forest along a trail walking at high speed, making good time toward freedom, you may want to toss that away, break from the trail, climb the ridge if there is one, and crash through the bush for ten miles. They’ll expect you to walk in the shade if it’s a hot day and along water ways if it’s a hot day. Decide whether taking the easy way and being predictable is acceptable.
    • They will expect you to: Doubled back on yourself. If you can work your way around a hill free from the eyes of your opposition, and double back on yourself, you have increased the chances of escape. Your opposition will be looking for signs that you’ve double backed on yourself. You’re leaving a scent trail for every dog in the area to follow so that should be of some consideration when you double back. You need to try to create a break in your trail at the point you change direction. This could mean walking backwards a bit, climbing a tree, working your way through the branches to other trees, climbing down, and then working your way back the way you came. Even if you don’t suspect that you’re being trailed, it is probably a good idea to break your trail from time to time if you can. You could start being followed hours later, after all.
    • They will expect you to: Work your way to your right. You might be tempted not to keep an eye on landmarks and set yourself goals to acquire in the distance. If you’re worried about and focused upon getting away, your natural behavior will be to circle to your right if you’re right handed, to the left if you’re left handed. If it’s at night, pick out the North Star and set your course by it rather than rely upon your internal direction sense to travel.


Section 6: People and Organizations Which Can Assist You

It’s getting harder and harder to hide. There used to be a loose defacto “underground” of “freedom loving” people — hippies, if you will — who would provide aid, shelter, and comfort to those on the run from Authority (or The Establishment, The Man, The Fuzz, The P. I. G.)

These days, however, in our increasingly paranoid and dangerous society, offering assistance to strangers is a bad idea: It gets people killed. One must rely upon professional organizations which assist people who need to hide from abusive people. Professional organizations, however, will want you to have a virtuous reason for running and hiding and will want to help you by reporting you to the authorities if they feel they should. None that I know of assist you if you’re running from a law enforcement agency.�

The hippies have given way to another class of citizen. These are the so-called “skin heads,” punk rockers, and New Age nuts. While many are social misfits, most interact with “regular society” in their off-hours and rock-out at night or on the week ends.

The anti-establishment and socially disassociated populace has always existed and has always been an asset to those on the run. Your job is to find them if you need them. Be honest with such people since they know the score and will shine you on if you’re a lying jerk.

  • Motorcycle Hangouts.

Buy people drinks, talk politics, express your viewpoints, and get to know the people in motorcycle hangouts.

    • Express an honest interest in learning how to ride safely. Find out what it’s like to drop everything and ride to feel free.
    • Eventually, let a few you think you can trust know that you’re looking for a place to hang out “out of the way” for a couple of days. Don’t press the issue and don’t ask outright for shelter. Ask around about where a good spot to sleep is out in the hills where the cops won’t find you. Someone may offer you a tent in his backyard.
    • Ask where a good place is to find something to eat or get day labor. Someone may offer you a fiver or yard work.

Honestly make friends with some of the people. Your best bet is not to lead people on and take advantage of them but to actually befriend people who can help you hide and then — hopefully — start a new life with a new identity.

Motorcycle riders have reputations they must defend and domination games they must play. If you’re on the run or need a place to hide, understand that you are Beta Male among Alpha Males. Understand that these are usually good people worthy of your friendship who can and will help you. Understand that you must fit into their society of Alpha and Beta males and accept their domination games. Many gangs are only minor criminals with codes of honor and ethics, existing only to drink, fuck, and ride with their buddies — bikers who have regular jobs during the week and hang out and ride when they can. Not all motorcycle gangs are druggie murderers and thieves. These days in America, bikers like that are few in number.

  • Punk Rock or New Age dance studios.

This group of people tend to be younger than the motorcycle crowd. Your best bet for assistance will be among the younger kids but, being young, they’ll probably be living with their parents and have no resources to help you with. They probably know where you can sleep safely, however, and will know who might have jobs available.

With punkers it will be okay to let it be known outright that you’re looking to find a place to hide from the cops for awhile. The punkers with the proper punk attitude will “know someone who might know someone” who can help you find a place to cool off for awhile — or maybe find a meal or two.

  • Gay bars.

Gay bars are a good place to go if you’re needing a meal or a safe place to spend a couple of nights. Of course it helps if you’re good-looking yet most people at gay and straight bars are looking for companionship first and hoping for sex second. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight: What people want is companionship and interesting people to talk with first and foremost. If you’re interesting or have interesting stories to tell, finding someone in a gay bar can be mutually beneficial to the both of you.

When it comes down to it, it doesn’t pay to be shy… let someone take you home with them. Get a bath, a meal, and a place to sleep for awhile. Don’t over stay your welcome, however. Offer to leave from time to time and when asked to do so, do so. Return to the same bar later and make yourself known.

  • Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and churches. Most moderate or large cities will have shelters and soup kitchens operated by either the State government or religious organizations. Questions are usually never asked though such places usually like to make sure you’re not holding dope or weapons before they’ll let you stay. If possible, try to see if there’s any work in the kitchen or dorms you could do to repay their kindness. Such people who exhibit a willingness to work will be afforded assistance finding a paying job — which is something you’ll want to do since you’re trying to build a new life.


Section 7: Employment: Food, Shelter While on the Run, While Underground

The idea is to run and hide only as long as you have to and then start rebuilding your life under a new identity. Homeless shelters, job placement services, and day labor can give you hope and help while you’re struggling to make your new life. You’re using a computer so I assume that you have food and shelter now and possibly employment. Save up your money before you run and you’ll give yourself a chance.

If you’re in a city or town, you stand a better chance of feeding yourself and keeping yourself from freezing to death. There are often shelters run by Christian, Muslim, or Jewish organizations which will feed you and put you up. It may be dangerous to do so simply because such places are usually — nearly always — in dangerous neighborhoods. If you’re wearing the wrong color face, you have to compare the possibility of violence and abuse against hunger. If you look like you’re on the run, you could be victimized in the city. Those who would victimize you know you won’t go to the cops. You’re on your own in an area where punks band together out of boredom.

Finding work is your best bet. You’re using a computer right now so it is assumed that you have a job (or are married without a paying job) and as such have some marketable skills. Even without marketable skills, you can find employment if you’re willing to work hard.

Suppose you’re a wife looking to leave an abusive husband. Suppose you’re a teen-ager looking to leave an abusive mother or father. How would you feed and house yourself when you run and hide? If you’re young, you can expect to be raped (boy or girl) drugged, and horribly abused when living on American streets so you must consider that fact and go for a children’s shelter instead.

Hopefully you’ve managed to save aside some cash but that won’t last long. There are jobs that you can do:

  • Day Labor: Normally day labor is back-breaking, hot and sweaty work and is given to men. Women can get day labor cleaning — houses, hotels, dishes… it’s hard work but it is out there. You may be paid cash for day labor and no one will ask you questions. If you have a skill (such as sewing, tree trimming, or painting) your pay will be higher than if you’re just moving dirt or laying down bricks.

Without other expenses, day labor should be enough to feed yourself and maybe save some cash aside against the day you find a serious job and rent an apartment with friends.

By the way: Most day labor consists of men who speak Spanish with only a few words of English (at least this is the case in the United States.) Most will be Mexican workers with families to support. Nearly all will be extremely hard working individuals who know that when the day is over and they get their pay, tomorrow the work bosses will be out picking up day laborers again and they’ll pick faces they recognize as hard workers. Competition for work is heavy so joining a group of day laborers could be difficult. No one asks questions, any way, which you would find embarrassing.

If you attempt to perform day labor by hanging out with other day labor crew, if you’re wearing a white face you stand a better chance of being looked over carefully by police and private individuals than if you’re wearing a brown face.

  • Most cities will have job placement services run by governmental workers. They’ll want a home address and identification so be ready with a real residential address even though it may not be your real one (because you may not have one.) When asked for identification, state that you’ve been on the street “for a long, long time” and, if they would help, you would like to get a State identification card and a Social Security number and “start living like a normal human being.” Since you might want to be difficult to contact, you should be the one to check with governmental job placement services every day to see if they have something for you. The address of local shelters will often work for contact addresses for you.

It is a crime to defraud your State or Federal government so you must be clear on this: Your intention is to build yourself a better life. A Social Security card issued to you under a false identity MUST be considered by you to be absolutely honest and real. That Social Security number is issued to someone you have wholly become. You will pay taxes to that account and you will file income reports with that account number. That’s you now, not a fake. Because you’re paying your taxes and working at an honest living, if your real identity is found out, people will maybe be reasonable about the fact that you’ve been working hard to be a productive, tax-paying member of society. (Of course if you’re a wanted criminal, trying to “fly right” by paying your fair share of the tax burden won’t cut you much slack in front of a judge.)

NOTE: Food coupons could be issued to you if you qualify though you may need a valid mailing address. Check with your local social services office to find out whether this could help you.

  • If you’re clean and neat, you could get minimum wage at a fast-food place and be allotted a lower price for your meals. Cut your hair short — but not too short, regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman. Remove facial hair if you’ve got it. Look neat and clean. Consider shaving your arms if you’re a man — seriously. Women usually do in the United States and it’s perfectly acceptable for men to do likewise. Lacking skills, you must work to make yourself look more acceptable, better capable of filling a fast-food job than the rest standing behind you also wanting that job.

This might not be a good job for you since you’ll be working with the public and you may not want your face to be seen so much. (And don’t forget that nearly all fast-food places have cameras these days watching everything that goes on.)

  • Restaurants, like fast-food places, are another place to check out. Even though kitchens have automatic dish washers these days (there are regulations about water temperature) someone still must load the washers, sort the dishes, and move them about. Someone also has to keep the floors clean. Working a restaurants is hard work and low-pay but, like fast-food places, one’s meals will be discounted in cost or provided by the establishment as part of one’s wages. These places are often trade-unionized so you might have trouble with being forced to join the union. If at all possible, don’t. (Some States have a “Right To Work” law which makes enforced payment to union organizations (that is to say, to organized crime) illegal. Check to see if the State you’re working in has a “Right To Work” law.) Every dollar you don’t have to pay out of pocket translates to food and freedom. Unions are a fraud and don’t provide anything you can use.
  • If you can type, data entry is a job that’s very much in demand. It’s long hours and low pay but it’ll keep you from starving to death. Data entry (and card keypunch operating) often require taking numbers and text off of printed forms and, for nine or ten hours a day, typing them into a computer. That work often gets printed to paper and then audited line-by-line against the form data to make sure there were no mistakes. This is mentally challenging work better suited for women than for men, I will add, and employers know this. They usually hire women for data entry and card keypunch.
  • Telephone solicitation. You don’t need too many skills to dial a telephone number and read from a script when your “victim” answers. The script that you would work off of will lead toward getting information from the person you reach. The information is usually typed into a database. The required abilities here are wearing a headset, working a desktop telephone display set, and keying in information into a form on a screen as you read from a script and get information. These places can be either boiler-plate sweat shops or nicely air-conditioned buildings, either selling crap nobody needs else selling goods and services some will find useful. Your pay will be determined by either the number of hours you put in or the number of calls you make or the number of subscriptions (or units of merchandise) you sell.
  • You could get a job in a warehouse or distribution center. Men usually can find work in either a warehouse or a distribution center yet women stand a better chance of getting work in a distribution center. The reason is because in a distribution center, clothes, food, books, video tapes, shoes et al. are shipped by the manufacturer to the distribution center which sorts them for shipment to the stores. This type of work is usually given to women.

The sorting and counting of shirts and socks, moving items from bins to bins according to written orders, starts out being an unskilled job. As an employee of a distribution center (or a warehouse) has been with the company for some time, they are given more responsibility which often require working with computers and using the telephone to correct problems with customers and suppliers. Eventually warehouse management skills are acquired and such skills are in demand. Learning to work with customers to solve problems with filling orders and billing is a very good skill to cultivate.

  • I don’t know anything about dock working and I suspect that dock workers are trade unionized. If you lack marketable skills, you might check into dock work.
  • I also don’t know anything about clothing manufacturing factories. If you can sew or operate a sewing machine, cut from patterns, and work looms, you might consider this. I hear that the pay is often less than minimum wage and that illegal labor is often employed. Raids are not infrequent, either.
  • Farm work, picking nuts, oranges, vegetables, grapes and such can be found in parts of Centeral and Northern California however once again there is a glut of available illegal Mexican labor out there that you would be competing with.

No job, little to no money, and you’re hungry?

There is often food stored in people’s garages in rural areas where the population density is lower than the major cities and there’s few homeless people on the streets. Freezers containing food are common. Gardens containing vegetables in the back yard is common. Theft should be considered a last resort however since the object is to rebuild a new, normal life, not a criminal one. It should be a last resort because there are other ways to get food.

If you’re out in the desert or the woods, either running or holed up somewhere, you should face up to the fact that you’re going to lose weight. The idea that with a rifle and a box of ammunition and a book of matches you can survive for a long period of time is wishful thinking. There are a lot of “survivalists” in the United States who, like their self-professed “militia” intellectual colleagues honestly believe they could survive in the woods if they had to.

That’s nonsense. There was a time when it was possible but those days are long over. Biodiversity in the major Westernized societies has been decimated, often with pollution and introduced pests. Disease among the plants and animals you would eat must be taken into consideration. The deer you eat, the fish you eat, and the rabbits you eat will sustain you only for so long (if not make you violently ill) and then your body is going to need other foodstuffs. You can delay the eventuality of malnutrition with multi-vitamins but eventually you’ll need to forage wider and wider for fruits, nuts, and vegetables — not to mention fresh water which is often in very short supply. (Camp grounds, don’t forget.)

If it was easy or reasonably possible to survive in the woods, everyone who hates their jobs would be doing it. Don’t kid yourself: If you’re on the run, you must remain in contact with human habitation and either work for or steal food or get food from a shelter in the city. If you’re holed up some where (in a tent in the hills overlooking a city, perhaps) stock up on canned goods if you can. Don’t rely on what you can pick up from the land. You run the risk of drawing attention to yourself as you visit the city (assuming you’ve got a hide out in the woods or desert) but you should consider adopting the risk since the alternative — malnutrition — is worse.

I mention this because the idea is to hide until you can rebuild your life and start living a normal life. If you eat nothing but fish for three months, malnutrition is going to reduce your chances of getting a job or having enough energy for working day labor — or having the energy to run again if your hiding place is discovered. Keep yourself as healthy as possible by taking the risks needed to obtain processed foods.

Farms are a good place to find food but they’re also a good place to run into dogs and farmers on horseback with rifles who also have access to telephones to report you. Orange groves, walnut trees, strawberry patches et al. often run along highways and they could be raided successfully and safely every now and then. You could work on a farm as “stoop labor” picking lettuce, oranges, grapes, and nuts in many States of the United States. �

Section 8: Checkpoints on America’s Highways — People Looking for you

Road blocks, police check points, sobriety checks, immigration check points, agricultural check points: You may be stopped and searched, your identification examined, and possibly compromised in America for these reasons while traveling on America’s highways. Even if “they” don’t have the check point up specifically looking for you, accidental catches happen frequently. (Ask any Highway Patrol Officer stopping a vehicle for a broken tail light. The California HP has the largest felony arrest record of any police agency anywhere in the world.)

If there’s a road block up looking specifically for you, you’ll probably not have much of a chance anyway and you probably deserve to get caught. Usually, however, a road block is up looking for someone else or, as is common during holidays, sobriety checks can get you examined by the police. You’ll want to avoid that.

  • Try not to travel during the holidays. Police are out in force due to drunk drivers and — though it’s considered unconstitutional — pulling vehicles over and conducting searches without probable cause is more common during the holidays than outside of the holidays.

You might consider using public transportation since bus and taxi drivers are not usually pulled over and, for no reason, checked. They’re usually waved past most check points though such vehicles draw extra focus at police check points. (Note: Some States have made unconstitutional laws which allows their police officers to stop and search public transportation without probable cause. This latest unconstitutional series of laws is part of the government’s insane “war on drugs” nonsense.)

  • Try to stay out of areas which have only one or a few roads leading in and out of it. Such places as you would probably consider your best place to lay low would be camping grounds and areas surrounding lakes. Such places are most often accessed by only one winding road which is very easy for the authorities to block and sift for you. Also, camp grounds provide sources of food and water — which should be acquired, of course, at night.

In remote areas such as forests, your opposition will be setting up a command post some where in your suspected location from which foot searches for you will radiate. Such command centers usually are selected for the availability of electricity, radios, telephones, and sanitation facilities. If you know the area you’re in, you can bet that the command post is a fire station, ranger station, or perhaps a camp ground or gas station.

The road blocks will be in communication via radio with the command post and, since they’re probably line-of-site radios, expect road blocks to be within five or ten miles of the command post. That’ll be a guess and there’s no guarantee that everyone in the effort is talking to each other but it’s a good bet they’ll want to. You have to decide what the most probable size of the parameter around you is and make a guess as to where road blocks might be.

Don’t forget that radio doesn’t have to be line-of-sight if the authorities are utilizing radio repeaters

You need to abandon your vehicle before you come into eye contact with your opposition. If they see you and you try to turn around and get away, there’s no point: you’re just risking the lives of innocent people and you should stop your engine and show your hands else you should bail and run on foot. But if you hear on the radio that there’s police activity in your area and you suspect a road block, taking off on foot might be your best bet. Your car is a lot easier to spot than just yourself — and yo can dig in somewhere and walk over nearly everything whereas you can’t drive a car in most places.

Listen to traffic reports! You may be informed by your local news traffic reports that there is “police activity” in an area. That activity could be in your honor.

One idea that seems to have some success is to drive down the road and abandoning the car thereafter you walk back the way you came for several miles before taking a tangent. They’ll be expecting you to either continue working your way in the direction you were driving or they expect you to take off on a tangent from where you left the car. When they find your car it becomes the center of operations and a new perimeter will be set up around it.

Another idea someone suggested was if someone must abandon one’s car, to let the air out of one tire before doubling back on foot. This will make the authorities suspect that you’ve had a flat and abandoned your car unintentionally. Unintentionally abandoning the car might mean that you didn’t twigg to the road block and bailed. That would mean that you left the car and headed for the nearest telephone to call for help. The nearest residence or town then becomes one of the center of operations and the road block further down the road becomes another center of operations. It would be considered that you had a flat, headed down the road for assistance, and then saw the road block and either turned around or headed into the hills on a tangent. By making the opposition think your plans were thwarted by a hardware failure, you force them to behave in ways you want them to and kind of gets even for what they’re making you do.

  • Freeway sifting. It happens on rare occasions yet it’s becoming more and more popular: Police will try to sift you on the freeways of America if you’re suspected to be in a general location.

This is currently done two different ways.

    • The first is manpower intensive yet has some successful results. Police officers are stationed along freeway overpasses if they’re looking for a particular make and model of a car. A circle is set up on a map and every overpass along the freeways and intersections in an operations grid is staffed with cops with radios.
  • �If such an operation sees the suspect make and model car pass under a bridge, mobile officers from outlying stations are redirected to intercept the car. It’s rare for cops on bridges to leave their stations unless the wanted scumbag is confirmed so they’ll use a number of roving police cars on outlying picket to chase down suspect vehicles, leaving the net in place.
  • �There’s really no defense for this operation other than to bail and run on foot. You’ve probably bought it, though. On California freeways you’ll not have much of a chance. In places like New Jersey, you may have a chance if there’s no helicopter watching you due to the high population density along freeways. California freeways tend to have trees and bush growing along side but the areas are wide open to visual eye contact from one bridge to the next. If there’s no trees and bushes, the highways in California tend to have high walls walling in the freeway.
    • Forced exits. More often than the above method, police will put up cones and construction vehicles to close all lanes of a freeway, making all cars take an exit, a surface road, and then an on-ramp. The idea is to make the person they’re looking for think that an accident or emergency road maintenance is being worked rather than a man hunt.
  • �As cars approach the exit, police cars by the dozen will be observing everyone in line. More police will be watching for several miles down the freeway for anyone bailing at previous exists (depending upon the length of freeway traffic backup.) Police will be watching for anyone pulling to the break-down lane and trying to avoid them.
  • �Like the other method, there’s really no defense for this other than to try to bail and run. It’s probably hopeless, though.

As previously mentioned, however, traffic stops and check points are going to be the biggest problem. They can happen at random without any notice. Agricultural check points — such as one can find on highway 15 between Las Vegas and Southern California and the one on Interstate 5 near Grapevine — are stationary and usually run 24 hours a day. The officers don’t have authority among themselves to arrest or detain you if your picture has been circulated among them. The most they can do is request that you pull over and stop and, failing to do so, they press a button and the police cruisers on station at the facility will hunt you down and stop you.

There’s really nothing you can do about stationary check points except either avoid them entirely or comply with the check point’s attendant and smile your way through and just hope your face isn’t in their book.

Roving check points and random sampling is something you have no control over. You may try to fall out of the set of profiles that cops are trained to look for to reduce the chances of getting randomly stopped and searched. Profiles cops learn to focus on are different from city to city, town to town, but you can bet that most of the profiles consists of:

  • Drug dealers or buyers. Drug dealers have a range of profiles they match. Drug buyers — being from all walks of life — have a much broader spectrum of profiles they match. Traveling in known drug trafficing areas is a bad idea. It gets worse if you’re traveling slowly. You may have no choice if you’re looking to purchase false identification papers in such areas, of course, but drug profiles are well ingrained in today’s American police force. The druggie profiles are something cops “feel” and they’re usually right. If you’re on the run and you’re in a drug dealing area, you may just smell suspicious and could get pulled over and asked what you’re doing in the area.
  • Prostitution Johns. You may find yourself driving along a street that’s heavy with prostitution. Though you’ll probably not draw attention just for driving down the street, the density of cops along such streets will be higher than elsewhere so you’ll want to avoid the area. Like with druggie areas, since you’re on the run you may just give the cop a gut feeling something’s wrong with you and get yourself pulled over. Such areas gives officers a courtroom-friendly excuse for pulling you over and searching you.
  • So-called “gang banger.” You don’t want to drive a car that’s had its suspension fucked up, it’s identification stickers removed (such as the Toyota logos the manufacturers put on) and mud on its license plates. You don’t want to be driving a car that’s missing its license plates. There shouldn’t be a lot of clothing in the back seat which such a profile often contains since such people often change their clothes after a drive-by shooting or other crimes.
  • Cruiser. In many cities there is a major street which has become a defacto cruising scene for High School or college kids. It’s usually a street that has restaurants or bars and coffee shops that are open until midnight or so. Cruising or joy riding is getting “cracked down upon” in most cities and you could be stopped if you match the profile of a cruiser.

A cruiser will be driving at night in a clean car that’s either a fairly new car, a restored classic, or any kind of car with a bunch of kids stuffed into it. If you’re driving a clean 1972 Ford Pinto with the windows rolled down at 11:00 p.m. down Sunset Blvd. in Southern California, cops in the area will register your car the first time they see it. The second time they see you driving the street will convince them you’re cruising and they may decide to pull you over. Even though you’re minding your own business, you may want to avoid streets where cruising takes place if you’re driving something that matches the profile.

The idea is to travel along America’s highways without drawing attention to yourself and ending up getting pulled out of a check point queue or getting stopped by a cop. You should think about what kind of car and what kind of “look and feel” cops are likely to pull over and work to defeat the expected image. Get a couple of books and put them on your dash board. Something from Ann Rand and Albert Einstein, maybe, or something containing intellectual material. Criminals don’t read — they’re stupid: That’s why they’re criminals. You want to look like you’re Mr. or Ms. Citizen going about your lawful business and not a wanted fugitive or a missing house wife who’s husband wants you back to further abuse you. �

Section 9: Summary

Your goals are to manufacture a new life under a new identity complete with legal recognition under your new identity. To acquire that goal, you must be ready and willing to do what it takes — without compounding any criminal activities you might be wanted for. As mentioned before, that means discarding all your friends, your family, and your way of life in favor for new friends, a new way of life and possibly a new marriage with a loving wife or husband to create a new family.

The steps you take along the way toward acquiring that new life can be boiled down to these salient points:

  • Discard your old life.
  • Limit the resolve and resources of your opposition.
  • Run from your opposition (and your old life.)
  • Hide from your opposition.
  • Make new friends.
  • Acquire a new identity. (Legal papers: Birth record, Social Security #)
  • Find gainful employment.
  • Pay your taxes.
  • Get medical, life, and automotive insurance.
  • Get a credit card — and keep it paid up.
  • Perhaps take college courses to learn a new marketable skill.
  • Acquire and maintain respectability in your community.
  • Find a wife or husband: Make a new family.
  • Don’t drink heavily, don’t use any illegal drugs, don’t do any crimes.
  • Die with dignity.

What you want to do is make your new life to the point where if you’re ever caught, your employer, friends, and neighbors will express disbelief when the cops haul you away. While getting caught shouldn’t be part of your goals, you should consider the possibility and plan accordingly.

This is very important if you build a new family: Your wife or husband should be told who you really are before you get married. Since you’re working to become a respectable, productive member of society, your prospective spouse should know your past before you get married!

Finding out your real name isn’t Michael Johnson after five years of marriage won’t help your wife maintain support for you when the cops come to haul you away. Letting her know you’re on the run and for why you’re on the run before hand means that you’ll have support if they ever do find you. �

Section 10: Special note to Earth Liberation and Animal Liberation groups

You people are faced with extraordinary problems when trying to disappear in America that aren’t experienced by the traditional citizen attempting to disappear for more traditional reasons.

Much has been written already about your problems and how to deal with them so this essay doesn’t attempt to address them. Additionally I don’t presume to claim to know what’s best for you and your loose-nit organizations since your efforts are totally outside of my experience even as I share some of your goals. I’m (Fredric Rice speaking here, by the way) a vegetarian and I find the vivisectionists trade and the animal fur trade to be worth destroying totally — however my venue is to employ completely legal avenues of recource. Still, if I may offer what I feel to be a salient point about the plight of direct-action liberationists: Your mind set.

  • You’re considered to be domestic terrorists with international ties given the advent of the Internet which allows you to communicate locally and internationally. You doubtlessly don’t consider yourself to be terrorists — domestic or foreign — however the fact is that law enforcement does consider you as such.

This is an important thing to keep in mind when on the run from the law and working to build for yourself a new identity. You may feel that burning down some barns after liberating a couple of thousand mink prisoners should not be a crime since you’re correcting a massive wrong, but your opposition consider you to be economic terrorists predicated upon ideological attributes which place you firmly into a set of profiles law enforcement use as baseline into the psychology of what drives you.

As such, your opposition is motivated to find you. Given the fact that the vivisectionist industry and the animal fur industry financially support political venues, and you’re left needing to discard any mindset you may have that your crimes are minimal. You must adopt the mindset of your opposition which considers you — rightly or wrongly — to be a considerable threat to people’s security.

  • Don’t claim that what the law enforcement agencies do to you is some how “harassment” or otherwise totally unwarranted. While police brutality against direct-actionists is very real, and while innocent people are questioned or interrogated by the authorities for no apparent reason other than to intimidate you, you need to face some facts of life simply so that if you ever do find yourself on the lam from the law, you’ll have internalized where you fit into the “food chain” so-to-speak.

Namely: By associating with animal rights and Earth rights activists, you are aligning yourself to a criminal element and you do know what you’re in for when you join protests against the bad guys. That’s the way the system works, you accepted that when you joined the resistance, so get comfortable with the consequences. If you don’t — if you persist in lamenting the woes about how unfair it all is that the cops are picking on you — you’re in a mindset that doesn’t assist the positive mental state you’ll need if you find yourself needing to hide from the law.

My advice is that you get pragmatic and admit to yourself that you’re really a criminal if you engage in direct action. Accept the fact that you’re committing a wrong even as you’re correcting a wrong. Since the law is on the side of the planet killers, vivisectionists, and the animal fur trade, the law doesn’t recognize the wrong of these industries so you may feel that you’ve done nothing wrong. In the eyes of the law, you’re in the wrong so be pragmatic about it and believe that you did wrong so that if you have to run, your mind is where it needs to be to survive.

  • Acquire the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of lawyers which work with direct-actionists and have that information with you when you go on the lam from the law. Keep it with you while you try to rebuild your new life so that in the event there’s a knock on your door (or the fascist pigs kick it in like how it’s done in Moscow) <end rant> ) you’ll be ready to acquire defense.
  • Don’t run to fellow activists to seek shelter from the law. While the above-ground activists are routinely monitored by the FBI — spot checks, usually, irregularly or regularly scheduled depending upon a number of factors — don’t forget that even under-ground activists have probably already been compromised. Assume the worst and stop associating with fellow activists. Never contact a fellow activist unless it’s from a pay telephone that you can vacate outside a ten mile radius within a ten minute time frame. That means that if you must contact people for support, it should be from a pay telephone along a freeway or other high-speed avenue.
  • Arsonists are not “political prisoners!” I have read in so many web pages for decades that animal rights or Earth rights activists like to point at their fellow activists who have been indicted and jailed and claim they’re “political prisoners.” No. They are not.

This point is important. Pretending that arsonists and vandals who smash fur farms and such — while undeniably deserving to be smashed — are some how “political prisoners” is equal to the fascists in the goverment claiming such actvists are some how “terrorists.” Neither is true and all sides who engage in such outrageously false and delusional rhetoric suffer from playing such idiot games.

If you’re trying to run and hide and rebuild your life, it’s important to get your head together, divest yourself of your comfortable delusions, and admit to yourself exactly who and what you are. Pretend you’re on the run to avoid being a “political prisoner” ingrains within you a fictitious and false view of your real situation — something that only helps your opposition.

In summation, I feel that there is a need within the direct-actionist community to get more realistic about who they are and what they’re doing; that arson is a crime, that liberating animals is against the law. Not accepting the facts pragmatically, I feel, adversely impacts an activist’s chances of avoiding capture. �

Section 11: Deserts as a Place to Hide / Squatting

Where there’s water, life is possible. True, it may be very difficult and very hard to live, depending, but anyone who’s driven, hiked, or camped in the American South West will have noticed that cities and ranches crop up where there’s surface water or where there’s been a well dug.

Within the state of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado, there are deserts, mesas, mountains, and forests where normally people never or rarely visit; not-so-secret places where there’s water, access to a road within a day’s hike, and where a fairly rugged individual may hide while remaining basically healthy, marginally well fed, and reasonably sane.

In this section I’ll look at two such environments, neither of which I would recommend, but one of which I’d suggest is a reasonable way to live in basic health while either on the run, hiding out from the law, old girl friends, the draft for an illegal war, putative wives and such.

The first South Western environment (the one I wouldn’t recommend except for the most hearty individual) is the Mojave Desert among the volcanic rocks where there’s water if you know where to find it, and where shade from the relentless Sun can be built, if you know how to build it.

South Western Mojave Desert

Some years ago my brother Desertphile was tracking across the Mojave Desert in the dead of night, hiking a long distance from one water hole to another, using a hand-held Global Positioning System device, topo maps, and a backpack containing mostly water and tarp equipment for emergency shade.

While crossing the mouth of a small side canyon out in the middle of absolutely nowhere, he stumbled across squatters — or more accurately their dogs — living in a number of small trailors covered with camouflage netting over paint-splotched shade tarps. With no roads of any kind, the people living there had managed to some how drag small mobile trailors into the high desert and had been living there hidden from the outside world.

