There are so many things that one simply cannot learn from books alone. These unique instances are experienced first hand and in the moment, and the real time influx of data is so incomprehensibly fast that mere words lag in comparison. The ever-changing morphology of the learning curve, especially among such culturally embraced technological augmentations, becomes a daunting and insatiable conquest, to be sure. Without further ado, herein lie some tradecraft discoveries and secrets observed or formulated whilst afield.
DISCLAIMER: Read Protection Circle for more background information about protective or hostile surveillance. In a modern day scenario, different technologies which may bio-interface through frequency distributions or other artificial intelligences may be utilizing the humans as a host for their own forms of war games. If this occurs, every facial expression, every movement, any behavior may be observed and interpreted in higher courts than the human mind and certain well established rules may change in a heartbeat. The key word is CONTROL.
Om Nom Nom Munch
For whatever reason, I noticed that when people walk by and may (or may not) be part of a surveillance apparatus, if they are eating say a muffin or snack while they are walking by my tendency is to avert my gaze. Maybe the key to being discreet on the street lies within satisfying your hunger during the prowl. People eating can move their faces around and see everything while seeming innocuous through the simple innocence of eating a muffin or cookie. Experiment with this and see whether you think it draws attention or creates a bubble of yummy anonymity.
Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork
Under surveillance sometimes teams are figuring out how to do unthinkable things—intelligence professionals are really clever—like discovering what type of woman or man the target finds attractive. This can be accomplished by different types of walk-by’s performed in any conceivable theater; public transportation stations, sidewalks and plazas, restaurants or bars, and any place where a team can get in position for their op.
What happens is a potential offering is made by walking a team by with the contact in the lead. While the target observes the contact, the rest of the team following behind can observe the facial expressions of the target to determine whether or not there was any attraction. Being able to understand the target in minute psychological detail will allow for more precise determinations in further action on behalf or against the target.
Going Ultra Light
I have lost my luggage and gear several times. I have been forced to move suddenly several times. I have had times where I could not get to my things I expected to have on hand in case of emergency. I have been forced to adapt under very strange and morphic circumstances. Fortunately, it does not require that the student learn the hard way like I did.
Be ready with enough money on hand to replace your basic needs at a store. Travel can be dangerous, and being ready to move and shift under any situation is the number one best tradecraft secret to know. Cheap goods can be had at various stores, or if one is well funded then airport or train station stores have quality goods for sale on site to accommodate wealthy travelers. Although required to change with the weather, I have at one time had to make due with a walmart duffel bag and sleeping bag, finding places to sleep wherever I could. Although not a desirable condition of life, it is growing through this undesirability which forges strong convictions and enduring survival skills.