Spy Tips on Bombs, Past Covers, Detachment, and more
When you work as a covert operative, there is a line between who you are and what you do. You are who you need to be for the operation. It makes you effective, keeps things simple. But when you spend some much time living as something else, sometimes the people you care about begin to wonder who you really are.
There’s a reason spies try to stay detached, when you get emotional about something, you get distracted and getting distracted can be very dangerous.
Spies need to remember every cover I.D. they’ve ever worn. Because you never know when you might need to put one back on.
Bomb makers, like master chiefs, have a signature dish. If you duplicate it, you can leave their finger print wherever you want. Some bombs are designed to move an obstacle. Some bombs are designed to be loud and scary. While other bombs are just designed to kill and maim.
When you’ve realized that an operation is compromised, that your enemies are on the move, you’re on a clock. You have to move as fast as you can to try to contain the damages and harden your fences before it’s too late. Sometimes you make it in time, and sometimes you don’t.
When you work in intelligence, the worst feeling in the world is knowing nothing. Being caught up in something you can’t begin to understand. Because it’s not the enemy you see that gets you, it’s the one you don’t.