ACCESS AGENT a talent spotter, performs
reconnaissance for recruiters.
ACORN slang for someone who is
performing an intelligence function.
ACTION DIRECTE an
underground group in France.
AGENT a person under the control
of an intelligence agency or security service.
a deep-cover agent with influence among the members of a target group.
PROVOCATEUR a deep-cover agent who feigns enthusiastic support while
tempting the target to incriminate himself/herself through action or words .
Argentina's intelligence agency.
AL AMN AL-KHAS Iraq's
AMAN one of Israel's intelligence agencies.
underground metaphor for a fascist USA remeniscent of Nazi Germany.
drawing conclusions about raw information by assessing its significance
and by collating it with other information.
group in Armenia.
ASIO Australian Security Intelligence
ASIS Australian Secret Intelligence Service, a
department of ASIO.
ASSAULTER a member of a SWAT team
responsible for making a forced entry.
ASSET an agent.
SHRINKYO underground group in Japan with expertise in germ and
AVB Hungary's security service, the Allami
BACKSTOP an arrangement between two persons
for the express purpose of substantiating a cover story or alibi.
JOB surreptitious entry, break and enter.
Indonesia's security service.
BATF a US security service, the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
BETTY BUREAU FBI
slang for a female support person who has worked for the FBI her entire career.
Germany's security service, the Bundesamt fir Verfassungsschutz.
LEVERAGE blackmail info.
BLACK-FLAGGED an agent or
intelligence officer who is to be interrogated and summarily shot if
BLIND DATE the first meeting with an unknown
BLACK PROPOGANDA a smear campaign, usually consisting
of character assassination.
BLOWBACK unexpected negative
consequences of spying activity.
BLOWFISH a mathematical
algorithm for computer encryption of text that purportedly can only be cracked
by brute force if the passphrase is unknown.
friendly fire, inadvertent hostile engagement between allies.
Germany's intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst. Literally
translated as the Federal News Agency.
BOX slang for
Britain's security service, MI.5.
BREVITY CODES a system of
code-words used by members of a surveillance team.
an FBI agent who works inside a field office. Also see STREET AGENT.
CONTACT a clandestine, momentary contact between two agents who are
passing information, documents, or equipment.
BRUSH PASS same
as brush contact.
BSS Belgium's security service
an FBI car.
BUG-ON-A-CHIP slang for USA's Clipper
BUPO Switzerland's security service.
burned, completed exposed. See BLOWN.
CALL-UP a police term meaning a situation
where a SWAT team has deployed.
CANNON a thief who steals
back the inducement offered by the spies to an informant, defector, etc.
Italy's federal antiterrorist police.
operations officer, controller.
CBI India's security service.
CAR a security detail or bodyguard vehicle that follows the subject.
command of the target from in front of the target during floating
box surveillance. See also COMMAND OF THE TARGET.
CHENG PAO K'O
China's intelligence agency.
CHICKEN FEED low grade
information fed through a double agent to one's adversary with the intention of
building the credibility of the double agent.
CHOBETSU One of
Japan's security services.
CIA a US intelligence agency.
an acronym for crisis negotiation team. CNTs are used by police in
situations involving hostage-takers or barricaded suspects. The name CNT is a
misnomer their true role is not to negotiate, but rather to obtain
intelligence to facilitate an assault by the SWAT team, and to distract the
suspect to divert his attention from the coming assault.
acronym for communications intelligence.
COMM a small note or
other written communication from an underground organization or one of its
members. They are typically written on cigarette wrappers, chewing gum wrappers,
COMMAND OF THE TARGET active visual observation of the
subject of the surveillance operation. Used during pedestrian and vehicle
surveillance. See also CHEATING and FLOATING BOX.
civilian, military, or paramilitary combat group using irregular tactics.
Commando can refer to an individual, a cell, a squad, or the organization as a
COMMIT a surveillance operative performing the commit
function is watching a location to determine the direction that the target takes
(or "commits" to).
