Spycraft

EDJACKAL: A Spy’s Reading List

Greetings Everyday Spy, I recently traveled abroad to meet with a friend and former covert CIA Deep Cover officer.  The sensitive nature of his previous work and the fact that his CIA affiliation remains undisclosed prevents me from sharing his true name. But despite the long list of rules and regulations that keep officers like […]

Cultivating Culture

Greetings Everyday Spy, Jihi, me and the kids just celebrated 6 months living in the Arabian Peninsula! We arrived in summer 2019 and were absolutely amazed at the daily temperature. The heat, sand and security levels make for a very different lifestyle than what we were used to before we arrived. But the physical environment […]

Combating Coronavirus: Prevent the Pandemic

Greetings Everyday Spy, Fears of the Coronavirus are spreading faster than the infection itself. You’ve seen this happen before.  Let’s review the other ‘fatal pathogens’ you’ve survived in the last two decades. SARS (SARS-CoV) was confirmed in 8000 cases over 26 countries in 2003. The Avian Flu (H5N1) caused global fears in 2006. The Swine […]

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

Greetings Everyday Spy, CIA I trained me to control my mind and body under unique circumstances. I learned how to master social settings, offensive driving, and pain tolerance. I learned how to prioritize information, mitigate risks, predict human behavior and steal secrets. I was issued custom weapons, personalized workouts, concealment devices and even alternate identities. […]

Iran vs. America: Influence

Greetings Everyday Spy, One of my favorite training courses at CIA was in influence operations. The definition of influence is pretty straight forward: “The capacity to have an effect on the behavior of someone or something.” Covert influence is more specific: “Influence on political, economic, or military conditions abroad, without public knowledge that the activity […]