Minuteman: July 2004

The Minuteman

The Newsletter of the Patriot Movement

Editor: Irish Jaeger

July 2004

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
Mark Twain


Happy Independence month. Enjoy!
Irish Jaeger

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What Price Freedom?

How Big Brother Is Watching, Listening And Misusing Information About You

By Teresa Hampton and Doug Thompson

You're on your way to work in the morning and place a call on your wireless phone. As your call is relayed by a wireless tower, it is also relayed by another series of towers to a microwave antenna on top of Mount Weather between Leesburg and Winchester, Virginia and then beamed to another antenna on top of an office building in Arlington where it is recorded on a computer hard drive.

The computer also records you phone digital serial number, which is used to identify you through your wireless company phone bill that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency already has on record as part of your permanent file.

A series of sophisticated computer programs listens to your phone conversation and looks for "keywords" that suggest suspicious activity. If it picks up those words, an investigative file is opened and sent to the Department of Homeland Security.

Congratulations. Big Brother has just identified you as a potential threat to the security of the United States because you might have used words like "take out" (as in taking someone out when you were in fact talking about ordering takeout for lunch) or "D-Day" (as in deadline for some nefarious activity when you were talking about going to the new World War II Memorial to recognize the 60th anniversary of D-Day).

If you are lucky, an investigator at DHS will look at the entire conversation in context and delete the file. Or he or she may keep the file open even if they realize the use of words was innocent. Or they may decide you are, indeed, a threat and set up more investigation, including a wiretap on your home and office phones, around-the-clock surveillance and much closer looks at your life.

Welcome to America, 2004, where the actions of more than 150 million citizens are monitored 24/7 by the TIA, the Terrorist Information Awareness (originally called Total Information Awareness) program of DARPA, DHS and the Department of Justice.

Although Congress cut off funding for TIA last year, the Bush Administration ordered the program moved into the Pentagon's "black bag" budget, which is neither authorized nor reviewed by the Hill. DARPA also increased the use of private contractors to get around privacy laws that would restrict activities by federal employees.

Six months of interviews with security consultants, former DARPA employees, privacy experts and contractors who worked on the TIA facility at 3701 Fairfax Drive in Arlington reveal a massive snooping operation that is capable of gathering - in real time - vast amounts of information on the day to day activities of ordinary Americans.

Going on a trip? TIA knows where you are going because your train, plane or hotel reservations are forwarded automatically to the DARPA computers. Driving? Every time you use a credit card to purchase gas, a record of that transaction is sent to TIA which can track your movements across town or across the country.

Use a computerized transmitter to pay tolls? TIA is notified every time that transmitter passes through a toll booth. Likewise, that lunch you paid for with your VISA becomes part of your permanent file, along with your credit report, medical records, driving record and even your TV viewing habits.

Subscribers to the DirecTV satellite TV service should know - but probably don't - that every pay-per-view movie they order is reported to TIA as is any program they record using a TIVO recording system. If they order an adult film from any of DirecTV's three SpiceTV channels, that information goes to TIA and is, as a matter of policy, forwarded to the Department of Justice's special task force on pornography.

"We have a police state far beyond anything George Orwell imagined in his book 1984," says privacy expert Susan Morrissey. "The everyday lives of virtually every American are under scrutiny 24-hours-a-day by the government."

Paul Hawken, owner of the data information mining company Groxis, agrees, saying the government is spending more time watching ordinary Americans than chasing terrorists and the bad news is that they aren't very good at it.

"It's the Three Stooges go to data mining school," says Hawken. "Even worse, DARPA is depending on second-rate companies to provide them with the technology, which only increases the chances for errors."

One such company is Torch Concepts. DARPA provided the company with flight information on five million passengers who flew Jet Blue Airlines in 2002 and 2003. Torch then matched that information with social security numbers, credit and other personal information in the TIA databases to build a prototype passenger profiling system.

Jet Blue executives were livid when they learned how their passenger information, which they must provide the government under the USA Patriot Act, was used and when it was presented at a technology conference with the title: Homeland Security - Airline Passenger Risk Assessment.