COMPROMISED breached security
CONG AN BO Vietnam's security service.
a person or an organization on an intelligence agency's distribution
list. Also see PRODUCT.
COOKED a mixture of genuine and fake
material provided via a double agent to one's adversary.
LA SECURITE DU TERRITOIRE Algeria's security service.
activities designed to impede the efforts of hostile intelligence
agencies engaged in espionage against one's own nation, allies, and citizens.
activities designed to impede or thwart the efforts of hostile
intelligence agencies attempting to penetrate or compromise one's own
COUSINS slang for CIA.
persona, profession, purpose, activity, fictitious image maintained by an
COVERT ACTION AGENT a spy who works to
reorient an entire nation's politics in favor of his country.
a form of tear gas, full name ortho-chlorobenzalmalanonitrile, used by
cops, SWAT teams, and the military.
CSE Canada's sigint
intelligence agency, Communications Security Establishment.
CSIS Canada's security service.
a go-between used to preserve the safety or anonymity of the principals.
Same as LETTERBOX.
COURIER delivers documents, money, etc.
France's military intelligence agency.
DANGLE a spy
who poses as a walk-in to penetrate the other side. Also see WALK-IN.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (USA).
bureaucrat-talk for the backdoor built into all US-exported
crypto software since 1998.
DCSS Denmark's security service.
Denmark's intelligence agency.
DEAD DROP a physical
location where communications, documents, or equipment is covertly placed for
another person to collect without direct contact between the parties.
BOX same as dead drop.
DEAD-LETTER DROP same as
DECOY distracts adversary's attention.
AGENT permanent cover.
DEFECTOR a person who has
renounced his/her country of citizenship.
DGSE France's intelligence agency.
a US intelligence agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency.
TRICKS covert sabotage carried out by a security service or
intelligence agency, ranging from pranks to assassination.
DIVERSION distracts adversary's attention.
acronym for dead-letter box. Also see DEAD DROP.
DOPE BOOK a
notebook kept with a sniper rifle for the purposes of recording the atmospheric
conditions, range, lighting, and resulting hit or miss of every shot fired.
a lookalike. See also LOOKALIKE.
simultaneously serves two adversaries (often with their knowledge).
CLEANING active countersurveillance and antisurveillance against
pavement artists and wheel artists.
DS Bulgaria's security
service, the Drzaven Sigurmost.
DSD Australia's sigint
agency, Defence Signals Directorate. http://www.dsd.gov.au/
France's security service.
DUBOK Russian term for a
dead-letter box. Also see DEAD DROP.
E&E escape and
ELEMENT a five-man SWAT team. Consisting of a team
leader, scout, rear guard, and two assaulters. The rear guard provides cover for
the scout and is usually armed with a 12-guage shotgun. The assaulters usually
carry Heckler & Koch 9mm MP-5 submachine guns. See also ASSAULTER.
CONVERSATION says one thing but means another.
POSTURE an effect produced by
rigor mortis whereby the cadaver sits upright as if riding in a saddle,
with arms outstretched.
ESPIONAGE clandestine collection of
intelligence by a non-domestic intelligence agency.
acronym for environmentally stable strategy, a concept used in strategic
ETA an underground group in Spain.
an acronym for Emergency Vehicle Operation Course, taught at the FBI
academy in Quantico.
FALN an underground group in Puerto
FALSE FLAG RECRUITMENT impersonation by a spy while
recruiting an informant, defector, agent, etc.
FBI a US
FDS One of Mexico's security services.
SYSTEM a system of non-carrying addition used for one-time pad codes.
For example, (Fib) 999 + 222 = 111.
FILLING the act of
inserting material in a dead drop.
FLIP a U Turn made by the
target during a vehicle surveillance operation.
a method of surveillance where a team of operators establishes a containment box
around the target wherever he/she goes.
FMLN Frente Farabundo
Marti para Liberacion Nacional, an underground group in El Salvador.
a surveillance team is executing a follow when they are shadowing a
moving target. See also FLOATING BOX. A follow begins when the target exits the
stakeout box and a surveillance operative attains command of the target. See
also COMMAND OF THE TARGET.
