Burn Notice Spy Tips Season 1 Episode 10

Spy Tips on Fake Identities, Assassinations, and more

A fake identity is known in the spy trade as a false flag. Used to be you could make your own documents with a printer and a laminator. These days, though, ID’s have magnetic strips, holograms and infrared watermarks. You need a pro.

In some situations, a tactical retreat is your best option. A guy with a gun is a guy with a gun. You can fight him and risk someone getting shot or wait for backup.

Corporations need spies just like governments do. Of course, they’re not called spies. They’re called security consultants. They’re basically mercenaries with nice suits.  

One of the things you learn in training is to avoid situations that cut too close. If you had a rough childhood, a situation with an abusive father and a vulnerable kid is gonna make you angry. That can be motivating, but it can also be dangerous.

Facts are the hallmark of a good false identity. It’s harder to create history than it is to alter it. Plus, the more truth to your lie, the easier it is to remember.

Just because there are no windows or doors, doesn’t mean there are no exits. The thing to look for is the air-conditioner unit. That’s where the wall is weakest. Also, people watch doors. They don’t watch air conditioners.

A basic rule of covert ops is let someone else do your dirty work. Let someone else find the guy you want to kill. It’s a great technique, as long as you’re not the someone else.

Shoot a propane tank and you’ll just get a big cloud of cold gas. You need an open flame and real good aim.

Assassination’s one percent shooting, ninety-nine percent preparation. Anticipating moves, devising approaches, recruiting sources, finding the perfect opportunity so the bullet’s almost an afterthought. Usually that’s when a target’s on the move when there are too many variables to control them all. There are ways to lessen the risk. An armed escort, taking an unpredictable route to your destination, having backup in a trail car. But ultimately, as long as the assassin knows where you’re going, they have the upper hand.

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