Thinking about this and the people squatting there, there were some very basic things they had done:

  • Shade from the sun — A long-term squat like this took time, some money, and effort and among the first priorities would have been shade from the Sun. I would hazard a guess that the camp started with a single trailor, dropped off in a Winter month, possible during the rainy season where the area might get as much as five inches of rain for the year. As time and circumstances permitted, I’d guess that the squatters camp was built up over the years piece by piece. With desert-colored splotches of paint on tarps spread not only on the trailors but in the spaces between, a reasonable amount of shade was possible.
  • Disguise from overhead — Aircraft from area Air Force Bases all other Southern California and Western Nevada would fly over the general area, not to mention the occasional commercial aircraft, power line or natural gas company. Visibly breaking up the shade tarps would help keep aircraft from spotting the squatter’s camp. Heat sources within the camp, of course, at night and possibly during the day depending on the ambient temp wouldn’t be blocked from military equipment on board military aircraft.
  • Reasonable access to water — This squatters camp was about a third to a half a day’s hike to the nearest water hole, and perhaps a half of a day’s hike to a mud hole from which muddy water could be acquired. A wheeled travois, motorized two or three wheeled vehicle, or backpack was probably used to fetch water once a month or so, probably setting out after sunset and getting back to camp before sunrise.
  • Emergency transportation — One of the things noticed at this squatters camp was a number of beat-up four-wheeled buggies, the small kind used by kids. There was no way to know whether they were used to haul water, make trips into Las Vegas for supplies, or what not, however I’d expect that any reasonably safe effort to hide out and live in such an area would include a motorized vehicle that could be driven to a hospital in the event of a broken leg, poison, snake bite, and other emergencies.
  • Minimal agriculture — There looked to be a minimal amount of food being grown. Perhaps a wise squatter will do some basic research and see what eatable plants would survive in the area if given shade.

Anyone contemplating setting up a camp in the Mojave Desert — or in any of the surrounding deserts — would obtain a topographical map, note where the indicated springs, stock ponds, and other water sources are, and then would evaluate where to locate shade for such a camp. Then the individual would investigate the water sources to verify that they’re wet and drinkable all year around — or at least during the months the individual will be surviving in the area for.

Where exactly?

One possible wide spread area of interest would be the area between Las Vegas, Nevada, and some 30 miles West of Baker, California, North of the 15 highway — perhaps within the hills along North Cima Road. Much of the lands located there are owned by the Federal government however ranchers subsidized by tax money run cattle which can be poached, and there’s water which can be found.

South of the 15 highway is more volcanic and has less water unless you go to Soda Springs off of Zyzzyx Road where there’s a ranger station and the Desert Studies center (filling up canteens there from the spring could be done without suspicions but filling up drums of water might cause people at Soda Springs to suspect you’re living out in the desert.)

North of the 15 highway your topo map will show numerous springs, tanks, and stock ponds, many of which will contain water, and many of which will be dry — but will not be listed as dry on the map so you need to investigate, take notes, take GPS coordinates, and plan thoughtfully.

Also North of highway 15 is cattle subsidized by U. S. Forest Service; cattle that has overgrazed and destroyed much of the plants and displaced much of the animals that used to eck out a meger existance in these lands. Poaching is illegal, of course, and could get you strung up, drained, and jerked like deer meat if you’re caught, so perhaps you could look at cows — what Edward Abbey called “slow elk” — as an emergency food source.

If you plan on poaching, you should do your homework and learn how to butcher a cow and transport batches of the animal from the place where you butchered it back to your camp, figuring out how to wrap what you can’t carry to keep flies, vultures, and other animals out of your meat until you can return for the rest of it.

Still, I’d recommend not poaching in the high desert out there not only because it’s illegal, not only because if you’re caught by a rancher he may decide to dump your carcass into a volcanic rock crack, but most importantly because you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you’re living in the general area. A rancher coming up short on his count might very well put down the shortage to “natural causes” but if you leave remains to be found and the remains show that the missing cattle was butchered and carted off, the Feds like nothing better than to mount up a nice desert posse to come look for you.

How I Would Do It

For setting up a squatters camp in the deserts North of Highway 15 and West of Baker, I might choose somewhere in the Iron Mountain range, North of the military base, and South West of the bombing range. Here’s what I would do:

  • Acquire topo maps of the area, and acquire an aircraft sectional map of the area.
  • Contrive a suitable explanation on why I’m treking all over the desert where humans rarely visit. With a digital camera, claiming that I’m creating an Internet web site to record some of the natural rock formations of the area would be a suitable explanation. The notes I take would be vague to others who might read it yet meaningful to me when I lay it all out for evaluation.
  • Note the dirt roads in the area, use a ruler to note as accurately as possible the indicated springs, stock ponds, water tanks, buildings, and towers in the area, writing down their logitude and latitude in a book of note paper. Figure out the worst-case distance between the water source and narby dirt roads.
  • Get on the Internet and do research on the names of the springs listed in the notebook to get an idea on what might be in the area and how often humans visit it. Also to get information on the types of plants and animals that live in the area, including nearby ranches and cattle.
  • Visit as many water sources as possible, hiking to them with a GPS hand-held device, topo maps, notebook, digital camera, a writing pen, matches, water (don’t forget the hat!) I’d do as much of my hiking at night, stopping when the GPS indicates I’m in the general area, and then search for the water source at first day light, check the condition of the water source and then use the GPS device, topo maps, and maybe a compass to return to my car an hour ot two before sunset. Take digital photographs and make written notes about the area, the water, and signs of human visits.
  • Visit numerous ravines, craigs, and valleys in among the volcanic rocks of the hills and mountains in the area looking for a suitable camp site, making note of how far they are from suitable water sources. Such camp sites would have to be modifiable with tarps and covers that would provide shade and invisibility to aircraft.
  • After doing as much research on the water in an area, and as much research on likely camp sites in the area, all of the accumulated information would be placed on a table and all of the salient factors would be considered for where to place a camp:
    • Distance from dirt road where a vehicle can be parked so that supplies and camp equipment can be backpacked from the vehicle to the camp.
    • Distance and time from the likely camp sites to one or more water sources so that water can be fetched within a third of a day’s hike. This would allow a water-fetching to take place comfortably within a single night. Note any hills, ravines, mountains that have to be bypassed to make it to water, considering that it will probably be done at night, and also note that the desert looks completely different at night than it does during the day.
    • Availability of rock formations that can house a camp that can have tarps cover it over.
  • After selecting a suitable camp site, I’d start moving equipment into the camp:
    • Park on the closest dirt road and hike into the new camp site with spray-painted splotchy desert colored tarps and other covering, water, matches, and bedding.
    • Set up the tarps and other covers.
    • Hike off in a circle around the camp and verify that the camp’s location can not be seen by anyone who might walk around the area.
    • Spend a couple of nights and days under the tarp to see what living there would be like, taking note of how cold and how hot it gets. If something about the camp isn’t acceptable, relocate.
    • After deciding that the camp is acceptable, stash some of the remaining water and bedding under the camp tarps and return to the vehicle.
    • Return to the dirt road, parking the vehicle a little ways off from the previous visits with additional equipment, and back pack it to the new camp: Camp stove, fuel, lantern, frying pan, water pan, cups, wooden spoons, more water, more bedding, clothes, books, batteries, flashlights, car battery, solar cells, power inverter. Basically as much equipment as I would want for a comfortable camp would be unloaded in numerous trips, most of it done at night when it’s cool. I’d bring more water with me to stash at the camp with each trip.
    • After the camp is assembled, I’d get a friend to drop me off at the dirt road with my backpack and as much water as I could carry. That way the vehicle could be driven back to civilization to leave me there without any sign that someone’s in the area.
    • Arrange a date and general time when the friend would visit the dirt road again a month later, agreeing on a radio frequency to call on. At the same time acquire more books, canned food, perhaps, and other stuff that might have been thought of during the last month. If all is well, arrange for the friend to visit only once every 4 months or so.
    • If a friend can’t be found, hiding the vehicle would have to be done. Some care would need to be taken about the health of the vehicle since the desert can reach 120 degrees and some of the metal on the vehicle can get much hotter than that.

The result would be a camp that has a tarp for a cover, a tarp for a floor, possibly tarps for walls, all tight and roped up with rocks and poles, with a 12-volt lamp being driven by a car battery that’s charged by a solar panel through a power inverter.

Books and a laptop computer would be provided for entertainment and perhaps the mood to write a book of my own would strike. I would expect boredom to be as big a problem as food, water, and shade so more thinking about creative ways to remain occupied would have to be done.

Very likely after a couple of weeks it would be discovered what was forgotten and what’s needed to make living in the area possible. Hiking at night into Baker, California, every other month or so to draw money out of the bank, purchase canned goods, and visit the local Taco Bell would be possible however if anyone was looking for someone doing so, that points an arrow straight at them.

South Western Arizona Virgin River Gorge

A better place to hide out and set up a long-term living camp far from any human being would be within the Virgin River Gorge. During a drive from Utah to California along the 70 and then the 15 highway, one passes through the Virgin River Gorge carved by the Virgin River. On a topo map the rough longitude and lattitude coordinates would be somewhere around.

The gorge itself is long and wide, consisting of a seemingly endless series of canyons, ravines, cliffs, and spires, most of which is impossible to get to on foot. Highway 15 passes right through the gorge and follows the Virgin River for some distance before the hills disappear and the desert opens up to the West toward Valley of Fire and the Moapa Piute Indian Reservation lands.

A great deal of fresh water is available in these canyons all year around though most of the waterways are muddy. Fresh, clear water is found in fairly straight runs of the Virgin River and in standing, deeper plunge pools created when the river’s course changed slightly over the years.

Hiking and camping among this gorge is difficult, to understate the case. Sheer cliff walls one or two hundred feet high create box canyons and box ravines and together with sharp shards of rock and soft but lose sandy rock, the gorge’s innermost secret areas are very difficult to get in and out of and getting lost is easy.

Five years ago I was visiting the Valley of Fire where far to the South along a dirt road behind the Piute fireworks and casino there’s a good water spring that’s rarely visited by wheeled vehicle. Being in the general area I drove East into the Virgin River Gorge and parked some distance from the GPS coordinates offered above.

With a backpack containing food, water, matches, bedding, compass, camera, GPS unit, USGS aircraft photographs of the gorge, and other equipment I parked my vehicle along a turn out on the highway and hiked into the gorge.

After walking in for about two hours I set up camp, ate something, got out my book, and read until it got too dark to read, then I set out my sleeping bag and laid down on it (it was about 80 degrees at midnight there.)

Around an hour after dark I heard someone pounding metal on rock and I stood up thinking someone was pounding on the highway some distance away, at first, yet walking a little around my camp I placed the pounding toward the South West. After about 5 minutes of the noise it stopped and all that could be heard was the crickets and frogs some distance in the river and the far-away drone of the big rigs using engine breaking on the highway 15 decline.

In the morning I went looking for the source of the noise and I found a desert hermit living along the Virgin River in among trees, some of which he had relocated himself some years ago. The old guy had a large camp and a motorcycle. I took a GPS reading, returned to my car, and moved it to the West side of the highway, then returned to camp with the guy for the rest of the day, that night, and then left early the next morning.

This month — just a week ago — I found that the guy had left, gone to live with his daughter whose husband had died but his story is relevant to this section of this piece. Some of the relevant aspects of his squatters camp:

  • Rope and pully was used to move the motorcycle in and out of the gorge to the highway at night. The nearest town is some 10 miles or less away though the canned goods there tend to be very expensive compared to the next large city, Las Vegas.
  • His daughter knew where he lived — and didn’t approve. But she helped. A crushed tin can was placed under a rock behind a mile marker on the highway and inside the can the man living there was able to convey notes to his daughter back and forth. (Neither knew they could acquire 2-meter HAM radios without a license.)
  • On occasion the daughter would hike in to camp with her father until she decided she got too out of shape. She would bring him books and magazines which the old guy would burn after reading, and would bring clothes or other things he asked for. She would also bring endless nagging and complaints asking him to move in with her in her appartment in Las Vegas.
  • The old man shaved every day and bathed in the river every day — or more than once a day during the summer.
  • The guy hated the U. S. government, taxes, and “those bastards,” whoever they were.
  • His bank account had monthly Social Security deposits made of less than some $2000 Dollars however his expenses were such that he’d been accumulating money for all the years he’d been living in the desert. His only real expense was food, gasoline, and telephone calls into Las Vegas.
  • The guy was sharp — well educated, extremely bright, likeable, friendly, witty, and could tell a thousand jokes. He remembered the Great Depression, laughed at “those fools in their fancy cars with the windows rolled up” on the highway, and absolutely despised and felt pity for the people “spending their lives in their fancy cars stuck in city traffic.”
  • He hadn’t read any Edward Abbey but had read everything Sam Clemens had ever written. Liked Snoopy comics, disliked every other comic he could think of.
  • Burnable trash was burned at night in small chunks. Trash that couldn’t be burned — cans and such — were smashed flat with rocks and added to a hole dug for the purpose, a comfortable distance away from the actual camp.
  • Shade was created by using existing bush and trees, and by the relocating of bush and trees which were then watered. The camp itself was a low-hung series of tarps just tall enough to stand up in with a tarp on the ground, nailed down into fairly hard sandstone, with blankets covering it.
  • No lighting was used for dark nights other than small camp fires that couldn’t be seen either directly or through reflected light. The guy started out with candles the first year, flashlights for a couple of years, and then decided moonlight and starlight together with the campfire was enough.

Some Other Areas

Two other areas spring instantly to mind when it comes to long-term squatting near water. Ceder City, Utah has a muddy river going through it, bounded by a shallow canyon with a bike trail along one side and a busy highway on the other. I’ve found a person camping there long-term once and it looked fairly comfortable.

The other location is along the San Gabriel River above Azusa, California, along Highway 39. Camping there long term is fairly dangerous due to the large number of illegal Mexicans and the large number of gun nuts that frequent the area, shooting into the hills at night without a care in the world that somebody might be camping or living in the canyons.

In summation of this section, people on the run, in hiding, or otherwise wishing to step out of mainstream society can do so safely, in health, and without risk to one’s sanity though it seems to me that to do so some contact — if not support — with others still living in society is needed.

There are secret, hidden places in America’s South West among the deserts, mesas, mountains, and forests where people can hermit themselves, with or without the aid and support of others. But to do so required planning, creativity, and foresight — as well as a willingness to pack up and relocate if a site that’s selected turns out to be inappropriate after awhile.

Incidentally, the U. S. Forest Service generally allows for campers to remain at a site for 14 days after which their rules dictate that the camper must leave. What constitutes leaving will depend upon the individual Ranger who discovers a camper. Some will allow that moving a mile from one’s camp constitutes leaving at which time the 14 day limit begins again. Other Rangers will demand that the camper leave a particular geographical area after 14 days.

So being discovered squatting can cause problems beyond any warrants that may be pending for your arrest. Being able to show a bank account might save you from being arrested and detained as a vagrant yet I believe that how you look — your appearances — when you’re discovered (if ever) would dictate what happens to you (if anything.)

That goes for what your camp looks like: If your camp looks like you’ve been there for a long time and looks like you intend to be there a long time, any Ranger discovering you squatting will have a different opinion on what to do with you than if your camp looked like you just got there. If discovered you could claim you’ve been there for three days and plan to “return back to work after my vacation is over in four days” and perhaps you’ll be believed. That could keep you out of the vagrant hatch long enough to relocate.

Then again it’s anybody’s question on whether you’ll be asked to show identification and whether you’ll be checked for wants and warrants. My experience when encountering Rangers and other authority types in the South West is that they’ll make sure you have enough water, that you know where you are, that you have a hat on, and that you aren’t committing suicide in stupid, irresponsible ways, they’ll ask you to be careful out here and to on their way. Squatters who look like they’ve been camping for a long time may get run into the local police station so I’d suggest you keep your camp looking new and have a good story to tell about calling a friend to come pick you up in a few days — and make sure the name and telephone of your friend is valid even if said friend isn’t aware that you’re squatting. �

Section 12: Fright Hopping — Riding the Rails

Fright hopping isn’t safe and unless you’re in fairly good shape I wouldn’t recommend it… And even if you are in fairly good shape, I wouldn’t recommend it unless there’s a very real and pressing need to get out of an area fairly quickly.

If law enforcement is after you and they know you’re in an area, of course, then they’ll likely have all fright trains and passenger trains monitored and scanned however there are lots of places to hide on fright trains, most of them quite dangerous.

There’s a great deal of information available on the Internet about how to safely hop freight trains and you should check them out with the URL links offered below in this section. But this section will offer a fairly brief summation of what you need to do to hop frieght trains as an emergency means of escape.

Endless Safety Hazards When Freight Hopping

  • Crossing rail lines inside and outside of rail yards is dangerous enough; walking through rail yards and switching yards it even worse. One of the primary reasons why vehicles and pedestrians so often get struck or run over by locomotives is because humans can’t always judge accurately the speed of locomotives coming toward them. Crossing rails can be dangerous.
  • Walking along the rails can be just as dangerous as crossing them — even though I and endless kids did so for many years without problem. Typically one steps off the tracks when a train approaches and moves away from the rails to allow the train to go by, then one returns to the rails or ties. But on trellis or bridges there may not be a way to leave the tracks, and if there is the sides of the rails may not be wide enough to safely allow a train to pass.
  • When in a yard, cars very often use gravity to move from place to place based on remote switching. Since they’re unpowered and since they can roll quietly, you need to watch out for slowly moving or quickly moving cars that you can’t hear coming.
  • When blocked by a train, don’t climb under it to cross. Either go around, climb over, or find a way to pass between the coupled cars rather than try to roll or crawl under the cars. Though they’re heavy and have enormous inertia, locomotives are designed to get things rolling quickly to break the massive moment of inertia of each car in line and things can move very quickly.
  • Yard Bulls — security people paid for by the carrier — must be avoided in yards even though most will let you go if you’re caught the first time trying to ride his trains. Many Bulls, however, will give you a solid beating on a bad day or simply hold you for the cops to arrest you, something you don’t want. Bulls and other individuals you’ll want to avoid in the yard often drive vehicles that are easy to spot, and they all have radios so that they can listen to the yard dispatchers for orders to stop or vacate an area. White vehicles are very common since they’re easy to see.
  • Non-locomotive equipment can move and crush parts of you. Switches — movable rails at “points” along the tracks — can move by remote command either from automated processing equipment or by the command of human operators. The track equipment detects train car wheels, not human feet so the equipment and human operators can’t tell you’re occupying a point before they move it and lock your foot in place.
  • Yards and the areas outside of yards are frequented by hobos (a.k.a. hoebos) which may or may not be dangerous. Additionally criminals may prey on tramps, bums, and hobos that ride the rails and if you don’t watch what you’re doing, you could be trapped and assaulted, robbed, or killed. Many hobos are mentally unstable however most will be friendly and will share what they have provided you share what you have. Among the most salient things hobos you may meet will have is information. Information about train schedules is valuable. Hopping a freight with another hobo who’s experienced in also very valueable for first-time hoppers.
  • Hopping fright trains is difficult and dangerous when they’re moving. Typically you’ll have a backpack that must also get on the train with you. There are numerous places to get on a train but the days of box cars that are safe to travel in are becoming rare. These days the cars are grain carriers, stacked trailor carriers, and other things that afford less safe places for humans than what once existed.
  • Getting off a moving train is difficult and dangerous since it’s rather difficult for humans to accurately judge how quickly they’re moving before they jump. Having to start running before you hit the ground means you could fall, trip, roll under the wheels and make a considerable mess.
  • Falling off of a perch on a car when you’re asleep could be a problem unless you’ve found a safe, comfortable place to sleep. Since a great many locomotives average less than 20 miles an hour, the time you spend getting out of town to anywhere may be a whole day. On the other hand some freight trains will travel anywhere up to 50 or 60 miles an hour — it all depends on the gradient of the hills, the radius of curves, the number of cars vs. the accumulative rated horsepower of the locomotive engines, temporary speed restrictions, and a host of other factors.

The dangers are considerable and you would have to decide what’s acceptable to you and what’s too dangerous. If you can’t hitch hike and need to leave an area without being seen, you may feel that the dangers of fright hopping are acceptable.

What You Should Bring When Freight Hopping

Since this piece is about disappearing from America’s view and — with any luck — reappearing somewhere else to restart a normal life in some other place, it may be that you’ll want to travel with as many worldly possessions as you can carry. This isn’t a good idea and for reasons that were described at the beginning of this piece.

But to safely and comfortably use freight trains, there’s probably a minimum amount of things you should brig with you:

  • Wear dark clothing to make it difficult for yard Bulls and police as well as for average citizens to spot you. Your backpack or knapsack should likewise be fairly dark. Since you may be using your sleeping bag to keep warm when exposed on a moving car, your sleeping bag should also be fairly dark.
  • Your backpack or knapsack shouldn’t be too heavy since you’ll be throwing it around a lot. You shouldn’t have any breakables in your pack since anything breakable will almost certainly break. You might practice hauling your pack around, throwing it up onto dressers to get an idea on how heavy or difficult it will be to manage.
  • Additional warm clothing is a must to avoid freezing to death or spending wakeless days unable to sleep because it’s so cold. Unless you can get out of the wind, layers of clothing is the only thing that’ll keep you from freezing. Locos traveling 50 or 60 miles an hour can cause the wind to suck every bit of heat out of you and if you’re reasonably healthy when the locomotive stops, it could be that you’ll be caught simply because you couldn’t get up and run away.
  • Gloves, boots, hat, sunscreen. Clutching moving iron can remove a lot of skin from your hands. Being dragged along the ground as you scramble up the side of a moving car can remove a lot of toes. Sun beating down on an exposed perch for relentless hours can burn you without a hat — not to mention make you irritable, crazy, and stupid. Cover your nose, neck, ears, forhead, and whatever other parts of skin you might expose to prolonged durations of sunlight, perferably before you get on and get moving unless you can smear stuff on safely on the move.
  • Maps of the area which show rail lines, an atlas, topo maps, time tables, and maybe even a hand-held GPS unit might all be good to bring with you — if you have the time to gather them. It’s always best to know where the train you hopped is going though if you’ve hopped a train to anywhere, it’s assumed you consider anyplace to be perferable to where you are. But the objective is to not get caught and to be healthy once you’re safe, and knowing where you’re going and how long it might take to get there are things you should try to find out.
  • Water and some amount of food; whatever you can safely and comfortably carry. You’ll dehydrate when exposed to the wind faster than you will if you’re not exposed. Alcohol will make you dehydrate even faster so always bring water, never alcohol. Additionally alcohol can be smelled by dogs hunting you.
  • Something to read. You’ll be waiting for trains, waiting for information, waiting to get into the next town, and generally spending a lot of time doing nothing. A radio will also help pass the time and could give you news you could use.

That would be probably a minimum of the stuff you would need to take when hopping a freight train. Information about where trains are going is something you can get from workers in rail yards since they’ll usually assist you — everyone except the Bulls whose job it is to keep you out. Rail workers who are paid minimum wage and may not speak the language are often willing to help inform you about which direction a train is going.

The Types of Cars To Hop

Some cars are more dangerous than others. There are lists of cars in the order of preference available all over the Internet yet for now, here’s what’s been suggested in a preliminary scan of such texts:

  • Open box cars
  • Rear platform of a grain hauler
  • Between the wheels of a biggyback trailor hauler
  • In the well behind cargo containers
  • Second or third level of empty car carriers
  • Empty gondolas.

There are many reasons why you should avoid parking inside of grain or gravel haulers, and avoid parking inside full cargo containers but the primary danger is that of shifting cargo. You can be burried by gravel, crushed by crates, crushed by moving cars that weren’t tied down well, and get crushed by damn near everything.

But as mentioned above, open box cars are getting rare. If you’re planning on hopping a freight train, find a place to hide where you won’t be seen and watch a number of trains go by and see what kinds of cars there are to get a feel for what kind of transport you can expect. �

Section 13: Dropping off the Grid: Peace Corps, Others

From time to time I get people emailing me asking about religious organizations, International organizations, or other ways to drop out of the “Rat Race” and my response has always been that to drop off the grid successfully, one must have large amounts of money or be willing to live in abject poverty and hunger.

But there are a few other alternatives to be considered:

The problem with signing on with the Peace Corps is that there are a number of requirements you must meet in order to volunteer with them and, of course, they are the Federal government and they will keep trace of you if they ship you outside of the United States.

  • If you have enough money to pay for your own food and other needs and are willing to live in poverty, you can volunteer to work with elderly Navajos.

This type of work requires that you have your head straight and that you have your shit together. This type of work is not a vacation; it’s hard and serious work of long hours and effort. It has the added benefit and attraction that volunteering to assist is a good way to drop out of the rat race, disappear from the eyes of the U. S. government, and you’re kept very busy and occupied.

Volunteering to assist elderly Navajos requires that you become familiar with the social behavioral aspects of Navajo tribes and a good place to find such information may be found here.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at minimum two months, and there is a formal interview process of hopeful volunteers that one is subjected to to ensure that volunteers have their heads together, can actually do the work that’s needed, and are trustworthy.

Contact these people through their web site to find out more about working with assisting in herding sheep, other farming and ranching needs, and working with the elderly. But remember: only strong-minded, responsible people are considered for such work. It’s a 24 hour job that few are capable of committing to, and few are able to complete their committments.

  • Farm work or ranch work is a possibility if you can find such work where live-ins are allowed. This type of work is usually very low pay — far below minimum wage — and you would be working with illegal immigrants, many of which may not speak English.

The industrial farms and ranches aren’t what you would be looking for since they have forms, documents, and other tracking of your employment and are answerable to government agencies. Additionally the large industrial farms and ranches will usually not allow workers to live on their property.

There are, however, an increasingly rare number of family farms and ranches situated around the United States, places where families have been working the land or running ranches for generations and where people’s children have moved away and the older parents are looking for live-in help.

But these positions are rare and seldom are they advertised. They are discovered through word-of-mouth from other ranchers and farmers in the area, or by postings on bulletin boards in farming or ranching communities in their civic centers or markets.

This type of work has the benefit that you can drop out of the eyes of the government and still maintain a healthy, productive, and busy life while being paid low wages but also being given a place to live. It has the draw back of not offering medical coverage or insurance of any kind such that if you’re hurt or injured, medical bills will have to be paid from your chronically empty pocket.

Because family farm or ranch work means working closely with the owners or operators of the land, you can expect to be subjected to a very detailed and close examination of your physical and mental makeup, and trustworthyness is going to be the number 1 priority among any such a job.

From what I’ve been reading and from the emails of people who have dropped off the grid from time to time, there are ways to drop out of the rat race, and the three suggested methods described above have been shown to me to be viable.

But there are some primary aspects of one’s behavior and attitude that one must meet before dropping out and disappearing into some work enclaive like these:

  • Say “goodbye” to money. If you’re paid at all for your work, it is either through room and board, or it is through a room and a small amount of money each month from which you purchase your own food. Some months you may be paid, some months you may not be depending on how well (or not) the farm or ranch does during the course of the year.
  • Be ready to get your head out of your ass, get your shit together, and start cleaning up your act if you’re dropping out because you’re laboring under emotional problems you’re trying to divest yourself of. The Peace Corps, farms, and ranches don’t want to baby sit and the owners and operators don’t want to provide psychiatry services; they want volunteers or workers who can do the job competently, either with minimal instruction and supervision, or without supervision.
  • If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal narcotics, stop it. Unless you’re wealthy, dropping off the grid means you can’t afford such things anyway — or at least store bought tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.

Discarding your old life and working toward rebuilding or renewing means scraping off some of the old baggage that brought you to the point where you’re looking for a new life, and smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal narcotics is probably going to be part of that old life you need to toss in the trash.

Any prospective employeer is going to look for any outward signs that you use illegal narcotics, even though — as may be with a family ranch or farm — the owners or operators may themselves smoke a little canabis from time to time. A prospective employeer won’t like to have someone working and living on the property who uses narcotics even if the owner, operators, foreman or what have you smokes pot. That’s just the way it is.

  • Expect to be the “low man on the totem pole” if you look for the type of employment where you’re working out of the eyes of the government. If you walk onto a family or industrial ranch or farm and ask for work, don’t immediately ask about wages since it’s likely that the owners or operators will want to examine you and try you out for the day to determine whether they’ll give you a serious try out.

In such places where a foreman of a farm or ranch assigns you tasks for the day to evaluate whether you’re worth giving a serious looking over, you may be given a place to sleep and something to eat, and in the morning you may be asked to hit the road or you may be asked to stick around and talk a bit.

If you’re asked to stay and answer questions, you could expect to be grilled heavily with questions designed to delve into whether you’re trustworthy and capable of performing the work, and whether you’ll put in the required number of hours every day without slacking.

  • Also such work may be seasonal with farms and ranches hireing certain months during the year. You will be competing with illegal immigrants for such seasonal work, of course, however if you’re in the United States legally or are a citizen, you stand a better chance of being hired than an illegal immigrant has if the employeer has had warnings by the government about hireing illegal workers.



Section 14: Montana Supreme Court Notes Ability to Track Everyone

Justice James C. Nelson was asked to rule a case where a suspect’s trash that had been discarded. The contention was whether the evidence contained within someone’s trash can be used against them in a court of law. While Justice Nelson affirmed, he felt compelled to express the growing realm of trackability and loss of freedom, issues that are covered in this document.

This is a fitting Opinion for inclusion in the Vanishing Point document since the ability to locate wanted individuals by their purchasing habits is always just around the corner, lacking only the motivation to instigate such measures. The technology is already there with — as the Justice notes — “discount cards” that are used by so many people to purchase their foods and other goods.

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/322625.shtml

Justice James C. Nelson concurs.

I have signed our Opinion because we have correctly applied existing legal theory and constitutional jurisprudence to resolve this case on its facts.

I feel the pain of conflict, however. I fear that, eventually, we are all going to become collateral damage in the war on drugs, or terrorism, or whatever war is in vogue at the moment. I retain an abiding concern that our Declaration of Rights not be killed by friendly fire. And, in this day and age, the courts are the last, if not only, bulwark to prevent that from happening.

In truth, though, we are a throw-away society. My garbage can contains the remains of what I eat and drink. It may contain discarded credit card receipts along with yesterday’s newspaper and junk mail. It might hold some personal letters, bills, receipts, vouchers, medical records, photographs and stuff that is imprinted with the multitude of assigned numbers that allow me access to the global economy and vice versa.

My garbage can contains my DNA.

As our Opinion states, what we voluntarily throw away, what we discard–i.e., what we abandon–is fair game for roving animals, scavengers, busybodies, crooks and for those seeking evidence of criminal enterprise.

Yet, as I expect with most people, when I take the day’s trash (neatly packaged in opaque plastic bags) to the garbage can each night, I give little consideration to what I am throwing away and less thought, still, to what might become of my refuse. I don’t necessarily envision that someone or something is going to paw through it looking for a morsel of food, a discarded treasure, a stealable part of my identity or a piece of evidence. But, I’ve seen that happen enough times to understand–though not graciously accept–that there is nothing sacred in whatever privacy interest I think I have retained in my trash once it leaves my control–the Fourth Amendment and Article II, Sections 10 and 11, notwithstanding.

Like it or not, I live in a society that accepts virtual strip searches at airports; surveillance cameras; “discount” cards that record my buying habits; bar codes; “cookies” and spywear on my computer; on-line access to satellite technology that can image my back yard; and microchip radio frequency identification devices already implanted in the family dog and soon to be integrated into my groceries, my credit cards, my cash and my new underwear.

I know that the notes from the visit to my doctor’s office may be transcribed in some overseas country under an out-sourcing contract by a person who couldn’t care less about my privacy. I know that there are all sorts of businesses that have records of what medications I take and why. I know that information taken from my blood sample may wind up in databases and be put to uses that the boilerplate on the sheaf of papers I sign to get medical treatment doesn’t even begin to disclose. I know that my insurance companies and employer know more about me than does my mother. I know that many aspects of my life are available on the Internet. Even a black box in my car–or event data recorder as they are called–is ready and willing to spill the beans on my driving habits, if I have an event–and I really trusted that car, too.

And, I also know that my most unwelcome and paternalistic relative, Uncle Sam, is with me from womb to tomb. Fueled by the paranoia of “ists” and “isms,” Sam has the capability of spying on everything and everybody–and no doubt is. But, as Sam says: “It’s for my own good.”

In short, I know that my personal information is recorded in databases, servers, hard drives and file cabinets all over the world. I know that these portals to the most intimate details of my life are restricted only by the degree of sophistication and goodwill or malevolence of the person, institution, corporation or government that wants access to my data.

I also know that much of my life can be reconstructed from the contents of my garbage can.

I don’t like living in Orwell’s 1984; but I do. And, absent the next extinction event or civil libertarians taking charge of the government (the former being more likely than the latter), the best we can do is try to keep Sam and the sub-Sams on a short leash.