FOOTFALL DETECTOR vibration
sensor designed to detect walking humans.
disclipline of an agent by FBI headquarters, consisting of censure, transfer,
suspension, and probation.
FRA Sweden's military signals
FREQUENCY FLOODING a technique that
allows an ordinary telephone to become a covert listening device.
slang for an agent, informant, or mole providing information to a
FRIENDS slang for Britain's secret intelligence
FRONT a legitimate-appearing business created
by an intelligence agency or security service to provide cover for spies and
FSB Russia's federal security service,
responsible for counterespionage.
FUNKSPIEL impersonation during electronic communications.
Derived from the German phrase for "radio game".
slang for the counterfeiting and forged documents section of an
intelligence agency or security service.
sigint agency, Government Communications Head Quarters. http://www.gchq.gov.uk
an underground group in Algeria.
GID Iraq's main
intelligence organization, Da' Irat al Mukhabarat al-Amah.
Russian military intelligence, the Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravleniye.
Israel's security service (also called Shin Beth).
an access agent for China's intelligence agency
of China's security services.
GUSTAV WEBER Hitler's double,
used by the Fuhrer's bodyguards to stymie the Allies as to his whereabouts. Shot
in the forehead immediately after Hitler's death.
underground group in Palestine.
HARD MAN an experienced
operative who can survive in a hostile environment and who has killed.
TARGET a surveillance target who is actively maintaining secrecy and
may not reveal that he/she has detected the surveillance team.
an underground group in Lebanon, alleged to have operating units in Latin
America with links to major drug dealers.
HONEY POT Mata
Hari, Raven, lady, femme fatale; a female agent using romance to compromise a
HOOLIGAN TOOL a specialized tool much like a crowbar,
developed by fire departments for prying open doors and windows. Also used by
HOSTILE RECRUITMENT recruitment by threat or
force of an uncooperative informant, mole, or agent-in-place.
intelligence activities involving people rather than electronic
eavesdropping or communications interception.
slang for surveillance team.
IAKHBAL Israeli police unit that
fights organized crime.
ICBM an acronym for instant calm
breath method, a way to overcome the flight-or-fight reflex (panic). Also
ILD one of China's security
ILLEGAL an intelligence officer operating in a
foreign nation without the protection of diplomatic immunity.
acronym for image intelligence.
INFORMANT a legitimate member
of a target group providing intelligence to the surveillance team.
OFFICER a trained member of an intelligence agency, an employee on
INTERPOL international police body that coordinates
the intelligence gathering and investigative activities of member police forces.
SPECIALIST the FBI's name for a surveillance operative (vehicle or
foot). Pay grade GS-7 to GS-10. See also SSG.
underground group in Northern Ireland.
ISTIKHBARAT AL ASKARIYA
Libyan military intelligence.
ITAC an acronym for
International Terrorist Assessment Center, located in Washington DC.
bugging a weapons cache, often rendering weapons unusable.
-- one of Japan's intelligence agencies.
JIHAZ AMN AL DAOULA
Egypt's security service.
JOE a deep-cover agent.
Japanese Red Army, an underground group in Japan.
Japan's secret police.
KGB Kometet Gosudarstvennoi
K-LINE SVR internal security and investigations
KOANCHO Japan's counterintelligence and security
L5 4096 bit encryption algorithm
LAKAM one of Israel's intelligence agencies
(Ministry of Defense).
LEGEND the faked biography of a
LETTERBOX a person who is acting as a
go-between. Also see CUT-OUT.
LINK DIAGRAM connections being
analyzed in a complex police investigation or counterespionage case. See
LLB an acronym for live-letter box,
an address used to receive communication to be forwarded to an intelligence
agency. See also DLB.
LOOKALIKES decoys used to confuse hit
squads and surveillance teams.