Privacy Expert Bill Scannell didn't buy Jet Blue's anger. "JetBlue has assaulted the privacy of 5 million of its customers," said Scannell. "Anyone who flew should be aware and very scared that there is a dossier on them."

But information from TIA will be used the DHS as a major part of the proposed CAPSII airline passenger monitoring system. That system, when fully in place, will determine whether or not any American is allowed to get on an airplane for a flight.

JetBlue requested the report be destroyed and the passenger data be purged from the TIA computers but TIA refuses to disclose the status of either the report or the data.

Although exact statistics are classified, security experts say the U.S. Government has paid out millions of dollars in out-of-court settlements to Americans who have been wrongly accused, illegally detained or harassed because of mistakes made by TIA. Those who accept settlements also have to sign a non-disclosure agreement and won't discuss their cases.

Hawken refused to do business with DARPA, saying TIA was both unethical and illegal.

"We got a lot of e-mails from companies - even conservative ones - saying, 'Thank you. Finally someone won't do something for money,'" he adds.

Those who refuse to work with TIA include specialists from the super-secret National Security Agency in Fort Meade, MD. TIA uses NSA's technology to listen in on wireless phone calls as well as the agency's list of key words and phrases to identify potential terrorist activity.

"I know NSA employees who have quit rather than cooperate with DARPA," Hawken says. "NSA's mandate is to track the activities of foreign enemies of this nation, not Americans."

© Copyright 2004 by Capitol Hill Blue


Police State: Keep and Bear Arms - Part I - Let's be Specific

By Al Lorentz

DISCLAIMER: I am not advocating the violent overthrow of the United States Government, I AM advocating the protection and defense of the Constitution of The United States of America from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

Let's get down to brass tacks, the next few articles are going to deal with arming yourself and I am going to be very specific.

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Most of us are so aware of this portion of the US Constitution that we can memorize it verbatim and this is good. I wish it were so that all of us could memorize at least the first ten amendments to the US Constitution as well but at least we have the most important amendment covered, the one that stands as the guarantor and protector of the rest. Keeping and bearing arms is not just a suggestion, it should be seen as a mandatory requirement for every citizen.

A quick review of the writings of the Founding Fathers will reveal that they believed the worst protector of human rights (aka God given) were public servants and governments. As a matter of fact, the most likely suspects for suppressing the rights of the people were realized to be the ones who were supposed to ensure the same rights, namely the government. I say this because I want to be perfectly clear that your choice of arms has little to do with duck hunting or protecting yourself from crime and everything to do with standing athwart the plans of tyrants who would subjugate you and rule over you.

You must be armed AND well trained in the use of those arms. That is what the term "well regulated" means, it does not mean "controlled by the tyrants who you are arming yourself against" as the tyrants conveniently translate it. Keep in mind that the same people who wish to interpret "well regulated" as being controlled also want to disarm you? disregard everything they say as lies and disinformation.

You are the Militia, you are supposed to be armed.

The Militia were not crazies, they were not duck hunters and they weren't the local target shooting club, they were a civilian organization trained to defend their local village or town. They were not the private army of the government of the state any more than they were under the direct control of the King of England, this would have been self defeating since the King and most politicians are prone to send trained troops off to fight as mercenaries abroad or worse, to use them against the populace whom they are supposed to serve. The militia were local citizens and they sought to be well armed and well trained, to be well armed without training is to waste ones money and everyone else's time.

I recommend therefore that first and foremost you go out and buy a rifle and that you learn to use it. To be specific, you need to buy the best rifle you can afford, preferably in a common caliber. I realize that at the gun show you can get a fairly good deal on weapons that are in bizarre and no longer used calibers but that is why they are being sold cheap? the ammunition is so expensive you can't afford to become proficient.

A good rifle will be accurate up to 300 yards and beyond but a longer range rifle is better. You should buy a rifle that will shoot a heavy caliber round, avoid .22 caliber. Some choices (but not limited to) are NATO 7.62x51, 7mm Mag, .308, 30-06 and 6.5x55 Mauser. 7.62x39 is also acceptable although the AK series of weapons were designed for shorter ranges and are not as accurate as the calibers above. Your goal is going to be to shoot at 500 yards and beyond.