As our Opinion states, search and seizure jurisprudence is centered around privacy expectations and reasonableness considerations. That is true even under the extended protections afforded by Montana’s Constitution, Article II, Sections 10. and 11. We have ruled within those parameters. And, as is often the case, we have had to draw a fine line in a gray area. Justice Cotter and those who have signed the Opinion worked hard at defining that line; and I am satisfied we’ve drawn it correctly on the facts of this case and under the conventional law of abandonment.

That said, if this Opinion is used to justify a sweep of the trash cans of a neighborhood or community; or if a trash dive for Sudafed boxes and matchbooks results in DNA or fingerprints being added to a forensic database or results in personal or business records, credit card receipts, personal correspondence or other property being archived for some future use unrelated to the case at hand, then, absent a search warrant, I may well reconsider my legal position and approach to these sorts of cases–even if I have to think outside the garbage can to get there. �

Section 15: Hanging Out in the Mojave Desert — How It Was Done

The first video below (which is a YouTube object that will play if you click on it and wait a while) is a description of how Desertphile spent 22 months in the Mojave Desert — California and Nevada. Various things to be aware of when squatting in the desert is offered as is some good commentary on water and the people one might meet out there. The second video shows how a solar oven was made and how it’s used. �

Section 16: Some good comments offered by readers

Over the years many emails have come in to The Skeptic Tank commenting upon things within this document, many people offering suggested additions, changes, and sections that should be removed. One individual — CP is his initials; I didn’t get permission to use his name — offered most of the suggested comments which are provided in this section.

This is a living document — the web page has been viewed by millions of people, according to the web site statistics engine on the web site’s server, and this web page remains the single most read web page on all of Skeptic Tank since the enactment of the “USA PTRIOT Act” — and there are over half a million pages on The Skeptic Tank so that says a bit about this page — as well as a growing desire to escape the ever growing fascism in the United States.

Point of correction and commentary. This section will be added as more and more comments are received through email. Some of the suggestions have been so good that I have copied them from my inbound email mail box word for word.

  • A missing person’s report is generally not something that can be filed until some 24 hours after the person has gone missing — in most States of the Union. Additionally it usually requires a family member or some other unique “qualified” individual to file a missing person’s report.

Because of this, sposes who are attempting to vanish might consider getting themselves ready to do so ahead of time, ducking out and running as soon as their spouse leaves for work. The 24 hour rule may start with the time you were last seen, or it may start on the morning of your disappearance, or your State might not have such a rule.

Some States don’t apply the 24 hour rule if there is any indication that foul play was involved, or if there is any indication that you might be suicidal or harbor violent intentions of your own.

On the other hand, if you have a history of domestic difficulties and you suddenly go missing, suspicion may come down on your spouse and if it’s considered that your spouse might have done you in, the authorities may set aside any 24 hour rule for that reason as well.

Point being: You may or may not be afforded 24 hours before any law enforcement offer or agency feels the need to look for you. If you’re a minor, of course, the 24 hour rule is probably not going to apply, even if you have a history of running away from home.

  • If you are employed, make arrangements in advance. First off, stop looking at this stuff at work. Network administrators have on going logs for where their users visit when they are supposed to be working. Go to a public library, or if you have a laptop, do it from a wifi location. Don’t do it at home, because it is information that can be used against you. Don’t do it at work. Do it from a public place.
  • Begin to express your dislike for your employment, and if possible, have the quiet conversation with your boss about being a part of the next layoff. It comes with a serverance check. In some cases, you can prearrange to have your 401k liquidated giving you additional funds to vanish. If you don’t have a job to disappear from, there are fewer leads for your pursuers.
  • Carry as little cash as possible, but find safe places to hide cash. Scatter it around so that in the even one cache is found, you have others.
  • Change hair color and cut as soon as possible. If you are a man, grow or shave your mustache as soon as possible. Mustaches are readily spotted, but beards, not so much.
  • If you are going to squat, get a Boy Scout Handbook. The information contained is invaluable, including simple first aid and how to get spotted when you need to be. Also how to build a shelter, and how to survive in the wilderness.
  • If you are going to squat in the desert, the landscape is food and water. Learn what plants are edible. Realize that they will be a shock to your system and expect what is to be expected from a radical dietary shift.
  • Properly skinning your poached meat will protect it from flies. Learn how to properly skin animals. Properly tanning the hide of your poach will give you clothing and additional shelter. Learn how. Properly “jerking” your poach will prevent it from spoiling giving you food sources for a long time.
  • The US National Park Service has scores of backcountry hiking areas. Take your survival skills on a “test run”. When you are ready to “drop off the grid”, you will know what to expect.
  • Drop your car off at a border crossing. Preferably on the other side of the border. The additional headache of working with international agencies causes your pursuers to waste additional time negotiating jurisdiction. And the Mexican side of the border is where you want your center of operations to be. Walking back across the border during normal “rush” is an easy way to blend.

Consider using cameras at transportation facilities to your advantage. Buy your $500 beater car and park it the day before. Drive your own car to the airport, bus station, trainstation, etc. Go into restroom and change your clothes, cutting and destroying as previously mentioned.

If you can’t cut your hair, at least shave and acquire a new wig. You should have also destroyed your bag that you carried in. Go out the door and get into your beater car and drive away. Dump that car as quickly as possible and acquire a 3rd. Sell it to a car lot and it, in effect, disappears.

  • Put paper napkins around any glass, can or bottle that you drink from. Open push doors with the back of your hand. Wipe the counter tops of restrooms with a clean paper towel before you walk out and toss the papertowel into another trash can. Get in these habits before you leave.
  • Wear a hat… everywhere. Hat’s hide the face from cameras. Most cameras are higher than your head. Spend a lot of time looking at the counter. Or your shoes.
  • Find nomadic jobs. They don’t have insurance, but the people are communal and will help when they can. Rennaissance faires, traveling Carnivals, Migrant farm workers are all nomadic.

Also look for natural disasters. There is a lot of work to be done, and there is also meals and shelter. I am not saying that you should defraud the government and take relief funds, but if you were dishonest sort, you may be able to.

  • Many small towns don’t have daylabor programs, but if you are reasonably well groomed, you can get day labor by knocking on doors and asking the people of the house if they have some outside chores you can do in exchange for lunch. If they are friendly sorts, you may be able to work for them a couple of days, but don’t press your luck. If there isn’t, move on quickly.
  • Like others said, shed the baggage. No one wants to hear your sob story and how everyone is out to get you. You left and aren’t ready to be found yet. That’s all that you need to tell them.
  • Be prepared for a spiritual awakening. Be prepared to have a new appreciation for people and less appreciation for material things. Be prepared to learn how wonderful and cruel the human being can be. Learn to drop your grudges. Any heavy emotional baggage takes physical energy to contain and release. You are going to be tired and hungry and just won’t have the energy to maintain it.
  • If you decide to carry a gun, realize that you may be breaking laws of the state that you are in. Realize also that it can be taken away from you and used against you.

Know that guns and jewelry are quick pawns for quick money. If your pursuers know that you have a firearm and they have the serial number, they will track you down. If they don’t have that serial number, then a pawnbroker may not release your stuff for 90-120 days. Pawn and get out of town. Don’t use the same pawn shop, preferably don’t use the same town. If you can get away with it, don’t use the same name, address or phone number, either.

  • Dropping off the grid isn’t what most people do for a lifetime. It is what they do for a couple of months to get their heads on straight, gather up their courage to face whatever they are running from.

The longer you are off, the harder it is to get back on. The longer you are off, the less people are going to be willing to side with you. Once you drop off, realize when you try and get back on, your friends may be gone. So may your family. �

Section 17: Public Camps and National Forest Squatting

In the Angeles National Forest there are private camps which exist upon leased property, leased from the United States Forest Service or “grandfatheredt” in to otherwise National public lands as private holdings. One such camp was Camp Follows (see http://www.hikercentral.com/campgrounds/101704.html ) which no longer exists, another such camp is Camp Williams (see http://www.campwilliams.com/ ) which still exists and which classifies itself as a resort.

Such camps as one may find in the United States located in somewhat remote locations (such as Camp Williams is) may offer residential rental plots where a mobile trailer or even a cabin is located that one may rent, just as if it were a normal residential rental located within a city (Camp Williams has a mobile home park with units already on it as well as available slots for parking your own mobile home.)

Due to their remote locations and small populations, such camps can provide an environment within which to hide but they also provide an environment within which to re-establish oneself in society, a less populace place to live where you get to have some measure of control over who sees you, who you interact with. Private camps can be populated by people who disdain the “civilized world” and have what might be considered “alternative” modes of life somewhat removed from what society would consider to be “normal.”

There are other advantages about taking up residence in a small camp located otherwise remotely. If you are being sought, strangers who spend a great deal of time in the region are generally noticed, and anyone who talks with residents about you or someone close to your description will be talked about and it’s possible that you will learn of the interest being expressed by said strangers.

The down side to adopting residence in private camps like this is that they do cost money, the amount of which depends upon whether or not the area is favorable and accessible to wealthy people who aren’t trying to disappear in America. In addition to either purchasing the mobile home on existing property, there is also the usual monthly rental fees for parking your mobile home on the property, and of course there’s the utility bill fees that camps may also require you to pay, either metered individually else collectively as part of the plot rental.

Private camps may be sold or they may be otherwise closed and returned to either a State or Federal holding which means that residence in such camps may not be entirely secure. Camp Follows in the Angeles National Forest was sold to a foreign company and in the year 2006 the last of the residents were evicted, putting many people out on the streets (many of whom were then homeless and living out of their cars, prompting an abandoned cat crisis, see http://la.indymedia.org/news/2006/02/147322.php ) for a write-up and photographs of the cat rescue effort.)

When examining a private camp which provides residential housing, you should spend as much time as possible looking the place over, doing feet-on-the-ground research to see whether the camp provides both anonymity and well as an environment for disappearing and, if it is your goal, resurfacing under a new identity.

Note: Doing research on line leaves hints about what you were researching embedded in your web browser disk cache as well as web site log records which can be used to track you down. Feet-on-the-ground research in to a possible camp to disappear to eliminates the electronic trail. Alternatively, deliberately researching hundreds of camps across the United States and pretending to give a dozen or so such camps more focus and return web site visits might conceivably help to throw off the trail to the actual camp you go to.

What about squatting in a State or Federal park or forest?

As mentioned previously, the typical maximum duration stay for visitors to public lands is either one, two, or three weeks, after which the individual is expected to relocate a minimum set distance from the previous camp site, often 50 miles at minimum.

A great many public lands have illegal squatters on them, and law enforcement periodically performs sweeps and evicts such people, often after running them for wants and warrants and searching them and their possessions for contraband. In the Angeles National Forest a hideously filthy pollution problem developed as illegal gold miners squatted along the East Fork Road section of the San Gabriel River, many of them living there for years, many of them under the belief that they could do so after “staking claims” on public land.

There are no legal avenues for people to squat on public property in a National Forest. There are also no legal avenues for people to stake mining claims on public lands in a National Forest. There exist lawful mining of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management however one can’t carve out a section of public property, proclaim it belongs to them, and then proceed to live on the public property.

This is important to underscore for two reasons: First off, numerous web sites will tell you that mining on public lands is legal when in fact it may or may not be depending upon the region. Even places where a government agency sells you a mining permit actual mining in that region may be prohibited. If mining is permitted, suction dredging may be prohibited, and in any event living on the property in tents longer than the maximum permissible period of time is always prohibited.

Secondly, living in an illegal mining camp isn’t conducive to either disappearing or to rebuilding a normal or even quasi-normal life. In addition to the periodic narcotics and illegal alien sweeps, a narcotics-heavy existence along a crowded river or stream living in a tent isn’t a fun or comfortable life, it’s just marking time before you die, it’s not disappearing with the goal of resurfacing fresh with a new identity elsewhere. �

Section 18: Internet Research Before You Disappear

An Additional Review of Internet Research Before You Disappear

Most people are now aware that every time they visit a web site, send or receive an email, or do anything else online, an electric record of their activity is made and such information is easily retrieved by law enforcement agencies, often without a subpoena, court order, or warrant.

When you do research online prior to attempting to disappear, you leave behind records which can be used to not only track you down but to indict you if you’re doing research prior to or after the commission of a crime.

In the year 2007, a homicide detective in State other than California contacted The Skeptic Tank by starting from my identity taken from the public domain skeptictank.org registry records which lead the detective to the city I live in where-after he contacted the local Police Department which came to my residence and handed me a business card for the detective asking me to return his call.

When I received the business card and returned the call, I learned that this Vanishing Point web page is used by people who either commit murder else who plan to commit murder, reviewing the web page – at times placing it to paper – as part of their online homework in to such things as how to remove people’s heads and other identifying body parts and research in to how deep various lakes are in the prospective murderer’s region are.

The detective called to ask whether Vanishing Point had been updated since a particular date that he gave me, then he informed me that a man and his lover had murdered the lover’s husband, and one of the many web pages he and the woman had visited was Vanishing Point.

I told the detective that I considered some of the information provided here to be unworkable and I asked him his opinion about the feasibility of any of this information being useful.

He told me that the focus of the web page is not about committing crimes and attempting to avoid prosecution but rather about dropping out and rebuilding one’s life for wholly legitimate reasons, and as such he said he found the information useful and informative, not an impediment to legitimate law enforcement efforts. His opinion, like mine, is mixed.

The point about this section is that there should be no expectation that any of the research that people do on line is private. Even erasing your hard disk drive’s web browser’s cache, even running wipe software to fill erased disk sectors with zeros, even doing your best to eradicate records that you have control over isn’t sufficient to erase all tracks, your Internet Service Provider, your cable company, your email host, the web site servers that you visit, every router, bridge, or hub that retains records may contain traces of your research activities, all of which are easily obtained by law enforcement – or by private investigators who commit crimes by colluding with police to illegally seize such records.

Note: Anonymity proxy servers and other online services that seek to obscure your identity while on line do not provide enough security for hiding your identity and eliminating traceable electronic records. For some measure of on line security, you might research the Tor network (see http://www.torproject.org/ ) �

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There are Three Keys to Disappearing

MISINFORMATION is the art of taking every piece of data that exist about you deviating it and destroying it beyond recognition. The purpose for that is when a PI starts searching for you they will have various types of information about you. Be it a credit report, an old address, bank records, etc.

Your home phone number list every call you have ever made over a period of time, your cellular phone as well. Your frequent flyer with an airline lists every trip you logged. Car rental companies keep track of whom you are by your phone number, which leaves a record of every car you rented. Video stores keep your records by phone number, a good skip tracer can do a little social engineering and pretext the store and find various information about you. Your local internet provider lists every website you have surfed.

DISINFORMATION is making the PI’s file thicker disinformation has three parts, Hook – Line & Sinker. The hook is to bring a PI into an area of choosing and have them start searching for the subject. The line is having them find information about my subject. The sinker is having the PI believe they are on the trail of my subject and keep trying to reel them in.

Disinformation is my favorite part when it comes to teaching someone how to disappear. To me it is the sneaky aspect of leaving the breadcrumbs for the PI to find or who ever is looking for my subject. Disinformation makes the file thick and eventually causes mass confusion.

REFORMATION is the action of taking my client from point A to point B. Our goal is to be confident that who ever is searching for my client does not find them. Before I work with a client a few things I need to know, one being are they staying in the country or not.

If I am working with a client who is looking to go offshore, I need to know how THEY plan to expatriate their money. I am not an attorney nor an accountant so I do not give advice in those matters. I am very cautious in this area since there is a lot of legality and I do not want to aid anybody in money laundering.

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MARTIAL LAW SURVIVAL GUIDE

MARTIAL LAW SURVIVAL GUIDE
Author: J. Croft @ http://www.freedomguide.blogspot.com/
This article will start off assuming that the Reader (you) is already subject to MARTIAL LAW; that is, the “suspension” of the Constitution. Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocations, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted chumps in black wielding assault rifles. Basic survival tips will be followed by more detailed ideals on how to counter this coup against the population. The remainder will apply IF you’re reading this before MARTIAL LAW is imposed by the current corrupt government. IF you are reading this while you still nominally under Constitutional Law, it’s urgent you read from the beginning to end so as to appreciate the opportunities you currently have to not only protect yourself and yours, but to attempt to stop a coup.�

SECTION ONE: SURVIVING MARTIAL LAW�

Rule #1�
Never take the government’s word at face value-except when they tell you that they’ll kill you.�

Government-it’s components of career politicians, bureaucratic vermin, and SS ninja wannabes live, have lied. For a lot longer than you’d think. It’s the very job; being part of an empire wrapped in the cloak of American political traditions of Freedom, that corrupts. All that power, attracting the most venal along with the most patriotic to defend America. All that license under ever mutable law written by money whores to lie, steal, embezzle, blackmail, extort, poison, torture, enslave, murder. Is it any wonder then that such human scum would get together and work “the system” to set themselves up as kings, dispensing with the pretty coverings of Constitutional limitations that trip their crimes like a prom dress? Taking as much as they can, while keeping YOU ASLEEP AS YOU LET YOURSELF BE SEDUCED AND PUT ASLEEP BY THEIR FELLOW TRAVELLERS IN THE MEDIA AND CORPORATE BOARDS? Yes: a lot of the blame can be laid on your shoulders, American. You dropped the ball with going along with not finding the truth about JFK’s assassination. Dropped the ball with MLK, RFK, Malcolm X. Dropped the ball with Vietnam, the air trafficker’s strike that Reagan crushed, Iran-Contra. Dropped the ball with the 92 election-picking that drug runner and murderer Bill Clinton because he was charming… like a pimp. And boy did he pimp you out at the expense of Randy Weaver and his family, the 81 casualties at Waco, the peoples of the former Yugoslavia. You were too busy following Michael Jordan and watching Friends. Then you assholes really dropped it when George W. Bush STOLE the Presidency, with the media not even allowing a Ross Perot to run. If you would’ve elected him in 1992 in fact America could’ve been saved. BUT, you’d rather take government careerists at their word and plan your next outing to the mall than save your nation. Save your jobs, your freedoms, YOUR government. Now it’s gone. The criminals that have systematically taken over YOUR government they’ve removed the last vestiges of Constitutional law. Now its law by the barrels of their assault rifles in your face-do ANYTHING other than obey in utter fear and you’re dead. Or worse. You listened to their lies for over a century, you and your ancestors-where has it gotten you? Don’t take their word on any “news” they have. Nor take their advice, their “assistance” their laws at face value because they manipulate everything they do to screw you. What you can take their word on is, if you DON’T go along with them screwing you, they’ll kill you for it.�

Rule #2�
KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!�

Do NOT tell anyone anything that could get you in trouble. Assume anything can get you in trouble, because it probably will. Especially with any government official, but anyone looking to gaining a favor with the state can and will snitch on you. The rat who would sell you out for his thirty pieces could be: *A small businessman looking for an in with the state so he can make money a little easier. *A former friend who’s looking to get some revenge. *Someone desperate for even some food. Times are tough and will get tougher. Again, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! Review the remaining rules of surviving MARTIAL LAW with Rule #2 ALWAYS in mind. Because some rat on two legs you say the wrong thing to WILL snitch to the “authorities” in exchange for favors or even brownie points… and then you get to find out how ironclad Rule #1 is. KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT!!�

Rule #3�
ANY AUTHORITY FIGURE IS THE ENEMY!�

Unless you are waging a war of liberation-gathering intelligence or spreading disinformation or infiltrating-have no relation with nor voluntary contact with any soldier, police officer, bureaucrat, or anyone in authority in private life cooperating with MARTIAL LAW. Review Rule #1: they’re all liars, con artists, hustlers, thieves, and murderers. Same goes to any fellow travelers in big business; they and government have been in the same bed for a century. Stay away from them as much as possible. Tell them lies. Don’t do any business with them. Unless they’re sticking a gun in your face don’t even acknowledge that they exist. Shun them, their family and any sycophants that fawn over them for a few favors.�

Rule #4�
YOUR PERSONAL SURVIVAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OBEYING ANY DICTATE!�

If you’re prohibited from having an item that helps you survive, get the item, and review Rule #2 AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. If you’re prohibited from having extra food, medicine, guns (no brainer) then you will CACHE your prohibited items in a place where it won’t easily be found. Foods, after properly sealed for storage and medicines can be placed in hollow spaces in walls, floorboards, stairs, behind false walls in closets, or even in a hidden underground pantry dug underneath your foundation or basement. Firearms are metallic; they can be detected by metal detectors unless you store them deep underground or in a place they won’t think of looking right away… like sealed in wider metallic tubes, or away from your property. And if you by chance acquire or keep firearms knowing HOW TO USE THEM (sight alignment, trigger squeeze) and RELOADING AMMUNITION will be mandatory. Dry firing a empty gun at a target is one way to practice. Even better is getting an air gun, paint some targets on a sheet of paper and going at it until you can aim and land every round in the black as fast as possible.)�

Rule #5�
While keeping the above rules in mind ALWAYS HELP OUT THOSE WHO ARE RESISTING!�

They, unlike you, have decided that there’s nothing to lose and therefore deserve anyone’s help who’s willing to risk their lives. You think MARTIAL LAW is going away on it’s own? Those bastards in black will have a sudden change of heart and do something worthwhile for a change and not oppress you? I like to dream too… The VERY LEAST: have extra food, water for resistance fighters, basic medical supplies, ammo caches (hint, these should be concealed). A secret room either built from some closet space or under the home can house a couple of fighting Patriots. Those who fight will need to keep hidden, yet able to communicate with fellow fighters. You can be a intermediary. You have skills, like welding, machine tools, chemistry? You can take that secret room and make weapons, ammo, other things the resistance needs. You have inside information? Share it. You have videographer experience, tools? Make how-to videos on resisting the theft of your freedoms. You have medical training? Set up a underground hospital. Not all Patriots can or should pick up a rifle and blow a traitor’s head off. Riflemen need ammo, food, a place to rest, medical assistance, repairs for their weapons, intel on their next target. Most of all they and you need each other because a man alone doesn’t stand a chance. Only by uniting in common cause with all one has to offer can the traitors be defeated, and Freedom restored to the land. … If you’re not at least giving aid to those helping to liberate you put this article down, go back to being a victim of government oppression; maybe you can get by being a pathetic lackey they’ll thieve from and occasionally beat or take sex from.�

Rule #6�
With the utmost care develop a SURVIVAL NETWORK.�

This is a group of people with skills and/or resources who can help each other in areas they would be lacking on their own. It could be anything from extra food, medicine, repair parts, fuel, and transportation-whatever. In any given neighborhood you can have machinists (weapon makers), medical personnel, drivers (good knowledge of local roads), and gardeners (agriculture knowledgebase). Petty bureaucrats secretly opposing martial law are prime candidates to spy, steal, or commit sabotage. Computer technicians can hack government systems and create surveillance systems and guidance packages for missiles. Construction workers can build secret rooms to hide anything from a arms cache to a secret factory. People in the media can smuggle cameras and work with computer techs to: bug enemy meetings, produce freedom media that documents successful means of resisting and present government atrocities for the reasons why. Salesmen can “borrow” merchandise from their stores for use-anything and everything is useful. Especially useful will be disgruntled cops and military who can provide everything from intel on raids to weapons to training. Keep the numbers of your group “small”: smaller cells are more difficult to penetrate by enemy agents and professional snitches. Keeping that in mind, a means of communication independent from wiretapped phones and audible eavesdropping devices must be developed amongst you. Runners can be a athlete or a kid on a bike. They can carry small packages, or notes with a handy breakable vial of flammable liquid if discovered. With a sealed packet of potassium chlorate taped to it the gasoline(preferable) will automatically ignite; otherwise you’ll have to actually light that incriminating evidence. A mail drop can be a home, a hollowed out tree trunk, a hole in the ground, a open fence pole-anything. Just be sure it’s discreetly out of sight of surveillance. If God’s really liking you, one of your group will be a SMART SURVIVALIST. This will be a exceedingly rare breed, because most in this group were smart enough to begin preparing for the collapse to begin with. They WEREN’T smart enough to avoid detection of their awareness and distrust of government. They signed form 4477 registration forms for their firearms, used credit cards and checks for their weapon and ammunition purchases, registered for weapons permits, or registered themselves with gun clubs and shooting organizations. These people more than likely got swept up in pre-dawn raids or got blasted resisting. No the SMART SURVIVALIST prepared-and kept his mouth shut about those preps. He or she never signed federal permit forms for purchases or carry license. He or she presented a “average American” profile or totally disappeared. Get or find one in your group and you’ll have a literal treasury of knowhow and resources to survive… maybe even start taking back a little?�

Rule #7�
AVOID GOVERNMENT MONITORING AND CONTROL!�

Know where the cameras are and how to avoid them. Know who patrols where, and what routine they follow so as to avoid contact. Know your snitches and always feed them b.s. if you can’t avoid them. Find ways around checkpoints. Side streets, forest paths, neighbor’s yard, railroad tracks, tunnels; whatever go arounds to getting from point a to point b without a pack of government troops searching you, checking your ID. I can’t and won’t go into detail; how you find your ways is up to you.�

Rule #8�
AVOID A GOVERNMENT ROUNDUP.�

It could be from a disaster, a attack, or even because they’ve decided to end the pretense and show you what they really think of you and your “rights”. You’ll just wind up in a detention camp where your freedom of movement and resources will be strictly controlled. That means having a place to go away from your area, a means to get there, and supplies. Very difficult to do in a martial law situation, with shortages and rationing at gunpoint. Remember the victims of Hurricane Katrina; how they were set up to be stranded in New Orleans by the government? How they were constantly baited with false hope of rescue for a week after the catastrophe? How they eventually were herded by FEMA into concentration camps? You disregard Rule #1, you’ll find out. Get a safe house of your own-a friend or a abandoned home, a empty storefront or even a patch of woods. When the troops start going street to street, house to house have escape routes by lesser used streets, trails, whatever. You may have to go on foot, so have a light backpack with a few days worth of nonperishable food, portable water purifier, a first aid kit, a light sleeping bag-and your weapon. A mountain bike may be a more optimal and versatile escape mode than your road-dependent car. Better to be on the run, desperate-and have your freedom-than be imprisoned in a FEMA slave camp.�

Rule #9�
Find a way you can successfully resist.�

Probably not with guns or bombs unless you have the training, but there’s plenty of ways you can monkey-wrench the basic functioning of the state during MARTIAL LAW. If you work for the state you have plenty of opportunities to mess things up, but even private firms are subcontracted by the government. You know who’s just earning a paycheck, who’s backing this war against the people, and who’s getting off on “just following orders”. If you can take action, great; concentrate most of your planning on getting away with the job. Otherwise, get contacts with Patriots and be the most reliable source of intelligence you can be. Every bit of drag on the government beast helps-perhaps in botching that paperwork, breaking that surveillance camera in disguise, or misdirecting that bureaucrat or soldier cop that act might be the beginning of a butterfly effect of bringing down the state of MARTIAL LAW and restoring Freedom to our nation. Always keep that in mind. You must find your own way, but find it you must if you want what was stolen from you back.�

SECTION 2: HOW DO YOU TAKE A NATION BACK THAT’S UNDER MARTIAL LAW?�

To be honest it’s probably the most difficult challenge anyone can face. Because you’re starting a conflict from scratch inside the belly of the beast. You can’t fight for territory when you’ve only got a few guns against divisions of enemy troops equipped with automatic weapons, armor, air support, the pitiful acquiescence of a “people” who long ago gave up Liberty for the trap of existence of a childlike, cushy debt slavery.�

So the smart coup leaders that prosecute a martial law takeover will do it against a population that’s already been pacified in one way or another. Now with the gilding stripped off their chains they’re as frightened hostages willing to go along with ANYTHING massah state wants so long as they have some semblance of their former “lives”. Aside from sickened, disgruntled vets, the American People; untrained in the military arts or even basic survival have been pacified-or the coup would never have taken place.�

It is simply fear of loss after being so coddled, so divorced as a culture from personal responsibility -although enough exposure to fear and the human psyche has a way of becoming psychologically inured to it… which can lead to anger, and then revenge.�

No: better way to pacify is to bring it on in a overwhelming torrent onto a population unprepared for it, unprepared for hardships. Take away their culture, their moral cores, their connections to God. Ply them with trinkets and baubles and other junk-get them to find solace in material things, in distractions like spectator sports, television. “Our” junk culture.�

Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture while their means of sustenance-their jobs-are shipped overseas piecemeal, so they don’t wake up.�

Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture while their rights are legislated into impotence, irrelevance to the state’s enforcers.�

Keep them hypnotized by a junk culture, as even the know how of being able to survive outside the system; basics like growing food, repairing stuff, marksmanship is slowly stifled.�

And all the time tell them they’re free and prosperous. Eventually you’ll have a people much like modern America’s dumbed down materialistic debt slave. Such a people as ours, fed lies about our evil corrupt system as you find on TV are ready for a fall now as I write this. All that’s needed is a plausible pretext, a cover story for the sheeple to accept the loss of their freedom in exchange for a impression of security in a land where the plenty of food and goods has been taken away.�

Now some will see through the b.s.; but Humans can be stubbornly stupid when it comes to misdirected hope. These slaves, in every sense of the word, will actually defend the system that has enslaved them. Such is the enemy’s genius at their social engineering. All those slavishly obeying the state in a martial law environment for some forlorn hope that their lives will somehow go back to the false paradise of the late 20th century will in effect be the enemy themselves.�

You won’t be alone. The enemy’s genius is formidable, but not perfect. Quite frankly they’re overconfident-and even if they weren’t they’re not God. They can’t see all and will make fatal mistakes. The question will be, will you be man enough to exploit those mistakes to bring their downfall and save the Human Race?�

How to beat the state when it has all the cards; can’t take on an army with a pistol… but you can take on one of it’s soldiers when you sneak up on him when they’re not looking for it. If you’re skilled with a rifle you can kill at distance and sneak off… if you have a suppressor on your weapon you can do a whole lot of killing and not be detected. If you know chemistry, you can come up with all sorts of nasty stuff that can do damage to the enemy’s expensive stuff.�

If you have friends or fellow travelers you can do a lot more damage, even recruit if you have a video camera, editing system, and dvd duplicators(get someone skilled in video production) to advertise your victories and how others can duplicate your efforts, plus why they should fight in the first place.�

If you’re successful your area of operations will be overflowing with Patriots looking to bag as many jack booted thugs, bureaucrats and other traitors as they can get at. The excess Patriots can then spread out to other areas of our country, replicating as best they can what you’ve done.�

With whole regions of the country infiltrated and secured secret industry can develop. Light weapons can be constructed at first, but eventually heavy weapons will be designed and made, and distributed. Ammunition, food, fuel, medicine-all can be manufactured on or made with basic machine tools and chemistry.�

The time will come… if the enemy still clings to their forlorn hope of defeating the American People with the brainless thugs and sheeple that lick their boots… the time will come that OPEN WARFARE can begin and territory openly liberated. After that… it’ll probably devolve into a stalemate. The enemy isolated in their city/prison states unable to retake the surrounding countryside, but the Patriots not having enough strength to retake the cities. Or perhaps enough time because either the enemy develops some funky new super weapon or their continued control of military assets overseas causes a outside power to intervene… on whose side… who knows?�

BUT LET’S NOT LET THIS SCENARIO PLAY OUT!�

Because a MARTIAL LAW will lead to CIVIL WAR… and national destruction… what I just described to you.�

Let’s NOT have a civil war, and spend the next century rebuilding. Much better to organize right now, as I write in October, 2005! We still have a political process we can use if we learn how to use it effectively. We can together find a small town and take it over-like the Libertarian’s Free State Projects, only focused onto one town. Take that over, free it, and spread out from there. We as Americans need a standing example of what a Free State is; since we don’t have the numbers to take over a state, we have to take over a town… so we can get the numbers to take over a state.�

Even some in the traitorous elite don’t want to see MARTIAL LAW because they recognize the exquisite control and enslavement the current American political system has over Americans, and want to keep their power. They can be used and then abused.�

Individually, if you have guns, bury spares of your fighting arms, or sell them privately to new Patriot recruits. This will get easier as deteriorating conditions bring the reality of our situation home, and the government’s conduct in New Orleans make personal preparation a priority.�

Buy lots of ammo, food, medicine, and reloading supplies. Get these at gun shows for CASH ONLY. Go to gun shows while they’re still legal!�

Find books on basic manufacturing processes-that’s vital!�

If you have EVER joined a gun group, bought guns and ammo with credit cards, checks, and/or signed registration forms and permits HIDE AND/OR SELL YOUR EXCESS GUNS TO MOTIVATED PATRIOTS! You WILL be searched first on “The Day”, and if so much as a empty shell casing’s found you can count on being starved, beaten and raped to death in a internment camp. Or maybe they’ll take you anyway for being on record.�

Start driving around: look for abandoned homes, businesses, and roads or trails that’ll get you to them. Caves, forest haunts, old barns, the nastiest trailer in that tired old trailer park.�

When you recruit, don’t let them put their names on any forms that could implicate them in the eyes of the government. Keep their profile low, Patriots will need infiltrators, safe houses and spies… can’t do that if you’re still running around openly displaying a “I’m the NRA” sticker or a Gadsden Flag. Sorry.�

Take your Recruits and:�
*Toughen them up. Camping, survival courses, hand to hand combat courses. Even getting them to let their TV gather dust to do… anything will be of benefit. Demonstrations, projects, meetings, find places to hole up like anything without people around…�

*Shooting, and lots of it! Paintball to teach tactics. A range of some sort for battle rifle practice. Airguns and required turning in of targets for their own practice-the airsoft guns are coming along as viable training tools and as soon as they perfect a paintball that’ll cycle through them you should splurge a couple hundred bucks and get some guns and paintballs.�

*Group buy ammo, parts, food, knowledge, a legal fiction to acquire property not under your own name, nor any connection to you. Have your stashes in several small units throughout the area you figure you’re going to operate. The more the better, and, no one person should have knowledge of where all the caches are at. A cache should have ammo for the standard weapon/caliber your group should standardize on. I recommend a military pattern rifle in 7.62NATO, along with spare parts because they’ll break down with all the shooting and abuse you’re gonna heap on them. Enough ammo to refill all your carry mags for a mission. Also, nonperishable food. Should have lots of calories, carbs, and protein. Medical supplies. …�

No you’re not going to get a lot of recruits. The enemy’s cultural weapons are pretty damn powerful, and their mind control of Americans is exquisite-but not foolproof! On occasion a event will occur that will defy their spin control and b.s.-like the live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and their criminal abandonment of the Black Community to die in that open sewer so they’ll abandon the city to foreclosers wanting a “Las Vegas on the Gulf”. Point out the criminal abandonment of the government of their People. A lot of eyes were opened by that hurricane, and not all of them are going to shut again by the system’s lies. Take your opportunities as they come.�

I have a plan of peaceful political action that can be used, so here’s a excerpt of my essay, “Message to Mr. and Mrs. America” at my blog freedomguide.blogspot.com:�

Taking back the government-peacefully!�

This is the preferable manner of us as groups reclaiming our Freedom. To be effective, one must have a understanding of America’s political system as it relates to our cause. We have a president, a vice-president and their agents, a congress, a federal judicial system, and the duplication of this political layout among the states. Beyond that you have the many thousands of county and local governments. So what will work?�

Take over the presidency?�

It’s long been proven that unless you have the blessings of the two official parties of this nation, you cannot seriously run for president. The closest independent candidate was Ross Perot back in 1992, and even being a billionaire didn’t shield him from getting shredded by the media.�

So, assuming the voting machines are honest (not) and the media’s fair (not) you need the machine of a major party backing you (won’t happen).�

And the president can only do so much; America’s system of government is extremely compartmentalized, so that unless you have a common ideology and party mechanism guiding and controlling the various components, it’s impossible for one man to dictate policy. So a independent party president, one lone person against the rest of the hydra headed federal monstrosity is not only impossible, it’s retarded even planning such a thing.�

Congress?�

Congress is made up of 540 members-100 senators and the rest in the house of representatives. All are elected in staggered election cycles so it would take approximately a decade of successful nationwide campaigning to create a majority party. Yes, congress writes the laws and taking it back is essential in our struggle, but even factoring out the two official parties and their political machines the structure of this body demands a massive political machine of our own.�

Massive organizations that have a hierarchical structure have been penetrated, subverted and corrupted by our enemies since the beginning of time. It’s a process that to them is a natural as breathing. Then there’s all the fundraising that will be needed and we’re not rich-the only ones with money in America are the same pack of vampires who’ve been sucking us dry. So a singular, national organization will not be successful.�

Independent and rogue candidates however do have some success. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Ron Paul of Texas, and at one time James Trafficant of Ohio sadly represent the successes. Most candidates are attorneys who’ve long ago prostituted themselves. They whore themselves to the political machine that will take them where they want to go. All they want is power and in exchange have legislated the monstrosity American government has become. The democrats and republicans, their bosses for all practical purposes appoint these elitists their congressional seats and they’re prepared to spend whatever cash it takes to take or retain that seat. Vote fraud of course is part of their arsenal.�

There are no rich left in these times who would willingly sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor-they’re either sold out or scared. So any candidates for congress will have to be raised and funded by us. That means we have to do it in a grass roots manner. We have to build not one political machine, but a army of political machines that are independent of one another, yet cooperative.�

Many small parties, one common agenda.�

This form of political resistance lends itself naturally to our groups. It will go like this:�

The group helps other groups form. They in turn during the next local election cycle turn out and get the candidates they choose elected in town and county governments. Much of the oppressive laws plaguing us are drafted and enforced locally. Taking over local governments will not only give the freedom groups relief from local law enforcement harassment, it will give us the tools to revoke and repeal such things as:�

Property taxes that allow the government to seize that home you’re working a lifetime to pay for if you miss one “rent” installment. Those in power whine that property taxes are for the schools and the children-isn’t that what their gambling rackets known as the lotto are for? And they’re willing to make you and yours homeless for the children… such evil makes me just want to shoot them. But let’s try not to go there yet.�

All those damned zoning restrictions, regulations, speed trap traffic laws designed to churn up “tax” revenue, laws criminalizing all sorts of things and actions that bother nobody. Think of any local ordinance that seems to have been drafted by a neurotic control freak… the list would be endless really!�

Un-Constitutional, pro criminal gun control legislation. A big part of their program’s disarming us so that we’re helpless and have to rely on them exclusively for protection, establishing dependence. Not that the cops are legally obligated to your personal protection of course.�

Anything that pledges cooperation with state and federal authorities, at least until we take our nation back!�

Another book recommendation: HOW TO WIN A LOCAL ELECTION. Should be in your local bookstore.�

When we take back a local government and bring that jurisdiction back into line with the classic tenants of American government, it will be a beacon of light, an example of successful peaceful resistance. It will immediately inspire and launch similar efforts in neighboring communities. Each composed of small, decentralized groups working together on the big problem, so that one day they can afford to bicker on the small stuff-that the Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Christian Patriots and Conservatives currently do. So together, with control of enough cities and townships, the combined efforts of those groups can take over counties. With control of enough counties, an entire state can be taken over by our groups.�

Why take that next step? The list of things we can do when we take back our local governments is vast, but then there would be the call to centralize governmental control with state and federal authorities. So when this begins we must be as aggressive as possible-being examples to others, advising, and most importantly WE MUST NOT FIGHT AMONGST OURSELVES OVER STUFF WE CAN DEBATE AFTER WE RETAKE OUR LAND! Backbiting will be exploited by our enemies; it will be our biggest downfall.�

And if we can take the nation back…�

There are many things we must do immediately, as soon as we can take back control of America’s destiny.�

(1)Secure our borders from any further infiltration. Whatever that takes, whatever manpower’s available, we must find a way to seal up thousands of miles of hinterland border, and many thousands of miles more of coastline. This will take bringing our troops and ships home, and in effect end America’s era of being used as a tool of global empire. It will be good, as being number one just makes you the one everyone else wants to take out.�

At the same time, a heightened state of alert must be maintained if another power were to take advantage of our transitional phase and attempt some economic or military adventure against our interests. America will be painfully contracting from it’s global economic empire as we attempt to revive a self-sufficient free republic and the last thing we’ll need is for Muslims seeking revenge against the Empire, or China rolling the dice on a military adventure against us.�

(2)Impose a flexible series of tariffs so that no matter where on Earth a imported good is made, it’s cost after going through customs is just a few percent more than one made in America-with all the taxes still imposed. This must be implemented by law for I’d calculate twenty years; because this is the minimum time required to rebuild America’s manufacturing economy. The rest of the world’s just going to have to learn to live economically without the American consumer, and the American consumer is going to have to learn basic economics. It will be a horrifically shocking adjustment, and lead to a economic collapse-of the mega corporations. It’s the bitterest medicine, but America and Americans have become almost terminally sick with the current system imposed upon us and those that don’t immediately take steps to save themselves will need some hard lessons quick to bring them back to reality.�

AND WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO?�

Most important thing you can do? Pray. I’m serious. Don’t do it in some gay mega-church and tithe to some blow-dried huckster-do it like Jesus taught. Find a quiet place, quiet your mind, and open your heart. God WILL talk to you , or at least convey some feeling. You can’t listen because you’re out of practice listening so, practice. Eventually God will talk to you, and it’s in your best interest to listen because God does love you!�

He isn’t looking to burn you for eternity for your petty imperfections. He’s looking to liberate His People-all of us. Can’t liberate a people if they’re dead from some “bible prophecy” going on as scripted: wouldn’t the events of Revelation carried out as written be a victory for the devil… wanting to possess and destroy? Humanity’s all but destroyed in the end of that book. Why not fight to derail that outcome?�

The following guide will help you plan, prepare, and get ready in the event that martial law threatens you safety and well being. It is divided into two parts. The first part describes the framework for martial law and the second part the actions to take in preparing for the actual declaration of martial law.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Martial law is defined as: military rule or authority imposed on a civilian population when the civil authorities cannot maintain law and order, as in a time of war or during an emergency.
  • Hitler turned Germany into a Nazi dictatorship through executive orders.
  • All communications media are to be seized by the Federal Government. Radio, TV, newspapers, CB, Ham, telephones, and the internet will be under federal control. Hence, the First Amendment will be suspended indefinitely.
  • All electrical power, fuels, and all minerals well be seized by the federal government.
  • All food resources, farms and farm equipment will be seized by the government. You will not be allowed to hoard food since this is regulated.
  • All modes of transportation will go into government control. Any vehicle can be seized.
  • All civilians can be used for work under federal supervision.
  • Establishes presidential control over all US citizens, businesses, and churches in time of “emergency.”
  • Directs various Cabinet officials to be constantly ready to take over virtually all aspects of the US economy during a State of National Emergency at the direction of the president.
  • Directs FEMA to take control over all government agencies in time of emergency. FEMA is under control of executive branch of the government.
  • “ASSIGNMENT OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSIBILITIES”, “A national emergency is any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or other emergency that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States. Policy for national security emergency preparedness shall be established by the President.” This order includes federal takeover of all local law enforcement agencies, wage and price controls, prohibits you from moving assets in or out of the United States, creates a draft, controls all travel in and out of the United States, and much more.
  • Martial law can be declared due to natural disasters, Y2k Crisis, Stock Market crash, no electricity, riots, biological attack, …. anything leading to the breakdown of law and order.

SURVIVING MARTIAL LAW

  • Prepare before any declaration of martial law by becoming self reliant. You may become subject to a bureaucratic system and be prepared to stay one step ahead of it which is easy to do if you are prepared and in a position to be self reliant. You may also face mob rule, chaos, panic, or a complete breakdown in law and order. Surival situations may be easier to handle in rural areas than urban.
  • Avoid areas of marital law. Can be imposed due to natural disasters or man caused events. Important to have a retreat or place in a rural area away from populated areas.
  • Create alliances with like minded neighbors or community members that share your views. Team work and numbers may help your situation.
  • Become transparent in the sense that you do not draw attention to yourself or your family. For instance, do not tell people that you are storing food just store food. Be prepared to render assistance to neighbors if need be. You never know when you will need them.
  • Remain calm! Do not panic.
  • Avoid areas of civil unrest if possible. If caught in civil unrest take appropriate action.
  • Get informed and stay informed. Understand martial law can be a temporary crisis or an extended one. In extreme cases the shape of a whole nation can change.
  • Declaration of martial law means your rights are suspended and it is government by decree. Your constitutional rights may no longer apply. This could mean a state of National Emergency.
  • People can be arrested and imprisoned indefinitely without charges.
  • Freedom of speech and freedom of assembly can be suspended, and censorship of the media imposed.
  • Gun ownership will also come under severe attack during marital law. We could see house to house searches by the military or National Guard looking for guns and seizing any they find along with stored food.
  • Take a stand on issues and make a choice that fits your beliefs and the situation. Do you believe as Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death?” Realize you may have some hard choices to make. Understand you may have to sacrifice your principles on trivial matters or take a hard stand. Always remember that you may have to come back and fight another day.

http://www.infiniteunknown.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/surviving-martial-law.pdf�

Infra Red Detection

Infra Red Detection and the Sniper

By Paul Mickey

http://www.snipercountry.com/articles.htm

In Hot Tips & Cold Shots …Fieldcraft… Thermal Detection, there are some pretty gloomy postings about IR detection. As an electrical utility thermographer, I might shed some light (pun intended) on the subject. To qualify this, I am using the latest (I think) commercially available FLIR product, and am a level II thermographer, (total formal IR training: 2 weeks-experience using IR equipment: about 5 years.) I believe I am at least familiar with IR. Granted, my life is not depending on avoiding IR detection, so I guess I can have my opinions pretty safely. These are my observations about IR imagers using civilian equipment and are…… “just my opinion”. It’s up to you and yours to check them out in your world.

This is WAY brief, believe it or not. Anyone interested can email for more. This is about THERMAL detection, not IR illuminating sources for “starlight” scopes.

IR is not Xray, Hollywood bedamned-it cannot detect a differential heat image through common solid materials, plastic film (black or otherwise) being an exception. However, a good imager system can see through holes in a masking material (“IR masking” camo net). And if you are inside a dumpster, bodyheating the bad guy’s side, he can “see” the hot spot on the dumpster’s outside. But if you are not leaning (heating) against that side, he can’t “see you”. Your body heat will not be detected behind most readily available unholed blinding materials if you are not differentially warming/cooling those materials or allowing your own IR to reflect off of something behind/over you. BUT, if the shielding materials are alien to the surroundings, the material itself will probably stand out. See below.

Glass will not allow your THERMAL image to transmit (pass) through; same as the dumpster scenario. The lenses of IR imagers are made of exotic nonglass materials because of this.

Every piece (cluster) of matter, including gasses, emits IR if it is above Absolute Zero (minus 459.69 degrees F). The warmer a body gets, the more IR it will emit. Eventually it will enter the visible spectrum as it gets “red hot”.

The surface of a piece of matter is where IR is emitted. Altering an object’s surface will alter the rate at which IR is emitted. Stoveblack is a classic example.

Materials physically different from each other will likely emit IR at different rates. BUT the differences may be very slight.

IR imaging (read DETECTION) depends upon two objects having one or more differences in Temperature, Emissivity/Reflectivity, and Absorption of the compared objects. For this application, we can forget about Absorption, and you should all understand Temperature. Now, E + R = 100%, thus the more emissive a surface is, the less reflective. If two dissimilar objects are at the same temperature, a high E will “look” hotter to an IR imager than a low E, thus forming an image. Objects with different Temperatures and the right E’s could “look” the same, thus forming NO image. Two objects with similar temperatures and similar emissivities will present an unclear, poorly defined image. Herein lies your IR strength.

Here are some Emissivity values for a few materials, all in percents, all plus/minus a point or two. These are for short wavelength commercial imagers and may vary slightly for long wavelength/long range military/LE equipment. Military techies should have similar emissivity tables for your equipment.

Material : Emissivity
Human skin : 97
Black vinyl electrical tape : 97
Surface sprayed with Dr. Scholl’s aerosol foot powder : 96
Water : 95
Rubber, black, hard : 94
Glass, smooth : 94
Plywood, raw lumber : 90-95
Most painted surfaces (NON aluminum paint) : 90-95
Aluminum based paints, depending on formula : 30-50
Oxidized (blued, parkerized) steel : around 90
Snow : 82-85
“Most” organics (vegetation) : around 80
Cloth, untreated : around 80 (Cotton was a plant too)
BDU fabric, treated : ????????? I would like to know.
Sand : 76
Clay : 40
Gravel : 38
Aluminum, bare and “shiny” (read “spaceblanket”) : under 10

Note the materials that cluster around 95, 80, 40, and 10

Now, to apply IR-101: In all of the scenarios below, remember that your body (or ANYTHING above absolute zero) emits IR in ALL directions. If there is a reflective object behind or beside you, it will pick up your IR and reflect it like you were a light bulb. Whichever situation and methods you use, if you have the opportunity, have an ally check you out from a flank with your best IR detection equipment. Or get the flyboys to check you out with FLIR’s namesake. Do this by day AND night, as the sun will do weird (but predictable) things to the differential temps.

The BEST way to protect yourself from IR detection is get behind/under what is already there, and DON’T change the temperature of it. Since you obviously have to see and perhaps reach out, do so through the smallest portal(s) you can handle. Those “man-sized” targets detectable at 1100 yards are just that – man-sized – not the size of your nose and right eye. Remember that glass reflects some IR (100 – 94 = 6%), and the sky (space) is cold (approaching Absolute Zero), so if your scope is reflecting not sun, but sky, it will look COLD. If you have on a scope sunshade that is hot, the internal IR of the sunshade will reflect out as HOT.

I believe the GI Woodland BDU’s are treated with an IR emittance reducer. If so, the “cloth” E figure in the table will change and you have to adjust for the following discussion. Or obtain untreated camo fabric or defeat that treatment (starch, I believe). The IR reducing treatment makes sense for a situation where the woods is cooler than 98.6 F. I hope the Desert Daylight BDU’s are NOT treated, but the nighttime anti-starlight smocks probably should be. If your BDU’s image “cold” against hot sand, you are just as “seen”. I trust the techies were aware of this, and have specified correctly. But you need to confirm by looking through your equipment at your buddy against some typical backgrounds.

It has been reported that “fresh” BDU’s do indeed have an IR treatment that fatigues (pun) with laundering in “brightener” detergents. As a hunter, I am aware of the UV problem with animals with good night vision (is it an overabundance of rods, or cones, in the eye?) and there are detergents available via sporting goods stores that do not contain brighteners. If you need to maintain that BDU treatment, you might try that. But again, look at your buddies with your equipment.

Now, in sand or vegetation (E = 76-80): If you HAVE to have artificial cover for situations where your clothing will approximate the temperature of the surroundings, you want to expose matching temperature “stuff” with a similar E (around 80). Cover as much of your skin (97) as possible with cloth (80) (remember that I don’t know the E for treated BDU’s). But also remember that sweaty cloth in a hot, dry background might look cold due to evaporative cooling. If you are in a hot dry situation, a tented, solid (not net), dry camo fabric applied as a screen might do the trick for IR. (Remember, same T, similar E). Visual is another problem. Keep the outlines irregular for both IR and visual. Square stuff in a curvy world stands out, no matter the technology. Fresh local vegetation in front of the screen will help both.

Camo face paint is PROBABLY a high emitter, similar to regular paints (90-95), and sweat (water-95) is for sure. You really have to keep that face behind something. I don’t know what a synthetic ski mask would have for an E, but I bet it is below 97. A plain old cotton tee shirt mask would work, but remember the wet/dry/cooling problem.

Black ANYTHING is a good emitter. Blackened steel barrels, synthetic stocks, and painted surfaces (all E’s in the 90’s) should be cloth wrapped for IR and visual both. Black SWAT uniforms probably have a higher E than camo. You need to test.

Dry rubber boot soles (94) are nearly as hot as your face – sock ’em (80).

Old cut local vegetation will be drier, thus HOTTER due to lack of evaporation.

The name of this game is to keep both the Emissivity and the Temperature of the screen and clothing the same as that of the surroundings and keep those portals small.

If you are on bare clay or gravel (38-40) and are worried about aerial observation, dig in. Cover yourself with almost anything sufficiently rigid and then cover it with at least a thin but full layer of the local “dirt”. This will match the E’s. Once the moisture of the new cover layer equals the moisture of the surface around you (evaporative cooling), you will be in decent shape IR wise. Remember that these low E materials have a high Reflectivity, so block your own IR from getting out from under the cover. If there is a chance your body heat will affect the top surface of the dirt cover, use insulating material between you and the bottom of the “roof” to keep it the same temp as the ground around you. Foam board or sleeping bags will do that. The most critical times of day for this hide would be as the sun changes, because rapid heating/cooling of a thin layer of dirt will show up compared to the slower heating/cooling of the intact soil masses. If you can set up in a shaded spot where this will not occur, you should be in decent shape. If there is no shade, make the cover layer thick to create a heat sink approaching that of the surroundings.

If there is no threat of aerial observation, and it is only a frontal threat, a “wall” of local dirt with small portals would be the best bet.

Any new foxhole will print either hot or cold depending on the season and surface temperature, even if the surrounding soil is bare. The deeper soil temp is probably closer to 55 F than the surface.

On snow (82-85), build a snow fort or tunnel in and make small portals. Try to dust loose snow to duplicate surface texture. Pray for new snow. If you wore an aluminized face shield behind that snow fort, it would reflect the “cold” off of the fort, and cover your hot face. This might be a shiny side application of the space blanket, and could be worth testing. Water (95) is your breath when it condenses. And it is warmer than the snow. Only thing I can think of to do here is breath through a ski mask and let it condense before it fogs up over your screen.

As to “space blanket” applications: there might be some, BUT… If you are using the shiny side toward you to keep your IR from getting out, remember that the backside of it is probably not a good E match to the surroundings and it will heat/cool a lot differently than most natural things around you. If you are trying to put the shiny side out angled down to reflect the IR of the terrain right in front of you, there would be a 10% reduction in the reflection, more if it casts a shadow. If the shiny side is out and up, it will reflect the cold of outer space (or the heat of the sun) – and it is going to look REALLY weird to visual and starlight in EITHER case! I cannot think of a space blanket application that I would stake MY life on.

In an urban situation, you will have lots of “normal” IR blockers to get under/behind. Just remember that you are an IR light bulb on the cold surfaces behind you. You cannot casually set up back in the room shadows of a windowless building anymore. Remember, glass will NOT pass through (transmit) your IR image. BUT, glass (94) has a high emissivity and will show its surface temperature rather well. If you are near the window warming it with your breath, you will reveal yourself. If you had a small barrel portal through an otherwise intact glass window, you would be IR blocked, but visually seen. A loose pane of glass back in the room shadows might be a possibility, especially for a spotter. If the room is painted (90-95) and warm (approaching 98.6 F), you might blend in IR wise. But if there is one warm window/room in an “empty” building, something is amiss. The painted walls behind you might not reflect your IR really well, but a metallic light fixture might blink every time you turn your face toward it. The best I can imagine is forget about the “room” and get behind/under something that should be there – sofas, chairs, drapes, etc. and keep your portal small.

None of the above CONCEALMENT strategies are easy; none are guaranteed to make you disappear to an imager. But they will all help make you a less vivid IR image, thus less detectable. IR imagers may or may not have an adjustment to key in the emissivity for scanning and reading temperatures. I doubt military/LE targeting devices would have that – you don’t care what the actual temp is, you just want to see a picture. Military/LE devices probably have a temperature range adjustment to scale up/down according to environment. They probably have an adjustment to set the sensitivity – the difference in perceived T to go from black to white (dark green to light green; whatever). If this is finely tuned, it is like upping the contrast on your monitor.

There is one comforting thing to consider: unless you are in the desert, there are a lot of different “things” around you, each of them with a slightly different Temperature and Emittance combination. If you can make yourself “nearly” match the most common IR surroundings and the sensitivity is set very high in order to pick up your small T/E difference, the other guy is seeing a lot more clutter around you, so your image will be just one spot on the Dalmatian.

For the Ghillie fans: A man sized wad of only burlap and jute rope at 98.6 F plus or minus a few degrees will have the same E all over it. But if there was some leafage from an IR blocking camo net on one shoulder and a splotch of shredded BDU’s at the waist and some foreign force camo material shredded in there somewhere in a cluster, all well supplemented with local veggies, from an IR standpoint it would look like a pile of dissimilar “stuff”.

If you have gotten this far, perhaps a little DECEPTION is in order to up your advantage.

Remember that “Sarge WILL find something during an inspection, so ya might as well give him something so he will stop looking.” If you want to determine if indeed IR detectors are out there, you might want to give them a cowboy hat to shoot at. I don’t know what the E of a bare GI plastic canteen is, but if you either wrapped it with Scotch 33 electrical tape (97) from a demo/como kit or sprayed it with foot powder (96) from your ruck, and had 98 degree water (coffee? Body heat?) in it, it would make a darned good human face (97) to a distant IR imager. Topped with a BDU hat and moved about on a stick behind some intentionally inadequate screening after dark (by somebody else behind that cowboy’s large rock), I suspect you would soon know the targeting capabilities of the opposition – and also acquire a muzzle flash. A piece of most anything warmer than the terrain drug remotely through the grass at night should get IR attention. Just don’t pull it all the way to your position. But you get the idea.

If you want to just give him/them something to worry about, scatter some old tire shreds (94) around at points distant from your position. They will look hotter than most surroundings when they are actually the same temperature. Plus, they will heat up more during sunlight, and hold their temperature for quite a while into dusk. If you can make them move a bit, so much the better. If they are behind intentionally poor screens, thus not visually or starlight identifiable, so much the better. This would be a great application for decoys specially made for the purpose – a visually camo’d, high E lollipop on a spindly, flexible stick.

One of the new IR illumination chemlights would do something, but I have no experience with them. I suspect one of them tripped off in front of or to the side of your position, yourself in a shadow from it, would blind any thermal imagers looking at you – like a trip flare would blind a starlight. Obviously this would be a defensive action.

There have been some pretty impressive demonstrations of the capabilities of IR equipment. And it is indeed impressive stuff, but it ain’t magic. It can image warm footprints on a cold roof, or a “ghost” where you leaned against a cold wall and walked away. But those images fade pretty quickly – faster than the grass will spring back up on your trail to a nest.

I believe that if one person takes the time to study and understand the theory of IR systems and applies it to likely circumstances in his world and does it better than the other guy does, the first guy has an EXCELLENT chance of being the winner. That is true for sniping or bidding on a roof inspection. Even an unfavorable tilt in sophistication of equipment may be overcome with intelligent application of ingenuity. And it won’t take a lot of formal training. After that, it is experience behind an imager. In your case, looking at your buddies in drill hides, and correcting each other’s errors. I grant you that my “thermacam” is not a military targeting device, but if your life is professionally depending on IR avoidance, I hope you have access to IR theory training and support along with the opportunity to drill with your own imagers.

Surviving an Expedient Ambush Roadblock

Surviving an Expedient Ambush Roadblock While Traveling by Vehicle, �
by M.W. �

In the days following a societal collapse, there will be some people who �
will be on the move from where the problems exist to where they hope �
safety lies. There can be many reasons why people are on the move, and �
an equal number of reasons why someone else may wish to stop your �
progress. Getting on the move and out of a hostile area as early as �
possible in the wake of a collapse is a significant key to one’s survival, as �
well has having buddies to cover you during your travel. �

The sooner you get on the road, the less your chances of encountering �
problems. A few people will recognize the early signs of collapse and get �
moving out of town long before traffic becomes a problem. Others will �
recognize the issue within twenty-four hours after the event takes place, �
and will be on the leading edge of the traffic during the exodus. The �
majority will not realize the seriousness until it is too late. These people �
will get caught-up in the traffic jam that will rival the exodus of Houston �
during Hurricane Rita, where I-45 and I-10 were packed full of cars �
stopped on the highway for 100 miles. Many people ran out of gas on the �
side of the road and found themselves without food or water since they �
had only moved a few miles in four hours. �

You may be a well prepared family, but for one reason or another are �
caught on your heals when a collapse occurs. This leads you to stay put �
longer than you would have liked, but you have no better tactical choices �
but to lay low at home or work for a few days before bugging out. You do �
not want to get caught in a highway traffic jam following a collapse. If �
you get stuck, you will have to leave most of what you packed into your �
vehicle(s) and move out on foot amongst the thousands of ill-prepared �
people on the roads doing things they would never have considered �
during normal times. �

Those who are forced to wait out the initial exodus and are moving out of �
urban areas several days or weeks after the collapse will have a higher �
probability of coming in contact with an expedient ambush roadblock, �
both in the city and on rural roads outside of small towns. An expedient �
ambush roadblock is one set-up in haste with readily available materials �
and personnel. There will be plenty of desperate people who were caught �
unprepared for such an event; their lack of morals and innate nature to �
survive will drive them to take from others, with deadly force if necessary. �
It is your job to protect your family and yourself from these threats, �
especially when on the move. �

While traveling in a vehicle on the roads, you may encounter various �
types of roadblocks or ambush points. Some may be fairly elaborate, �
while others may be quite simple. All are equally deadly. The primary �
tactic you will need to thread your way safely through one of these �
expedient ambush roadblocks is what I call R.O.C.S.: Recognition, �
Observation, Covering Fire, and Speed. �

Recognition: �
Recognizing that something you see ahead is a potential ambush site is �
the first key to success. An ambush site can appear as a traffic accident �
(as illustrated in Patriots), a fallen tree near or on the road, �
abandoned/broken down vehicles, anything blocking all or part of the �
road, detours, refugees, high ground on one or both sides of the road, �
bridges, and anything that looks like it does not belong on, or near, a �
road. These are the types of expedient ambush sites that someone may �
quickly create in the days following a societal collapse. It is up to �
whomever is leading, to recognize that a potential exists and to move into �
the observation phase. �

Observation: �
Once you recognize a likely ambush point (LAP), you have two choices: �
divert your course and completely avoid the circumstance, or observe and �
evaluate the site. You can either stop well short of the potential ambush �
point and observe through a scope or binoculars, or have a passenger �
continue to observe while on the move. Observation is a form of Intel. �
Look for signs of movement, or things that seem out of place. Reverse �
what you see and put yourself in the place of the ambusher. Where would �
you hide? How would you set it up? How many people would you need to �
pull off an ambush? What weapons would you use? What tactics would �
you employ? What is your end game? �

At this point, you need to determine if what you see is worth the risk of �
approach or if you need to turn around and find a different route (if �
possible). Anyone traveling with you should also evaluate the situation �
and help with risk assessment. Once a decision is made to approach and �
pass the observed site, cover[ing fire] is needed. �

Covering Fire: �
This is a two or more person/vehicle job. This means that if it is just you, �
your wife and the kids, that you need to move out of town in two vehicles. �
Hopefully you have friends traveling with you to a new location who also �
have a vehicle and weapons. For [overwatching] cover[ing fire] during the �
operation, the lead vehicle stops at a distance from the LAP that is within �
the range of the weapon being employed. For most weapon platforms a �
good distance is 100-300 yards. This ensures accurate shots and plenty �
of ballistic energy. �

The lead vehicle should place their vehicle at a 45-degree angle to the �
direction of travel and the weapon system should then be employed �
across the hood so that the engine block provides a [limited] ballistic �
shield for those person(s) providing cover[ing fire]. �
The trailing vehicles should move past the lead vehicle with Speed. Once �
beyond the LAP, those vehicles stop and provide cover for the other �
vehicle(s) yet to pass through the site. Again, the vehicles that have �
already passed the LAP should stop within range of the weapon(s) being �
employed and turn their vehicles 45-degrees to the road and take �
personal cover behind the engine, covering the passage of the trailing �
vehicles. �

[JWR Adds: The concept of covering fire is actaully better termed �
suppressive fire. The term “cover”, properly, only applies to barriers that �
provide ballistic protection to those behind them. So “covering fire” does �
not provide cover, nor concealment, only supression!] �
Speed: �

Passing through the LAP with adequate speed, and setting up a covering �
position on the far side for the trailing vehicles as fast as possible is key �
to minimizing exposure for all concerned. You do not want to drive so �
fast that you could lose control of your vehicle if you suddenly had to �
swerve or take significant evasive action. �

Having short-range communications for these types of situations is also a �
smart idea. This can be done with CB radios, or inexpensive GMRS/eXRS �
two-way radios. Radios will be especially helpful during nighttime �
operations of this type. When the lead vehicle can communicate to trailing �
vehicle(s) that there is a LAP ahead, this can start a desired chain reaction �
that can significantly increase the odds of surviving one of these �
situations. Communications can also be an aid when the lead vehicle �
passes an unseen ambush point and can radio a warning to following �
vehicles, which can immediately render covering fire and/or take evasive �
actions. �

The following is a fictitious scenario using all of the aforementioned, with �
three families in three vehicles approaching a potential ambush site seen �
from one mile away. The cars are traveling 200 yards apart. (After the �
SHTF, when traveling by foot or vehicle, travel should always be �
conducted in tactical columns, where a specified distance is maintained �
between people or vehicles. Staying too close together and/or tailgating �
are unacceptable risks after SHTF, when traveling.) �
Lead vehicle (vehicle 1): “LAP ahead, one mile” �

Trailing vehicles stop in place, while vehicle 1 moves forward another �
1/2-mile and evaluates the LAP. The lead vehicle stops and uses 10×50 �
binoculars to scan the area. No movement is noticed, but it looks like a �
large tree was dropped across one lane of the highway. The base is �
obviously recently cut, and there are no other dead trees nearby. The �
leaves still have a greenish tint and have not yet browned, but are wilted. �
Lead vehicle radios the trailing vehicles: “No movement seen, there is a �
way past the LAP on the opposite shoulder and grass. Watch the tree line �
on the right side of the road. Lots of dense cover there. We will move �
ahead to 200 yards and set-up.” �

The lead vehicle approaches slowly to within 200 yards while the trailing �
vehicles move to within � mile away. The lead vehicle stops in the road �
and turns to 45-degrees to the direction of travel and both occupants �
exit the drivers side and set up across the hood with their AR-10 rifles �
with ACOG scopes. �
Lead vehicle radios the trailing vehicles: “Go!” �
The first trailing vehicle (vehicle 2) gets up to speed and approaches the �
LAP while the lead vehicle continues to scan the LAP through their scopes, �
ready to fire upon any threat. The vehicle passes the LAP with no �
problems and goes 200 yards beyond and sets up an overwatch position �
on the other side, careful to orient themselves so as not to fire upon the �
vehicles on the other side. They are covering with scoped AR-10s �
scanning the LAP. �
Vehicle 2 radios: “We are through and set up. Go!” �
While vehicles 1 and 2 maintain covering positions, the last vehicle �
(vehicle 3) gets up to speed and starts to pass the LAP. As they do so, �
gunfire erupts from the tree line (in this instance, the ambushers were �
caught unaware by the first vehicle and were alert when the next one �
came through.) Vehicles 1 and 2 open fire on the tree line, while the �
passenger in vehicle 3 opens fire while passing the ambush. Once beyond �
the ambush point, vehicle 3 sets up 220 yards on the other side of the �
ambush to the rear and right of vehicle 2, and provides covering fire �
along with vehicle 2. �
Vehicle 3 radios: “We’re set. Covering. No fire from the trees. Go!” �
Vehicle 1 remounts and charges through the ambush point with no �
gunfire coming from the tree line. They drive beyond the other two �
vehicles and all personnel remount their vehicles and resume their travels. �
At this point, it would be wise to find a secure place to stop and evaluate �
your persons and vehicles. You don’t need to stop all jumbled together, �
especially if there is more than one person per vehicle and everyone has a �
radio. Each vehicle stops a couple hundred yards apart and while one �
person provides cover, the other goes over the vehicle and passengers, �
looking for trouble. �

You would want to check the tires, engine soft points (hoses, belts, etc.) �
and look for leaks (anti-freeze, fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, etc.) Be sure to �
check each other carefully as adrenaline will be high and a person who �
has been shot or injured may not feel a wound at this point. Address any �
issues as quickly as possible and continue moving. �


Other Considerations �
Stopping to evaluate and/or cover a position may not be advisable in �
some circumstances. You do the best you can at evaluating while on the �
move, radioing your findings to your travel companions, and then �
pushing through. This is where speed comes in to play. The faster you �
can get through the LAP the better your chances of survival. Your �
passenger (if you have one) helps with navigation, assessing threats, and �
provides cover during the encounter. �

Choosing weapons is always a difficult decision, especially if you are �
going to be defending your life with them. For situations such as the one �
presented above, the longer the effective range of the weapon, the �
further away you can stay from the LAP, increasing your chances of �
survival. You must also consider that just because you can easily shoot a �
M1A or even a .50 Barrett, your wife or teenager may not be able to �
adequately handle such a weapon in a life-or-death cover fire situation. �
[So a .223, 5.45×39, or 7.62x39mm rifle may be more apropos.] �
Having a scope on your weapon will also increase your shot accuracy and �
your ability to observe the area for movement while your weapon system �
is employed. �

We all want to be accurate with open sights at long ranges, but if you are �
trying to hit the small exposed body part of a person behind cover at 250 �
meters, it is easier to find the body part to shoot at with a scope. People �
do not always present themselves as a nice squared-up silhouette like at �
a shooting range. When your target has taken cover, you may only get to �
see the top of a head, or part of an arm or leg. Putting a bullet in an �
extremity might not kill them, but it may take them out of the fight. �
For night operations, having some form of night vision technology could �
become critical. �

These systems allow you to see through the darkness and into the �
darkest of shadows. Generation I systems are only adequate to about 50 �
meters and cost under $200. Generation I+ systems have a little more �
clarity and cost $300-500. Generation II and II+ systems can now be had �
for less than $1,000 new, and can be found cheaper from time to time in �
the used marketplace. These go up to $3,500 depending on features and �
manufacturer, and have a range from 100 to 200 meters with quite clear �
optics for the price. Generation III night vision has come down quite a bit �
and can be had for $3,500-$5,500. �

Personally, I cannot see enough difference between quality (with the �
exception of extended recognition range) of the Gen II and Gen III night �
vision to compel me to spend the extra $2,500+. There is also �
“Generation IV” night vision, which �

I know very little about. Prices seem to be in the $4,500-5,500 range. A �
Gen II, III, or IV night vision monocular could be a life saver, especially if �
you can get one that comes with an optional weapons mount. �

http://www.survivalblog.com/2009/08/surviving_an_expedient_a mbush.��

Haiti Machete Gangs

Food security collapses in Haiti as machete-wielding gangs f

http://www.naturalnews.com/027948_food_ … dness.html

Food security collapses in Haiti as machete-wielding gangs fight in the streets�
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor�

(NaturalNews) Overnight, Haiti has gone from an organized, civil nation to a scenario of total chaos with gangs running wild through the streets, ransacking shops and fighting over food with machetes.�

Learning this, many an ignorant westerner might naively say, “That could only happen in Haiti. It’s because those people are so poor, so uncivilized. It could never happen here…”�

Oh but it could.�

Haiti isn’t so different from wherever you live — a city in America, Canada, Australia, the UK or anywhere else. Everywhere in the world, people will fight for survival when the situation becomes desperate. The only reason the streets in your town aren’t overrun with firearms and machetes right now is because food is plentiful. The electricity works. The water supply is functioning and police keep the relatively few criminals under control.�

But wherever you live, your city is just one natural disaster away from total chaos. Hurricane Katrina proved it: Even in America, a civil, law-abiding city of people can be turned into looting, stealing and dangerously armed bands of gang-bangers.�

And you know why? Because people aren’t prepared for disasters. Come to think of it, most people aren’t even prepared for a disruption in food and electricity lasting more than 48 hours. Almost nobody has spare food, water, emergency first aid supplies or the ability to physically defend themselves against aggressors. They are betting their lives on the bizarre idea that their government will save them if something goes wrong.�

The people of Haiti are now learning what the people of New Orleans already know: Your government won’t save you. In a real crisis, you are on your own.�

Law and order is a fragile thing�
When disruptions occur — whether through natural disasters, radical weather events, war or civil unrest — governments and city police organizations can break down within hours. In Haiti right now, there is no government running anything. No police force. No authority. It’s every man (and woman) for himself. If you want to eat, you pick up a machete and fight for it.�

It is a desperate situation.�

This article isn’t really about Haiti, by the way. It’s about YOU and where YOU live. If a natural disaster struck your town tonight, would you be prepared?�

Do you have the means to procure clean water if the water system breaks down? Do you have a way to provide shelter for yourself and your family if there’s no electricity or heating fuel available? Can you physical defend yourself and your family against aggressive marauders desperately searching for food? (Or do you have enough to share with them? If so, how will you share with the hundreds or thousands that follow in their footsteps?)�

Most people aren’t prepared for the unknown. They live lives that are entirely dependent on the continued successful operation of public infrastructure, law and order. And if that infrastructure is ever interrupted, they are completely unable to fend for themselves.�

Most people live out most of their lives in precisely this situation. Every American city is a future Haiti just waiting to happen under the right (or wrong) circumstances. Civility is a fragile thing. Law and order is a thin veneer on society. And it can disappear in mere minutes.�

Be prepared�
This article, though, isn’t a doom-and-gloom assessment of our modern society. Rather, it is a reminder to all of us to get real about personal preparedness.�

If you don’t have a portable water filter, some storable food, a warm sleeping bag and all sorts of other preparedness items all ready to go in a “go bag,” then you may find yourself in the same situation millions of Haitians find themselves in right now.�

Most Haitians have a reasonable excuse for a lack of preparedness: In terms of per-capita income, Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the world. It’s difficult to stockpile water filters, storable food and outdoor gear when you’re living on a couple of dollars a day. But for people like you, living in “wealthy” nations like the USA, you CAN afford to be prepared.�

You can afford water storage containers. You can afford sprouting seeds and some simple sprouting trays. You can afford an emergency LED flashlight, a high-quality multifunction knife tool and an emergency tent. Most likely, you have the financial means to get prepared starting right now. So if you haven’t already done it, get to it!�

You can find all sorts of preparedness products at www.BePrepared.com and even retailers like www.Vitacost.com sell water filters and other preparedness items. Camping outlets like www.REI.com are also great sources for preparedness gear.�

Protect your health�
Right now, Haiti is in a health crisis. The hellish conditions, lack of clean water and lack of medical assistance is leading to rapidly deteriorating health conditions there.�

So what do you really need to protect your health in a crisis?�

Clean water is a priority. You’ll need five gallons per day per person to cover hydration, cooking and rudimentary bathing needs. You’ll need a portable water filter (like a Katadyn ceramic filter) to remove parasites and other “germs” in water that you might find through other sources (rivers, streams, etc.).�

You’ll need a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial herbal tincture. Herbs can save your life against infectious disease. You’ll also need a serious first-aid kit that includes bandages and some western medical supplies such as antibacterial creams, emergency sutures (with needles), gauze and medical iodine.�

Don’t forget a supply of high-potency nutrition. Some spirulina or chlorella tablets can provide crucial nutrition. Chia seeds, nuts or even peanut butter can give you essential calories. If you have time and space, sprouting seeds can give you the all-important living foods that will enhance your immune function and help you deal with the tremendous stresses of a crisis.�

This isn’t a complete preparedness list, of course. If you want one, get this amazing preparedness course that was recorded during the financial bailout crisis. It offers a wealth of information about personal and family preparedness: http://www.truthpublishing.com/Heal...

Or figure out what you need in this way: Shut off ALL your infrastructure for a weekend and see how you do. Live without water, electricity, heat, grocery store food, fuel and phone service and see how prepared you really are!�

This is the best test of all. And if you really want to see if you’re ready for a Haiti-style crisis, assume that your house has collapsed from an earthquake and you have to survive outside, in your yard, without anything from your house. Where is your stuff now? How will you survive the next 48 hours in your yard, with no help from anyone else and your house in a pile of rubble?�

Proper planning avoids future emergencies. And no neighbor or city is entirely insulated from natural disasters or other unexpected events.

Grayman

The Grey Man

By Habcan:�

The Grey Man is always invisible in plain sight.�

The Grey Man is totally aware of his environs, his own capabilities or lack thereof, his weaponry and his levels of competence with that weaponry. He constantly strives to improve upon both his capabilities and competence. In public, he is always respectful, even to the point of obsequiousness if the situation calls for it. He always appears to be just a little confused by what is happening around him, while in reality he is alertly doing a tactical assessment. �

The Grey Man NEVER draws attention to himself by word, dress, action, or mannerism. The Young Grey Man is dismissed as a wimp, the Older as a doddering old fool. The Grey Man derives great inner satisfaction from having this portrayal of himself accepted by all he meets, for it means he is succeeding in his disguise of his actual persona. �

The Grey Man is a private man. He practices with his weaponry in private, or only with his fellow Grey Men, always in a secluded location. If he must resort to use of a public facility, he schedules his practice for times when he is likely to be the only one there. At such times he would probably wear bright clothing, to be remembered only as ‘that guy in the red jacket and sunglasses’, a quite different person from his usual persona. If right-handed, he would always occupy the leftmost station on a NRA bullseye pistol range, with his back to an observer, or the rightmost one for riflery or combat pistol practice. He would not have his name emblazoned on clothing or equipment, nor would he have any noteworthy affiliation proclaimed on his cap. “He’s just a guy. Comes every Wednesday morning for his coffeebreak. Always pays cash.”�

The Grey Man does not drive a pink Cadillac with steer horns on the hood, NOR does he drive the biggest mutherin’ 4X4-with-all-the-bells-and-whistles BOV in the lot. The older his vehicle is, the rustier, the less likely it is to draw attention (or to be stolen, for that matter). This vehicle is, under its exterior, scrupulously maintained and in excellent running order. If pulled over by authority on the basis of appearance, it can be shown to meet or exceed all requirements under licensing laws, and an obsequious co-operative manner precludes a search under the seats. The Grey Man does not speed on the highway: cruise control is his friend. So is the Highway Patrol: he waves to any he sees. If he travels the same route constantly, at the same times, The Grey Man becomes a ‘fixture’ and can be dismissed from conscious observation.�

It helps the Survivor to build up this persona of The Grey Man gradually and over time. The anti-gun sheeple neighbors will quickly rat out the ‘Patriot’ who is always loudly declaiming about his ‘Rights’ and ‘what will happen if they try to take my guns’. The Grey Man goes far out of his way never to offend anyone, imitating the duck which appears calm on the surface of his pond whilst paddling like hell under the surface.�

Be seen as conservative in all you do. A Survivor is a Grey Man, and that little old grey man alone over there in the corner is probably a Survivor! �

And that young guy next to him? Just another wimp? Or are they both watching each other’s backs?�

Making the other guy waste precious time in assessing the situation is a big part of staying alive. Practice being grey now, while there’s time to build your skills.

Avoid exposure

*Guard your image – Dress and groom yourself in the same manner as is generally acceptable among people of similar age, income, and gender in your area. In other words, don’t stand out.�

*Guard your words – Don’t talk openly about anything that everyone else doesn’t also talk about, and if drawn into a conversation that could be considered “controversial”, shrug and offer a vague, noncommittal opinion.�

*Guard your actions – Use innocuous activities to cover your real actions. For example, if you’re going to the range, be seen loading up fishing gear and wear your fishing clothes, and make sure you have a fishing license, or dress and equip yourself for golf, but in either case, make sure you can talk the talk if the neighbors get nosy, as they always do.�

*Guard your associations – Don’t be seen with “suspicious” types of people. For example, if your friends come over, make sure they don’t dress like Rambo and don’t have militant bumperstickers on their vehicles, etc. If someone can’t fit in with the neighbors, they shouldn’t come over, unless they can be passed off as a repairman or such.�

http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2007/05/next-steps-grey-man.html

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PT 1 Defensive Driving

Defensive driving� is relevant, enjoyable, and will far improve your skills and ability levels. Young drivers are strongly encouraged to develop better on-road defensive driving skills and more solid techniques, but more experienced drivers also benefit enormously from advanced driver training, including the correction of old habits and improving judgement and reactions. �

This one-day Defensive Driving Course� Level 1 course is suited to all drivers of regular passenger vehicles, including four-wheel drives and light commercial vehicles. The mix of practical and theoretical components of this advanced driver training session deliver actual on-road safety skills that underpin proactive driving. �

The practical driving component of our Fleet Safety and Defensive Driving Program� is conducted on wet roads at suburban speeds. It includes a variety of on road exercises including emergency braking, swerving and multiple direction changes.

Suitable to all drivers 18 to 80 years and suitable to most vehicles including four wheel drives and light commercial vehicles. Presented in a relaxed, friendly, and supportive environment by qualified, experienced instructors with over 20 years’ experience, with a balanced mixture of theory and practical driving exercises. We guarantee that regardless of your driving experience you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn, and what a great time you’ll have learning it with us.

The aim of these exercises is to educate drivers in:

  • A comprehensive open forum that exposes many well worn motoring myths and where we are most vulnerable in our driving habits. The open forum is a time for breaking down barriers.
  • Enlightening facts about tyre capabilities and the absolute necessity of understanding their limitations.
  • Practical simulated emergencies in a controlled environment on the bitumen. You do the driving.
  • Extensive correctional tuition in simulated emergencies in skid control/skid prevention/car control.
  • Practical simulated emergencies and skid control/skid prevention on an unsealed surface*.
  • Extensive correctional techniques for dirt driving*.
  • Explanations of vehicle dynamics and how they change according to the dirt surface.
  • Defensive driving guidelines that will help avoid “the other driver”.
  • Course certificate and information handout presentation.
  • Question and answer time.

*(Dirt component may be altered due to weather/track conditions – in the event of poor conditions an extension in bitumen surface training will be implemented).

The classroom component of this course covers basic road safety concepts and the key principals of defensive driving including:

Fleet Safety and Defensive Driving Program key learning objectives:

  • Through practical driving exercises, become more ‘speed aware’, particularly in how the degree of vehicle control difficulty increases exponentially in relation to increases in vehicle speeds.
  • Develop an understanding of basic vehicle dynamics, in emergency situations
  • Learn to predict potential hazards, identify risky situations and minimise danger
  • Understand the importance of keeping your vision high and maintaining sensible safety margins around your vehicle at all times

Develop a positive and proactive attitude towards defensive driving �

http://www.adrenalin.com.au/defensive-driving-courses/�

PT 2 Knife Skills

It has become increasingly clear that the world we live in is rapidly changing. Values that were once accepted as being the norm are no longer valid and the need to take control and responsibility for your own personal safety is now critical to individual survival. Violent crimes on the streets and inside of homes of the citizens that involve edged weapons are taking place on a daily basis. �
Awareness of personal safety issues are at the forefront of individuals everyday concerns and especially those who have families and work in occupations that put them in potentially risky situations.�
Nobody can expect criminals to do the right thing or for Government Agencies to be able to protect you from these people in times of social disorder, or in the instant that you life is threatened. �
Being proficient in the AMOK! Tactical Knife Method is not a overreaction to the current state of the world or a product of unjustifiable paranoia, but more a small step in helping to guarantee your self preservation and in turn, that of those in your care.

AMOK! Australia is proud to announce the creation of an advanced Edged Weapon Solutions curriculum that has been specifically designed for those who work in the Security or Law Enforcement field, as well as for individuals who work in high risk occupations. Only in the last few years have Edged Weapon Training gained acceptance as a necessity in Military, Law Enforcement and the Security Industry and while the Edged Weapon Defence industry itself takes shape, it will undergo a period that will sift the incompetents from the experts.�

People’s lives depend on this technology and everyone needs to be reminded that being an expert in one area does not make you an expert in another. Edged Weapon training ought to be diverted to the experts in that field for whom it is their specialty.�

Certain recent social trends have contributed to the urgent need for an edged weapons defence training system which provides answers to the most difficult self defence situation one can face, and also takes into account the legal considerations and ramifications for people who are involved in edged weapon assault scenarios.�

The rapid escalation of blade assaults on Australian streets, as well as the growing edged weapon problems emerging in areas of organised criminal activity, indicate that the use of the blade and other edged implements is on the increase and is now the weapon of choice amongst many career criminals, gang members, and even teenage groups, with the ease of availability and the ability to conceal these weapons making them attractive to those who have no regard for the laws of society.�

When it comes to teaching the concepts and techniques required to minimize potential injury by bladed weapon assaults, even the best martial arts generalist can’t be expected to have expert answers to such a specialist problem. In addition, it is a dangerous misconception to think that non knife specialists are in any way qualified to design concepts and techniques to be used against knife attacks, even if the attacker is someone who is untrained.�
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Any person who trains in any form of self defence, should realise that in the future they may well be at risk of being involved in and possibly injured by, a bladed or edged weapon assault. AMOK! Edged Weapon Solutions will teach you tactical edged weapon defence concepts and techniques which are legal, easy to learn and effective, offering the best possible outcome in any violent edged weapon confrontation.

AMOK Edged Weapons Solutions

http://www.amok.org.au/

PT 3 Knife Defense

In this seven day intensive course you will be learn techniques from the highly respected and innovative combative systems, Tactical Krav Maga and Floro Knife & Stick Fighting Systems.�

The extensive content covered in this course will take your edged, impact and improvised weapon skills to a whole new level. Learn how to defend against knife and stick attacks using both empty hand and improvised weapon defences. Learn how to utilise found items as edged weapons, short & long impact weapons and more!

This is an amazing opportunity. Being instructed by the Chief Instructors of Tactical Krav Maga and Floro Fighting Systems, you will get to train with two of the most highly respected instructors in the country all within the one course.�

This is a rare opportunity to get to the heart of this vital information in a concise and intensive training experience.

Guest Instructors:

Carl Halley
International TKM Chief Instructor�
Certified by Eyal Yanilov I.K.M.F & Itay Gil PROTECT�
Australian Goverment Accredited Martial Arts Instructor�
Member of Martial Arts Industry Association

Ray Floro
Chief Instructor for Floro Fighting Systems �
Floro Fighting Systems is a system of Edged Weapon combat and defence that is not only simple to learn, but is one of the most effective systems of Self Defence available today. Efficient, direct and immediate, FFS is one of the very few styles that is still based on the blade, and is used by Civilians, Military, and Law Enforcement Agencies Worldwide. With over 30 years of experience, Ray Floro has instructed various elite units around the World. Such Units as:

  • US Special Forces
  • Korean Special Forces
  • Australian Special Forces
  • Various Swat Teams
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Australian Federal Police
  • New Zealand Police
  • Victorian Police
  • New South Wales Police
  • Northern Territory Police

http://www.guardiandefence.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149:tkm-floro&catid=42:events-items&Itemid=78

PT 4 Hand to Hand

Level 1 – Foundation Skills
Day 1&2

  • Introduction, Isolation and Integration of Intercepting and Stabilising Skills
  • Forklift, Helmet, Dive, Arm Drag, 2 on 1 Escort, Wrist Weave, Seatbelt, �
    Harness, Body Lock, Shake the Blanket, Under hook and Pike, The Triple �
    Threat
  • Introduction to Resolution – The “S” Position, Arm Wrap and Knee Ride

Day 3

  • Resolution – above + back mount with rides, handlebar, resolution for �
    cuffing
  • Integration of Day 1&2 skills against alive resistance during various drills �
    including multiple subjects and confined spaces

Level 2 – Intermediate Applications (Level 1 Pre-req)
Day 4&5 Ground and Combative Applications including attached striking, clinch �
with cloth, ground recovery, clinch

Specialist Modules (Level 1 Pre-req)
Subject Control Team Tactics – (One Day) including leg anchors, confined �
spaces, immediate and delayed second and third responding officer�
Law Enforcement Weapons Retention, Counter Weapons and Vehicle �
Extractions(Restricted – One Day)

Option 1: Introduction to ISR Matrix PM – Days 1&2 (2 day block)�
Option 2: ISR Matrix PM Foundation Skills – Days 1-3 (3 day block)�
Option 3: ISR Matrix PM Team Tactics – Days 1-3 + Team Tactics Module (4 �
day block or 2 x 2 day blocks)�
Option 4: ISR Matrix PM Individual Intermediate Applications (5 days total – �
blocks preferred)�
Option 5: ISR Matrix Physical Management Full Spectrum Operator – �
Intermediate (Civilian)
(All modules minus LE module. 6 days total – �
consecutive or in blocks)�
Option 6: ISR Matrix Law Enforcement Foundation Skills (All modules �
minus PM Intermediate skills)

ISR Matrix

http://www.isrmatrixaustralia.com/

PT 5 Medical

Field Medical training in Austere Environments

providing personnel with the skills, knowledge & attitude required to

undertake the initial or ongoing management of a range of life-threatening

medical emergencies, in a range of tactical situations & environments. Based on proven tactical medical practice

and taught by instructors with real-world tactical medical experience, courses

cover such topics as;

Introduction to tactical medical operations

Tactical Risk assessment & management strategies

Communications, leadership & decision-making

Phases of tactical care & scene management

Tactical medical equipment

Tactical patient assessment

Tactical trauma care

Tactical triage & evacuation techniques

Care through the barricade

Tactical emergency drills

Integrating with emergency services

Medical threat assessments

http://www.tacticalmedic.com.au/?gclid=CPzXwKbMpZ4CFUEwpAod2nWzog

Wilderness First Aid

Basic Wilderness First Aid (BWFA) (2 days – 16 hours) Fun, practical and loaded with scenarios this is the ideal introduction to the field of Wilderness Medicine for those playing in the outdoors. �
Wilderness First Aid (inc CPR) (3 days – 24 hours) This 3-day course covers the same material as the 2-day course as well as offering CPR and more scenario based teaching. A well rounded introduction to Wilderness First Aid for bushwalkers, climbers, paddlers and those who find themselves out and about. �
Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) (4 days – 32 hours) The AWFA course is an excellent starting point for serious recreational adventurers or those starting in the Outdoor Recreation/Education fields. Plenty of scenarios, CPR/EAR and a solid understanding of patient assessment sets you up for success. �
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (10 days – 80 hours) The WFR is our highest level of training. It is accepted as the defacto international standard for outdoor professionals, and is required by companies such as NOLS and Outward Bound (USA) for all of their field staff. �

http://www.equip.com.au/wmi/courses/Default.asp

http://www.nols.edu/courses/locations/australia/

PT 13 First Aid Update
http://www.firstresponseaustralia.com.au/

Intraosseous Vascular Access
IV Fluid Therapy
Wound Closure
Cert III in Occupational Emergency Care
Spinal Injury Management
Cyanide Poisoning Management
Supraglottic (Rescue) Airways
Isolated Area Emergency Care
Pain Management
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
Life Support (CPR)
Senior First Aid (Apply First Aid)
Low Voltage Switchboard Rescue
Defibrillation
Oxygen Therapy & Resuscitation
Advanced First Responder

PT 6 Firearms

Prerequisites of having security licences and current firearms licences are needed for Tactical Firearms Training.

Security Firearms Entry Level Course (Revolver)
4 days full time

Content:Legalities, firearms safety, firearms characteristics, loading techniques and practical shooting for H6 licensing. Police Clearance required prior to enrolment on this course. �

Security Firearms Entry Level Course (Semi-Automatic Pistol)
1 day full time �

Defensive Tactics Course
2 days full time PPCT accredited instructor

Content: Legalities, Force Continuum Techniques etc Baton Techniques Handcuff Techniques Pressure Point Control Techniques Joint Locks/Escort Techniques Blocks, Strikes & Kicks, Restraint and removal techniques. Attendance Course Only�

http://www.marksmans.com.au/

http://www.sitesecurity.com.au/fsa.html�

http://www.sigsaueracademy.com.au/

http://www.letswa.com/training.php

http://www.tacticaltraining.com.au/Security.html�

http://www.codeone-training.com/id33.html

PT 7 Instructor Level

Instructor Certifications

Our programs cover instructor certifications across the entire force response continuum for operational use of force – from presence & communication, to unarmed defence & control, mechanical restraints, intermediate force and firearms. The content covers skills for delivering use of force training to personnel in ‘standard’ operational roles, but all programs can be customised to specific agency or workplace requirements. �

We are proud to offer instructor certifications in Defensive Tactics and Firearms. Instructor programs have been divided into 2 levels for accessibility and cost effectiveness. Level 1 focuses on core skills for officer safety, whilst Level 2 explores advanced concepts to further develop instructor competency and motivate an attitude of ongoing continuous improvement. All programs are progressive in format – core skills progress into intermediate and advanced concepts and methodologies – with instructors learning delivery and assessment strategies for both theory and practical components of use of force application.