LSD an acronym for d-lysergic
acid diethylanide, a hallucinatory drug discovered in 1943 by Dr. Albert
Hofmann, a researcher at Switzerland's Sandoz corporation, a pharmaceutical
manufacturer. Subsequently monopolized by the CIA for its MKULTRA project that
developed methods for secretly controlling people. Still used today by numerous
intelligence agencies and security services for the following functions
1. disturbance of memory; 2. discrediting by aberrant behavior; 3. eliciting of
information; 4. creation of dependence; 5. suggestibility. At the CIA's request,
in 1954 Eli Lilly & Company developed a method for manufacturing LSD from
publicly available chemicals. The CIA's bungling of MKULTRA allowed the drug to
escape from the lab, where the CIA lost control of it. LSD subsequently ruined
two generations of young Americans. No CIA officer or contractor was ever
reprimanded or punished.
M-19 underground group in Columbia.
Russian name for deception techniques designed to fool US spy satellites.
Recently used by India's counterintelligence agency to conceal nuclear testing
from the CIA.
MATA HARI honeypot, femme fatale,
one of Russia's intelligence agencies.
an initiating agent for detonating PETN. See PETN.
Britain's security service. K Branch is responsible for counterespionage, F
Branch for countersubversion, C Branch for security of sensitive government
MI.6 Britain's intelligence agency.
an acronym for money ideology compromise ego (methods used by
intelligence agencies and security services to ruin a target).
MANUAL OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA an underground operations manual by
Brazilian freedom-fighter Carlos Marighella. Contains 41 chapters. Banned in
MIN/MAX a concept in strategic game-theory.
-- one of Japan's intelligence agencies.
MOLE a penetration
MONTENEROS an underground group in Argentina.
one of Israel's intelligence agencies, noted for its expertise in wet
affairs. Literally translated as "institute". Never referred to as
the MOSSAD, but rather simply called MOSSAD.
Landless Rural Workers Movement, an underground group in Brazil.
Libya's intelligence agency.
MUSLIM UIGHUR an
underground group in China.
NAICHO one of Japan's
NARCOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS CIA
interrogators use hypnosis to force regression in the prisoner to make him
believe he is talking to his spouse. The prisoner is first prepared by
pharmaceuticals according to the following protocol. 1. An injection of 10 mg
sodium pentothal to render unconscious. 2. Wait 20 minutes. 3. An injection of
10 mg benzodrine to revive the prisoner to a state partway between waking and
sleep. 4. Repeat step 3 if required. At the end of the interrogation a
hypnotically induced amnesia is invoked.
branch of psychology used by intelligence agencies and security services to
covertly manipulate unsuspecting human targets.
used by security services like Britain's MI.5, America's FBI, Germany's BfV, and
France's DST to detect microdots and invisible writing in postal mail.
Originally developed by the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment in Britain for
use by MI.5.
NIGHTCRAWLER a talent spotter who prowls bars
and nightclubs looking for government employees, military personnel, etc. who
can be compromised using booze, drugs, or sex. Also see TALENT SPOTTER.
slang for members of a SWAT team.
NITROUS OXIDE an
anesthetic inhalant used to render sleeping targets unconscious during
surreptitious entry by goon squads.
NMI Norway's security
NPA National Peoples' Army, an underground group in
NSA US sigint intelligence agency and
security service, the National Security Agency. http://www.nsa.gov:8080/
Bulgaria's security service.
NSTL the FBI's national
security threat list.
OBS Croatia's intelligence agency, the
Obavestajna Bezbednostna Sluzba.
OP observation post.
PENETRATION OPERATION infiltration of an agent into a target group or
OFFSITE a covert FBI site or facility situated
away from a field office.
OG an acronym for original
gangmembers, now in their thirties and forties, who supply cocaine and heroin to
ONE-TIME PAD an unbreakable code system that
works by adding the numeric value of the plaintext with a randomly-generated
code string (the one-time pad). Also see FIBONACCI SYSTEM.
official secrets act, usually a law to enable governments to conceal their
mistakes from their own population.