Designated Marksman rifle. If you are a good shot, buy a hunting rifle with a scope on it. Ideally your hunting rifle should be taken to the gunsmith and accurized but that is not as important as your making sure the weapon is sighted in and that you are accurate with it. Make your goal to be able to hit a man sized target at 1,000 yards.

Basic Rifleman. If you are not a good shot, you need to become one, anyone (and I mean this literally) that has most of their body parts, is not afflicted with a debilitating disease and at least one good eye can learn to be a good shot. A good basic rifle is the FAL or better still, the CETME which is a copy of the German G-3 battle rifle and shoot 7.62x51 NATO ammunition. I have seen this excellent weapon sell for as little as $300 with extra magazines included! Your goal should be to shoot accurately at ranges up to 500 yards as a basic rifleman.

You should have at least 100 rounds of ammunition for your rifle and ideally, 1000 rounds for it. Plan on replenishing the ammunition on a regular basis and drag yourself to the range or to your cousins farm twice a year to keep your marksmanship skills high. Your marksmanship is the most important skill you have regarding being "well regulated" and should be taken seriously. You can also practice your shooting positions and basic shooting techniques at home without having to fire your weapon.

Remember, even if you have a very basic bolt action rifle without even a scope, the basic rifle in your hand is more valuable to you in time of peril than the expensive and deluxe one sitting on the shelf at the gunshop. Also remember that gun safety is paramount and should be practiced at all times.

Avoid buying fancy gee-whiz weapons and spending your money on accessories of little or no value. You probably don't need a folding stock on your rifle as much as you need some extra magazines or ammunition. I had a con artist at the gunshow try to get me to trade my M-16 for a pistol that looked like something James Bond would carry but was in fact a piece of junk. Don't let the dealer at the gun show talk you into foolish choices, if you are not certain of what you want, take a friend along that is knowledgeable.

As a professional warrior and leader, let me close by saying that I would prefer to take into battle a squad of men armed only with bolt action rifles, but who were well trained with them, than to take twice as many men armed with the latest weapons but having poor training. It is not the sound and fury of your weapon that will carry the day but rather the ability to place your rounds on target. To quote a great movie "Aim Small, Miss Small", this should be the maxim for our marksmanship program.

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Next week we will talk about shotguns, pistols and other secondary and backup weapons.

Al Lorentz is a Fundamentalist Christian, father and devoted husband, state chairman of the Constitution Party of Texas. Al has served as a Marine Sniper and later as an Airborne Ranger in the Texas National Guard. He welcomes your comments at


Thanks to AZ GRAMMY for this.


2 squirrels
1/4 lemon, sliced thin
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sherry
1 onion, minced and sauteed
1 Tbsp. butter
Bisquick dough to serve 4
1 qt. boiling water

Cut squirrels in serving pieces. Dredge in flour and brown in fat or salad oil. Place in kettle with tight lid. Add water, lemon, salt, sherry and onion. Cover pan tightly and simmer 1 hour or until tender. Make Bisquick dough and cut in rounds. Place on top of squirrel. Cover pot and simmer 15 minutes. Thicken gravy with 1 tablespoon flour browned in 1 tablespoon butter. Pour over squirrel and dumplings. Serve.



By: John Schultz

Many survivalists are searching for a reliable means of communication and thus far have not found the answer. Many others place communications very low on the list of priorities. When times are tough and the systems currently in place are no longer functioning the survivor must be prepared to provide this most basic essential for himself. In my case, a reliable communication system is equal in importance to guns, ammo and a years supply of food. In this article I sincerely hope to pass on the knowledge and desire to provide for this important function.

I have read many different articles on the subject of survival communications and have not yet read one that I consider adequate. Some stress the advantages of ham radio, some the advantages of CB. In all actuality, neither of these is the perfect solution. I will go out on a limb and get everyone mad at me. I have been involved in military communications for about ten years and I am here to tell you nothing is 100% reliable all of the time. There are ways to approach that mark though. At this point I must advise you that the information in this article is presented for informational purposes only.

