Operational Security – Shhhhhhh

operational securityOpSec is a term used by the military that is a contraction of Operational Security. The idea is to ensure your enemy doesn’t get wind of what you’re planning for in your next mission. Think of the saying from WWII, “Loose lips sink ships“.

It also has to do with adding inconsistency to what you do – don’t be predictable, or your enemy will be able to anticipate what you’re going to do next, even without having to gather any information.  Alter your routine.

We need to apply this mindset to our emergency preparations.  No, we’re not at war, but there are people that want what you have.  If things continue to degrade socially and economically, there will be MORE people after your stuff.

For instance, every night I’m driving back home from my precious metals store, I take a varied route.  I don’t want anyone to know where I live unless I tell them!

In one of the episodes of the old reality show, “The Colony,”, they had to deal with a man and woman who laid a claim to the group’s building and its contents. The guy literally had a key to the back door, and walked right in.

Some of the group was leery, but a couple of the male members decided to give these two strangers a complete tour of their facilities, security and resources. Simply because the guy had a key to the door.

They spilled their guts, and not surprisingly, the strangers turned on the group. They didn’t want to live by the rules of the Colony, and a good deal of resources were lost in a very short period of time.

If these two ever decided to come back with some of their friends, they now knew the security arrangements, the head count, the skill-sets, the weaponry, power, food and water capabilities of The Colony. Unless the group made some changes, they were a plum waiting to be picked.

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MANY years ago, a friend introduced me to a book called, “Secret Freedom Fighter – Fighting Tyranny Without Terrorizing the Innocent“. It’s an interesting read, to say the least. I’m sure anyone can find a copy somewhere on the Internet.

The book is largely based on the idea of OpSec – keep your pie-hole closed, and you are much more likely to be successful in what you’re trying to achieve.

If I have any criticism of their efforts [people publicly fighting Nanny], it is that they have been too public. Too many of them will be easily identified and targeted by the authorities in control.

Take the case of the Mormons. Everybody in the country knows that every good Mormon is supposed to have a year’s supply of food on hand. When the crunch comes, the first thing the military dictator’s local representative is going to his list of members. A week later, the Mormons will be standing in the soup lines along with everybody else, only it will be their soup we’ll all be eating.

He’s right on the first part – if confiscations are to occur, Mormons will be targeted because everyone knows that’s where the food is.

What he gets wrong, I think, is thinking that they’ll end up in soup lines. I think the way you’ll be able to identify Mormon homes is by the head count of Nanny minions that were sent to “repatriate” the food – that are now stacked like cord wood on the steps of these homes.

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Who knows your plans, capabilities and resources? Who knows where you keep your emergency food supplies? Who knows where you’ve cached food, water, weapons and ammo? Who knows where your precious metals are stored?

Can you trust everyone on that list? Can you trust them not to disclose your information, either through casual disclosure, or under threat from someone more powerful – like the government or some street thug with a knife to their baby daughter’s throat? Do you trust them with your life?

Do you have contingency plans for the possibility that your privacy – your OpSec – is breached?

Most folks have some sort of a firewall or virus scan on their computers to keep hackers and malicious programs off of their systems. They perform back-ups of their hard drives so they don’t lose everything in the event of a total system breach.

Do you have “flags” in place that might indicate a breach to your preps? Do you have back-up resources pre-positioned for the possibility of having your main plan obliterated? With finances, we are told, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket“. Pretty sound advice, I think.

Have you added a level of unpredictability to your plans so that a moderately intelligent person could not deduce what your contingency plans may be?

Do you have some supplies that are “hidden” to be used as “ransom” in the event of a breach?

How long could you survive after the sudden loss of everything you have worked so hard to acquire? Would you be in that FEMA soup line or would you have other supplies and resources at your disposal?

No soup for me, thank you very much

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