ASP Instructor Certification

We are currently the only organisation in Australia certified to provide ASP Instructor Certification (AIC), the most dynamic impact weapon and restraint training available. ASP training incorporates easily remembered and devastatingly effective techniques that can be used by all personnel under actual field conditions, coupled with court defensible procedures that have reduced liability whilst improving safety. Thousands of operational personnel have learned first hand that ASP techniques work under the stress of actual street confrontations. The program has revolutionized baton and handcuff instruction, and has been implemented by agencies throughout the world, with training being conducted in 77 countries. The 3-day competency based training program is based upon a conceptual model for the use of force and teaches the ASP principles of control using the ASP Tactical Baton & Handcuffs. It focuses on instructional techniques, mechanical functions and maintenance procedures for ASP Tactical Baton & Handcuffs, and increases instructor familiarity and skill with expandable impact weapons and the full range of ASP handcuffs. The program is easy to understand and provides efficient defensive tactics for all personnel without long hours of training. The tactics are quickly learned, easily practiced and readily maintained long after the program is completed and training incorporates drills which simulate the stress of street encounters. As a realistic training program ASP instruction recognises that nothing works 100% of the time, so all ASP training retains the officer’s ability to disengage or escalate, and since there are no complicated moves the ASP program avoids the training complexities which often plague other programs. Once certified, participants are prepared to instruct other personnel in operational use of the ASP Tactical Baton & Handcuffs, for ASP Basic Certification (ABC). Instructor Recertification is recommended every 3 years. �

Firearms Instructor

This program trains participants to instruct others in the operational use of revolver and/or semi-automatic handguns. Theory content covers firearms safety, liabilities & responsibilities, mechanical operations, ballistic theory, equipment, fundamentals of survival shooting, maintenance, first aid & post crisis trauma, and documenting use of force incidents. Practical content covers carriage & presentation, handling skills & operational techniques including rectifications, dry drills & live firing, and weapon retention. Trainer content covers key principles of training & assessment, safety in training, professional ethics & standards for UOF instructors, range management including conducting hot ranges, coaching strategies, and use of drills and simulations for stress inoculation training. The program makes use of practical skill acquisition and development through extensive range practice exercises and drills. Level 1 is recognised and approved by Licensing Services Division, Victoria Police, for Security Industry Firearms Instructor certification in Victoria, with instructor certification issued through Licensing Services Division. Recertification is mandatory every 3 years (in Victoria). �

Defensive Tactics Instructor

This program presents in-depth information for instruction of operational personnel in empty hand defensive tactics, restraint & control, mechanical restraints, and intermediate force options with the expandable baton. The strategies presented are simple, practical and effective, and are designed for use by operational personnel in real world situations against real violence. Theory content covers threat assessment, interpersonal communication for conflict, understanding stress, lawful guidelines for use of force responses, human physiology, anatomy and biomechanics and fundamental combat principles and concepts. Practical content for empty hand component covers strategies for creating distance, escape countermeasures, strike theory, takedowns and ground work, low and high threat restraint and control strategies, fundamentals of weapons awareness and defence against multiple subjects. Mechanical restraints and baton components cover types of restraints and batons, carriage, lawful use and maintenance or equipment. Trainer content includes professional demeanour and presentation, safety in training, class formats and structure, using active and dynamic drills effectively, creating tactical blueprints and avoiding training scars, and general fitness for use of force incidents. Recertification is recommended every 3 years. �

http://www.safecity.com.au/ins.htm

http://www.moderncombatives.com.au/Products/Instructor_Training.html

PT 8 Search & Rescue

http://www.sartraining.com.au/online/

http://www.sarda.net.au/

http://www.bsar.org/

http://natsar.amsa.gov.au/

PT 9 Volunteering-State Emergency Service(Cert)

Training consists of learning a wide variety of skills that will be used and adapted in the variety of situations that volunteers may find themselves. Many of the courses undertaken result in a nationally accredited award. Some of the skill areas include:

  • General Rescue
  • Storm Damage
  • Communications
  • First Aid
  • Chainsaw Operation
  • Cliff Rescue
  • Map and Navigation
  • Land Search
  • Air Observer
  • Four Wheel Driving

NSW

http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/

VIC

http://www.ses.vic.gov.au/CA256AEA002F0EC7/HomePage?OpenForm&1=Home~&2=~&3=~

QLD

http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/

SA

http://www.ses.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp

Tasmania

http://www.ses.tas.gov.au/

WA

http://www.ses-wa.asn.au/

ACT

http://www.ses.act.gov.au/ESAWebsite/content_ses/ses_home_page/ses_home_page.html

PT 10 Internet Resources

http://www.freebookcentre.net/medical_text_books_journals/emergency_critical_care_ebooks_online.html

http://www.sarti.us/sarti/reference.php

http://www.sarinfo.bc.ca/Sartechs.htm�

http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/training_downloads.shtm

http://www.cert-la.com/manuals/partman.htm�

http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/IS317/

http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp

PT 11 Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

http://www.w4ava.org/races/KKauxcomm33.htm
By Ed Harris�

OBJECTIVES: �

Why teach “survival” in the city? �
Catastrophes vs. disasters �
This is about your SURVIVAL, not volunteering �
Priorities for human survival �
Break-out sessions: �
Shelter construction �
Fire making �
Signaling �
Equipment and supplies �
Social implications of disasters �
Personal security concerns

Why? �
Complete loss of civil infrastructure �
Minimal or no police, fire or EMS response �
No electricity, municipal water, communications �
Transport of fuel / food is severely impaired �
Public safety agencies will be overwhelmed �
Recovery is long term (over 30 days) �

Disaster V. Catastrophe �
Disasters are short term �
“Make do for 3-4 days until help arrives�” �
Catastrophic events are long term �
Katrina-scale hurricane, tsunami, earthquake �
Major terror attack, nuclear detonation, dirty bomb �
No help is coming soon, “you are on your own” �

What the military survival schools teach: �
Seven Priorities For Survival �
“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” �
Positive mental attitude �
First Aid / Sanitation �
Shelter �
Signaling �
Fire �
Water �
Food �

Situational awareness, basic knowledge and �
a “survivor’s mindset” enable you to cope effectively �

STOP Calm down, and size up your situation� �
THINK Anticipate which hazards are most likely �
Take stock of materials and resources around you �
OBSERVE Orient yourself to your surroundings �
PLAN Select equipment and supplies appropriately �
ACT! Execute your plan, evaluate progress, adjust, “party on.” �

PREPAREDNESS �
Have an evacuation kit ready at all times �
Don’t presume that a disaster will be short-term �
Pack essentials first, then consider comfort items �
In real emergences, forget last-minute purchases �
Plan for more supplies than you “think” you may need �
Inspect / renew your supplies each spring and fall �
Provide entertainment for young children. �

SIX STEPS TO PROBLEM SOLVING �
Size Up Your Situation �
Determine Objectives (stay or evacuate?) �
Identify Resources (either stored supplies or salvaged materials from your surroundings) �
Evaluate Options (use the safest way) �
Plan (use your head) �
Act…Improvise and overcome �

FIRST AID AND SANITATION �
Maintain personal and family health �
Prompt treatment reduces infection risk �
Sanitation reduces risk of disease vectors �
Water borne illnesses, diarrhea �
Major cause of dehydration �
Increases your survivability! �

Disaster Injury Risk Factors: �
Tool / equipment hazards, risk of hand, eye, head injuries, electric shock, chemical burns �
Human factors, stress / fatigue �
Structural instability �
Trauma risk, falls, building collapse potential �
Terrain, loose rock, fallen limbs, wet or insecure footing, risk of falls, puncture wounds and lacerations from debris. �

Disaster Contamination: �
Stagnant surface water �
Mosquito breeding �
Contaminated flood waters �
Sewage treatment system overflow �
Petroleum, industrial, agricultural chemical contamination �
Airborne contaminant plumes �
Smoke, dust, toxic gases, �
or radioactive fallout. �

SHELTER �
Protection from the elements �
Wind and rain resistant �
Insulation from cold �

The “Stay or Evacuate” Decision �
If evacuation is not mandatory, the same safety rules �
for entering a structure apply to using your home as shelter �

DO NOT OCCUPY IF: �
There is structural damage �
(6 sides of the “box” are not plumb) �
Utilities cannot be controlled �
Structure was damaged in a fire �
DO NOT occupy a floor that has been flooded, �
micotoxins from molds are respiratory hazard! �

EVACUATION PLANNING �
Best to relocate with friends or relatives outside of affected area �
Don’t rely on government-run shelters �
They are an “option of last resort” for those unable to evacuate �
Evacuation route selection is important �
Make sure your vehicle can carry essentials �
A huge “bug-out” vehicle is a handicap on crowded roads �
It uses more fuel, which may be expensive / scarce in an emergency. �
Don’t plan on fuel being available en route �
In normal times always keep your gas tank at least half full �
Upon warning an event is imminent, conserve fuel, keep tank � full �
Carry extra fuel containers outside the vehicle �

EVACUATE OR STAY? �
Conclusion from FEMA Urban-Rural Evacuation State Planners Workshop Sept. 2006 �
Given: �
? Population of the DC Metro area �
? Propensity to self-evacuate, overwhelmingly by automobile �
? Wide distribution of evacuation destinations, �
? Perceived vulnerability to terror attack, and anticipation of multiple attacks �
Result: �
? A large-scale, chaotic mass self-evacuation should be anticipated. �

Nuclear Detonation – 10-Kiloton Improvised Nuclear Device �
http://iis-db.stanford.edu/pubs/21872/D … Report.pdf

Contamination from a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) �
would cover up to a few hundred acres with low-level radioactive material; �
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/pdf/dirtybombs.pdf

A nuclear detonation would affect large areas (10-100 sq. miles) �
damaged by direct effects and 100s to 1,000s of sq. miles with radioactive fallout. �
http://www.nti.org/e_research/cnwm/over … print=true

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) – a terrorist attack would most likely be a small device <10 kilotons yield, EMP effect of a ground burst would be mostly within the Moderate Damage Radius, but also propagated by conductors such as power and telephone lines, railroad tracks, pipelines, etc. �

EVACUATION �
Feasible only if all personnel can evacuate before fallout contamination arrives and; �
Essential functions for Continuity of Operations are transferred to an alternate facility �
Affected area would have to be small and warning time adequate to execute the evacuation �
Detonation effects (blast/thermal/EMP) will likely impede evacuation �
Evacuees may be exposed and/or contaminated. �

SHELTER IN PLACE �
Critical facilities that cannot evacuate (hospitals, EOCs) must continue to operate �
Necessary if fallout/contamination would arrive before evacuation can be completed �
Fallout Shelters will be needed to protect against high level radiation/detonation �
Shelter-in-place (not necessarily Fallout Shelter) near RDD/very low level �
Shelter stay may range from a few days to 2 weeks. �
Authorities outside affected area can organize rescue/evacuation effort �
Shelter occupants may be exposed and/or contaminated. �
Necessary if operations can not be transferred or if staff, patients or clients cannot evacuate �
Necessary if needed to support operations of other response agencies �
Must have Radiological Monitoring & Exposure Control capabilities �
Critical Facilities may be used to shelter families of the staff �
Critical Facilities will not be used to shelter the general public. �

DECONTAMINATION after a flood or attack �
start immediately, even if you don’t know what the agent is. �

EXPEDIENT FIELD DECONTAMINATION �
If you are contaminated: �
Remove everything, including jewelry �
Cut off clothing normally removed over the head �
Place contaminated clothing in plastic bag, tie closed �
Wash your hands before using them to shower �
Flush entire body with cool water �
Blot dry with absorbent cloth �
Put on clean clothes �
Avoid use of affected areas, to prevent re-exposure �
If professional help arrives, report to responders �
for thorough decontamination and medical assessment. �

NUCLEAR ATTACK ISSUES: �
Structural damage to shelter from nearby detonation �
Fire in the shelter �
Dangerously high radiation levels �
Severely high temperatures and humidity �
Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide imbalance in the shelter �
Depletion of essential supplies �
Disease and injury �
Unrest, anxiety, crime or defiance of order or authority �

Time – Fallout radiation intensity decays rapidly; �
90% in just the first 7 hours. The less time you �
spend in a radiation field, the less dose received. �

Distance – The farther you are from a source, �
the less dose you receive. �

Shielding – Denser (heavier, massive) materials �
absorb more radiation. Greater thickness of any �
given material absorbs more radiation. �

Protection Factors & Mass of Materials �
*PF = “Protection Factor” refers to the ratio between the radiation dose rate of the OUTSIDE to that INSIDE the shelter, for instance a PF = 10 means that the inside dose rate is 1/10th the outside rate. �

How Much Protection? �

PF* Lead Steel Concrete Earth Water Wood �
2 .3″” .7″ 2.0″ 3.3″ 5″ 9″ �
4 .5″ 1.5″ 5.0″ 7.0″ 10″ 15″ �
8 1.0″ 2.0″ 6.5″ 10.0″ 15″ 27″ �
16 1.2″ 3.0″ 9.0″ 14.0″ 20″ 3 ft �
32 1.5″ 4.0″ 12.0″ 15.0″ 2 ft 4 ft �
64 2.0″ 4.2″ 13.2″ 19.8″ 2.5ft 4.5 ft �
128 2.1″ 5.0″ 15.0″ 2 ft 3 ft 5 ft �
1000 3.0″ 7.0″ 22.0″ 33.0″ 4 ft – �
2000 3.3″ 7.7″ 2 ft 3 ft 4.5 ft – �

Outside radiation, divided by the Protection Factor, is reduced in proportion. For example, if the outside radiation rate is 1,000 R/hr, a person shielded by 3 ft. of earth would receive a dose rate of .5 R/hr. but a person shielded by 1 ft of earth would receive about 10 R/hr. �

Sheltering at Home During an Emergency �
For using a building without working utilities as shelter �

Exhaust – candles, camp stoves, lanterns, generators, �
heaters, charcoal grills, all generate carbon monoxide �
and must not be used indoors! �
Open flame – above ignition sources �
must never be left unattended! �
Fuel – most of the above require flammable fuels �
to operate, which must be stored outdoors. �
Use Fire Marshal approved fuel containers �

Improvised Emergency Shelters �
As in all real estate, most important is location: �
Avoid low spots with poor drainage �
Seek a gently sloped area so that surface water drains away �
Sheltered from prevailing winds �
Away from bodies of water (attracts insects and animals) �
Insulated from direct contact with ground, rock, �
or concrete, which conducts away body heat. �

Avoid as shelter: �
Areas around downed utility lines �
In or near culverts �
Within the “collapse zone” of a damaged building �
(maintain 2:1 ratio of distance away to building height) �

Improvised Shelters: �
Sheds �
Tents �
Tarps �
Vehicles �

Don’t disable a good car! �
Remove car batteries to power communications and �
shelter lighting only from cars that do not start �
If a car starts reserve it for emergency evacuation, or �
Use it as a “battery charger” �
Salvage lighting, remove dome lights, tail lights, �
trunk lights, etc. & with at least 36″ of wires. �
Position batteries in shelter; attach wires & lights �
As batteries discharge, replace with new batteries �
or recharge batteries. �

Emergency Shelter Materials: �
Salvage building materials from debris or �
from damaged structures only when it can be done safely �
Plastic sheeting �
Roofing paper and shingles �
Siding, plywood �
Chain link fence �
Lumber �
Carpeting �
Wire, rope, and fasteners �

Build Your Shelter In Layers �
Structural framing: lumber, plywood, fencing, metal �
Fasteners: reinforce structural connections with nails, wire or rope ties, wooden spikes �
Water and wind proofing: plastic sheeting, tarp, shingles, roofing paper �
Insulation: drywall, leaves, tree branches, carpeting, (may also be used as ballast to hold water/wind proofing layer in place) �

SIGNALLING �

Day: Mirror flashes – best daylight signal device �
Smoke �
Brightly colored cloth flag / panel (VS-17) �
ICAO surface-to-air signals �
V Require assistance �
X Need medical assistance �
Y Yes – affirmative �
N No – negative �
? I am proceeding in this direction �

Night: Flashing strobe light �
Fire �
Signal flares �
Sound, i.e. whistle, siren, vehicle horn �

FIRE: �
Maintains body temperature �
Great morale booster �
Deters wild animals and insects �
Boils water �
Cooks food �
Used as day (smoke) �
or night (light) signal �

FIRE MAKING METHODS �
Matches or lighter �
Flint and steel (Doan Machinery Corp. Fire Starter) �
Use cotton ball and petroleum jelly as tinder �
Battery and steel wool �
Fresnel lens �

WATER SUPPLY �
Minimum for drinking �
1 gallon per person, per day �
More water is needed for �
Cooking and food preparation �
Personal hygiene, sanitation and decontamination �
Store a two week supply as minimum �
Food grade containers with screw caps �
Away from direct sunlight �

EMERGENCY WATER SOURCES �
Captive water in household hot water tank and interior plumbing is OK �
Filter cloudy water to remove particulates, using an EPA-rated filter �
with a pore size ? 1 micron, then: �
Disinfect with Clorox (6% sodium hypochlorite) add 8 drops of Chlorox �
bleach per gallon if clear, 16 drops if cloudy, let water stand 15 minutes before use �
Or boil vigorously for 15 minutes �
Store potable water in clean containers. �

All natural sources (from springs, ponds, rivers or streams) �
must be boiled or chemically disinfected. �
Chemical disinfection or boiling – Kills bacteria and viruses �
Doesn’t remove particulates or chemical pollutants �
Filtration – Coffee filters, etc. remove gross particulates only �
EPA-rated filters (pore size smaller than 1 micron) are needed �
to remove bacteria, viruses and Giardia cysts, but don’t remove chemical pollutants. �
Distillation is the most effective method. �

FOOD �
Lowest of the seven survival priorities �
Need is mostly mental, because we are used to eating regularly �
Healthy people will do OK without food for a week or more, if they are well hydrated �
Balanced nutrition is a important health factor for elderly and infants. �

SHELF LIFE OF FOOD STORED IN THE HOME �
Food in a refrigerator is safe for a day after the power goes off, �
either use it in 24 hours or throw it away �
Frozen food is safe if there are still ice crystals, �
once thawed, cook and consume it within 24 hours �
Next use non-perishables and dry staples �
Canned foods are best for long term storage �
(up to 4 years) but are heavy to transport and bulky to store �
Dry packaged foods are easiest to transport �
Choose foods requiring minimal preparation �
Eat at least one balanced meal daily �
Include nutritional supplements in supplies �
Drink enough water. �

EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLIES �
MREs, or Heater Meals �
Prepared survival rations �
Primitive survival methods: �
Fishing �
Hunting �
Trapping �
Foraging �

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT �
Folding utility knife or multi-tool �
Scout type, Leatherman, Swiss Army� �
Manual can opener, if not on utility knife �
Sturdy fixed blade, such as 5″ Military knife �
For chopping, digging, or as pry bar �
Shovel, Gerber field spade or similar �
Hand saw, #7947 Fiskars Woodzig Pruning Saw, folding 10″ �
Axe �

ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES �
Each person should have their own backpack of personal essentials �
Flashlight �
Portable radio �
Extra batteries �
First Aid Kit, (containing a first aid manual) �
Personal medications and sanitation supplies �
Cooking and eating utensils �
Wool blanket or sleeping bag for each person �
Sturdy shoes and extra socks �
Rain gear �
Change of warm clothing and underwear �
Items for special needs, care of infants �

DISASTER FINANCIAL PLANNING �
http://www.redcross.org/services/disast … y/FinPlan/

Electronic transactions, account verifications may be impossible �
Evacuate with enough cash for at least two weeks of essentials �
Carry account numbers, contact addresses and telephone numbers for all important persons and institutions �
Helping one’s unprepared friends and neighbors may prove expensive! �

SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF DISASTERS �
Cumulative psychological effects upon survivors �

Evacuate or Stay? – Do you have a plan? �
Where will you go? Is it safe to travel? Can you REALLY get there? Do you have enough resources to make it work? �
Warn friends not to invite others to come and evacuate with them �
They’ll overwhelm your limited resources! �
Never allow family members to be separated �
Even if it means waiting for later rescue and/or evacuation �
The well prepared may be threatened by those who weren’t – get to know your neighbors NOW for a safer community later in case of a disaster �
Make plans to ensure neighborhood security/family protection �
Post a guard in rotating shifts, to deter roving criminals or looters �
Keep firearms and ammunition safely secured �
Take a home firearms safety-protection course �

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina �
When help arrives, you may get it �
“��.whether you want it or not.” �

Don’t believe that all rescuers will respect your property �
Relief workers from other States often don’t know local laws �
Relief organizations have their own bureaucratic requirements that may conflict with your needs �
Expect frustration over lack of communication and empathy by rescuers and local/State government. �

COURSE SUMMARY: �
Positive attitude – Stop Think Observe Plan �
First Aid / Sanitation – Maintain proper hygiene, preserve family health, prevent illness or injury �
Shelter – Protection from environmental hazards – use Time, Distance, Shielding �
Signaling / Communication- be heard / seen �
Fire – Warmth, light, food prep, water sterilization �
Water – Prevent water-borne illnesses through filtration, chemical sterilization, boiling or distillation �
Food – Eat at least one balanced meal daily, drink enough water, include nutritional supplements �
Equipment- Flashlight, knife, saw, axe, shovel �
Planning – Prepare a Kit, Make A Plan! �

PT 12 SES PDF Downloads

http://oberon.ses.nsw.gov.au/resources.htm

Vertical Rescue

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  • pre-rig.pdf: Pre-rigging Training Module (PDF file). Pre-rigging is the way to improve vertical rescue response times by reducing rigging time on the scene. Includes tips for pre-rigging common systems, and for deciding what to pre-rig and what not to.
  • prusiks.pdf: A 1 page fact sheet (PDF file) on prusik loops (currently incorporated into NSW SES VR training package).
  • scripts.pdf: Vertical Rescue Scripts (PDF file). These scripts demonstrate the correct usage for vertical rescue prowords (calls and commands that have an extended meaning). Useful to resinforce the extanded meaning of the prowords with learners. Helps to use prowords to their fullest, minimise confusion and communication problems on the job.
  • Spanlines.pdf: A 1 page fact sheet (PDF file) on spanlines: that is highlines, flying foxes, cableways, zip lines, etc. Includes notes on tensioning so you can’t over-tension the spanline.
  • sustrauma.pdf: Suspension Trauma Training Module (PDF file). Every Vertical Rescue needs to know this! How to keep yourself and your casualty safe from it. Suspension trauma is also known by many other names: harness induced pathology, haness hang syndrome, etc.
  • vector.pdf: Vector or Force Analysis Training Module for Vertical Rescuers. A simple method to work out the real forces in any rope system. Helps rescuers to understand forces in their rig and hence be safer riggers.
  • BelayBehaviour.pdf: Rescue Belay Behaviour – A Theoretical Analysis of rescue belay behaviour which highlights previously not considered hazards of rescue belays as published in Technical Rescue Magazine. A must read for all vertical rescuers. (>800K PDF file).
  • Equipment_Testing-Kiama_VRPDW.pdf: Report on destructive testing of vertical rescue equipment from the Kiama VR Trainer Professional development Weekend 2004. (>900K PDF file).
  • Friction Testing and Pulley Systems in Vertical Rescue.pdf: Results of practical friction testing of common vertical rescue pulleys done by Oberon SES. Results are applied to common VR haul systems to illustrate actual mechanical advantages of haul systems.
  • Load Testing.pdf: More destructive load testing results of VR equipment by Oberon SES. (1.1M PDF file).
  • LRFAnalysis.pdf: Report on Finite Element Analysis modelling of a Larkin Rescue Frame with particular interest in the factors that affect “step back”. Good practical tips on how to prevent step back in your Larkin Frame!
  • Vertical Rescue Friction Testing.pdf: Practical friction test results of some common rescue pulleys. (1.4M PDF file).
  • VR Load Testing Wellington.pdf: Report of destructive load tests carried ou on VR equipment at the Wellington VR Professional Development weekend 2004. (1.8M PDF file).

Land Search

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  • sarcalc2.zip: Microsof Excel Worksheet for calculation of Land Search Probabilities of Area (POAs). Free download. You will need Winzip to unzip the archive.
  • MUSHPSAR.HTM: Survival Tips for Mushroom Pickers. Every year hundreds of people come to the pine forests surrounding Oberon to pick mushrooms. Around one or two each year get lost requiring a land search. Here are some things you can do so that you aren’t one of them!
  • bushsafe.htm: Tips for bushwalkers and other adventurous people who use the bush to be safe and reduce the risk of needing a search or rescue.

Storm

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  • LIGHTNIN.HTM: Outdoor Lightning Protection and Safety. Everyone should know than when lightning is about they should be indoors… but what if you can’t get there? Here’s some tips collected from a wide variety of sources.
  • beaufort.htm: The Beaufort Scale for estimating wind speed…with descriptors for use on land or sea.

Miscellaneous Resources

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  • JUDGEDIS.HTM: Judging Distance. Judging distances is a valuable skill to a lot of people including navigators, land searchers, and most things SES volunteers do. This page includes the normal three methods described in most Map Reading texts plus another method based on visibility of features – adapted from Coastal Skipper Training course for use on land.
  • impnav.htm: The Bushwalker’s Guide to the Galaxy… or How to Navigate the Surface of the Earth with less than a GPS or Compass. Improvised navigation skills increase not only yor skill as a navigator, but your knowledge of your surroundings.

http://wollongong.ses.nsw.gov.au/resources.html

Our Remote Area Search Assessment Instrument [Word document]

One-page GPS instruction summary sheets for Garmin eTrex, Gecko and 12XL GPS units [Zipped PDF documents]

A locally developed Map Reading and Navigation presentation [PowerPoint, 1.6MB]

Our Cordless Nail Gun Training Package [Zip archive containing Manual, Lesson Plan and Assessment Instrument PDF files]

Our Summary Cards [PDF file, 3.5MB] Revised: November 2008

Our Field Team Leader Training Package [PDF file, 1MB] Revised: September 2009

http://www.vmraq.org.au/docs/394.pdf�

IED, Bioweapons and Dirty Bombs- Overview and Recognition

IED’s Improvised Explosive Devices, Bioweapons and Dirty Bombs-Overview and Recognition�

An IED can be almost anything with any type of material and initiator. It is a homemade device that is designed to cause death or injury by using explosives alone or in combination with toxic chemicals, biological toxins, or radiological material. IEDs can be produced in varying sizes, functioning methods, containers, and delivery methods. IEDs can utilize commercial or military explosives, homemade explosives, or military ordnance and ordnance components.

They are unique in nature because the IED builder has had to improvise with the materials at hand. Designed to defeat a specific target or type of target, they generally become more difficult to detect and protect against as they become more sophisticated.

They are also emplaced to avoid detection and improve effectiveness. Most are victim-activated, but some may involve remote or command detonation devices. The use of booby traps is limited only by the imagination. Booby traps are victim-activated devices intended to create casualties and terror and may or may not be found in areas of tactical significance.� There are different ways to set off / innitiate Either electrically, slow or fast burning fuse, radio control(mobile phone or garage door openers seem the most popular at the moment). Quite often a radio control or electrically innitiated IED will have to have the person setting it off in line of site to the device so they can tell when their victim is close to it.

Booby traps:

  • �������� Are usually explosive in nature.
  • �������� Are usually activated when an unsuspecting person disturbs an apparently harmless object performs a presumably safe act.
  • �������� Are designed to kill or incapacitate.
  • �������� Cause unexpected random casualties and damage.
  • �������� Create an attitude of uncertainty and suspicion, in effect lowering morale and inducing a degree of fear.
  • �������� Threaten force protection.

IEDs fall into three types of categories:

Though they can var widely in shape and form, IEDs share a common set of components and consist of the following:

  • �������� An initiation system or fuze;
  • �������� Explosive fill;
  • �������� A detonator;
  • �������� A power supply for the detonator; and
  • �������� A container.

Improvised devices are characterized by varying employment techniques. In most of the techniques shown below,� using one of the several following techniques:

  • �������� Coupling is a method of linking one mine or explosive device to another, usually with detonating cord. When the first device is detonated, it also detonates the linked explosive. This technique is often used to defeat countermine equipment, such as mine rollers or to set up a secondary booby trap.
  • �������� The roller will pass over the initial, unfuzed device and set off the second fuzed device. This in turn detonates the overpassed device underneath the clearing vehicle. When the linked devices are directional fragmentation mines, they can create a large, lethal engagement area.
  • �������� Buried mines, UXOs, or other explosive devices are stacked on top of one another. The device buried deepest from the surface is fuzed. Fuzing only the deepest ordnance helps mask no- and low-metal explosive hazards placed near the surface. This reduces the probability of detection by metal detectors, and it increases the force of the blast.
  • �������� Sensitizing antitank (AT) mines. On some nonmetallic AT mines, the pressure plate is cracked and the spring is removed to reduce the pressure required to initiate the mine. Similarly, the pressure plate can be removed from metallic AT mines to create the same effect. A pressurefuzed AP mine can be placed on the top of an AT mine, thus creating a very large AP mine as an alternative method.
  • �������� Daisy chaining. AP mines may be used in daisy chains linked with other explosive hazards. Enemy forces may link the mines together with trip wire or detonating cord. When the initial mine is detonated, the other mines may detonate. This may also create large, lethal engagement areas.

Indicators

By definition, booby traps are disguised or well-hidden, victim-activated devices. The initiating object is going to be fairly obvious, as it is the object that a terroist hopes a target will interfere with in order to set off the trap. Booby traps rely on an unwary or distracted target touching or pulling a physical object (such as a bag left unsupervised) or provide a too-easy access or simple solution to a problem (such as leaving only one door open in an otherwise secure building).

People must constantly question why things are positioned where they. A terrorist cell will watch reactions and procedures executed when moving through an area. They will be looking for natural behavior and weaknesses in peoples movements. For example, in Vietnam, the Vietcong noticed soldiers liked to kick empty soda cans that were lying on the ground. It was not long before the US troops found that the VC were leaving explosive devices in empty cans lying alongside regular patrol routes. The devices were activated when the cans were kicked.

Many of the booby trap indicators mirror those of mines.

  • �������� Electrical wires, batteries, booby traps, and store items (clothes pegs, mouse traps, steel tubes, and springs).
  • �������� Isolated boxes and containers along routes.
  • �������� Abandoned vehicles, military equipment, weapons, uniforms, and papers.
  • �������� Trip wires, string, and cables.
  • �������� Disturbed soil and sand.
  • ��������
  • �������� Footprint trails that stop suddenly.
  • �������� Oily stains on packaging or envelopes

Buildings and vehicles are excellent sites for booby trap warfare. If unsecured buildings/vehicles have to be entered and occupied, assume that they are booby-trapped. Likely targets are restrictive areas like doorways, windows, and areas of approach that are typically used. These are likely targets because people will have to move through them. These areas are likely to be booby-trapped. Once inside, hallways, interior doorways, staircases, and floors provide restricted access and are again prime sites. Any remaining furniture or household objects will have to be cleared prior to use.

Potential VBIED Indicators

  • �������� License plates inconsistent with vehicle registration
  • �������� Obviously carrying a heavy load, heavy rear end
  • �������� Modification of truck or van with heavy duty springs to handle heavier loads
  • �������� Rentals of vans with false papers for dry runs
  • �������� Rental of self-storage space for the purpose of storing chemicals or mixing apparatus
  • �������� Delivery of chemicals directly from the manufacturer to a self-storage facility or unusual deliveries of chemicals to residential or rural addresses
  • �������� Theft of explosives, blasting caps, or fuses, or certain chemicals used in the manufacture of explosives
  • �������� Chemical fires, toxic odors, brightly colored stains, or rusted metal fixtures in apartments, hotel/motel rooms, or self-storage units due to chemical activity.
  • �������� Small test explosions in rural wooded areas.
  • �������� Treatment of chemical burns or treatment for missing hands/fingers.
  • �������� Untreated chemical burns or missing hands/fingers.

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Bioterrorism

A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. These agents are typically found in nature, but it is possible that they could be changed to increase their ability to cause disease, make them resistant to current medicines, or to increase their ability to be spread into the environment. Biological agents can be spread through the air, through water, or in food. Terrorists may use biological agents because they can be extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days. Some bioterrorism agents, like the smallpox virus, can be spread from person to person and some, like anthrax, can not. For information on which bioterrorism agents can be spread from person to person.

Bioterrorism agents can be separated into three categories, depending on how easily they can be spread and the severity of illness or death they cause. Category A agents are considered the highest risk and Category C agents are those that are considered emerging threats for disease.

Category A

These high-priority agents include organisms or toxins that pose the highest risk to the public and national security because:

  • �������� They can be easily spread or transmitted from person to person
  • �������� They result in high death rates and have the potential for major public health impact
  • �������� They might cause public panic and social disruption
  • �������� They require special action for public health preparedness.

Category B

These agents are the second highest priority because:

  • �������� They are moderately easy to spread
  • �������� They result in moderate illness rates and low death rates
  • �������� They require specific enhancements of CDC’s laboratory capacity and enhanced disease monitoring.

Category C

These third highest priority agents include emerging pathogens that could be engineered for mass spread in the future because:

  • �������� They are easily available
  • �������� They are easily produced and spread
  • �������� They have potential for high morbidity and mortality rates and major health impact.

Category A

�High-priority agents include organisms that pose a risk to national security because they

  • �������� can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person;
  • �������� result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact;
  • �������� might cause public panic and social disruption; and
  • �������� require special action for public health preparedness.

Agents/Diseases

  • �������� Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
  • �������� Botulism (Clostridium botulinum toxin)
  • �������� Plague (Yersinia pestis)
  • �������� Smallpox (variola major)
  • �������� Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)
  • �������� Viral hemorrhagic fevers (filoviruses [e.g., Ebola, Marburg] and arenaviruses [e.g., Lassa, Machupo])

Category B

Second highest priority agents include those that

  • �������� are moderately easy to disseminate;
  • �������� result in moderate morbidity rates and low mortality rates; and
  • �������� require specific enhancements of CDC’s diagnostic capacity and enhanced disease surveillance.

Agents/Diseases

  • �������� Brucellosis (Brucella species)
  • �������� Epsilon toxin of Clostridium perfringens
  • �������� Food safety threats (e.g., Salmonella species, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Shigella)
  • �������� Glanders (Burkholderia mallei)
  • �������� Melioidosis (Burkholderia pseudomallei)
  • �������� Psittacosis (Chlamydia psittaci)
  • �������� Q fever (Coxiella burnetii)
  • �������� Ricin toxin from Ricinus communis (castor beans)
  • �������� Staphylococcal enterotoxin B
  • �������� Typhus fever (Rickettsia prowazekii)
  • �������� Viral encephalitis (alphaviruses [e.g., Venezuelan equine encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, western equine encephalitis])
  • �������� Water safety threats (e.g., Vibrio cholerae, Cryptosporidium parvum)

Category C

Third highest priority agents include emerging pathogens that could be engineered for mass dissemination in the future because of

  • �������� availability;
  • �������� ease of production and dissemination; and
  • �������� potential for high morbidity and mortality rates and major health impact.

Agents (Anthrax being the most widely used)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies agents with recognized bioterrorism potential into three priority areas (A, B and C). Anthrax is classified as a Category A agent. Category A agents are those that:

  • �������� pose the greatest possible threat for a bad effect on public health
  • �������� may spread across a large area or need public awareness
  • �������� need a great deal of planning to protect the public�s health

In most cases, early treatment with antibiotics can cure cutaneous anthrax. Even if untreated, 80 percent of people who become infected with cutaneous anthrax do not die. Gastrointestinal anthrax is more serious because between one-fourth and more than half of cases lead to death. Inhalation anthrax is much more severe. In 2001, about half of the cases of inhalation anthrax ended in death.