First let's discuss some problems with ham radio. The entry level license (no code technician) allows the licensed operator to communicate on the popular "two-meter" band it also allows communication on other band but two-meters is the most popular. This band is fantastic for local or distant communication, reception is generally clear and reliable. The problem here is that we are looking for communications during "bad times". During these times, the repeater networks that the "two-meter" band relies upon for distant communication will break down from lack of maintenance. The people who maintain these repeaters will have much better things to worry about such as where the next meal will come from. Another scenario is that the government may just decide that they really don't see the "legitimate purpose" for people to have access to the repeaters anymore (or for that matter any amateur radio). Ham radio operators would become a threat and the government will be able to simply go down the list of licenses and shut them down. Yet another problem I see with ham radio as a survival tool is simply that the average person is not a ham operator. When trying to gather information on a national scale, the operator will want to reach as diverse a group of people as possible. There are relatively few ham radio operators as compared to the population as a whole. If an operator upgrades his license to technician plus or general class he will have access to the HF portion of the spectrum which is useful to the survivor indeed. Communications of several thousand miles on some of the lower HF bands are routine.

Another option is the CB radio. This over-rated, under-powered means of communication in its stock form is best left to the interstates of our great nation. During certain atmospheric conditions, a user would be lucky to talk one mile. The band is filled with a great number of hopeful romeo's, filthy mouthed lowlife's and too many radio checks. I can't even monitor the AM channels when my children are present due to the language and subject matter common on the AM frequencies. Some CB radios lend themselves well to modification. The Uniden Grant LX and the Cobra 148 GTL are very adaptable to upgrade. The power can be turned up and the frequencies can be expanded. There are also a multitude of other useful and useless modifications that can be made to these radios. These are the only CB radios I can recommend. There are many good books available on this subject.

There is available a type of radio sometimes referred to as an "export" radio. They may be somewhat difficult to find due to their illegal status. My suggestion is to buy a cheap CB first, get to know who's who in your area. The people who can obtain "exports" are there, it is just a matter of finding them. These radios are technological marvels. The normal CB is limited to only 40 channels which covers the frequencies 26.965 to 27.405. They are also regulated to 4 watts of output power on AM and 12 watts Single Side Band (more on this later). Export radios can operate in several modes of transmission over a much greater frequency range. Most are capable of nearly 20 watts AM and 40 watts side band. Many also have the capability to "slide" between channels, thus enabling the user to talk "between" channels so to speak. There is also another type of radio on the market that is even better in some ways. These radios are "10 meter" ham radios that can be internally modified to operate from well below the CB band to well above the "10 meter" ham band. One of these radio's is the Ranger Communications Incorporated, RCI model 2950 or it's more powerful big brother the model 2970. These radios have a frequency range of 26 MHz to 31.999 MHz (with a very simple modification) although most users stay within 26.000 to 27.999 for safety. The "10-meter" ham band begins at 28 MHz, don't mess around up there. Most of these radios are mobile radios; in order to use one as a base station a power supply is required to convert 120 vac to 13.8 vdc. I would recommend at least a 6 Amp power supply for an "export" or Ranger. Good power supplies cost about $75.00 or less. There are also some export and 10 meter base stations available which plug directly into a wall. I feel that some versatility is lost because a mobile radio used as a base can still be a mobile if necessary. A walkie-talkie or two would also be useful when on foot. Although normally range is limited, when communicating with a base station they are capable of a surprising distance. An export walkie-talkie exists that can transmit and receive on the same frequencies as the other export radios.

Now, let's get back to that Side Band statement that I made. If you could look at the signal generated by the average CB radio it could be described as having three layers. The two outside layers are the Single Side Bands (SSB) and the middle is the carrier wave. When the microphone is keyed on an AM CB radio a carrier wave is emitted from the radio, this carrier is there whether you talk or not just wasting power. On a side band radio, the carrier and one of the side bands is eliminated thus concentrating more power into a narrower signal. These side bands are referred to as the upper side band (USB) and the lower side band (LSB). Some CB radios are capable of side band communication but, are still restricted to the 40 channels of the radio. Even with this limitation a CB equipped for side band in effect, gives you 80 side band channels and 40 AM channels to choose from. Within the CB band, most side band communication is on the LSB of channels 35-40. Outside the CB band, many people use the frequency 27.5550 USB as a long distance call frequency. This frequency is located in the so-called "freeband" which extends from 27.4150 to 27.9990, this frequency band is an area of spectrum which is used very little by the primary users. Much of the best side band long distance communication takes place in this area.