OUTRIDER a wheel artist
responsible for ensuring that the target does not get outside the floating box
of surveillance vehicles. See also FLOATING BOX.
deliberately attempts to draw attention and drain the resources of an
intelligence agency or security service. Occasionally a decoy.
a method of telephone, telex, and communications eavesdropping that is
PAVEMENT ARTIST outdoor surveillance
specialist operating on foot.
SURVEILLANCE is used to alert the surveillance team when the target
enters or leaves a specific area.
tetranitrate, a plastic explosive favored by intelligence agencies and security
services. See mercury fulminate.
PFLP an underground group in
PHOTINT acronym for photo intelligence.
SURVEILLANCE focuses on times and places when target is likely
engaged in activities of interest to the surveillance team. Also called
chokepoint surveillance. Named after the openings in a picket fence.
when the target of a surveillance operation is first spotted inside the
PINHOLE CAMERA video camera with fiber-optic
POSSE COMITATAS a Latin phrase that loosely
means power of the people.
PROBLEM-SOLVING MATRIX a
grid-based notation system used by police investigators and counterespionage
officers when dealing with complex cases.
intelligence that has been evaluated by an intelligence agency and is ready for
distribution to consumers. Also see CONSUMER.
nom de guerre of a spy.
PROFILE STOP a random stop and search
by police, based on a suspect's race, minority status, economic status,
religion, physical appearance, travel status, location, etc. Previously
inflicted on minorities and poor whites, but currently being expanded by
bureaucrats to include all US citizens.
PSB one of China's
secret police agencies.
PSIA one of Japan's security
PSYCHIC COMBAT a condition of active psychological
warfare operations between two covert adversaries.
the CIA's psychological profiling system, used in combination with
QUANG BO Vietnam's military
QODS One of Iran's security services.
quick reaction force.
RADINT acronym for radar
RAID an acronym for Rapid Assessment and
Initial Detection, consisting of teams of National Guardsmen who assist civilian
authorities after a suspected biological/toxin/chemical attack on a population
RAVEN a honey pot.
agency in Canada similar to the FBI in the USA. Acronym for Royal Canadian
Mounted Police. Also known as RCM Police.
RCMP SECURITY SERVICE
counterespionage, counterintelligence, and counterterrorist branch of RCMP. Also
known as RCMP SPECIAL SERVICES.
RED BRIGADE an underground
group in Italy.
RENT-A-GOONS operatives proficient in
hand-to-hand combat, used as muscle support when direct physical confrontation
RESISTANCE a civilian underground organization,
consisting of cells (1 to 10 persons), circles (a group of cells), and sections
(a group of circles).
RG France's police intelligence
security service, Renseignements Generaux.
RING a network of
spies or agents.
RUSE DE GUERRE
RZ an underground group in Germany. Literally
translated as revolutionary cells.
SA FBI special agent.
a dwelling place or hideout unknown to the adversary.
Sweden's security service.
SASHA KVAP Russian mole inside
Hitler's bunker during the final months of World War II. Subsequently poisoned
by the KGB in 1955.
SAVAK one of Iraq's security services.
acronym for Secured Compartmentalized Information Facility (in Fort
Gillem, GA, USA) where Clipper is housed (rumored to have already been
penetrated by agents of China's intelligence agencies).
a military explosive suitable for sabotage and terrorist operations.
CLASSIFICATIONS Confidential, Secret, Top Secret, and (SCI) Special
SERE an acronym for survival,
evasion, resistance, and escape.
SERVICING the act of
removing material from a dead drop.
SET UP to begin to
conduct surveillance on a target.
SEVENTY-ONE YARDS according
to FBI statistics, this is the distance at which a typical police sniper will
get you. Although the SR60 .308 sniper rifle used by most police departments is
designed for distances up to 600 yards, most police snipers do not fire at
suspects beyond 400 yards. (Of course, at any distance an execution is
still an execution.)
SHIN BETH Israel's security service
(also called GSS).
SHINING PATH an underground group in Peru.
KGB assassination group. Officially disbanded ;) The name derives from
the Russian phrase "death to spies".
Argentina's security service.
SIGINT signals intelligence
(interception of electronic communications)
SINN FEIN the
political arm (party) of the IRA.
SIS one of Britain's
intelligence agencies, the secret intelligence service.
SIX slang for a police officer, police
cruiser, or a police patrol. Used as a warning in the criminal community.
AGENT an inactive deep-cover agent.
Poland's security service, also called the SB.
an easy surveillance target, untrained and not looking for surveillance.
an acronym for Special Operations Group, FBI agents who conduct
surveillance. In contrast, SSG is composed of non-agents. See also SSG.
dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot.
the security branch of the British police.
a bodyguard whose client has been assassinated. Also see WET AFFAIR.
SPY any member of an intelligence agency,
security service, police agency, resistance movement, guerrilla group, or other
organization engaged in covert intelligence-gathering activities.
Romania's security service (rumored to be made up of former members of
Ceausescu's secret police).
SSG an acronym for Surveillance
Specialist Group, which is what the FBI calls a surveillance team. See also
INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST. See also SOG.
StB Czechoslovakia's security service, the
Statni Tajna Bezpecnost.
STINGBALL a flashbang grenade used
by SWAT teams to disperse crowds and disorient barricaded suspects. Throws off
rubber fragments when detonated. It is standard police procedure to cover up the
deaths of suspects inadvertently killed by stingballs.
an FBI agent whose work takes him to various locations. Also see BRICK AGENT.
one of Russia's intelligence agencies, the Slnzhba Vneshnei Razvedaki.
overfilling a location with surveillance operatives. Often used in psy
ops as a means for controlling the target's environment.
HEMOGLOBIN a component used in carbon monoxoide detector alarms. The
radiation weapons recently developed and deployed by DARPA will set off these
TALEBAN underground group in Afghanistan.
SPOTTER same as ACCESS AGENT.
TARGET the victim of
surveillance, the subject.
THERMAL IMAGER a heat-sensitive
surveillance video camera and display.
THREE Bs Booze,
broads, and bucars. The three temptations of FBI agents. (If the choice of words
offends our women readers, please remember that this is a phrase originated and
used by FBI agents. We are merely reporting it.)
a cellular telephone thrown to a barricaded suspect by the SWAT team.
Asian organized crime gangs.
TRIGGER a surveillance
operative who is watching the target's vacant vehicle, home, garage, office,
restaurant etc. and who alerts the rest of the surveillance team when the target
TUPAMAROS an underground group in Uruguay.
FBI acronym for Unless Advised to the Contrary by the Bureau.
RED ARMY an underground group in Japan.
Croatia's security service, the Ured za Nacionalnu Sigurnost.
an unknown subject in a surveillance operation.
USSA slang for a USA reminiscent of the
oppressive totalitarianism of the former USSR.
VEVAK Iran's intelligence agency.
WEAVER American citizen probably murdered by the FBI. A landmark case
for many concerned Americans.
WAHABI a Saudi Islamic
underground group .
WALK-IN an unsolicited volunteer.
people targeted for routine surveillance.
results in death of target. Also see SPLASHED.
an outdoor surveillance specialist operating in a vehicle.
MIRRORS a spy operation so complicated that it is no longer possible
to separate truth and untruth.
X RAYS used by intelligence
agencies and security services to pick key-locks and to deduce the settings for
combination locks. Equipment fits in a standard briefcase.
NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY an underground group in Mexico.
the range at which a weapon's sights will produce a bull's eye hit.
Handgun fixed sights are usually zeroed-out at 25 yards. A sniper rifle scope is
usually zeroed-out at 100 yards. The term cold barrel zero refers to the
calibration of a SWAT sniper rifle so that the first (cold) shot will hit a
target at 100 yards. Subsequent rounds will diverge due to barrel heating.
LIANLUOBU one of China's intelligence agencies.
back door access to a protected target (as used by China's intelligence