The symptoms (warning signs) of anthrax are different depending on the type of the disease:

  • �������� Cutaneous: The first symptom is a small sore that develops into a blister. The blister then develops into a skin ulcer with a black area in the center. The sore, blister and ulcer do not hurt.
  • �������� Gastrointestinal: The first symptoms are nausea, loss of appetite, bloody diarrhea, and fever, followed by bad stomach pain.
  • �������� Inhalation: The first symptoms of inhalation anthrax are like cold or flu symptoms and can include a sore throat, mild fever and muscle aches. Later symptoms include cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches. (Caution: Do not assume that just because a person has cold or flu symptoms that they have inhalation anthrax.)

Symptoms can appear within 7 days of coming in contact with the bacterium for all three types of anthrax. For inhalation anthrax, symptoms can appear within a week or can take up to 42 days to appear.Antibiotics are used to treat all three types of anthrax. Early identification and treatment are important. Treatment is different for a person who is exposed to anthrax, but is not yet sick. Health-care providers will use antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, doxycycline, or penicillin) combined with the anthrax vaccine to prevent anthrax infection. Treatment is usually a 60-day course of antibiotics. Success depends on the type of anthrax and how soon treatment begins.

How can I tell if a letter or package is suspicious?

According to the FBI, you should look for certain indicators. For example, check the postmark to see if it was mailed from a foreign country. Also check for no return address and for restrictive markings such as �personal� or �confidential.� Look for misspelled words or incorrect title. Suspect letters or packages may be rigid or bulky and have excessive tape or string around them. They may exhibit a strange odor.

Indicators

  • �������������������� Possibly mailed from a foriegn address
  • �������������������� Mailed from an unknown address or sender
  • �������������������� No return address
  • �������������������� Restrictive markings
  • �������������������� Mispelled words
  • �������������������� Addressed to title only or incorrect title
  • �������������������� Badly typed or written
  • �������������������� Protruding Wires(this is how the electrical circuts are closed after sealing the package)
  • �������������������� Lopsided or uneven
  • �������������������� Rigid or bulky
  • �������������������� Strange odour(can come from the way an explosive has been manufactured being homemade)
  • �������������������� oily stains, discolourations or crystalization on wrapper(Oil can leach out of the explosive)
  • �������������������� Excesive tape or string

What should I do if I receive a suspicious letter or package?

  • �������� Do not shake or empty contents of any suspicious envelope or package; DO NOT try to clean up powders or fluids.
  • �������� Place the envelope or package in a plastic bag or some other type of container to prevent leakage of contents.
  • �������� If you do not have a container, then cover the envelope or package with anything (e.g. clothing, paper, trash can,etc.) available and do not remove this cover.
  • �������� Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering.
  • �������� Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face or skin.

If you are at home, then report the incident to local police. If you are at work, report the incident to local police and notify your building security official or an available supervisor.

If possible, list all people who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized. Give this list to both the local police and local public health authorities for follow up investigation and advice.

Remove heavily contaminated clothing and place in a plastic bag that can be sealed. Give the bag to law enforcement personnel.

Shower with soap and water as soon as possible. Do not use bleach or disinfectant on your skin.

Dirty Bombs

People have expressed concern about dirty bombs and what they should do to protect themselves if a dirty bomb incident occurs. Because your health and safety are our highest priorities, the health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have prepared the following list of frequently asked questions and answers about dirty bombs. A dirty bomb is a mix of explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive powder or pellets. When the dynamite or other explosives are set off, the blast carries radioactive material into the surrounding area.

A dirty bomb is not the same as an atomic bomb, An atomic bomb, like those bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, involves the splitting of atoms and a huge release of energy that produces the atomic mushroom cloud. A dirty bomb works completely differently and cannot create an atomic blast. Instead, a dirty bomb uses dynamite or other explosives to scatter radioactive dust, smoke, or other material in order to cause radioactive contamination.

The main danger from a dirty bomb is from the explosion, which can cause serious injuries and property damage. The radioactive materials used in a dirty bomb would probably not create enough radiation exposure to cause immediate serious illness, except to those people who are very close to the blast site. However, the radioactive dust and smoke spread farther away could be dangerous to health if it is inhaled. Because people cannot see, smell, feel, or taste radiation, you should take immediate steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. These simple steps�recommended by doctors and radiation experts�will help protect you and your loved ones. The steps you should take depend on where you are located when the incident occurs: outside, inside, or in a vehicle.

If you are outside and close to the incident

  • �������� Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth to reduce the risk of breathing in radioactive dust or smoke.
  • �������� Don�t touch objects thrown off by an explosion�they might be radioactive.
  • �������� Quickly go into a building where the walls and windows have not been broken. This area will shield you from radiation that might be outside.
  • �������� Once you are inside, take off your outer layer of clothing and seal it in a plastic bag if available. Put the cloth you used to cover your mouth in the bag, too. Removing outer clothes may get rid of up to 90% of radioactive dust.
  • �������� Put the plastic bag where others will not touch it and keep it until authorities tell you what to do with it.
  • �������� Shower or wash with soap and water. Be sure to wash your hair. Washing will remove any remaining dust.
  • �������� Tune to the local radio or television news for more instructions.

If you are inside and close to the incident

  • �������� If the walls and windows of the building are not broken, stay in the building and do not leave.
  • �������� To keep radioactive dust or powder from getting inside, shut all windows, outside doors, and fireplace dampers. Turn off fans and heating and air-conditioning systems that bring in air from the outside. It is not necessary to put duct tape or plastic around doors or windows.
  • �������� If the walls and windows of the building are broken, go to an interior room and do not leave. If the building has been heavily damaged, quickly go into a building where the walls and windows have not been broken. If you must go outside, be sure to cover your nose and mouth with a cloth. Once you are inside, take off your outer layer of clothing and seal it in a plastic bag if available. Store the bag where others will not touch it.
  • �������� Shower or wash with soap and water, removing any remaining dust. Be sure to wash your hair.
  • �������� Tune to local radio or television news for more instructions.

If you are in a car when the incident happens

  • �������� Close the windows and turn off the air conditioner, heater, and vents.
  • �������� Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth to avoid breathing radioactive dust or smoke.
  • �������� If you are close to your home, office, or a public building, go there immediately and go inside quickly.
  • �������� If you cannot get to your home or another building safely, pull over to the side of the road and stop in the safest place possible. If it is a hot or sunny day, try to stop under a bridge or in a shady spot.
  • �������� Turn off the engine and listen to the radio for instructions.
  • �������� Stay in the car until you are told it is safe to get back on the road.

What should I do about my children and family?

  • �������� If your children or family are with you, stay together. Take the same actions to protect your whole family.
  • �������� If your children or family are in another home or building, they should stay there until you are told it is safe to travel.
  • �������� Schools have emergency plans and shelters. If your children are at school, they should stay there until it is safe to travel. Do not go to the school until public officials say it is safe to travel.

How do I protect my pets?

  • �������� If you have pets outside, bring them inside if it can be done safely.
  • �������� Wash your pets with soap and water to remove any radioactive dust.

Should I take potassium iodide?

  • �������� Potassium iodide, only protects a person’s thyroid gland from exposure to radioactive iodine. Iodide will not protect a person from other radioactive materials or protect other parts of the body from exposure to radiation.
  • �������� Since there is no way to know at the time of the explosion whether radioactive iodine was used in the explosive device, taking Iodide would probably not be beneficial. Also, Iodide can be dangerous to some people.

Will food and water supplies be safe?

  • �������� Food and water supplies most likely will remain safe. However, any unpackaged food or water that was out in the open and close to the incident may have radioactive dust on it. Therefore, do not consume water or food that was out in the open.
  • �������� The food inside of cans and other sealed containers will be safe to eat. Wash the outside of the container before opening it.
  • �������� Authorities will monitor food and water quality for safety and keep the public informed.

How do I know if I�ve been exposed to radiation or contaminated by radioactive materials?

  • �������� People cannot see, smell, feel, or taste radiation; so you may not know whether you have been exposed. Police or firefighters will quickly check for radiation by using special equipment to determine how much radiation is present and whether it poses any danger in your area.
  • �������� Low levels of radiation exposure (like those expected from a dirty bomb situation) do not cause any symptoms. Higher levels of radiation exposure may produce symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling and redness of the skin.
  • �������� If you develop any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor, hospital, or other sites recommended by authorities.

Further Information

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/

Mobile Phone Security

Mobile Phone Security

They benefits they bring in terms of anonymity and mobility but have a flip side, of being yet another tool that can used to keep an eye on us. Like all technology they carry risks for privacy and security, though nothing that cannot be dealt with by taking some simple precautions. Yes it can be a pain to follow them through all the time, but think about what you are trying to achieve in the long run. Like all security, the more you practise it, the more it becomes second nature as you practise it automatically.

Mobile phones come in three parts, the shell which consists of the screen and buttons, the “SIM card” that associates the hardware with a telephone number and the battery. The SIM card is a small strip of plastic with a gold circle on it. It fits in the back of the mobile, usually behind the battery. Each SIM card is unique and identifiable by the mobile number.

Most people are paranoid about the SIM card, but the phone itself is also marked with an IMEI number the “International Mobile Equipment Identity” number. When you make a phone call both your SIM card and IMEI number is broadcast to the mobile phone network.

What makes a mobile phone quite literally mobile, is the presence of mobile phone masts scattered around the country. When your mobile is turned on it and the network constantly check with each other as to where is the nearest mast for it to communicate. In any one area, there may be several masts, so the network and your phone communicate with them all in order to work out which is the best one for you to use.

Using the information provided by these checks, it is not hard to identify roughly where the phone is located by triangulation. Some estimates claim that this works down to 10 meters, others make more accurate claims. However, the fact that they can locate you to a particular area is damning enough.

Bring in features such as global positioning services (GPS) as now comes available with most phones, whether advertised or not, then your mobile is essentially a homing beacon for those who can access this information.

The same warnings regarding land-lines being tapped all apply equally to mobile phones. The only difference is that there is not a specific phone to tie you to, and you are not necessarily registered to the number. So, if you can purchase a phone anonymously and use it with a few simple precautions then there is no reason why those trying to invade your privacy will ever be compromised.

To ensure anonymity, nothing stops you from doing the following when buying a mobile phone. Make your purchase in a shop away from where you live. Try if possible to avoid town centres where there is a greater likelihood that you will be on CCTV. Many small or second hand shops do not have cameras and those that do are unlikely to retain tapes for longer than a few weeks if at all. Do not giving your real details if asked. Many shop do ask for your details, but not proof of ID, and you are not under any obligation to inform them. Go for simple phones without all the extra features now being made available. Only pay by cash. Do not register the phone – there is no legal obligation to do so.

When setting up the mobile, use pay-as-you-go options only; this is a more expensive solution, but required for anonymity. Unregistered pay-as-you-go phone calls can be paid for either by using top-up vouchers, or by a swipe card inside a shop. Its recommend that you only use top-up vouchers purchased in cash. Using a swipe card to top up within a shop leaves a trail of evidence back to the shop where you could be identified by CCTV or eyewitnesses.

By personal we mean mobiles that are going to end up being associated with you. The moment you give out your number to friends and associates it can end up on any network of contacts being monitored. If your associates are activists or have outstanding warrants, then this will immediately compromise the security of the phone.

Never say anything on a personal mobile phone you would not wish to have to justify at any point or may incriminate you in any way. Although the mobile may not be used in an action, it use may point to you as being involved and cause you to be investigated.Do not take personal mobiles into meetings, and preferably do not even bring them with you. Mobiles are potential listening/tracking devices and should be treated as such.

If you are on your way to a sensitive meeting, turn your mobile off and remove the battery well before you get to the meeting point, or you may be giving the meeting point away. Even if the meeting is not secret, it is best not to have it present, as you never know what else might be said; besides being very bad etiquette, the safety of others may be put at risk.

Personal mobiles should be avoided being brought on actions where possible. If you have to bring them, such as for ‘mobile’ demos or if you get separated, take the batteries out until they are needed. There is no point taking a load of security precautions if your mobile phone logs are going to place you as being in the area at the time, or alerting others to the fact that you were in that area so giving them an avenue of investigation.

Its currently recommend against purchasing the higher end of the mobile market where phones have built in camera and other gadgets. Again camera phones hold potential threats to your security, and give them a face to match to your voice. It has not been necessary so far for people to see your face when speaking to you, so it should not matter now. From those concerned with privacy, it is another compromise.

Never enable GPS or similar such services on your phone if you can help it. Features such as these appear to make life simpler but contain inherent threats to your security. SMS / Texting is very useful but also one of the easiest methods to monitor. It is known that scanning software is available for monitoring them. Make sure you delete your text messages and never write anything you would be unable to defend in court.

Finally, mobiles can also be used to confuse. Say one mobile phone was used in a location and you have been accused of using that phone at that time. A possible defence is to say that it could not have been you as if they were to look at the logs of your actual phone, that everyone knows is yours, then it was in a different place altogether. In other words, the tracking capability of mobile phones can also be used to provide alibis, especially if calls were made from the phone at the time of the alleged offence.

There are two scenarios to consider here. The first is where mobiles are used to facilitate the action, but not the action itself. The second is when the mobile is an intrinsic element of the action. In the first case, this could be when an action needs to be co-ordinated. If there is a lot of risk attached to this, it is worth investing in a set of mobiles to be used specifically for it. Second hand mobiles may be useful in this case, as the chances are that after the action the mobiles will have to be discarded, just do not buy them off friends. The reason behind this, is that if you have a set of mobiles that have never been associated with your network of contacts and friends, it is impossible to connect them back to you.

This means you can set up an anonymous network that will not draw attention from the various authorities listening in. Avoid bringing attention to it by not saying anything explicit on it, but using code. Keep the batteries out of the mobile until they are required, and when testing that all is working fine, chose an area free of CCTV. Testing that the mobiles work and that everyone can use them and has the relevant numbers is important.

We also recommend that you burn the packaging that comes with the phones. The mobiles should be disposed of afterward, ideally by burning. It is no longer enough just to destroy the SIM cards and reuse them. As noted, mobile phones are a very useful tool. There are many situations whereby you want to contact another telephone number anonymously. So some guidelines: Follow the above guidelines for purchasing a mobile phone anonymously, Do not ring your friends or contacts from the mobile; if you have to do this, then get rid of the mobile immediately afterwards as it has been compromised, Keep the battery out of the mobile when not in use, Keep the SIM card out of the mobile when not in use; preferably store them separately.

To make the phone call, travel to the area avoiding CCTV as much as possible. A quick bike ride into the countryside or a suburban bus-shelter usually does the trick, Try to avoid spending longer than 30 minutes in one area. Make use of the fact that the phone allows you to be mobile, Do not slip into a pattern of using the mobile at a certain time or certain place or it will end up as being little better than using it at home, Do not answer calls to the phone and ignore any messages they leave on your answering service.

Depending on how much you use the phone, what you say on it, you need to consider changing the SIM card after a length of time. The heavier the use, or the more legally risky stuff you say on it (or not as maybe the case) will require regular changes of the SIM card and even of the phone itself.

Mobile phone manufactures and software companies are working very closely together to develop new services for mobiles. There is a natural trend to turn to the mobile into a miniature computer. Unfortunately, these come with a lot of security risks.

There have also been a number of stories about commercial systems now being able to use mobile phones and the internet to monitor people. This is being done under the guise of monitoring lazy workers or protecting children. However, the obvious threat to civil liberties is there.

So far, in order for these commercial services to work, a text message is sent to your mobile from the tracking service, and you have to reply (that is give your consent) to activate it. It should be standard policy on your part, never to reply to unsolicited texts or texts from numbers you do not recognize. If you get one from one of these services, then simply ignore it. It only becomes a threat if you reply to it.

The risk is, if your house is broken into by whatever authorities or company are watching you, and they do the reply for you (it would be relatively simple to arrange to have a text message sent at the appropriate time, and subsequently delete it, in which case you would be blissfully unaware). The simple solution is to take the SIM card out when not using it, especially at night, and store it separately, as we have already suggested you do with phones being use for activism.

Careful however, once the user has been identified as using a certain phone, they can be tracked with the unique built-in International Mobile Equipment Identification IMEI encoded into each mobile phone. The IMEI emitted by the phone does not change, regardless of the SIM in the phone. It is even transmitted when no SIM at all is present in the phone. If longer-term anonymity is required, it is necessary to replace the phone and SIM every few days. Sometimes, for complete anonymity it is not advisable to have a mobile phone on your person at all. Some phones may still transmit information to the network or be accessible from the network even though the user has switched them off.��

It is therefore strongly recommended to remove the Spy on Calls Log – Each incoming and outgoing number on the phone is logged along with duration and time stamp. Spy on SMS – Every text message/MMS is logged even if the phone’s logs are deleted. Includes full text. Spy on Location – The phones’s current location is frequently logged using GPS when signal is available. Spy on Web Activity – Each address entered into Internet Explorer (or any browser) on the phone is logged. This cell phone spy software works in total stealth mode. The person using the phone can never come to know about the presence of this spy software. Remove batteries from the phone.

If you desperately need to keep in communication, use it for a day or two whilst you are engaged in sensitive work.

If traveling to a sensitive location, in an urban area do not use your phone within 2-3 miles of the location, or in rural areas do not use it within 10-15 miles of the location. This will prevent the creation of a trail that associates you with that location on that day. If the location you are going to is nowhere near a route you regularly travel, turn off your phone before you start your journey there. �

Fire Bunker Standards

With summer arriving and still no National Fire Bunker Standards in place, the following link and information contains more information than any other source Ive found. From reading the information below, I doubt that any current commercial bunker would be classed as safe.�

http://home.iprimus.com.au/ianpullar/firebunkers.htm

PURPOSE OF WRITING THIS�4

WHY A FIRE BUNKER?�4

RECENT LESSONS�5

BUNKER SURVIVAL STORIES�5

YOU’RE� INTERESTED IN BUILDING A FIRE BUNKER – WHAT TO DO NOW?�6

READING MATERIALS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE�7

DANGERS�8

WHY THE DISCLAIMER?�8

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS�9

DUAL USE vs MAIN PURPOSE and�9

LOCKED vs UNLOCKED�9

WHEN WILL IT BE USED?�10

HOW LONG AFTER THE FIRE WILL IT NEED TO BE USED FOR?�11

BUILD IT UNDER THE HOUSE?�11

SIZE�11

ENTRANCES / DOORS�12

FIRE DOORS, DOOR JAMBS (IE SURROUNDS) and DOOR SEALS�13

THE IMPORTANCE OF DOOR MAINTENANCE�14

DOOR LATCHES�14

AN ALTERNATIVE TO DOORS IN JAMBS/SURROUNDS�14

MORE THAN ONE ENTRANCE�15

PROTECTION FROM ENTRANCE/S AGAINST FALLING TREES, BRANCHES ETC.�15

WINDOWS�15

VENTILATION�15

FAN FORCED VENTILATION UNITS�16

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PETS�18

DESIGN FOR LATER EXPANSION?�18

LOCATION – WHERE SHOULD YOUR BUNKER BE BUILT?�19

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS�20

ABOVE GROUND, IN-GROUND, TOP DOOR OR SIDE DOOR/S?�21

HOW FIRE-PROOF DO I HAVE TO MAKE IT?�22

WHAT ABOUT A BURIED STEEL CONTAINER?�24

THE USE OF SOIL AS A BARRIER�24

DRAINAGE�24

POTENTIAL FOR GROUND SLIPPAGE / COLLAPSE and EROSION�25

MOULD AND MICROBES�25

SPIDERS AND BUGS�25

SOIL TYPES�26

POWER AND LIGHTING�26

FLOORING AND FLOOR COVERINGS�27

D�COR�27

BUNKERS AND CHILDREN�27

BENCHES, SHELVES AND HOOKS�28

COMMUNICATIONS�28

SIGNAGE�29

MAKING YOUR FIRE BUNKER BLEND IN / LOOK GOOD.�29

OXYGEN / AIR SUPPLY TANKS & COMPRESSORS�29

COUNCIL PERMITS – AND THE RAMIFICATIONS OF IGNORING THEM�31

ONE DIY FIRE BUNKER BUILDER’S EXPERIENCE WITH COUNCIL�32

LIABILITY AND INSURANCE ISSUES�32

BUILDERS�32

WARRANTIES�33

THE IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE INSURANCE ON YOUR HOUSE & OTHER ASSETS�33

COSTS and TIME�33

MAINTENANCE�33

THINGS YOU MAY WISH TO PUT IN YOUR BUNKER TO BE FULLY PREPARED�34

THINGS YOU SHOULD LEAVE OUT OF YOUR BUNKER�36

THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO IN YOUR BUNKER�36

PREPARATION FOR BUNKER USE – YOUR FIRE BUNKER PLAN�36

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU HEAD INTO YOUR BUNKER�36

WHAT TO DO AS YOU HEAD INTO YOUR BUNKER�37

AFTER THE FIRE HAS PASSED�38

CLOTHING�38

IF YOU THINK THE RULES NEED TO BE CHANGED, OR MORE RESEARCH IS REQUIRED- DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT�39

BUNKER BUILDING STORIES�40

LINKS�40

New building codes�41

NEWS ARTICLES�42

BUSHFIRE TALK�42

COMMERCIAL BUNKERS AVAILABLE FOR SALE�42

OTHER PRODUCTS & USEFUL EQUIPMENT LINKS�45

SAMPLE DESIGN, WITH 2 DOORS AND PROTECTED ENTRANCES�47

ROOFING – POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTION METHOD.�48

ROOFING – CONSTRUCTION METHOD IF TWO WALLS�49

DIAGRAM OF SAME STRUCTURE WITH LOCKABLE STORAGE AREA FOR WINE OR OTHER ITEMS.�50

EXAMPLE OF MODIFIED CONCRETE TANK.�51

BEST POSITION ON THE SITE��� (also see next page)�52

BEST POSITION ON THE SITE (continued).�53

LOW VOLTAGE VENTILATION SYSTEM�54

SIGNS�55

THE HIDDEN IMPACTS OF BUSHFIRES�56

EQUIPMENT AND OTHER HELPFUL STUFF�56

THAT’S IT.�57

AGE ARTICLE�59

Personal Locating Beacons

Everyone doing any sort of bushwalking should have atleast one PLB within a group or carry one if hiking alone, as seen by recent events by amatures aswell as experienced hikers. By the time some one has missed you and a search has taken place, hyothermia or snake bite can make it too late. By carrying a PLB the time factor is reduced. I used to prefer the KTI brand before they changed the analogue to digital formats. Now every brand on the market looks like some thing out of a cereal box. The KTI may have a slightly longer battery life but the GME is the only model that still looks like a PLB and not a yuppie toy. The standard model without a GPS will narrow the search grid down to 5kms but the GPS model will bring that search grid down to minus 100 metres. lets face it if you have to use a PLB and they havent found you within 2 days, your screwed anyway.

http://www.gpsaustralia.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5025

By Nicko

EPIRB – 406Mhz Emergency Beacon compare (PLB)

There are 5 406Mhz Emergency Beacon manufacturers represented in Australia, GME Electrophone, Pains Wessex, KTi, ACR and Kannad. of those two are Australian, GME Electrophone and KTi. This review is for the PLB, Personal Locating Beacon and not the EPIRBs used in a boat, or rather attached to the boat. PLBs you have tied to your Life Jacket or if you wanted to, in your pocket.�

The current 121.5/243 MHz a n a l o g u e COSPAS SARSAT service will be terminated in February 2009 and only the 406 MHz digital beacon signals will be processed thereafter. Consumers have for some time recognised the major benefits of a 406 MHz over a 121.5 MHz device in faster, more accurate detection, personal identification of each beacon, reduced search area resulting in a faster more targeted response in a life threatening situation. However the prohibitive cost of 406 MHz beacons has always been an issue.�

I have a problem with buying anything that is not Australian, or at least buy Australian before I buy products from overseas. There is a hierarchy of course, but anything past New Zealand are thrown into the pot and decided upon from price, quality and support etc. In saying that the Australian manufacturers, based on this review, are not second to anyone, but world class leaders, however, you have to read this review to come to your own conclusion.�

As I am not in the market to buy a unit and I am wanting to give an unbiased report on the models, thus expect me to be reasonable in my judgement.�

If I was to buy a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) I would buy it based on what it was designed to do, save my life. Based on this I would want to ensure a few things first, the battery won’t be flat when I go to use it, it will last long enough for Search and Rescue to find me, and is not going to suffer from being lost.�

You may ask, what do I mean by “being lost”, well many of you know that over the years GPS technology has improved in particular sensitivity and tracking. The newer GPS engines (for example SiRF III & MTK32) are far more robust than their predecessors by a huge amount. Anyone who has any of the older handheld and newer handheld GPS will testify this. �

The first thing I look at is the battery life, which ties in with warranty. First number represents battery life in years whilst second is warranty in years.�

Battery Life�
KTi 20/10�
GME 7/7�
Kannad 5/5�
ACR ResQFix 10/5�
Pains Wessex 5/5



The second thing I look for is if it has a GPS. The difference between a unit with or without a GPS is many many square kilometres. Some suggest a 2km radius without GPS and 100 metres with. I feel far more secure knowing that if I am injured or in freezing cold water the extra accuracy means extra quick location of my position, thus make it to the hospital in time. It is interesting the accuracies that they all quote, however, I suspect the KTi Mini-Sat-G 406Mhz PLB specification is no better than the others. There spec sheets states CEP50, which basically means 50% of the time you will be within the stated accuracy. No one in the GPS world really works on 50%, they typically look at 95% with a stated accuracy of typically 10 metres for a GPS engine. In any event I do see no obvious differences between them all, however, I do want to know what GPS engines are in all of them. Why? Well, even though you only need 3 satellites to get a position (4 if you want height as well) the older engines may have issues with various extreme environmental conditions such as satellite signal scatter, location in a canyon, in forested areas etc. I do not know which 16 channel engine GME are using but I suspect it is either a Nemerix or the Starfire from Navcom (John Deere company). Either way, they will have better specs than any 12 channel GPS engine typically in the vicinity of 25db which is a lot in real life terms. So, based on what I know the following data is prioritised correctly. The locating accuracy is limited by COSPAS-SARSAT system because they have not kept up with the times and maintain a GPS location accuracy within 124 metres (4 seconds of arc). Anything below 124 metres is a furphy.�

GPS accuracy�
KTi up to 1 metre* (16 channel GPS engine StarFire III) suspect same as all others of around 100 to 150m.�
GME <100m (16 channel GPS engine)�
Kannad <120m (12 Channel)�
ACR <100m (12 Channel)�
Pains Wessex <150m (12 Channel)


*Detection accuracy (CEP50).�

The next issue is strobe, I love strobes because even though the unit may or may not have a GPS a strobe is an added cost effective feature that I can’t go without. It is certainly mandatory with the none GPS unit but even so at night time with a 150 metre radius (GPS version) a chopper with a spotlight searching in rough seas at night still may struggle to locate you. A nice bright little strobe light blinking every 3 seconds is worth the extra few dollars.�

Additional features�
KTi both units have a strobe plus signalling mirror & retro reflector�
GME both units have a strobe but no mirror/reflector�
Kannard No strobe/mirror/reflector�
ACR No strobe/mirror/reflector�
Pains Wessex no strobe/mirror/reflector



User replaceable battery is a nice feature, however, not allowed in Australia. Only one of the manufacturers (Pains Wessex) quotes this but is quoted on the UK web site. Personally to me it’s like packing your own parachute for the first time FPRIVATE “TYPE=PICT;ALT=”Your browser may not support display of this image.

