Burn Notice Season 4 Episode 9 Spy Tips – Michael Weston Advice

Spy Tips on Hit Men, Restraints, A.C. Units, S.W.A.T., and more…

Classified data has been digitally encoded since before computers were invented. Spies have used book ciphers for centuries to send numeric correspondence that only can be read when paired with the proper text. Bibles make good code books because of the variance between printed editions and the numbering of chapter and verse.

Hit men, like most career criminals, know the advantages of renting a cheap, furnished apartment. You can pay in cash, remain completely anonymous, and you can usually get free cable. The downside is it doesn’t include top-notch security, which can be a problem, unless you make your own line of defense.

A trained operative can tell a lot about a bomb maker by the way they construct their device. A directional explosive wired to a pressure-sensitive trigger that’s easy to activate, difficult to disarm, and only deadly to the person, standing in front of it means you’re probably dealing with an expert.

In the field, circumstances can change as fast as the weather. Salvaging a mission depends on your ability to change tactics and communicate plan “b” to your own team. If you need your team to stand by a radio rather than come charging in, you better send a clear message.

Taking control of a situation isn’t always about having the tactical advantage. If you can convince your enemy to want the very thing you need, it’s as good as calling the shots yourself. And if what you need is a two-way radio, you better steer the conversation in that direction.  

If slipping your restraints isn’t possible, removing what you’re tied to is the next-best thing. Airbags deploy with enough force to shatter windshields, break your nose, or loosen the center bolt on a steering column. After that, removing the steering wheel just takes a little leverage.

If you need to convince an enemy to work with you, it’s a good idea to offer a token of friendship. But make sure they know it comes with a price.

Anyone who ever passed a note in class knows there can be serious consequences to sending messages in front of your enemies. When communication lines aren’t secure, and you don’t want to tip that you’re relaying sensitive information, you better disguise your message.

Parking garages are designed with tight corners to prevent traveling at high speeds, which is why if you’re making an escape in a parking garage you’re better off on foot than in a heavy vehicle.

In the heat of battle, making your alliances known can be a challenge. You have to make sure your actions speak louder than words.

You can’t have an explosion without plenty of heat and pressure. Ruining an air conditioner by removing the safety sensor and pinching the cooling coil is a good way to generate both. Add some flammable household cleaner to the condensation pan, and your A.C. Unit will pump out fire instead of cold air.

S.W.A.T. Teams call hallways and alleys “fatal funnels.” Anyplace that’s narrow and offers no cover is the last place you want to be when the bullets start flying.

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