Side-banders as they are commonly referred to are a different breed entirely that the AM operator. They have a protocol for operating that makes the side bands a much more pleasant place to communicate. These people are usually very knowledgeable about equipment and also sources of "the good stuff" especially when talking about free-banders. On the sidebands, the use of a "handle" is taboo. They normally identify themselves with a three or four digit number. These numbers can be obtained through sideband organizations or, if like me you want to stay off the lists, just make one up. Having a number will give you credibility so other sidebanders will talk to you. Another major difference between SSB operation and AM operation is the use of "Q" codes instead of "10" codes. If an operator tries to use the "10" codes on SSB he will usually be in for a ribbing and, told to go back to AM. A complete listing of the international "Q" codes will be available in any book about beginning Ham radio. The best advice I can give is to monitor the side bands, see how they operate and when you have it down make your first contact. Another good idea is to find a local sidebander or freebander and treat him like a brother. This person can guide your decisions and prevent some very expensive mistakes. He will also be able to relate to you information which is not available in print.

The antenna is the most important part of the system. Within the myriad of mobile antennas, all of my research has led me to one antenna that is worthy of consideration. This is the Wilson 1000 antenna. This antenna can handle up to 3000 watts of power and can be purchased in three different configurations; a magnetic mount, a hardmount (a hole must be drilled in the vehicle) and a trunk lip mount. This antenna transmits and receives better that any whip antenna I have ever seen or used. Since it is simply a thin, steel whip, it is unobtrusive as well. They may seem a little pricey at first but, the advantages gained in performance, durability and lack of maintenance more than make up for the costs. I have personally talked from the Southwestern United States to Alaska from my car with one of these antennas. An alternative to the Wilson 1000 is the Wilson Trucker 2000. This antenna will handle 3500 watts of power and is essentially the same as the 1000. The primary difference being the type of mounting hardware necessary. It is sometimes a better choice for vehicles where a roof top mount is not desired or possible as it will mount to mirrors or the body or anywhere that you can fasten a standard 3/8 by 24 pitch antenna mount.

Regarding base station antennas you have two types to choose from: The beam antenna and the vertical element. My choice is to use both through the use of a switch box. The vertical element is better for local communications and, the beam is better for long distances. Many times an operator is able to talk to a distant station that would otherwise be unheard without the use of a beam. The beam antenna is mounted on a rotor which is controlled by a control box next to the radio. The operator simply rotates the beam until the best signal is received. The vertical element antenna is better for local communications because the radiation pattern into and out of the antenna is omni-directional. The beam will only receive and transmit in the direction it is pointed. Beams are designed to multiply the transmit and receive strength and are said to have a higher "gain". Whichever type of antenna you use, it is important to securely ground the mast. I use a minimum of 8 feet of steel or copper ground rod driven into the earth and connected to the mast with 8 gauge wire or copper braid. Make sure all clamps are tight. Popular brands for base antennas are Maco and Moonraker. The Solarcon A-99 is a very good omni-directional as is the V58 by Maco. Whenever an Omni is used make sure to include the ground plane radials. These extend out from the base of the antenna and increase the efficiency dramatically.

An important area of concern for the radio operator is a term called Standing Wave Ratio (SWR). This is simply the amount of output power being reflected back into the radio. The higher the SWR the less efficiently your equipment is functioning. If the SWR is too high you will eventually cook your radio. An SWR reading of 2.0 or less is generally considered acceptable, this number should be as low as possible. Anything 3.0 or higher will eventually damage valuable equipment. The SWR is adjusted with the antenna, usually by sliding the radiating element in or out of an adjusting sleeve or by trimming the radiating element. In any case, follow the manufacturers directions or seek the advice of an experienced operator. The coax which connects the radio to the antenna to the radio is very important and deserves mention. In order to achieve an efficient system a good quality coax should be used at the minimum I would recommend using MINI 8/U or RG-8/U if the diameter is not a problem. The very best money can buy is called RG-213/U. It is almost a half inch in diameter and well worth the money. It isn't too terribly expensive at about $30.00 for 50 feet. The others are substantially less. Operators using a linear amplifier need to be unusually careful of a high SWR.

A linear amplifier can significantly increase the operating distance of a radio. These amplifiers are used to boost the power of an outgoing signal as high as the operator's budget will allow. I have heard it said that amplifiers normally cost about a dollar a watt; I think this estimate is too high. The average I would recommend for a reliable system is about 500 watts. This power will increase local reliability by allowing communication over the "skip" coming in and also allow you to talk very clearly to out of state or even out of country stations when skip conditions are good. When skip conditions are favorable Channel 6 (27.0250 MHz) on the CB band is a very good example of the benefits of a linear amplifier. Many of these stations, even from thousands of miles away, will sound like they are in your back seat. Most of the stations on channel 6 are running 1000 watts or more.

Skip is an atmospheric condition in which your signal can travel thousands of miles and reach a distant station. For the SSB operator, skip is pretty reliable. On any given day an operator should be able to talk out of state to somewhere. Sometimes this condition will last only a few hours but, it happens almost every day. Skip occurs on the AM band as well but, it fades in and out so fast that meaningful conversations are almost nonexistent. I have had or heard many conversations on side band which lasted an hour or more. Atmospheric skip makes the radio a good source of information on a national scale. This oversight probably has the FCC fuming but, there is an unenforceable law which states that it is illegal to attempt to make contact with another station that is over 150 miles away in the Citizens Band. Even a totally stock, out of the box CB has the capability to make contact with other states occasionally.

There is currently a government agency called the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates and enforces all forms of inter-communication in the United States. These people are to free communication what the BATF is to firearms. Two-way communication is only legal through strict government guidelines. The very nature of the "ham license" only adds to the "law and order" society which the bureaucrats want to create. This licensing process is simply a means of keeping tabs on two-way communication. Nazi Germany was also interested in controlling communication as are all totalitarian regimes. In many countries simply possessing a means of two-way communication is as serious of an offense as possession of an unauthorized gun. Don't worry though, "it can't happen here, the republicans are here to save us".

The situation we find ourselves in now in the United States is becoming more precarious each day. The Republican revolution, for the most part, has turned into just another scam on the American people. Our currency is teetering on the brink of collapse. The committed survivor must be prepared to provide this important asset to his family or group. One day when you pick up your "cell-phone" and nothing happens what will you do? Hopefully you will just reach down and turn on the radio, but if you don't have one....

Joke of the Month:


Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his boots? He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher they're on the wrong feet." She looked and, sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my boots." She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off. He then said, "They're my brothers boots. My Mom made me wear them." She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. She said, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots."

Her trial starts next week.


Logistics, part III: Security Considerations.

By airforce
Used with permission

Two identical re-supply missions, under very different conditions:

Scenario 1

The "soccer mom" turned her powder-blue minivan onto the county road, and called her husband on the cell phone. "Hello, Brad, I just turned up the lane. I'm a couple minutes out."

"We're waiting for you."

She drove slowly for a mile up the road, until she spotted the dead tree and the section of fence with only the bottom strand of barbed wire remaining. She pulled ever to the side and stopped, and more than a dozen militia men came out of the woods. With their camo "makeup" on, it took her a moment to pick out her husband.

She opened the side door and, tossing her daughter's soccer team uniforms aside, uncovered the three GI-issue olive drab waterproof bags. "I hope you guys like beans and stew," she said.

"After two days of MRE's, we'll like anything."

The men quickly unloaded the three heavy bags, and she reached into the front seat. "I brought you guys another treat, too," she said, smiling. She handed Brad the plastic tray of raw vegetables and dip.

"Good Lord," said Brad. "Pretty soon you'll have us all eating brie!" The men all laughed, but none of them complained.

"I'm going to spend a couple hours with Mrs. Arnold up the road here a ways. You know, the elderly woman with that touch of Alzheimer's."

Brad smiled. Mrs. Arnold was nearing eighty, but her mind was still as young as it was when she had survived Dachau.

"After that," she continued, "the girls have that soccer tournament. I guess I'll see you in a couple days."

Scenario 2

The "soccer mom" turned her powder-blue minivan onto the county road and slowed, the two cars that had been behind her continued on.

She drove slowly about a mile up the road, until she spotted the dead tree and the section of fence with only the bottom strand of barbed wire remaining. She pulled off to the side and stopped. She quickly walked around to the right rear tire. She knelt, paused to look around, then pushed in the valve stem until the tire was plausibly flat.

She stood up again, and saw that she was still alone on the two-lane road. She opened the side door of the van, reached into the passenger seat, and retrieved the two home-made canvas booties she had cut from a piece of old tarp. She quickly slipped off her sneakers, put the booties on, then pulled on a pair of tough synthetic vinyl surgical gloves.

She tossed her daughter's soccer team uniforms out of the way, uncovering the three GI-issue olive drab waterproof bags--each placed into its own heavy plastic trash bag. The waterproof bags themselves had been carefully washed both inside and out and dried in the sun before the contents--which themselves had been carefully washed--were placed inside and the bags sealed.

She dragged the three bags out of the van and, stepping carefully over the barbed wire, carried all three through the woods to a dense thicket about fifty yards inside the fence line. Quickly she removed the three bags from the trash bags and threw some leaf cover over them. Unless you knew the bags were there, they were invisible.

She placed two of the trash bags inside the third, and placed her gloves inside them as well. She walked back to the van, removed the canvas booties and placed them in the trash bag, put her own sneakers back on, and walked the 500 yards to Mrs. Arnold's house.

Mrs. Arnold, who was nearing eighty (but whose mind was still as fresh as it was in Dachau, many years earlier), was always happy to see the young woman. "Do you need to borrow the air compressor again?" she asked, smiling.

"I'm afraid so," said the soccer mom, returning her smile.

"It's in the garage," said the older woman, taking the trash bags to the incinerator. "You really should get that tire fixed."


Question 1. What two elements made up the soccer mom's action cover?

Question 2. Was this an example of a dead drop?

Question 3. What else should the soccer mom have done to improve security? What mistakes did she make?


Delivery of Proscribed or Regulated Cargo

...or, in other words, smuggling.

For most of mankind's history, smuggling has been an important industry. Even today, more money is spent on smuggled goods worldwide than is spent on food.

It is not hard to understand why. Over the past century, the list of items that were illegal to possess is quite large. Here is a partial list of goods that have been either illegal or closely regulated during the past hundred years. (An * indicates an item which, somewhere, the unauthorized possession would warrant the dewath penalty.)

Beer, wine, liquor*


Bibles, Torah's, religious icons*

Human beings*

Marijuana, hashish


Opium and its derivatives*

Firearms, ammunition*


Mimeograph machines*

Air rifles

Explosives, gunpowder*

Radio receivers*

Radio transmitters*


False teeth*

Political tracts*

School books*


To make matters worse, giving legal items to the wrong person can also bring harsh sentences. In such a political climate, any of us may be forced to do what the soccer mom did, and develop security procedures for the delivery of supplies.

There are four basic ways to provide for the (relatively) safe and secure delivery of supplies:

1. Provide a security detail, strong enough to either deter an ambush, or to deal with one.

2. Speed--if you were running moonshine in years past, it was usually a good idea to have a car that could outrun the local cops.

3. Camouflage--disguising the supplies as something else, or concealing the items inside another, legitimate item.

4. Stealth -- Transporting an item at night, avoiding roads, ports, or airfields. It could also mean the use of action covers and dead drops.

Which method, or combination of methods, is best? It all depends on your particular situation. In Part IV, I will continue the discussion of security consideration and covert re-supply.

Onward and upward,


"Heroes are often the most ordinary of men"
Henry David Thoreau


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