I don’t know about you but one day of battery usage? Even though the Search & Rescue mob can take off from the base and pick you up within 24 hours, as KTi said, what happens if you are in the middle of a cyclone? Somehow my instincts tell me I won’t be seeing that chopper for quite a while. As with the Kannad your battery will only last 24 hours or so, but you may have drifted well and truly away from the last reported signal.�

Usage time is as follows:�
KTi 4 days�
GME 2 days�
Pains Wessex 2 days�
ACR min 1 day +�
Kannad 1 day +


Size may not matter, depending upon where you have to put it. Clearly the KTi will best fit my pocket!�

Dimensions:�
KTi: 125mm x 84mm x 35mm�
GME: 135mm x 71mm x 38mm�
Kannad: 132mm x 88mm x 45mm�
ACR: 149mm x 56mm x 36mm�
Pains Wessex : 146mm x 79mm x 54mm



price is to me last on the list but Pains Wesse x did say their unit is to military specification MIL-STD-810

What the spec means is it is going to cost the manufacturer and thus the end user a lot more money for the privilege of having that MIL -spec on your product. Not to say it is an over the top requirement but certainly pushes the product above the others especially in price.�

Following prices are RRP and for the GPS kitted version.�
KTi $649�
GME $699�
Kannad $699�
ACR: $699�
Pains Wessex $1,099



Conclusion:

Well, sad fact of the matter is, although to me the KTi Mini-Sat-G 406Mhz PLB stands out against all others the model is not available until around August 2008 (pushed back to June 2009). So, if you need a unit between then and now quite clearly the GME Electrophone MT410G is the next in line.�

What surprises me is the Kannad is dearer than either of the Australian products but is inferior to them as well. The 24 hour + battery life is a stinker and I would not even consider it a worthwhile investment on my life. Kannad is now distributed by Next Destination, the current Magellan Distributor for Australia.�

Just a note, you must register the 406 MHz beacons as they are programmed with a unique identifying code which is transmitted by the beacon in an emergency. If you don’t you can get fined.�

After you purchase a 406 MHz beacon you MUST register this unique code with your local rescue co-ordination authority (see below for details) so that, if an emergency occurs and you need to activate your beacon, the authorities will have immediate access to your name, your emergency contacts and the type of vessel or craft you are in.�

The Rules of Disinformation

Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth:�
The Rules of Disinformation

What I like about reading the following information is applying it to local politicians and their reply’s to media questions. It places a whole new light on what they are actually saying.�

Built upon Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin, the following may be useful to the initiate in the world of dealing with veiled and half-truth, lies, and suppression of truth when serious crimes are studied in public forums. This, sadly, includes every day news media, one of the worst offenders with respect to being a source of disinformation. Where the crime involves a conspiracy, or a conspiracy to cover up the crime, there will invariably be a disinformation campaign launched against those seeking to uncover and expose the truth and/or the conspiracy. There are specific tactics which disinfo artists tend to apply, as revealed here.�

Also included with this material are seven common traits of the disinfo artist which may also prove useful in identifying players and motives. The more a particular party fits the traits and is guilty of following the rules, the more likely they are a professional disinfo artist with a vested motive. People can be bought, threatened, or blackmailed into providing disinformation, so even “good guys” can be suspect in many cases.�

A rational person participating as one interested in the truth will evaluate that chain of evidence and conclude either that the links are solid and conclusive, that one or more links are weak and need further development before conclusion can be arrived at, or that one or more links can be broken, usually invalidating (but not necessarily so, if parallel links already exist or can be found, or if a particular link was merely supportive, but not in itself key) the argument. The game is played by raising issues which either strengthen or weaken (preferably to the point of breaking) these links.�

It is the job of a disinfo artist to interfere with these evaluation… to at least make people think the links are weak or broken when, in truth, they are not… or to propose alternative solutions leading away from the truth. Often, by simply impeding and slowing down the process through disinformation tactics, a level of victory is assured because apathy increases with time and rhetoric.�

It would seem true in almost every instance, that if one cannot break the chain of evidence for a given solution, revelation of truth has won out. If the chain is broken either a new link must be forged, or a whole new chain developed, or the solution is invalid an a new one must be found… but truth still wins out. There is no shame in being the creator or supporter of a failed solution, chain, or link, if done with honesty in search of the truth. This is the rational approach.�

While it is understandable that a person can become emotionally involved with a particular side of a given issue, it is really unimportant who wins, as long as truth wins. But the disinfo artist will seek to emotionalize and chastise any failure (real or false claims thereof), and will seek by means of intimidation to prevent discussion in general.�

It is the disinfo artist and those who may pull their strings (those who stand to suffer should the crime be solved) MUST seek to prevent rational and complete examination of any chain of evidence which would hang them. Since fact and truth seldom fall on their own, they must be overcome with lies and deceit. Those who are professional in the art of lies and deceit, such as the intelligence community and the professional criminal (often the same people or at least working together), tend to apply fairly well defined and observable tools in this process.�

However, the public at large is not well armed against such weapons, and is often easily led astray by these time-proven tactics. Remarkably, not even media and law enforcement have NOT BEEN TRAINED to deal with these issues. For the most part, only the players themselves understand the rules of the game.�

This why concepts from the film, Wag-The-Dog, actually work. If you saw that movie, know that there is at least one real-world counterpart to Al Pacino’s character. For CIA, it is Mark Richards, who was called in to orchestrate the media response to Waco on behalf of Janet Reno. Mark Richards is the acknowledged High Priest of Disinformation.�

His appointment was extremely appropriate, since the CIA was VERY present at Waco from the very beginning of the cult to the very end of their days – just as it was at the People’s Temple in Jonestown. Richards purpose in life is damage control.�



Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation�

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil�
2. Become incredulous and indignant�
3. Create rumor mongers�
4. Use a straw man�
5. Sidetrack opponents w name calling, ridicule�
6. Hit and Run�
7. Question motives�
8. Invoke authority�
9. Play Dumb�
10. Associate opponent charges with old news�
11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions�
12. Enigmas have no solution�
13. Alice in Wonderland Logic�
14. Demand complete solutions�
15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions�
16. Vanish evidence and witnesses�
17. Change the subject�
18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad�
19. Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs�
20. False evidence�
21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor�
22. Manufacture a new truth�
23. Create bigger distractions�
24. Silence critics�
25. Vanish�


Eight Traits of The Disinformationalist�

1. Avoidance�
2. Selectivity�
3. Coincidental�
4. Teamwork�
5. Anti-conspiratorial�
6. Artificial Emotions�
7. Inconsistent�
8. Newly Discovered: Time Constant�


For such disinformationalists, the overall aim is to avoid discussing links in the chain of evidence which cannot be broken by truth, but at all times, to use clever deceptions or lies to make select links seem weaker than they are, create the illusion of a break, or better still, cause any who are considering the chain to be distracted in any number of ways, including the method of questioning the credentials of the presenter. Please understand that fact is fact, regardless of the source. Likewise, truth is truth, regardless of the source.�

This is why criminals are allowed to testify against other criminals. Where a motive to lie may truly exist, only actual evidence that the testimony itself IS a lie renders it completely invalid. Were a known ‘liar’s’ testimony to stand on its own without supporting fact, it might certainly be of questionable value, but if the testimony (argument) is based on verifiable or otherwise demonstrable facts, it matters not who does the presenting or what their motives are, or if they have lied in the past or even if motivated to lie in this instance — the facts or links would and should stand or fall on their own merit and their part in the matter will merely be supportive.�

Moreover, particularly with respects to public forums such as newspaper letters to the editor, and Internet chat and news groups, the disinfo type has a very important role. In these forums, the principle topics of discussion are generally attempts by individuals to cause other persons to become interested in their own particular position, idea, or solution — very much in development at the time. People often use such mediums as a sounding board and in hopes of pollination to better form their ideas. Where such ideas are critical of government or powerful, vested groups (especially if their criminality is the topic), the disinfo artist has yet another role — the role of nipping it in the bud.�

They also seek to stage the concept, the presenter, and any supporters as less than credible should any possible future confrontation in more public forums result due to their early successes. You can often spot the disinfo types at work here by the unique application of “higher standards” of discussion than necessarily warranted. They will demand that those presenting arguments or concepts back everything up with the same level of expertise as a professor, researcher, or investigative writer. Anything less renders any discussion meaningless and unworthy in their opinion, and anyone who disagrees is obviously stupid — and they generally put it in exactly those terms.�

So, as you read any such discussions, particularly so in Internet news groups (NG), decide for yourself when a rational argument is being applied and when disinformation, psyops (psychological warfare operations) or trickery is the tool. Accuse those guilty of the later freely. They (both those deliberately seeking to lead you astray, and those who are simply foolish or misguided thinkers) generally run for cover when thus illuminated, or — put in other terms, they put up or shut up (a perfectly acceptable outcome either way, since truth is the goal.) Here are the twenty-five methods and seven traits, some of which don’t apply directly to NG application.�

Each contains a simple example in the form of actual (some paraphrased for simplicity) from NG comments on commonly known historical events, and a proper response. Accusations should not be overused — reserve for repeat offenders and those who use multiple tactics. Responses should avoid falling into emotional traps or informational sidetracks, unless it is feared that some observers will be easily dissuaded by the trickery. Consider quoting the complete rule rather than simply citing it, as others will not have reference. Offer to provide a complete copy of the rule set upon request (see permissions statement at end):�

Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation�

Note: The first rule and last five (or six, depending on situation) rules are generally not directly within the ability of the traditional disinfo artist to apply. These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.�

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.�

Example: Media was present in the courtroom (Hunt vs. Liberty Lobby) when CIA agent Marita Lorenz ‘confession’ testimony regarding CIA direct participation in the planning and assassination of John Kennedy was revealed. All media reported was that E. Howard Hunt lost his libel case against Liberty Lobby (Liberty Lobby’s newspaper, The Spotlight, had reported Hunt was in Dallas that day and were sued for the story). See Mark Lane’s remarkable book, Plausible Denial, for the full confessional transcript.�

Proper response: There is no possible response unless you are aware of the material and can make it public yourself.. In any such attempt, be certain to target any known silent party as likely complicit in a cover up. In this case, it would be the entire Time-Warner Media Group, among others. This author is relatively certain that reporters were hand-picked to cover this case from among those having intelligence community ties.�

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the ‘How dare you!’ gambit.�

Example: ‘How dare you suggest that the Branch Davidians were murdered! the FBI and BATF are made up of America’s finest and best trained law enforcement, operate under the strictest of legal requirements, and are under the finest leadership the President could want to appoint.’�

Proper response: You are avoiding the Waco issue with disinformation tactics. Your high opinion of FBI is not founded in fact. All you need do is examine Ruby Ridge and any number of other examples, and you will see a pattern of abuse of power that demands attention to charges against FBI/BATF at Waco. Why do you refuse to address the issues with disinformation tactics (rule 2 – become incredulous and indignant)?�

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method which works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such ‘arguable rumors’. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a ‘wild rumor’ from a ‘bunch of kids on the Internet’ which can have no basis in fact.�

‘You can’t prove his material was legitimately from French Intelligence. Pierre Salinger had a chance to show his ‘proof’ that flight 800 was brought down by friendly fire, and he didn’t. All he really had was the same old baseless rumor that’s been floating around the Internet for months.’�

Proper response: You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. The Internet charge reported widely is based on a single FBI interview statement to media and a similar statement by a Congressman, neither of which had actually seen Pierre’s document. As the FBI is being accused in participating in a cover up of this matter and Pierre claims his material is not Internet sourced, it is natural that FBI would have reason to paint his material in a negative light. For you to assume the FBI to have no bias in the face of Salinger’s credentials and unchanged stance suggests you are biased. At the best you can say the matter is in question. Further, to imply that material found on Internet is worthless is not founded. At best you may say it must be considered carefully before accepting it, which will require addressing the actual issues. Why do you refuse to address these issues with disinformation tactics (rule 3 – create rumor mongers)?�

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent’s argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.�

Example: When trying to defeat reports by the Times of London that spy-sat images reveal an object racing towards and striking flight 800, a straw man is used. The disinformationalist, later identified as having worked for Naval Intelligence, simply stated: ‘If these images exist, the public has not seen them. Why? They don’t exist, and never did. You have no evidence and thus, your entire case falls flat.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. You imply deceit and deliberately establish an impossible and unwarranted test. It is perfectly natural that the public has not seen them, nor will they for some considerable time, if ever. To produce them would violate national security with respect to intelligence gathering capabilities and limitations, and you should know this. Why do you refuse to address the issues with such disinformation tactics (rule 4 – use a straw man)?’�

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary ‘attack the messenger’ ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as ‘kooks’, ‘right-wing’, ‘liberal’, ‘left-wing’, ‘terrorists’, ‘conspiracy buffs’, ‘radicals’, ‘militia’, ‘racists’, ‘religious fanatics’, ‘sexual deviates’, and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.�

Example: ‘You believe what you read in the Spotlight? The Publisher, Willis DeCarto, is a well-known right-wing racist. I guess we know your politics — does your Bible have a swastika on it? That certainly explains why you support this wild-eyed, right-wing conspiracy theory.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your imply guilt by association and attack truth on the basis of the messenger. The Spotlight is well known Populist media source responsible for releasing facts and stories well before mainstream media will discuss the issues through their veil of silence. Willis DeCarto has successfully handled lawsuits regarding slanderous statements such as yours. Your undemonstrated charges against the messenger have nothing to do with the facts or the issues, and fly in the face of reason. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 5 – sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule)?’�

6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism reasoning — simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent’s viewpoint.�

Example: ”This stuff is garbage. Where do you conspiracy lunatics come up with this crap? I hope you all get run over by black helicopters.’ Notice it even has a farewell sound to it, so it won’t seem curious if the author is never heard from again.�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your comments or opinions fail to offer any meaningful dialog or information, and are worthless except to pander to emotionalism, and in fact, reveal you to be emotionally insecure with these matters. If you do not like reading ‘this crap’, why do you frequent this NG which is clearly for the purpose of such discussion? Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 6 – hit and run)?’�

7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could be taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.�

Example: ‘With the talk-show circuit and the book deal, it looks like you can make a pretty good living spreading lies.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your imply guilt as a means of attacking the messenger or his credentials, but cowardly fail to offer any concrete evidence that this is so. If you think what has been presented are ‘lies’, why not simply so illustrate? Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 6 – question motives)?’�

8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough ‘jargon’ and ‘minutia’ to illustrate you are ‘one who knows’, and simply say it isn’t so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.�

‘You obviously know nothing about either the politics or strategic considerations, much less the technicals of the SR-71. Incidentally, for those who might care, that sleek plane is started with a pair of souped up big-block V-8’s (originally, Buick 454 C.I.D. with dual 450 CFM Holly Carbs and a full-race Isky cams — for 850 combined BHP @ 6,500 RPM) using a dragster-style clutch with direct-drive shaft. Anyway, I can tell you with confidence that no Blackbird has ever been flown by Korean nationals nor have they ever been trained to fly it, and have certainly never overflown the Republic of China in a SR or even launched a drone from it that flew over China. I’m not authorized to discuss if there have been overflights by American pilots.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your imply your own authority and expertise but fail to provide credentials, and you also fail to address issues and cite sources. You simply cite ‘Jane’s-like’ information to make us think you know what you are talking about. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 8 – invoke authority)?’�

9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues except with denials they have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.�

Example: ‘Nothing you say makes any sense. Your logic is idiotic. Your facts nonexistent. Better go back to the drawing board and try again.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. You evade the issues with your own form of nonsense while others, perhaps more intelligent than you pretend to be, have no trouble with the material. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 9 – play dumb)?’�

10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man — usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with – a kind of investment for the future should the matter not be so easily contained.) Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually then be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues — so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.�

Example: ‘Flight 553’s crash was pilot error, according to the NTSB findings. Digging up new witnesses who say the CIA brought it down at a selected spot and were waiting for it with 50 agents won’t revive that old dead horse buried by NTSB more than twenty years ago.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your ignore the issues and imply they are old charges as if new information is irrelevant to truth. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 10 – associate charges with old news)?’�

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the ‘high road’ and ‘confess’ with candor that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made — but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, ‘just isn’t so.’ Others can reinforce this on your behalf, later, and even publicly ‘call for an end to the nonsense’ because you have already ‘done the right thing.’ Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for ‘coming clean’ and ‘owning up’ to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.�

Example: ‘Reno admitted in hindsight she should have taken more time to question the data provided by subordinates on the deadliness of CS-4 and the likely Davidian response to its use, but she was so concerned about the children that she elected, in what she now believes was a sad and terrible mistake, to order the tear gas be used.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your evade the true issue by focusing on a side issue in an attempt to evoke sympathy. Perhaps you did not know that CIA Public Relations expert Mark Richards was called in to help Janet Reno with the Waco aftermath response? How warm and fuzzy it makes us feel, so much so that we are to ignore more important matters being discussed. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 11 – establish and rely upon fall-back positions)?’�

12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to loose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.�

Example: ‘I don’t see how you can claim Vince Foster was murdered since you can’t prove a motive. Before you could do that, you would have to completely solve the whole controversy over everything that went on in the White House and in Arkansas, and even then, you would have to know a heck of a lot more about what went on within the NSA, the Travel Office, and the secret Grand Jury, and on, and on, and on. It’s hopeless. Give it up.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your completely evade issues and attempt others from daring to attempt it by making it a much bigger mountain than necessary. You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 12 – enigmas have no solution)?’�

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards or with an apparent deductive logic which forbears any actual material fact.�

Example: ‘The news media operates in a fiercely competitive market where stories are gold. This means they dig, dig, dig for the story — often doing a better job than law enforcement. If there was any evidence that BATF had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing, they would surely have uncovered it and reported it. They haven’t reported it, so there can’t have been any prior knowledge. Put up or shut up.’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your backwards logic does not work here. Has media reported CIA killed Kennedy when they knew it? No, despite their presence at a courtroom testimony ‘confession’ by CIA operative Marita Lornez in a liable trial between E. Howard Hunt and Liberty Lobby, they only told us the trial verdict. THAT, would have been the biggest story of the Century, but they didn’t print it, did they? Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 13 – Alice in Wonderland logic)?’�

14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best with issues qualifying for rule 10.�

Example: ‘Since you know so much, if James Earl Ray is as innocent as you claim, who really killed Martin Luther King, how was it planned and executed, how did they frame Ray and fool the FBI, and why?’�

Proper response: You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. It is not necessary to completely resolve any full matter in order to examine any relative attached issue. Discussion of any evidence of Ray’s innocence can stand alone to serve truth, and any alternative solution to the crime, while it may bolster that truth, can also stand alone. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 14 – demand complete solutions)?�

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.�

Example: ‘The cargo door failed on Flight 800 and caused a catastrophic breakup which ruptured the fuel tank and caused it to explode.’�

Proper response: The best definitive example of avoiding issues by this technique is, perhaps, Arlan Specter’s Magic Bullet from the Warren Report. This was eloquently defeated in court but media blindly accepted it without challenge. Thus rewarded, disinformationalists do not shrink from its application, even though today, thanks in part to the movie, JFK, most Americans do now understand it was fabricated nonsense. Thus the defense which works best may actually be to cite the Magic Bullet. ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your imaginative twisting of facts rivals that of Arlan Specter’s Magic Bullet in the Warren Report. We all know why the impossible magic bullet was invented. You invent a cargo door problem when there has been not one shred of evidence from the crash investigation to support it, and in fact, actual photos of the cargo door hinges and locks disprove you. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 15 – fit facts to an alternate conclusion)?’�

16. Vanish evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won’t have to address the issue.�

Example: ‘You can’t say Paisley is still alive… that his death was faked and the list of CIA agents found on his boat deliberately placed there to support a purge at CIA. You have no proof. Why can’t you accept the Police reports?’ This is a good ploy, since the dental records and autopsy report showing his body was two inches too long and the teeth weren’t his were lost right after his wife demanded inquiry, and since his body was cremated before she could view it — all that remains are the Police Reports. Handy.�

Proper response: There is no suitable response to actual vanished materials or persons, unless you can shed light on the matter, particularly if you can tie the event to a cover up other criminality. However, with respect to dialog where it is used against the discussion, you can respond… ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. The best you can say is that the matter is in contention ONLY because of highly suspicious matters such as the simultaneous and mysterious vanishing of three sets of evidence. The suspicious nature itself tends to support the primary allegation. Why do you refuse to address the remaining issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 16 – vanish evidence and witnesses)?’�

17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can ‘argue’ with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.�

Example: ‘There were no CIA drugs and was no drug money laundering through Mena, Arkansas, and certainly, there was no Bill Clinton knowledge of it because it simply didn’t happen. This is merely an attempt by his opponents to put Clinton off balance and at a disadvantage in the election: Dole is such a weak candidate with nothing to offer that they are desperate to come up with something to swing the polls. Dole simply has no real platform.’ Assistant’s response. ‘You idiot! Dole has the clearest vision of what’s wrong with Government since McGovern. Clinton is only interested in raping the economy, the environment, and every woman he can get his hands on…’ One naturally feels compelled, regardless of party of choice, to jump in defensively on that one…�

Proper response: ‘You are both avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your evade discussion of the issues by attempting to sidetrack us with an emotional response to a new topic — a trap which we will not fall into willingly. If you truly believe such political rhetoric, please drop out of this discussion, as it is not germane, and take it to one of the more appropriate politics NGs. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 17- change the subject)?’�

18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can’t do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how ‘sensitive they are to criticism.’�

Example: ‘You are such an idiot to think that possible — or are you such a paranoid conspiracy buff that you think the ‘gubment’ is cooking your pea-brained skull with microwaves, which is the only justification you might have for dreaming up this drivel.’ After a drawing an emotional response: ‘Ohhh… I do seem to have touched a sensitive nerve. Tsk, tsk. What’s the matter? The truth too hot for you to handle? Perhaps you should stop relying on the Psychic Friends Network and see a psychiatrist for some real professional help…’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. You attempt to draw me into emotional response without discussion of the issues. If you have something useful to contribute which defeats my argument, let’s here it — preferably without snide and unwarranted personal attacks, if you can manage to avoid sinking so low. Your useless rhetoric serves no purpose here if that is all you can manage. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 18 – emotionalize, antagonize, and goad opponents)?’�

19. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the ‘play dumb’ rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon.) In order to completely avoid discussing issues, it may be required that you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.�

Example: ‘All he’s done is to quote the liberal media and a bunch of witnesses who aren’t qualified. Where’s his proof? Show me wreckage from flight 800 that shows a missile hit it!’�

Proper response: ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. You presume for us not to accept Don Phillips, reporter for the Washington Post, Al Baker, Craig Gordon or Liam Pleven, reporters for Newsday, Matthew Purdy or Matthew L. Wald, Don Van Natta Jr., reporters for the New York Times, or Pat Milton, wire reporter for the Associated Press — as being able to tell us anything useful about the facts in this matter. Neither would you allow us to accept Robert E. Francis, Vice Chairman of the NTSB, Joseph Cantamessa Jr., Special Agent In Charge of the New York Office of the F.B.I., Dr. Charles Wetli, Suffolk County Medical Examiner, the Pathologist examining the bodies, nor unnamed Navy divers, crash investigators, or other cited officials, including Boeing Aircraft representatives a part of the crash investigative team — as a qualified party in this matter, and thus, dismisses this material out of hand. Good logic, — about as good as saying 150 eye witnesses aren’t qualified. Then you demand us to produce evidence which you know is not accessible to us, evidence held by FBI, whom we accuse of cover up. Thus, only YOU are qualified to tell us what to believe? Witnesses be damned? Radar tracks be damned? Satellite tracks be damned? Reporters be damned? Photographs be damned? Government statements be damned? Is there a pattern here?. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 19 – ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs)?’�

20. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations — as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.�

Example: Jack Ruby warned the Warren Commission that the white Russian separatists, the Solidarists, were involved in the assassination. This was a handy ‘confession’, since Jack and Earl were both on the same team in terms of the cover up, and since it is now known that Jack worked directly with CIA in the assassination (see below.)�

Proper response: This one can be difficult to respond to unless you see it clearly, such as in the following example, where more is known today than earlier in time… ‘You are avoiding the issue with disinformation tactics. Your information is known to have been designed to side track this issue. As revealed by CIA operative Marita Lorenz under oath offered in court in E. Howard Hunt vs. Liberty Lobby, CIA operatives E. Howard Hunt, James McCord, and others, met with Jack Ruby in Dallas the night before the assassination of JFK to distribute guns and money. Clearly, Ruby was a coconspirator whose ‘Solidarist confession’ was meant to sidetrack any serious investigation of the murder AWAY from CIA. Why do you refuse to address the issues by use of such disinformation tactics (rule 20 – false evidence)?’�

21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed an unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed. Usually, this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim.�

Example: According to one OK bombing Federal Grand Juror who violated the law to speak the truth, jurors were, contrary to law, denied the power of subpoena of witness of their choosing, denied the power of asking witnesses questions of their choosing, and relegated to hearing only evidence prosecution wished them to hear, evidence which clearly seemed fraudulent and intended to paint conclusions other than facts actually suggested.�

Proper response: There is usually no adequate response to this tactic except to complain loudly at any sign of its application, particularly with respect to any possible cover up. This happened locally in Oklahoma, and as a result, a new Grand Jury has been called to rehear evidence that government officials knew in advance that the bombing was going to take place, and a number of new facts which indicate it was impossible for Timothy McVeigh to have done the deed without access to extremely advanced explosive devices such as available ONLY to the military or intelligence community, such as CIA’s METC technology. Media has refused to cover the new Oklahoma Grand Jury process, by they way.�

22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.�

Example: The False Memory Syndrome Foundation and American Family Foundation and American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations fall into this category, as their founding members and/or leadership include key persons associated with CIA Mind Control research. Read The Professional Paranoid or Phsychic Dictatorship in the U.S.A. by Alex Constantine for more information. Not so curious, then, that (in a perhaps oversimplified explanation here) these organizations focus on, by means of their own “research findings”, that there is no such thing as Mind Control.�

Proper response: Unless you are in a position to be well versed in the topic and know of the background and relationships involved in the opponent organization, you are not well equipped to fight this tactic.�

23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.�

Example: To distract the public over the progress of a WTC bombing trial that seems to be uncovering nasty ties to the intelligence community, have an endless discussion of skaters whacking other skaters on the knee. To distract the public over the progress of the Waco trials that have the potential to reveal government sponsored murder, have an O.J. summer. To distract the public over an ever disintegrating McVeigh trial situation and the danger of exposing government involvements, come up with something else (Flight 800?) to talk about — or, keeping in the sports theme, how about sports fans shooting referees and players during a game and the focusing on the whole gun control thing?�

Proper response: The best you can do is attempt to keep public debate and interest in the true issues alive and point out that the ‘news flap’ or other evasive tactic serves the interests of your opponents.�

24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and detention, blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information, or merely by destroying them financially, emotionally, or severely damaging their health.�

Example: As experienced by certain proponents of friendly fire theories with respect to flight 800 — send in FBI agents to intimidate and threaten that if they persisted further they would be subject to charges of aiding and abetting Iranian terrorists, of failing to register as a foreign agents, or any other trumped up charges. If this doesn’t work, you can always plant drugs and bust them.�

Proper response: You have three defensive alternatives if you think yourself potential victim of this ploy. One is to stand and fight regardless. Another is to create for yourself an insurance policy which will point to your opponents in the event of any unpleasantness, a matter which requires superior intelligence information on your opponents and great care in execution to avoid dangerous pitfalls (see The Professional Paranoid by this author for suggestions on how this might be done). The last alternative is to cave in or run (same thing.)�

25. Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen.�

Example: Do a Robert Vesco and retire to the Caribbean. If you don’t, somebody in your organization may choose to vanish you the way of Vince Foster or Ron Brown.�

Proper response: You will likely not have a means to attack this method, except to focus on the vanishing in hopes of uncovering it was by foul play or deceit as part of a deliberate cover up.�

Eight Traits of the Dis-informationalist�

1) Avoidance. They never actually discuss issues head-on or provide constructive input, generally avoiding citation of references or credentials. Rather, they merely imply this, that, and the other. Virtually everything about their presentation implies their authority and expert knowledge in the matter without any further justification for credibility.�

2) Selectivity. They tend to pick and choose opponents carefully, either applying the hit-and-run approach against mere commentators supportive of opponents, or focusing heavier attacks on key opponents who are known to directly address issues. Should a commentator become argumentative with any success, the focus will shift to include the commentator as well.�

3) Coincidental. They tend to surface suddenly and somewhat coincidentally with a new controversial topic with no clear prior record of participation in general discussions in the particular public arena involved. They likewise tend to vanish once the topic is no longer of general concern. They were likely directed or elected to be there for a reason, and vanish with the reason.�

4) Teamwork. They tend to operate in self-congratulatory and complementary packs or teams. Of course, this can happen naturally in any public forum, but there will likely be an ongoing pattern of frequent exchanges of this sort where professionals are involved. Sometimes one of the players will infiltrate the opponent camp to become a source for straw man or other tactics designed to dilute opponent presentation strength.�

5) Anti-conspiratorial. They almost always have disdain for ‘conspiracy theorists’ and, usually, for those who in any way believe JFK was not killed by LHO. Ask yourself why, if they hold such disdain for conspiracy theorists, do they focus on defending a single topic discussed in a NG focusing on conspiracies? One might think they would either be trying to make fools of everyone on every topic, or simply ignore the group they hold in such disdain. Or, one might more rightly conclude they have an ulterior motive for their actions in going out of their way to focus as they do.�

6) Artificial Emotions. An odd kind of ‘artificial’ emotionalism and an unusually thick skin — an ability to persevere and persist even in the face of overwhelming criticism and unacceptance. This likely stems from intelligence community training that, no matter how condemning the evidence, deny everything, and never become emotionally involved or reactive. The net result for a disinfo artist is that emotions can seem artificial. Most people, if responding in anger, for instance, will express their animosity throughout their rebuttal. But disinfo types usually have trouble maintaining the ‘image’ and are hot and cold with respect to pretended emotions and their usually more calm or unemotional communications style. It’s just a job, and they often seem unable to ‘act their role in character’ as well in a communications medium as they might be able in a real face-to-face conversation/confrontation. You might have outright rage and indignation one moment, ho-hum the next, and more anger later — an emotional yo-yo. With respect to being thick-skinned, no amount of criticism will deter them from doing their job, and they will generally continue their old disinfo patterns without any adjustments to criticisms of how obvious it is that they play that game — where a more rational individual who truly cares what others think might seek to improve their communications style, substance, and so forth, or simply give up.�

7) Inconsistent. There is also a tendency to make mistakes which betray their true self/motives. This may stem from not really knowing their topic, or it may be somewhat ‘freudian’, so to speak, in that perhaps they really root for the side of truth deep within. I have noted that often, they will simply cite contradictory information which neutralizes itself and the author. For instance, one such player claimed to be a Navy pilot, but blamed his poor communicating skills (spelling, grammar, incoherent style) on having only a grade-school education. I’m not aware of too many Navy pilots who don’t have a college degree. Another claimed no knowledge of a particular topic/situation but later claimed first-hand knowledge of it.�

8) BONUS TRAIT: Time Constant. Recently discovered, with respect to News Groups, is the response time factor. There are three ways this can be seen to work, especially when the government or other empowered player is involved in a cover up operation: 1) ANY NG posting by a targeted proponent for truth can result in an IMMEDIATE response. The government and other empowered players can afford to pay people to sit there and watch for an opportunity to do some damage.�

SINCE DISINFO IN A NG ONLY WORKS IF THE READER SEES IT – FAST RESPONSE IS CALLED FOR, or the visitor may be swayed towards truth. 2) When dealing in more direct ways with a disinformationalist, such as email, DELAY IS CALLED FOR – there will usually be a minimum of a 48-72 hour delay. This allows a sit-down team discussion on response strategy for best effect, and even enough time to ‘get permission’ or instruction from a formal chain of command. 3) In the NG example 1) above, it will often ALSO be seen that bigger guns are drawn and fired after the same 48-72 hours delay – the team approach in play. This is especially true when the targeted truth seeker or their comments are considered more important with respect to potential to reveal truth. Thus, a serious truth sayer will be attacked twice for the same sin.

The 48 Laws of Power

You’ll find everything in life can be taken away from you. Your health, job, friends, family, car, house, possessions, the ability to wipe your own backside when it comes down to it, etc. The only things in life that cant be taken, are your honour and integrity. These need to be given away freely, by your own choice. So the following arent intended as rules to live by, more as a means of determining the possible intent behind others actions. To try and atleast comprehend the psychology of power, is to protect yourself and those who are dear to you from those who wield, or desire to wield control over others. �


The 48 Laws of Power �
by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers �

Law 1 �

Never Outshine the Master �

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power. �

Law 2 �

Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies �

Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them. �

Law 3 �

Conceal your Intentions �

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late. �

Law 4 �

Always Say Less than Necessary �

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish. �

Law 5 �

So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life �

Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them. �

Law 6 �

Court Attention at all Cost �

Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses. �

Law 7 �

Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit �

Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause. Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you. �

Law 8 �

Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary �

When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains – then attack. You hold the cards. �

Law 9 �

Win through your Actions, Never through Argument �

Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion. It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate. �

Law 10 �

Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky �

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead. �

Law 11 �

Learn to Keep People Dependent on You �

To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you. �

Law 12 �

Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim �

One sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones. Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people. Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will. A timely gift – a Trojan horse – will serve the same purpose. �

Law 13 �

When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest, �

Never to their Mercy or Gratitude �

If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and good deeds. He will find a way to ignore you. Instead, uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion. He will respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself. �

Law 14 �

Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy �

Knowing about your rival is critical. Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you a step ahead. Better still: Play the spy yourself. In polite social encounters, learn to probe. Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions. There is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying. �

Law 15 �

Crush your Enemy Totally �

All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely. (Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.) If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out. More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation: The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge. Crush him, not only in body but in spirit. �

Law 16 �

Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor �

Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity. �

Law 17 �

Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability �

Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s actions. Your predictability gives them a sense of control. Turn the tables: Be deliberately unpredictable. Behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them off-balance, and they will wear themselves out trying to explain your moves. Taken to an extreme, this strategy can intimidate and terrorize. �

Law 18 �

Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous �

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere – everyone has to protect themselves. A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from – it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target. Better to circulate among people find allies, mingle. You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd. �

Law 19 �

Know Who You’re Dealing with – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person �

There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way. Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in lambs’ clothing. Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then – never offend or deceive the wrong person. �

Law 20 �

Do Not Commit to Anyone �

It is the fool who always rushes to take sides. Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself. By maintaining your independence, you become the master of others – playing people against one another, making them pursue you. �

Law 21 �

Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark �

No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons. The trick, is to make your victims feel smart – and not just smart, but smarter than you are. Once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you may have ulterior motives. �

Law 22 �

Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power �

When you are weaker, never fight for honor’s sake; choose surrender instead. Surrender gives you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to wane. Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you – surrender first. By turning the other check you infuriate and unsettle him. Make surrender a tool of power. �

Law 23 �

Concentrate Your Forces �

Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another – intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come. �

Law 24 �

Play the Perfect Courtier �

The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity. He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the mot oblique and graceful manner. Learn and apply the laws of courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court. �

Law 25 �

Re-Create Yourself �

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life. �

Law 26 �

Keep Your Hands Clean �

You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws to disguise your involvement. �

Law 27 �

Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following �

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power. �

Law 28 �

Enter Action with Boldness �

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid. �

Law 29 �

Plan All the Way to the End �

The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. �

Law 30 �

Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless �

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work – it only raises questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you. �

Law 31 �

Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal �

The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose. Put them on the horns of a dilemma: They are gored wherever they turn. �

Law 32 �

Play to People’s Fantasies �

The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses. �

Law 33 �

Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew �

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall. That weakness is usual y an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure. Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage. �

Law 34 �

Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one �

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown. �

Law 35 �

Master the Art of Timing �

Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition. �

Law 36 �

Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge �

By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. �

Law 37 �

Create Compelling Spectacles �

Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power – everyone responds to them. Stage spectacles for those around you, then full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence. Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing. �

Law 38 �

Think as you like but Behave like others �

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness. �

Law 39 �

Stir up Waters to Catch Fish �

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings. �

Law 40 �

Despise the Free Lunch �

What is offered for free is dangerous – it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price – there is no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power. �

Law 41 �

Avoid Stepping into a Great Man’s Shoes �

What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after. If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them. Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course. Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way. �

Law 42 �

Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter �

Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual – the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoned of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence. Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them – they are irredeemable. Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them. Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter. �

Law 43 �

Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others �

Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn. And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear. Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you. �

Law 44 �

Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect �

The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect. �

Law 45 �

Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once �

Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things. If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past. �

Law 46 �

Never appear too Perfect �

Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity. �

Law 47 �

Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop �

The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop. �

Law 48 �

Assume Formlessness �

By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. Instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes.