Burn Notice Season 2 Episode 6 Spy Tips – Michael Weston Advice

Spy Tips on First Meetings, GPS Tracking, and more

When meeting a covert operative for the first time the arrangements can tell you a lot. If they give you a map and a photo, they trust you. A place and a time, they want to check you out before they make contact. A cryptic clue, they just got an irritating sense of humor.

Sometimes when you meet a new operative, it’s a good idea to open with an aggressive move. You learn about people when you make them play defense. Reflexes, weaknesses, how they handle themselves under pressure. And even if they are able to counter, it never hurts to tell how far they are willing to go

You can use cell phone towers to triangulate the position of someone’s cell phone but you are going to have problems whenever they go out of range. Use an enhanced GPS on the other hand and you pin point their location in real time almost anywhere on the face of the planet. Try disconnecting a GPS wired into the motherboard, you risk disabling the phone. A much simpler solution is call forwarding.

If you want to empty a building, pulling a fire alarm is useless, no one pays attention unless their actually on fire. A bomb scare next door to your target, strikes the right balance. Everyone clears out and pays attention to the other building.  

Most modern bomb squads are equipped with an RF Jam which blocks a wide range of radio frequencies that prevent people from detonation bombs by remote control. It will block all transmissions in the area. Cell phones for example, or wireless security cameras.

The interior locks in an office building are usually low end. Just there to keep disgruntled employees from stealing coffee cups. File cabinets locking bars on the other hand are a more serious security measure. There main vulnerability is that they rely on peoples faith in pad locks. People have too much faith in pad locks.

Air ducks in a modern office are 18 inches wide. So if you need to make a quick escape and you’re old than four, you won’t fit. A more viable option is the sub ceiling. Once you’re in the sub ceiling, you can crawling to a bathroom or closet and make your way out from there.

When you’re working a target, its all about getting a good read. What makes him tick, is he insecure, does he have something to prove. You might only have a few seconds, but it all factors into your approach.

When your covers compromised, often the best defense is a good offense. Admit nothing, deny everything. Make counter accusations

Once somebody is watching for cops, they see them everywhere. Anyone in dark sun glasses is FBI. A car with tinted windows is a tail. Their paranoia does most of the work for you

Knowing what someone wants, tells you a lot about who they are.

Criminals are as a rule, paranoid and self serving. So if you’re using a criminal cover ID, you can’t be too helpful. Luckily, you can usually count on the other guy not to let you off too easy.

In any kind of covert operation the toughest challenge is using information your not suppose to have. If going in guns blazing will blow your cover, sometimes you have to get creative. Under the right circumstances, a well placed rock is as good as a bullet. (Throws a rock at a window to set off the alarm. The bad guys run)

One of the most difficult skills to master in combat is taking a dive. Sometimes an operation demands that you lose a fight. But it’s the hardest thing in the world to see an opening and let it go.

Notorious for causing brush fires, 12 gauge incinary rounds create small explosions that burn at 3000 degrees. It will also stop a car pretty well. People don’t usually drive when their tires are on fire.

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