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Burn Notice has stolen Macgyver’s shoes and is walking more than a mile in them. Michael Westen uses Macgyver’s clever hacks and concern for others, but also uses psychology and experience to outwit, outmaneuver, and out invent his adversaries. Continuing in the footsteps of the Macgyver Marathon I’ve summarized what the modernized version, Michael Westen, has been up to. Hacks listed should be helpful for aspiring spies and everyday heros! A special thanks to: http://burnnoticestreaming.blogspot.com who helped me catch up from the beginning! Season 1: Episode 1: Pilot If you’re surrounded by hostile aspiring warlords when you get abandoned by the CIA do anything to remove yourself from being surrounded to even the odds a bit. If you get in a fight be careful not to hurt your hand: elbows are effective and bathrooms with lots of hard surfaces also help. A dirt bike is a good choice for an escape vehicle. Wearing a bathing suit eliminates some suspicions because hiding a gun in a bathing suit doesn’t work so well. A room far from the elevators, close to the exits and without windows is preferable for a spy. When being watched, find a background that will make surveillance stand out, for example stay in a collegiate party. Know how to get a cover ID: it’s as easy as looking up locations that sell uniforms in a phone book. Bribing some kids to tell a bike cop that the feds who are following you tried to make them sit on their lap may very well get the feds off your tail. A messenger outfit from a uniform store will help you get past a security desk. Dealing with people with lots of money can get complicated fast. Get multiple opinions from people who may have been involved to catch a thief. Figure out if a car is tailing you by driving like an idiot, signaling one way and turning the other, slowing down or speeding up (hopefully without your mom in the car!). Losing a tail is not about driving fast, just drive like an idiot (ex: last second turns) until they make a mistake. Make a fake bomb out of some scrap pipes and wires to get someone’s attention fast. For an art heist, finding the buyer (maybe meeting them) is the best way to start. A good money launderer is the closest person to the yellow pages for criminals. Art is somewhat tracked these days, but stamps not so much. A money launderer will take a call regardless of who you are. Know your art well if you really hope to get into the business. Try to look like someone exploring innocently until the last minute (ie no ski masks). Cracking an old school safe is difficult, but if you get lucky and someone didn’t wipe their fingerprint off the scanner, bingo, you’re in! Blackmailing powerful people can help or be dangerous, so it’s best to keep an ear on the situation. Make a bug with a crappy phone that has a mic that picks up everything with batteries and circuits from two higher end phones. Once someone sends a guy with a gun after you, things will only get worse. A wallboard saw, gloves, stud sensor, duct tape, work bag and bandages help get rid of a next door drug dealer. Duct tape makes you smart (guns make you stupid). Mark the studs next to a bullet proof door and bang on it. When he comes to open it, shooting him in the knee through the wall with a metal can held in your gloved hand as a silencer works wonders. A bad childhood is the perfect background for covert ops b/c you don’t trust anyone, you’re used to getting smacked around and never get homesick. Hit the car of a
Calling an unknown number back to find out who it is is not a bad idea. there are lots of ways to get seen. Fall down to pretend like you are scared. A book. Someone who wants to send a message might leave photos of you and the FBI guys following you on your doorstep. This will daze him. They will test you to see if you are trustworthy. Keep a booby trapped home easy to setup and disable (ie simple). beds to block window views. Good operatives don’t leave anything behind. a place to go to the bathroom. Seeding distrust is hard when people don’t trust you. loaded guns in random places. then huddle to protect yourself as they hit you. If there are two knives. All you need is a name and ID to drain a bank account. then make a fist and turn out the lights. You can’t choose your informants. Everyone is always looking for a good hit man. be a better liar than he is. To catch a con artist. Getting out a bullet: make a small incision just above the wound with a blade disinfected in alcohol after running the fire from a lighter over the edge of the blade. Formal embossing is specialty work. Empty houses should be considered suspicious locations to house listeners. Episode 2: Identity Surveillance takes time: you have to scout the area for a place to see the target. amateurs will panic but pros know better. Want to frame someone? Prints on a gun can be explained. . Poker players can read tells like none other. Buy them alcohol. Break the window with a screwdriver and glove to get in the door and zip tie the knocked out guy to the steering wheel to take him out of commission for a bit. don’t trust a newbie. Buildings with hallways and a good service basement should provide help as you’re running. Be patient. If you set things in action by asking questions. Build your credibility with a criminal by fleeing from a cop. Episode 4: Old Friends Starting a fight is a quick way to make a distraction. Prepare the ground when waiting for bad guys. It’s important to disappear before people ask any questions. A timer may start a triggered blaze of the information that listener doesn’t want you to find out. drink or charges on an account are clues though. Take out the leader of a bullying group to protect yourself from harassment. 357 magnum loaded with blanks duct taped to a flare makes some great simulated gunfire.guy in a car with airbags with a large car without airbags to knock him out. Make the body count unacceptable to ensure your own safety. tactical retreat is recommended. Bugs wired to the house power with a transmitter are longer term and may indicate how far away your listener is. Mirrors to see around corners. Club girls are a good source of information wherever you are. receipt. but make sure you need to know because there may retaliation! Episode 3: Fight or Flight International conferences attract spies and businessmen since you can do business and drink for free. Stand up fast and hit your head on the guys chin as he leans over you. A good cover identity will give your target the illusion of control (ex: you talk or drink too much). In a knife fight you should control the knife hand and strike with everything you have. but prints on the inside of a trigger assembly? Not so much. You may be able to end a chase by doing something another person isn’t willing to do…like jumping off a building.
If you are facing an unknown enemy who could take you down. Spackle. and the kind that’s there to make your life difficult. Anyone around that you don’t know is then suspect. the harder it will be. by definition. As long as a bugged phone line is open. You can turn a TV into an oscilliscope with $150 worth of hardware (though it may electrocute you if you’re not careful). they know your face. Organized crime? Scare the hell out of them to convince them a neighborhood isn’t worth their trouble. Take an infrared filter off of a camera to reveal an optical detector’s beam hitting a window. If you want someone to betray the people they love. paying attention to strangers in the area. The kind that is just there to look for something. petroleum jelley and some other stuff makes homemade C4 (DUH: no specifics provided). Dried cake icing makes good fake C4. What is the mark of a pro arm dealer? A blow and burn in case the deal goes bad. Going to a meeting with someone you don’t know? Notice every detail and map out escape routes and never ever show up as yourself. Getting information from someone is all about getting them emotionally off balance: fear and anger work well. so don’t be afraid to give them an anonymous tip. The more they want you. Faking being a drunk makes a good distraction. Fighting should be avoided: once you fight someone. but that’s unstable and . you have to get to know them. For a cheap version of an alarm system. Episode 6: Unpaid Debts Sprinkle a mixture of flour and dayglo powder on your floor to see intruders footsteps. well placed cameras without blind spots. often your only option is to get out of town. Also look out for people who are overly upset that things changed even if they shouldn’t matter much. Deal with a blown cover by stalling for time. Episode 7: Broken Rules The longer you run from police the more certain it is you will get caught. There are two kinds of government surveillance. if the target does a perimeter scan every time they walk outside. are illegal. Just stay alive long enough. Ever met someone and you like the same things and “just click”? They might be a great new friend.Episode 5: Family Business Things to notice about the place your target is staying and your target themself: a top level alarm system. Two pipes for stick fighting work ok. In the new job there will always be friction with the coworkers as they wonder if the boss likes the new guy better. Sometimes cops can prevent you from getting yourself shot. It makes a good bug detector. Supply your own vibrations on the window to defeat them. Sometimes picking someone’s pocket is way better than other high tech techniques of intelligence. You only get one chance to make a first impression with a new employer. know their hopes and dreams. Doctors make the worst patients and former special ops are the worst to try to protect: both don’t think they need your help. Find someplace secluded fast and bail out. Know their frustrations and how they spends their money. work in a low traffic area. or a spy tracking you down. Spies don’t like dealing with cops since covert ops. they are supposed to keep listening: you can use this to tie up their resources. A woman needs a little danger. Military firebombs are white phosphorous or chlorine trifloride. Put a large electromagnet into a deskside lamp to turn a spiffy encrypted laptop into an expensive paper weight. a very determined lady.
When a kidnapper finds out something’s up he will probably try to call his accomplices to get them to kill the hostage. A corrupt employee is a decent cover ID since you’re worth a lot to a bad guy: you can become the fall guy as well as get inside information. styrofoam forms the base for a guerilla operative’s version. Make other people come to you. so watch your back! Episode 10: False Flag . Covert meetings offer the fear of death. Mixing romance and work is a bad idea. Act security conscious to convince someone else they don’t need to be. age of victim and if a hostage negotiator is employeed. but a spy is used to that. Go into a hostage rescue with a gun and the hostage will probably be the first one dead. the bag over his head however often is nasty. It’s easier to turn someone who works for a ruthless criminal gang. Ingredients from a local pharmacy mixed with some aluminum foil in a coffee grinder will make a flash grenade that will stun anyone within 20 feet. If you are giving up 5 inches and 100 pounds to a well trained opponent you better hope you know the terrain better than he does. Burecrat’s live for respect. Ladies like attention. GPS tracking devices are becoming more common these days. Convince the opposition you are stronger than you are to play on people’s fear. in the west it’s more showing them they are in charge. The refrigerator is one of the most common stashes to hide jewelery. the easier it is to compromise it. if honest. If you know someone is going to be at a bank at a certain time. but that system makes you predictable: hide valuables in bank. The larger the security team. most want more than the other is willing to give. but if you make someone think you can it is much easier. who will wonder who wasn’t so honest. At that point you can kill him or take a hostage of your own. it’s pretty easy to make them look like they are robbing it. will tell his boss. Shoot out a few video cameras and block the road with a stolen car to “prep an escape route” and fire up a spark gap transmitter to kill the banks communication lines to show they really know what they’re doing. Someone you might underestimate is the perfect person to send to try to kill you. depending on the nationality of the kidnapper. Episode 8: Wanted Man In a relationship. Thermite will make pretty short work of most locks also (get some magnesium and rust powder). cure it with a butane torch and you’ve got a bug. About 40% of kidnapped victims are returned successfully. Psychological warfare can send a man into paranoia which may be useful or deadly.lethally toxic. Being a fence is all about having discretion: being the kind of person who NEVER shares the numbers in their little black book. go when is somewhat empty. It’s tough to compromise a well thought out security system. Deliver some vague threats and some money to one guard who. just make sure you have real leverage. Work on their fear that disloyalty will be “rewarded”. Don’t forget to give your girlfriend a snow globe or you’ll still be in trouble! Episode 9: Hard Bargain Be careful: get the police to arrest someone and see if they act like a spy or a burecrat. The odds go down sharply if you don’t have any money. The key to good security is constistency. In the east that means a bribe. use them! JB weld or epoxy one into a shoe. Sometimes you have to get used to the idea of bad people doing things for good reasons.
If you call a tapped phone from an untapped phone you can still be located. picking the right time to make your move. Just b/c there are no windows or doors doesn’t mean there are no exits. Some prefer explosives on the gas tank. Covert communication is essential: chalk marks. Spies stash guns like squirrels stash acorns. everyone loses. so you can probably see them. it makes them curious. A good trap doesn’t scare people. but you’d better stay alert b/c it can get real real fast. Double blackmail is a classic: pose as a fellow victim of your own blackmail scheme so you’ll always know what the victims are up to. if it’s too simple it will get broken. though it tends to look more like an accident. When you can’t win in a fight.A fake ID is called a false flag. Surveillance is a two way street: they will go to where they think you are. The walls of a warehouse are not reinforced and the walls under windows don’t have low bearing beams. Corporations need spies (ie security consultants) as well. There are two ways to blow up a car: use the gas in the tank or provide your own explosives. but ultimately if an assassin knows where you’re going. Duct tape. it’s best to go with something simple that keeps your options open: like “being in the same business you’re in”. When there’s no time to think. Others prefer plastic explosive on the battery which is more reliable. Taking an armed escort on an unpredictable route with backup in a trail car will help. In training you are taught to avoid missions that strike too close to home (ex: abusive father). It helps to have a partner. Try the A/C unit. Being skinny enough to fit under a car is a plus if you need to figure out what’s going on. making them perfect to ram into. Best to snap the trigger finger first. In response to seeing Fiona’s stash Michael stated: “if we need more than this we’re doing something very wrong”. Covert ops in the real world involves a LOT of waiting. stick and waterproof. too complex and you’re talking to yourself. an aerosol can and butane tank make an interesting explosion when you shoot the aerosol can after previously lighting the duct tape on fire. Basic rule of covert ops: let someone else do your dirty work (like let them find the guy you want to kill). A commando is often considered a super elite . Choosing a cover ID on the fly is difficult. you have to make sure that if you lose. One of my favorite lines yet. If want to bug a cell phone wirelessly you’ll need a lot of fancy equipment to deal with the hack and the encryption. Facts help create a new ID: it is harder to create history than it is to alter it. but you need a pro to make it since now they have magnetic strips. Check for bills when searching a house to pick up a trail. misarranged objects or anything that stands out from the background will work. A car’s floormat will probably be enough to get you over a barbed wire fence. There’s an art to giving people useless information. Episode 11-12: Dead Drop and Loose Ends A cutout is used by a truly paranoid individual to deliver a message. Assassinations are 1% shooting and 99% the preparation of finding sources and locations. they have the upper hand. Sometimes a tactical retreat is your best option. Machine shops are good sources of fun stuff: if they have polyester thermoset resins they should have benzyl peroxide (read about safety). Bugging a duplicate phone and switching out the sim card gives the same thing (usually). Having a gun to your head is all about timing. They usually have a sign that is innocuous but hard to miss. Tile adhesive makes a good sticky bomb: it’s portable. but it’s less reliable. Who drives armored cars? Those expecting gunfire. Using code is difficult b/c you assume the other guy is smart enough to figure it out. which will freeze a lock quite nicely. holograms and infrared watermarks. Freon is available in most computer stores: turn a spray cleaner can upside down and you have it in liquid form. They use two ends of the car and are disarmed differently.
When it comes right down to it. Episode 3: Trust Me . but obnoxious guys they just want to get rid of. Count steps to memorize a floorplan. if they don’t have a problem. Put a sign on a van and you’re a fake businessman without the troublesome work of starting a company: congratulations! Get into a secure facility by giving yourself a good reason to be there. Quadrangle buckshot will take out the inside of anything fragile for you. A typical floor is concrete pan with steel trusses 30 inches apart. put the shotgun down. A concrete saw will cut the floor like butter. a private security team can go much faster. Inexperienced operatives abandon their cover ID’s when they are compromised. usually behind an interior wall. For hardened military glass: use frag 12. Airbags save lives. but to sell an attempt use multiple bullets and an explosion or two. create it. Distractions of beautiful women make guys want to keep the lady around. but they make some evasive maneuvers much tougher. People don’t trust information they get for free. Motion detectors bounce sound off walls and may monitor changes in thermal profiles. Are you willing to do that? Season 2 Episode 1: Breaking and Entering You get to spend a lot of time alone as a spy. experienced ones play them harder. review your training and rebuild your gun. People trust you when they have something on you.soldier and the solution to every problem. Great line “Mom? What are you doing. Dissolve everything but the signature and you’ve washed your first check. If you want to make a friend. be careful of wires so you don’t electrocute yourself and/or start a fire. an explosive projectile. A wool blanket and moving slow enough when combined with a thermal blanket will defeat both motion and thermal sensors. being in intelligence comes down to putting your tail on the line to learn something. they seem unstoppable. Get specs on cameras etc to know any security holes and get it down on paper ASAP. When it works. You are trained to make the most of it: go over your next move or your current intel. some nail polish remover (or acetone) and you’re in business. Don’t forget to anchor the slab. a roll of scotch tape. Get someone on the defensive by accusing him of bad locks to show you his security spread.” Every thief knows the best way to scout a target is to pose as a customer: get a view of the vault at the local bank if you’re a rich guy with something to protect or get to view the security team if you are a guy who wants to start his own war. Episode 2: Turn and Burn Check fraud is about technique more than high tech equipment: some old checks. You can drive backwards in most cars though. When it doesn’t they get killed too. While cops generally triangulate a phone’s position. solve a problem for them. which can take 10 minutes. Drop into a blind spot for the security system. Bad surveillance (that you notice) can mean a lot: some people can’t pay for good surveillance and some just want you to know they’re watching. Most assassinations are single bullet jobs. then organize. but rather it’s just that he is trained to fight when there are more bad guys than good guys and when surprise is the only advantage you have. Make them feel secure.
Episode 4: Comrades Jobs in agriculture are a good cover. Make them understand that their entire future is based on talking. You can find out a lot about a tail by seeing how they follow you: pros will be on the lookout for bailouts and won’t run into silly stuff. or b/c nitrogen’s being pumped into the room: use a bar stool to get out. it’s over. but you might be able to explain it with a few cigarette butts left outside. Consulates are a great place to renew your passport and find foreign spies working under diplomatic cover. no make up will stand close up scrutiny. Convince him that his precious information is useless. Whatever your hostage is holding onto in the outside world. it definitely requires practice. while tempting him with glimpses of the outside. Using a stun gun on someone touching you will stun yourself as well. Getting useful information is about creating a new reality with no hope of freedom: control where they eat. you must take it away. Consulate employees live in fear of a pissed off journalist. it might be because you can’t catch your breath. con artists are the snobs. Smart operatives know how to steer a conversation towards the information they need. no matter how boring and you’ve got leverage. To be a spy you must know how to get people to betray their own. the more someone knows. Great quote: “Do you love her? She could be the one. The best way to show you’re willing to walk away is to walk away. Steal a few files. the more they feel entitled to a little special treatment. If your cover requires you to have been beaten. a tiger means he’s an enforcer while skulls means he’s a murderer. Smart assets know how to keep the wine and dine coming before they give up what you need. If you can’t breathe. Don’t grab a bat or gun. Want to interrogate someone? Look for a condemned building with no one around. others for spite. The key to hand to hand combat is to be able to close the distance between you and them without putting them on edge. Staying current with safe cracking is nearly a full time job. You can’t stop a smoke alarm from going off. car thieves are the blue collar workers and safe crackers are the artists. wondering what you might do to them. but about capabilities and fitting in with the hierarchy. Torture doesn’t work and makes a mess. Be careful about making job recommendations. A webcam and wireless signal booster from your local electronics store makes some good surveillance. a good adversary lets you think you know what’s going on since the best attack is the one you don’t see coming. Keep them disoriented when you ask them questions. Most people working there are just drones. Put a cell on mute connected to another phone to make a quick bug: connect it to an unused USB port to provide some juice since it will run out fast. A thermal camera is a great tool for scouting: it shows you bodies and rooms that are thermally shielded. A fight is one of the fastest ways to blow your cover. Episode 5: Scatter Point The best way to stop a job is to throw some kinks in the well oiled machine. To fight looking like you want to kill someone without hurting them is difficult: open your fist just before a strike or kick a shoulder for a showy option. Then say yes. if you say you’re Russian but don’t fight like one. But it’s . sleep and when it’s day or night. Bank robbers are the rock stars. Some do it for money. A criminal cover ID is not just about the ID. you have to have been. Making connections usually requires some wine and dine. but the best is to get a guy to turn on his people b/c he thinks he’s being loyal. Tatoo tutorial: a spade means a convict is a thief. but the head of security is almost always a spy.In intelligence.
Chases are less about speed and more about maneuverability. so they end up in a place of weakness.000 volts from a tazer through the tube to get the basic idea. Then say no. while making a bomb threat on the building next to the one you’re interested in will possibly evacuate the entire block. Do not trust interior locks nor padlocks.complicated. Criminals are generally self-serving and careful so you can’t be too helpful. you drastically reduce it’s maneuverability. The tube from an old TV set is a start. You can triangulate someone’s position with a cell phone. Someone who can actually pick locks can do either easily. then calling 911. so it can’t swerve. Put yourself in a position you can do something they can’t. he uses suprise and attacks aggressively. Convince people they can dominate you and they’ll let down their guard. Episode 7: Rough Seas If you are being chased by an off road vehicle and you don’t have one. Deny everything. An ameteur takes a defensive position. Fake a death by calling your people first (in an ambulance to whisk you away). try making your trunk a makeshift X-ray machine. Use an enhanced GPS though and you’re good to track their position in real time. Knowing what someone wants tells you a lot about who they are. Most bomb squads have RF jammers to prevent people from detonating bombs by remote control. admit nothing. the engine and the tires. When a leader plans everything to the last detail and then something bad happens. sometimes the best defense is good offense. Episode 8: Double Booked Liquid (laundry) bluing covers over trash and stains anyone who went through it. .” Sending a note in the middle of an operation is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Shooting a gas tank by itself won’t do much. When your ID is compromised. Pulling a fire alarm doesn’t get much of a response these days. When a pro plans an ambush. you need to get on the road fast. Sometimes you just have to make a drop and hope your team is paying attention. partying during the off hours allows the boss to watch and to keep everyone spending money so they are hungry for the next score. which may help. To see inside a wooden crate. For certain criminals. A major difficulty: using information you’re not supposed to have. so if you’re an adult they won’t work for an exit. your associates will all think it was part of the plan. but generally the other guy will push back. It will block cell phones and security cameras. but shoot a gas tank and acetone peroxide and you’ve got one heck of an explosion. Atripene sprayed on a fork gives someone a heart attack. If there’s a bad job offer you have two options: take it and make sure the op gets blown or pass it by and watch it get done anyway. Cell phone jammers are really helpful sometimes. Episode 6: Unpaid Debts When meeting another spy there will often be a test to see how far each of you is willing to go. but you’ll have problems when they go out of range. You’re a true friend Mikey. Every vehicle has 3 vulnerabilities: the driver. Pump 100. You can however use a subceiling to get to a closet and make your way out from there. Use this in your games of Humans vs Zombies or Assassins on campus or in real life. Air ducts in modern offices are 18 inches wide. If you force the front wheels off the road.
Episode 9: Good Soldier Need information about an enemy position? Observe outside (slow and safe). don’t just take a relaxing vacation. Great quote from mom to Michael: “Sometimes I forget how complicated your life is”. but if you don’t know what to do with it. the best thing to do is become a target’s friend. rather it is selling it afterward. Use an ambulance and cell phone hooked up to an amplifier with a computer that can analyze the sound. where it’s nearly impossible to hide a bug. With training it turns into hyper awareness. In case someone’s looking closely. Target selection isn’t glamorous. it’s about undermining your enemy’s will to fight. The hard part about running a car theft organization isn’t stealing the car. not his death. A determined captive can bite through plasterboard. Turn off the Electronic Stability Control when you need to slide. or you could use a bunch of yellow pages and commercially available foam sealants inserted into the tire keep you rolling long enough to get out of . The best hiding places (slips) are easy to get to but tough to find. turn it on when you don’t want to. You need a spy to handle the new friends. but it is one of the most important parts of an operation: take out the guy the boss’s organization depends on and you’re well on your way. That means new VIN tags and a new registration. A trailer has about 4 feet of clearance. Hit the back corner of someone’s car to spin them. Hiding places offer tradeoffs between security and accessibility. Though they make you stand out. Motorcycle security measures aren’t too tough if you’re in a pinch. Two person interrogation you can kick one guy out the window and the other guy will usually start talking: all you need is the first guy’s screams. You can run out without being suspicious. but supportive enough to keep them stable. Slide under it on a motorcycle very carefully. just like drug dealers. some HCl on the old VIN number will make it impossible to read. Uniforms suggest organization. Make a captive ask questions. Best way: start with the information on a clean car from out of state. they inspire fear. but cannot get through steel bars or ply screws out with his fingers. How to armor a car: 60k of Titanium siding would work. No plan survives the battlefield. power and numbers. paranoia is inevitable. Episode 10: Do Not Harm When hunted. Make him imagine what his captor will do to him if he’s willing to cut himself with a knife. though soldiers can handle the enemies. Episode 11: Hot Spot Program your computer to call all the lines in an office building to give yourself a few seconds to get out. or go in for a peek (fast but potentially fatal). you learn to trust your instincts. A spy never knows for sure if they are in control or being played. Your job isn’t to kill people. Recovering from something? Give yourself some sort of purpose in life. Meeting someone and want to make sure they aren’t a security threat? Try a pool party. but you might need to cover ground fast! City clothes keep the suspicion off someone snooping around. As a spy. but if you’ve been doing it long enough. break the steering lock. then match it up. Try an empty commercial building for interrogation: soundproof and isolated. If selling yourself as a traitor. don”t be too eager. If you’re running an asset you have to be tough enough to keep them in line. it turns into aimless fear. Brushes with death are always unique and just as cold. Most medical scammers will fight turf wars to keep their customers. not scream. one of your most important weapons.
Elevators are really easy to sabatoge. A thief can take what he wants and run. A bug is a microphone attached to a transmitter. If something’s too easy it very well may be a trap. explains what you’re doing and gets everyone out in one piece. you may have to induce unconsciousness another way (ex: hard bottle to temple). rather fighting like a spy. some duct tape and extension cord: tape the cell phone to the box and run the wire around it. making a great cover ID in some situations. Smart targets don’t hide things where there is easy access. Transfer objects quickly behind your back to shield them from eyes. When playing the spy hunter your goal is to get the target to trust you completely. otherwise the person will hear feedback and get suspicious. No cover ID can create more paranoia than a skilled spy hunter. A more subtle device is a keystroke logger. scuffs on the walls or anything out of place. but if the guy doesn’t want to drink. Cut through a wall with scissors by starting at an electrical outlet. More spies get caught changing batteries and wires than any other activity. For female operatives: picking up a guy at a bar is harder than it might seem. Keeping people alive in a hostage situation doesn’t mean grabbing a gun. How do you deal with the place’s security measures and how do you cut the lines of communication to the outside? Whatever way you do it. Chloral hydrate is a mild sedative perfect to help out. So you look for signs of moved furniture. For example: make acts of men seem like acts of God and make antagonistic measures seem helpful. so it’s easy to detect with a frequency scanner. you can guide the evidence trail. Liquid nitrogen can cauterize a wound and freeze the barrel of a gun. If you are playing the role of spy hunter when you are the spy. Anxiety and allergy meds together make a scary combination. To make a magnet strong enough to wipe a security tape you need a strong power supply connected to a cylinder wrapped with a wire many times around. but a spy has to act like nothing happened. too hard and they move on. but if you need something more portable a car battery will work (just make sure you use heavy enough gage wire or you’ll end up with battery acid all over you). You can get through a cell phone jammer with a stronger signal that can be created with say a data server. To protect someone without blowing their cover you have to come up with a story that explains what they’re doing. Episode 13: Bad Break To take over a building you can keep the hostages on the floor or gather them together. Get a box of paper. Episode 12: Seek and Destroy Make sure you isolate the circuit on a bug to a phone line. she then needs backup to make sure things don’t go too far. A wounded hostage is a good measure of how far a criminal is willing to go. Start searching for hiding places where your target has easiest access. Put the box in the gallery. convince him he’s on the brink of disaster and he’ll tell you whatever you want. Disable any part (ie the the door by jamming something into it) and the system shuts down. Use dual layer high density plexiglass for the windows. Mixxing an upper and downer medication is a very bad idea (why alcohol+energy drinks don’t work).danger. Make a fire trap by putting a contact plate under the floor and a bit of accelerant on the walls to trap someone in a quickly burning building. Once she gets the guy up to a room. it’s all about maintaining dominance. A wall outlet would work. Find the frequency of the communication devices . Most men get suspicious if it is too easy. People trust doctors as long as they act calm and in charge.
the truth is where you want to go. If you suspect you’re walking into an ambush. Past a certain point in a secure facility you stop seeing cameras since lowly security guards don’t have the clearance to monitor them. Killers by and large are whiny losers. Many criminals want to kill anyone who’s seen their face. High security is built to deal with small disturbances. In a weakened state you don’t want your main arteries in your neck blocked: otherwise you’ll be blacked out in 4 seconds. Look for how many exits there are as well. Security consultants constantly tout new material and technology but the basic techniques haven’t changed in 4000 years: get a better view of your opposition. drag them in or drop them in and let gravity do the work for you. Make a taser by exposing the leads the the flash on a disposable camera. Great quote: “What could be more important than taking me (mom) to the store Michael? I’m helping a man find justice for his murdered daughter. A hotel just above your target’s is very helpful. but getting them into the truck is. If you can manage it. Keep someone at a private house. make your walls sturdier. Spies are supposed to travel without any ID. If you have 1 bullet to take down 3 guys in close quarters you are betting your life on some lucky breaks. if they have both they really know their stuff. I thought this was a get to know the ex lunch. they value control. but in the wrong dosage. When abducting someone transportation isn’t usually an issue. It takes about 5 seconds to draw a gun and line up a shot. trip 100 sensors and no one knows what to do. Whether that’s a good thing or not still depends. In the right dosage they might cause a bit of drowsiness. Would you trade another man’s life for your freedom? You don’t know til you have to answer the question. Well if you need any help with that Michael…” Most people won’t completely throw away their past. they cause dizziness. Trip one sensor and you’re toast. Episode 14: Truth and Reconciliation If someone is asking questions. hallucinations and unconciousness. if public they want to get in and out anonymously. so try not to let it happen. now it’s a 17 government agencies are chasing me lunch?” The site of a deal can tell you who you’re dealing with: if private. your goal is to keep visual contact until they tire out. you better make sure he is who he says he is. NOT a motel.to hear bad guys thoughts. In your professional life this keeps you safe. In a footchase where you are in pursuit. compartmentalizing your professional and personal life and everything actually is second nature. in higher doses it has the same effect as a serin gas attack. Sometimes if you can’t impress someone enough. The coating on tablets gives you a bit of time to take a pill and then get it out of your system by gagging yourself. but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous. Standard transaction sequence is to show the money. Walk them in. Most over the counter anti-allergy medicines contain anti-sedatives. Episode 15: Sins of Omission For a spy. then inspect the goods. A lot of the mass murderers and jerks in the world are just spoiled rich kids who populate many of the same type of bars and drink the same types of champagne. the best move is to make it impossible to hide. In low doses hilocarpene cures dry mouth. Great quote: “Oh come on. and arm yourself well to fend off attacks. but most keep something since they find it helps remind . Spend a lot of time with corrupt 3rd world leaders and you’ll hear a lot of self pity. but in your personal life it can be dangerous. Sometimes blinding someone and hiding behind the lights (of a car) is a valid strategy. searching for where the bad guys are will probably get you killed.
He swims 5 miles to the beach and instantly has to be alert for cars that slow down. One of the most common cover ID’s for a spy is service personnel. Don’t claim to be a big shot. Any ambush requires you to know where and when the target will be there. Even let them injure you not to blow your cover. look out for parked cars/vans. With a high caliber gun you may be able to penetrate the radiator or the firewall behind it. Grab a pink t-shirt and sunglasses to impersonate a tourist. more than any combat training or technical skill is your ability to twist the facts of the situation to your own advantage. assume there are other systems in play. Principles of a snatch and grap: separate target from security. For close space combat. mixed with alcohol and oil and then pressurized with CO2 makes a nice firebomb. Capsasin (pepper spray). Period. A fake utility box is a pretty good hiding place since people don’t usually touch things labeled high voltage. People desperate for information start filling in . claim to be a big shot’s errand boy as a cover ID. and kids (who like cops). Act like you don’t want to be there and people will trust you even more. Episode 2: Questioning Calm down irrational people by getting them to visualize a story. Give up the idea of a fair fight. To take it on. In intelligence work. Armed extractions require planning and rehersals. but shooting under a car or at the windshield is a better option if you have a low caliber gun. they hide what they do or don’t know. When your career consists of making enemies it is dangerous to be alone. Radiator fluid (ie polyethylene glycol) won’t burn fast enough to do much unless mixed with chlorine dioxide and other stuff. Large land deals under the radar mean that judges will have to be bribed and people killed. A key is probably not the only thing you are going to need to get to someone who doesn’t want to be gotten to. no man is an island so don’t let this happen to you! Season 3 Burn Notice Episode 1: Friends and Family Michael has just given the finger to “management” and is now out on his own. It is easier to impersonate a bad cop since then you can break some rules. Expect to be behind bars occassionally. cops that are slightly too interested in you. Spies are trained to win. workers unusually preoccupied. There are better ways to get reliable information than torture (usually?). then keep the security occupied. glances that are too long. your most important asset. To avoid a police stakeout. no ID. Gun powder and non-dairy creamer works well if you want to make an explosion that will make people think you are bigger than you are. Trying to hide underwater? Fire is your friend since it turns the surface into a mirror. a knife is often more effective than a gun. Find a place to surface where fire isn’t consuming all the oxygen. The right bullet will take out ANY glass. Find some friends you can rely on without question or you are in trouble. just keep working.them why they do what they do. bring an army and try to slow it down. Interrogation professionals don’t ask you questions directly. A fire extinguisher will get you through a locked door to the phone system to make an untraceable call in a hotel. A rolling meeting with a security detail becomes a fortress on wheels. It’s easier to dodge questions than bullets. Do something illegal to gain a criminal’s trust (like snorting lactose). Villians try to tell if someone is under surveillance by beating you up a bit (since this normally flushes cops). no bank account. It’s easier to hide and handle. claim memory loss.
but also for detectives on a stake out. Adrenaline can shut down your ability to see details. and there is little confusion. And don’t get audited. A choke hold helps knock a guy out without injuring him. Episode 4: Fearless Leader Set a plan and settle disagreements prior. Placing a bug on someone is hard unless they carry something around consistently that you can reproduce: phone. First priority when you’re captured is to make it clear your captor isn’t getting you for free. desperate for more. For many operations 2 person teams are great: there is a simple command structure. What’s the secret to fitting in (new school. layed on thick and dried quickly with canned air to seal a door. An urban parking structure might be a good place for urban warfare. more details). and a pringles can (called a “cantenna“. the best approach is usually denial. Finding a way into a criminal organization is about observing social dynamics. Pull them out and connect them and you’re good to go (basically: here’s more detail on how to hot wire a car). and be ready for surprise visits. Episode 5: Signals and Codes Planes without clearances probably belong to undercover or bad guys. you . it’s easy to delegate responsibility. If you get cornered you have to learn to control the adrenaline rush and consider how to get out. Find someone with some power. why and with who you did time to an educated eye. Nobody goes it alone. Episode 3: End Run When dealing with police: keep place free of damning evidence. Don’t watch TV if you’re a guard. some washers. He gets what he wants if you get what you want. The powerful are cautious. but they are still important. Find the right person to approach-the inner circle is usually too tough to go after. Build a fairly good antenna with a coat hanger. Money laundering people usually hang out with rich people. Drivers and bodyguards are easier targets but don’t have power. control visibility. pack of cigarettes… Use superglue. Disadvantage: little room for error! Having police around is a big problem for criminals. keep your alibi’s straight. Change your wardrobe and behavior and mirror well. if they crack. and have a low income just covering child support to get away with something. Act as if you are hurt. drunk. If you are going to deceive you must go all the way. pry open the steering column to expose the ignition leads. Get information out of people when they are desperate for you to do something…like leave them alone. If someone figures out who you are. Know how to follow well…how hard to laugh at the boss’s jokes (not this type of following). Make a back door with a water saw (quieter) if you really need it. You can use alarms to draw out opposition. If you hit a cash register drawer hard enough the other way it breaks. The most dangerous ones in an op are those on your side. and provide cover for an ambush.the blanks on their own. Blackmail at the end gets harder to use as an incentive. used in wardriving or for helping your cell phone reception. watch. A tire iron can help you get a new car: break a window. Prison tatoos tell where. A USB connection transmits the information to a computer for a Bluetooth hack. Flirtation and romance can help you achieve your objectives. as a spy or otherwise)? Do what everyone else does (not that I’m recommending that).
shoes and weapons to even the odds. no matter what your emotions are feeling. Make a loyal operative look like a traitor and if you’re lucky your enemies will take him out for you. A quick call to a cell phone will short out the circuit. fear of being alone. That training is very valuable on the open market. A bottle cap packed with some plastic explosive can create the appearance of someone getting shot. you’ll live til you pay. Protocol dicates that if someone’s close. Flash bang grenades will impair sight and hearing making escape difficult. exhaustion and nerves can be worse threats than those after you. Deal with a rival by dealing at the top directly. When a plan goes wrong you have two options: accept failure and abort (best if have resources and time to remove people from the field).end up in a grave. Recognize the signs of a break in early. spies get out of the way and stay on the move. the same things that get you killed will extend your life: If you have money. A network analyzer can tell you how much information someone is accessing and how encoded it is. Try taking a picture and sending a help call to an associate instead of fighting back. That means: making their car not start and jamming their cell phone ($100 jammers work well). If someone is cornered. To generate fear. Awesome quote by Michaels mom: “For two little boys who are being knocked around by their father. Improvisation is necessary in battle. Take out the leader by taking out his knee. Surprise is helpful in taking on a larger force. Spies used to pose as lepers so they could sneak around. Turn a cell phone into a bug. make him look insane. you do it. If the operation demands that you be the targets best friend. Episode 8: Friends Like These . bringing back the dead helps here. soldiers fan out. which often win battles. Subjective prices on ancient antiquities make money laundering easy. This helps you linger without being bothered and gives you a pretext to talk with almost anyone. the best strategy is to force them into a choke point with 2 options: surrender or get killed. In a hostage situation. Spies hate suprise visits. you’ll live til you talk. they require lots of paperwork and questions. start simply: fear of the dark. Control a person’s behavior by controlling the environment. Set your jaw if you have to jump out of a moving vehicle. Better yet. Dehydration. How do you learn to do this? Sort of “special” school. Doing something in broad daylight? Better be willing to entertain! Episode 6: The Hunter Generally avoid cold meetings. it’s better to ease into relationships over time. Turn advantages like bullet proof vests to weaknesses by sending assassins on a chase through hot Florida swamps. salvage the situation. Episode 7: Shot in the Dark Spies generally avoid clubs since you can’t hear well and are surrounded by strangers you have to constantly monitor. So you really think you can make a guy run? You better know you can. As a spy you often have to do things you are uncomfortable with for people you don’t trust. Accessing the circuit breaker to a light pole is a lot better than having to access the pole itself. Michael would take on the Chinese army honey”. When faced with a more powerful enemy. and fear of the unknown. decide if you are willing to now. Training a spy costs a lot of time and money. if you have information. now being an IT guy is almost the same. The goal of a retreat is to find a place to marshal your resources and make a stand. Delay tactics allow someone to prepare the ground ahead.
If you can duplicate it. If you are blackmailing someone you have to be cruel. Working an asset requires you to know what buttons to press and has a lot to do with who you are. First contact for spies makes a big impression. Spies don’t keep a lot of prisoners. Many car remotes now have enough room. It’s best to start a tail after a bit to relax the person. People get tunnel vision in a fight so it can be a good distraction if you need one. you can leave that fingerprint wherever you want. so it’s still good to bring backup. Most suspects are already scared. In an army. What they need is a friend. Insurance scammers must be taken out since they run an entire system. rather it’s the one you don’t. When you find someone you can trust absolutely. Torture just gets you the answer that will make pain stop the fastest. Getting information out of hotels is difficult-convince them that you need help. Sometimes you have to make the final decision about your future with someone and give up your career dreams in a split second. Drill through a glass door pane and use a coat hanger to get the door handle to avoid fingerprints. make them feel they have no choice whatsoever. illegal activity shuts down fast. Pros can catch a tail by watching for someone who comes too close or runs too many yellow lights or uses a car they know about. Become an arms dealer to people who need arms. The enemy you see doesn’t get you so often. Prove you’re not a cop to keep the bad guy’s around for long enough to lure them in by doing something illegal. If you realize an operation is compromised you have to do what you can to try to contain the damage. Therefore to beat a pro you need a team of tailers. Precision driving is a great way to make an impression. Episode 11: Friendly Fire An invitation to meet at a hotel pool from a spy is an olive branch: multiple exits. even if it means cozying up to your worst enemies. Rat poison in a bomb encourages hemorhagging and spreads fear. The best place for a bug is in something people keep with them. Fear often fails as an interrogation method. In a pre-furnished house. Go to county records office ready to do some smooth talking to get insurance records. you want them on every operation you do. a crowd to mix in with and the near certainty that they won’t be wearing a weapon or wire if they are in a bathing suit…unless he’s a sniper. and when they see something. Pass someone to avoid suspicion.Most field ops are between 22 when they finish training and 55 when they retire so someone outside these ranges is rarely suspected. An ignition safe with CO2 pumped in is safe to open. Some neighborhoods especially in the inner city have cop detecting kids. once you look in all the obvious places you’re done unless you are going to start ripping out the drywall. Don’t make a friend with an asset if possible. not just what you say. Episode 10: A Dark Road Doing your own field medicine has the benefit of avoiding pesky questions and a close doctorpatient relationship. Knowing nothing is not good. Episode 9: Long Way Back Spies must remember every cover ID they’ve ever worn in case they have to put it back on. even if they are long distance snipers. Keep them and you can only find out so much. Bomb makers have a signature print. key events initiate a chain reaction: hacking a . let them go and you can find out a lot more. Bring backup to a meet.
Polystyrene links and a listening device in your hostages handcuffs makes a convincing show. Ice cream carts packed with explosives and barriers lined with rubber tires will provide projection in case of a firefight. Just make sure you have backup and you’ll probably be fine. Camoflague is just as important in urban settings. Be too forward and you can get yourself in trouble. Contact microphones will allow you to hear through walls. Train yourself to keep track of multiple conversations. a car that won’t start is like acid to those in a cartel. just sting a lot. Avoid heat. To turn an asset. usually they are made of just plywood and asfault tiles. Trained operatives will leave you searching hundreds of places for documents. show some account books to convince them you’re legit and make the figures big enough to play to their greed. but for desk jockeys. you get the idea. assassination of a high ranking officer. keep an asset in the dark as to what you are capable of and he has to assume the worst. Use each criminals fears against them. To extract a heavily guarded target. then 1st guy wraps jacket around wrist and other end to 2nd guy. Rubber suppressed bullets won’t kill.high level computer. allowing you to eavesdrop on conversations-just watch out for speakers which will magnify the wireless signals and tip off your targets! A lead detective cover will get you full access. Dominance isn’t always about being lethal-sometimes leaving those around intact to spread the word is alright. Don’t look for signs of a guilty conscience in a pathological liar: true deceivers enjoy the lie. choose a good entry point: guards watch windows and doors. then take them out and make grand gestures to ensure witnesses saw them. but will also get you caught with 1 call to the station. check behind the cabinet. Make sure you don’t get turned on your own friendsanswer their calls! Episode 13: Partners in Crime You must work hard to judge how to turn an asset. if you are scoping someone out at a party you’ll need to engage in a “cover” conversation to avoid suspicion. Stealing a feed may be as easy as stealing pay per view. light and water. Learn what someone wants if you want to get something out of them. pulling 2nd guy up. Attach a hole saw bit to a silenced drill to bore through the roof without attracting attention. To store a body. The best defense isn’t always force. Need to jump out of a 4 story building in to a pool? Better throw a mattress down first to distribute your weight. Warehouses have relatively weak roofs. find a look alike. To get 2 people over a wall taller than 1 guy could get over: 1st guy boosts 2nd up. Episode 12: Enemies Closer Meet a spy in a hot tub if you want to meet in privacy. Want to make it look like a dead man stole money and then skipped town? Find their distinguishing marks. lots of duct tape and plastic sheet are your friends. Throw around some names and dates to confuse them. Choose a role that puts you in the center of the action and explains why no one has ever heard of you before. The combination of money and a cause will generally help turn the odds of turning that asset a good bit higher. Sometimes a naturally blocked security camera will give you your best approach. look for a slight smile as they think of all the people they are deceiving. 1st guy falls on other side of the wall. in the bookshelf or under the desk and you’ll usually find what you want. so coming in through the wall will give you the surprise advantage. make sure you cut them off from everyone so you are the only voice in their ear. so instead of looking for them to make eye contact. A “lowly” crime scene investigator .
there’s a chance you’ll need them tomorrow. commuter parking lots will help you buy some time. Bomb makers like liquid nitrogen to help make or diffuse a bomb. you are mostly a criminal working for a good cause. you’re worst nightmare is a lone crazy person. Altering a modern passport is virtually impossible. Behind locked doors you may find out what your target is obsessed with and what your target loves. try to get surprise on your side. No matter who your enemy is. so to convince a pro its an accident. When entering potential combat. Add a rock to get through a car window and you’ve got a new set of clothes or cell phone. A garbage chute might help you get down from a building quickly without killing yourself. An ambulance makes an ok getaway vehicle. Use anything at your disposal. give them something else to worry about: like some C4. you have to hit someone else without looking. A small block of C4 should do nicely. You have to let them know you mean business. a good bomb maker will make sure they are impossible to reach. Episode 14: Good Intentions A deserted location for a meet gives the other guy control of the situation and the chance to bring a sniper to the party. Anyone who knows the trade knows spilling a drink on yourself is a diversion. If a trained team is advancing on your position. To be a spy you need a lot of things. but don’t blow everyone to kingdom come. If the pages are full. If you are handing a bad guy a gun sabotaging the trigger assembly with acid and liquid nitrogen to break under pressure is a good start. A cover ID as an inspector will get you in and grease will start a kitchen fire to start a diversion. Spies love places people avoid: sewage plants.might be more appropriate. Forget about cutting wires. So it’s a good idea to bring your own…although they won’t be able to cover a moving car. Freeze the detonator and usually you can remove it from the explosive material. . If it turns out they aren’t. but a hard one to swallow is to look someone who ruined your life in the eye and say let’s work together. then that is what you have to do. condemned buildings and motels. The hardest thing to do when an operation goes bad is to do nothing. But if it’s the only way to give a team member a chance at living again. sneaking away is usually impossible. except that it is a bit conspicuous. even if you don’t find what you are looking for. but don’t stick around afterwards! Rig all the evidence that could go against you to go up in flames if someone goes where they shouldn’t. it’s better just to swap out the pages entirely. Regardless. having good friends who are informed enough to back you up is essential. toxic dumps. Episode 15: Devil You Know As a spy. A hot wired jet ski will help you ensure that you get out of the way and hope everyone’s in a forgiving mood. When creating an explosion to keep people back you cannot go half way. be observant and remember you can’t follow a car that is skidding around corners without getting noticed and you might get out alive. Sometimes you’ll end up in a manhunt. Here you can store supplies without worrying about them. Good operatives don’t believe in coincidences like a burning food stand. Fighting 2 against 1? Jam them into a corner to even the odds. Have a signal for your friends. pay attention! As a spy try to work with people who you can predict. instead. Its as easy as pulling out the stitching on a tshirt and putting it back together.
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