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Inside Scoop: Shot Down Black-Op Seals Won’t Be Talking Now

Every single SEAL Team 6 member who was involved in the ‘assassination’ of Usama bin Laden, is dead. They were killed when the Boeing Chinook helicopter in which they were flying crashed in Afghanistan & among the 31 American military personnel who were killed. The official story is that the Taliban shot down the chopper. But they were assassinated by the govt. !!

by Julius Sequerra

31 American military personnel were killed when the Boeing Chinook helicopter in which they were flying crashed in Afghanistan.

Of the thirty-one killed, twenty were members of SEAL Team 6.


More importantly, I’ve been reliably informed (by a retired Colonel, US Army intel) that these very same operatives were the men who allegedly killed Usama bin Laden recently in Abbottabad.  [NB: Seal Team 6 is an ultra-elite group of “black” operatives who exist outside military protocol, engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification, and often outside the bounds of international law.]

The official story is that the Taliban shot down the chopper. I have my doubts (as do many others far more savvy than yours truly).

[Remember Pat Tillman, the Pro Football star who forsook a megabuck contract and volunteered to go fight in Afghanistan in the heat of the post-9/11 patriotic frenzy? The official story is that Tillman was killed in a friendly-fire incident. According to reports from several US military personnel (a few of whom I know), Pat Tillman was assassinated by his own government. Reportedly, Tillman, the quintessential poster-boy for military recruitment, was waking up to the 9/11 lie, and was beginning to get a little too loose-lipped for his own good. Word traveled up the chain fast. Three bullets to the head fired at close range killed him. Friendly-fire indeed.]

“We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.” – Goethe

Usama’s “recent death” brings to mind photos that made international headlines during the Iraq invasion.

Remember that iconic image of cheering Iraqis helping bring down the statue of Saddam? A Marine I know told me he had a friend who was actually there, on the ground, in that town square. Evidently, there were no more than 50 Iraqis in that “cheering crowd” — and virtually all of them were paid to participate in the photo shoot. [Did you happen to notice there was only one tightly cropped shot from just one camera angle? The rest of the square was virtually empty, save for US military personnel and equipment.]

Then there was that other classic shot, of a bearded and bedraggled Saddam crawling out of a hole with his hands pathetically held up in the air in a gesture of utter defeat. Remember that one?

Again, rigged. I’m personally acquainted with a former Marine who knows one of the guys who actually helped stage that sordid affair.

Truth is, Saddam was finally cornered in the home of one of his friends, and he fought valiantly to the last bullet. He was eventually nabbed, mussed up further (he apparently didn’t look great to begin), physically forced into the hole, and dirt thrown on him for good measure to ensure a Hollywood-grade image. That photo’s singular intent was to demoralize the Iraqi populace by showing their leader cowering in abject defeat.

Usama bin Laden’s REAL Death

It is generally known by military insiders (and others who look to alternative sources for their news) that Usama bin Laden died of natural causes in 2001. He had just returned to Pakistan from Dubai following medical treatment at the American Hospital.

As early as March, 2000, Asia Week expressed concern for bin Laden’s health, describing a serious medical problem that could put his life in danger because of “a kidney infection that is propagating itself to the liver and requires specialized treatment.”

Having taken off from Quetta in Pakistan, bin Laden arrived in Dubai and was transferred to the American Hospital. He was accompanied by his personal physician and a ‘faithful lieutenant’ (possibly al-Zawahiri). Usama was admitted to the well-respected urology department run by Dr. Terry Callaway, an American gallstone and infertility specialist.

Bin Laden was checked into one of the hospital’s VIP suites. While there, he received visits from many members of his family as well as prominent Saudis and Emiratis. During the hospital stay, the local CIA agent, known to many in Dubai, was seen taking the main elevator of the hospital to bin Laden’s floor.

A few days later, the CIA man bragged to a few friends about having visited bin Laden. Reliable sources report that on July 15th, the day after bin Laden returned to Quetta, the CIA agent was recalled to headquarters.  [NB: Contacts between the CIA and bin Laden began in 1979 when, as a representative of his family’s business, he began recruiting volunteers for the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Red Army.]

The LAST ‘Death’ of bin Laden

What the world has been told about the recent “Death of Usama bin Laden” is pitiful and laughably absurd (especially the parts about no forensic tests having been performed, and the body quickly dumped into the sea. That last doctored photo was the clincher).

Truth is, bin Laden’s bin dead a long time.

The charade in Abbottabad was one massive a psyop to provide soothing peace of mind for the American public subject to full-throttle media propaganda, while continuing, unabatedly, one of the greatest, deadliest, and most expensive hoaxes of all time: 9/11 and “The War on Terror.”


Now they are legend

And now, every single SEAL Team 6 member who was involved in the ‘assassination’ psyop is dead.

Incidentally, I had to smile when I saw one particularly amusing headline re Usama’s latest death, in the US publication Business Insider: “Meet The ‘Seal Team 6’, The Bad-Asses Who Killed Osama Bin Laden”

Well, all those hapless ‘bad asses’ are now dead.

And dead men don’t talk.


China’s spying on U.S.

Editor’s Note:  David Wise is the author of numerous books on national security, intelligence and espionage. His latest book, Tiger Trap:  America’s Secret Spy War with China, was published June 14 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

By David Wise – Special to CNN

China's spying on U.S.

For almost half a century during the Cold War, the world focused on the global espionage battle between the United States and the Soviet Union. The duel between the CIA and the KGB, portrayed in countless books, films and news stories captured the public imagination.


Espionage became a kind of entertainment thanks in no small part to the fictional exploits of James Bond. This fiction masked a cold reality.

https://i1.wp.com/images.marketplaceadvisor.channeladvisor.com/hi/49/49296/kgb_badge_2.jpgKGB Insignia


In the actual conflict, spies and their agents died. Lives were shattered. The KGB’s supermoles – Aldrich Ames in the CIA and Robert Hanssen in the FBI – stole U.S. secrets by the trunkful and betrayed agents working for U.S. intelligence. Many of those agents were executed.

A the East-West intelligence battles played out in back alleys across the globe, scant attention was paid to the espionage operations of a rising global power– China. And scant attention was paid to the efforts of U.S. counterintelligence (not always successful) to counter Beijing’s attempts to acquire America’s secrets.


Inside the FBI, Soviet spies were regarded as the principal quarry. Chinese counterintelligence was relegated to a back seat. Yet, China has spied on America for decades with some spectacular but little known results.


During World War II, Soviet spies penetrated the Manhattan Project and stole U.S. atomic secrets. That was not lost on China. In the decades after World War II, Chinese espionage was principally aimed at stealing U.S. nuclear weapons data. By acquiring those secrets, China could bypass years of research and testing and speed its own development of nuclear weapons.

With its modernization efforts devastated by the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, China coveted such shortcuts. So the United States, particularly the nuclear weapons labs at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore, became its primary target.

The FBI suspected that Gwo-Bao Min, an engineer at the Livermore lab, had passed the secrets of the neutron bomb to China. The case was given the code-name TIGER TRAP by the Bureau. Although the FBI gathered considerable evidence, the Justice Department declined to authorize an arrest.  However, Min was forced to resign from the nuclear weapons lab.


Another priority of Chinese intelligence has been to infiltrate U.S. counterintelligence.  The F.B.I. was penetrated until 2002 by Katrina Leung, a prominent figure in the Chinese American community in Los Angeles who worked as an F.B.I. asset for twenty years under the code name PARLOR MAID.


Leung was having affairs with the bureau’s two top agents on the West Coast responsible for Chinese counterintelligence, James J. Smith and William V. Cleveland, Jr.  She fed F.B.I. secrets to China’s foreign intelligence service, the M.S.S., for years, telling investigators she filched them from Smith’s briefcase during their trysts at her home.


James J. Smith, Top FBI agent

F.B.I. director Robert S. Mueller III assigned his top counterintelligence agent, Leslie G. Wiser, Jr., to go to Los Angeles in 2002 and investigate. Operating with a team of handpicked agents from a secret location in Santa Monica, Wiser broke open the case. Leung and Smith were arrested. Smith pleaded guilty to lying about his affair with Leung. She, too, pleaded guilty to lying about their affair and to failing to report some of her income from the F.B.I. Neither was sentenced to prison. And the government had avoided a sensational espionage trial in which the Bureau’s secrets might have been aired.

The CIA was also penetrated by Chinese intelligence. A mole named Larry Wu-Tai Chin worked for Chinese intelligence for more than 30 years until he was caught by the FBI in 1985.

There have been many more recent examples of Chinese spying against the United States.  Dongfan “Greg” Chung volunteered to spy for China. Chung, a naturalized U.S. citizen, worked in the aerospace industry in southern California for thirty years.


Dongfan "Greg" Chung volunteered to spy for China

At Boeing he was a stress analyst on the space shuttle.  Chung sent twenty-four manuals from Rockwell to China on the B-1 bomber. When the F.B.I. searched his home in California in 2006 they were astonished to find 300,000 pages of Boeing documents hidden in the house pertaining to the space shuttle, rockets and military aircraft.  Some of the documents were in a crawl space underneath the house. Chung was arrested, convicted and sentenced in 2010 to almost sixteen years in prison.

China and the United States have a mutual dependence and a common interest in avoiding conflict.  Without exaggerating the danger of Chinese espionage, it is a fact that China’s spying on America is ongoing, current and shows no sign of diminishing.


Chinese computer hackers have penetrated the Pentagon, the State Department and U.S. companies, such as Google.

Americans should be aware that China, when it can, steals U.S. secrets. The espionage battle is no less real for being largely unseen.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of David Wise.

Mossad & CIA Committed 9-11: Italian President Francesco Cossiga

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga, who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio, has told Italy’s oldest and most widely read newspaper that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad, and that this was common knowledge among global intelligence agencies.

In what translates awkwardly into English, Cossiga told the newspaper Corriere della Sera:

“All the (intelligence services) of America and Europe know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the Mossad, with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part in Iraq and Afghanistan.”


Cossiga was elected president of the Italian Senate in July 1983 before winning a landslide election to become president of the country in 1985, and he remained until 1992.


Cossiga’s tendency to be outspoken upset the Italian political establishment, and he was forced to resign after revealing the existence of, and his part in setting up, Operation Gladio. This was a rogue intelligence network under NATO auspices that carried out bombings across Europe in the 1960s, 1970s and ’80s. Gladio’s specialty was to carry out what they termed “false flag” operations-terror attacks that were blamed on their domestic and geopolitical opposition.

Cossiga first expressed his doubts about 9-11 in 2001, and is quoted by 9-11 researcher Webster Tarpley saying,

“The mastermind of the attack must have been a sophisticated mind, provided with ample means not only to recruit fanatic kamikazes, but also highly specialized personnel. I add one thing: it could not be accomplished without infiltrations in the radar and flight security personnel.”

Coming from a widely respected former head of state, Cossiga’s assertion that the 9-11 attacks were an inside job and that this is common knowledge among global intelligence agencies is illuminating. It is one more eye-opening confirmation that has not been mentioned by America’s propaganda machine in print or on TV.

Nevertheless, because of his experience and status in the world, Cossiga cannot be discounted as a crackpot.


The evidence that Mossad planned 9/11 using Arab patsies is overwhelming; Mossad were caught filming the attack from Liberty Park and then later said on Israeli TV that they were sent there to document (they along with nearly 200 Mossad were rounded up and sent back to Israeli in the weeks following the attack, preventing the FBI from questioning them). Only 5 Israeli’s died in the WTC attack; 3 on the airplanes and 2 in the buildings. It is a fact unexplainable by Zionists apologists that Idigo, and Israeli messaging service sent a warning in Hebrew worldwide that a terror attack would happen in a few hours on the day of the attack. The only country to have benefitted militarily and economically is Israeli from the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.

The evidence of demolition in WTC 7 is obvious and the 9/11 commission didn’t even try to explain how a steel building with internal fires could SUDDENLY COLLAPSE IN ABOUT 9 SECONDS something that has never happened before. Of course the ‘magic passport’ supposedly found as rubble was raining down by a well dressed passerby who never identified himself and turned into the FBI was convenient. You have seen the chaos, the flying bodies and debris, screaming terrified people running from the WTC; so just why would a passport be picked up on the street and how could it have survived with NO SIGNS OF DAMAGE from the plane is beyond anyone to explain.

And the only Israeli company in the twin towers with about 300 employees moved out 1 week before the attack, paying $50K to break their lease. Coincidenc? The 40 times normal PUT options against the airlines traded in the week before the attack involved in 9/11 were all traded from a bank in Israel, yet the 9/11 commission REFUSED to investigate this on the basis that since Israel is “not a terroist country”, the abnormal volume meant nothing !! Barak was on TV the day of the attack in an interview by the BBC where at one point he said the buildings were felled by “explosions”, then quickly, with the most embarrassed look on his face, restarted the sentence and said the buildings were felled by airplanes.

The US has obviously been used by Zionists or ‘neocons’ in high places in Washington; the head of the 9/11 commission is a Zionist and the head of Homeland security were both citizens of Israeli. Cheney and the oil companies benefitted too and gave Mossad the go ahead. The CIA has used the Mafia to do it’s dirty work in the past and they just switched to Mossad for operations involving the Middle east.


So do you think that Israel’s spy agency planned 9/11 so that we can go over to the Middle East and fight their enemies for them?

Is bin Laden possibly a secret Mossad agent since we can’t find him and that he has NEVER attacked or even attempted to attack in Israel?

Plus Al-Qaeda has killed more Muslims than any other religious group. Including anti-zionists.

Don’t you think there is something fishy going on here that the government refuses to tell us?

Russia Says IMF Chief Jailed For Discovering All US Gold Is Gone

A new report prepared for Prime Minister Putin by the Federal Security Service (FSB) says that former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged and jailed in the US for sex crimes on May 14th after his discovery that all of the gold held in the United States Bullion Depository located at Fort Knox was ‘missing and/or unaccounted’ for.


Federal Security Service (FSB)

According to this FSB secret report, Strauss-Kahn had become “increasingly concerned” earlier this month after the United States began “stalling” its pledged delivery to the IMF of 191.3 tons of gold agreed to under the Second Amendment of the Articles of Agreement signed by the Executive Board in April 1978 that were to be sold to fund what are called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) as an alternative to what are called reserve currencies.


Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

This FSB report further states that upon Strauss-Kahn raising his concerns with American government officials close to President Obama he was ‘contacted’ by ‘rogue elements’ within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who provided him ‘firm evidence that all of the gold reported to be held by the US ‘was gone’.


‘Rogue elements’ within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who provided former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn ‘firm evidence’ that all of the gold reported to be held by the US ‘was gone’

Upon Strauss-Kahn receiving the CIA evidence, this report continues, he made immediate arrangements to leave the US for Paris, but when contacted by agents working for France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) that American authorities were seeking his capture he fled to New York City’s JFK airport following these agents directive not to take his cell-phone because US police could track his exact location.

Once Strauss-Kahn was safely boarded on an Air France flight to Paris, however, this FSB report says he made a ‘fatal mistake’ by calling the hotel from a phone on the plane and asking them to forwarded the cell-phone he had been told to leave behind to his French residence, after which US agents were able to track and apprehend him.

Within the past fortnight, this report continues, Strauss-Kahn reached out to his close friend and top Egyptian banker Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar to retrieve from the US the evidence given to him by the CIA. Omar, however, and exactly like Strauss-Kahn before him, was charged yesterday by the US with a sex crime against a luxury hotel maid, a charge the FSB labels as ‘beyond belief’ due to Omar being 74-years-old and a devout Muslim.


In an astounding move puzzling many in Moscow, Putin after reading this secret FSB report today ordered posted to the Kremlin’s official website a defense of Strauss-Khan becoming the first world leader to state that the former IMF chief was a victim of a US conspiracy. Putin further stated,

“It’s hard for me to evaluate the hidden political motives but I cannot believe that it looks the way it was initially introduced. It doesn’t sit right in my head.”

Interesting to note about all of these events is that one of the United States top Congressman, and 2012 Presidential candidate, Ron Paul has long stated his belief that the US government has lied about its gold reserves held at Fort Knox.  So concerned had Congressman Paul become about the US government and the Federal Reserve hiding the truth about American gold reserves he put forward a bill in late 2010 to force an audit of them, but which was subsequently defeated by Obama regime forces.


Is There Gold in Fort Knox?

When directly asked by reporters if he believed there was no gold in Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve, Congressman Paul gave the incredible reply,

“I think it is a possibility.”

Also interesting to note is that barely 3 days after the arrest of Strauss-Kahn, Congressman Paul made a new call for the US to sell its gold reserves by stating, “Given the high price it is now, and the tremendous debt problem we now have, by all means, sell at the peak.”


Congressman Ron Paul has long stated his belief that the US government has lied about its gold reserves held at Fort Knox

Bizarre reports emanating from the US for years, however, suggest there is no gold to sell, and as we can read as posted in 2009 on the ViewZone.Com news site:

“In October of 2009 the Chinese received a shipment of gold bars. Gold is regularly exchanges between countries to pay debts and to settle the so-called balance of trade. Most gold is exchanged and stored in vaults under the supervision of a special organization based in London, the London Bullion Market Association (or LBMA). When the shipment was received, the Chinese government asked that special tests be performed to guarantee the purity and weight of the gold bars. In this test, four small holed are drilled into the gold bars and the metal is then analyzed.

Officials were shocked to learn that the bars were fake. They contained cores of tungsten with only a outer coating of real gold. What’s more, these gold bars, containing serial numbers for tracking, originated in the US and had been stored in Fort Knox for years. There were reportedly between 5,600 to 5,700 bars, weighing 400 oz. each, in the shipment!”


Chinese officials were shocked to learn that the bars were fake. The gold shipment contained a tungsten core with a thin coating of real gold. These tested gold bars originated in the US and had been stored in Fort Knox for years.

To the final fate of Strauss-Kahn it is not in our knowing, but new reports coming from the United States show his determination not to go down without a fight as he has hired what is described as a ‘crack team’ of former CIA spies, private investigators and media advisers to defend him.

To the practical effects on the global economy should it be proved that the US, indeed, has been lying about its gold reserves, Russia’s Central Bank yesterday ordered the interest rate raised from 0.25 to 3.5 percent and Putin ordered the export ban on wheat and grain crops lifted by July 1st in a move designed to fill the Motherlands coffers with money that normally would have flowed to the US.

The American peoples ability to know the truth of these things, and as always, has been shouted out by their propaganda media organs leaving them in danger of not being prepared for the horrific economic collapse of their nation now believed will much sooner than later.

US Denuclearization Bluff: They want to Steel Pak Nukes!


As the unofficial World War-III, unleashed unilaterally by the Western terrocracies led by the USA-UK terror twins under the banner of NATO terror syndicate against Muslim nations by all sorts of maneuverings is in progress, more than 5,000 nuclear weapons are deployed and ready for use, including nearly 2,000 that are kept in a high state of alert.


Apart from resource hunt and reduction of Muslim populations, the ongoing NATO terrorism in Islamic world also has another important objective of selective, fake disarmament. While all UNSC-5 rogue state would continue to maintain their nukes and make new ones, they also want a few select nations like Pakistan give up their legitimate nuclear arsenals. The CIA engineered “uprisings’ in Mideast is also targeting Syrian nuclear facilities. UNSC madocracies have not targeted Israel that has obtained nukes illegally without even reporting to the IAEA or UNSC.

Since UNSC-5 rogues refuse to denuclearize themselves first, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) -a leading think-tank , said disarmament vows have failed to reduce the nuclear threat as nations invest in new weapons systems, amid a rise in global tensions due to competition for scarce resources.

The world’s eight nuclear powers — Russia, the USA, Britain, China, France, India, illegal Israel and Pakistan— possess more than 20,500 warheads. The nuclear weapons states are modernizing and are investing in their nuclear weapon establishments, so it seems unlikely that there will be any real nuclear weapon disarmament within the foreseeable future”. SIPRI Deputy Director Daniel Nord said South Asia constituted the biggest nuclear threat today and is the only place in the world where you have a nuclear weapons arms race. The rest of the world according to him is safe. By playing the US muse, Nord pointed to India and Pakistan, which “are expanding their nuclear arsenal”. The SIPRI report said Pakistan has almost reached parity with India on nuclear weapons with both the nations having 110 warheads each. Charging that India and Pakistan were “expanding their capacity to produce fissile material for military purposes, the report said that while India could have 80-110 nuclear warheads today, up from 60-80 last year, Pakistan may have increased its count from 70-90 to 90-110. Labeling Pakistan’s nuclear program as almost the fastest in the world, the SIPRI said that both Islamabad and New Delhi continue to develop new ballistic and cruise missile systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons. They are also expanding their capacities to produce fissile material for military purposes. The report claimed that Islamabad was now turning to producing lighter precision warheads for use in restricted spaces.

Repeating the CIA rhetoric, the SIPRI Director said Pakistan may be close to danger of “losing control of part of its nuclear arsenal to terrorists and said it was a matter of grave concern. He also voiced worry over the potential consequences if Israel or the USA decides that they will have to intervene and do something about the similar legitimate program in Iran. Why should these nuclear rogues decide about a sovereign Iran’s legitimate nuclear ambitions and legal claims?


Obviously by sung the terror wars, the boss USA is trying to steel Pakistani nukes. What is urgently required is not to talk about Iran’s nuclear facility but sincere and honest effort by the IAEA, UNSC and all nuclear powers to denuclearize the UNSC-5 rogues first!

د. عبد راف
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Former university Teacher, Analyst-columnist; Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Fake democracies like USA and India have zero tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices. Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism”. Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. (abdulruff@gmail/abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/http://abdulruff.wordpress.com//91-9961868309

CIA opens the file on the secret world of toenail messages

A formula for invisible ink used by spies during the First World War and espionage techniques involving messages etched on toenails are among classified documents released by the CIA.

Six of the oldest files held by the agency, which predate it by several decades, were made public this week.

One paper from 1918 lists the chemicals and techniques used to create “secret writing”. Another from 1914 and written in French gives the formula the Germans were believed to have used for their invisible ink.

“When historical information is no longer sensitive, we take seriously our responsibility to share it with the American people,” said Leon Panetta, the CIA director.

The documents, which were originally kept by the Office of Naval Intelligence before even the Office of Strategic Services, the CIA’s predecessor, was established, offer a fascinating glimpse into spycraft from another age.

Some handwritten, they reveal chemical methods used by intelligence agents to open sealed envelopes without being detected and carry warnings such as:

“Do not inhale fumes.”

The papers give a glimpse into a secretive wartime world. One suggests that messages should be passed by soaking a handkerchief or collar in a mixture of nitrate, soda and starch and then drying the fabric. The chemicals would come out when the cloth was put in water and that liquid would become invisible ink for message writing. The person receiving the message could then read the words by applying iodide of potassium.

Some 50 scenarios for using the ink were suggested, including “placing writings under postage stamps, wrapping messages in medicine capsules and engraving messages on toenails”.

A chemist who provided some of the chemicals warned that the ink might be toxic enough to corrode a steel pen and advised that a quill be used instead.

Steve Aftergood, of the Federation of American Scientists, was unimpressed by the CIA’s “openness”. “Invisible ink was rendered obsolete by digital encryption long ago,” he said.

Invisible ink – How starch helped secrets disappear

1. Put a tablespoon of starch into a tumbler of water and boil it. Allow the water to cool and then add 10 grams of nitrite of soda, a lawn fertilizer available in garden centres.

2. Soak a handkerchief or starched shirt collar and allow it to dry.

3. Add the material to water and the chemicals will be released, creating invisible ink. Write a message with it, ideally with a quill.

4. The person who receives the message should apply iodide of potassium, used in disinfectants and chemical hair treatments, to make it visible.

Tools of Tradecraft: The CIA’s Historic Spy Kit

Whenever James Bond needed a nifty device to snap a surreptitious surveillance picture or escape the gilded clutches of Auric Goldfinger, he could count on the ingenious minds in the Secret Service’s Q Division to devise a solution. Real-world Bonds working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and its precursor the Office of Strategic Services, could turn to the Office of Research and Development for similar tradecraft tools.

From mosquito drones to couture cameras, the CIA had its agents’ needs covered. Some of these devices are now displayed in the CIA’s museum, located at the agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters.

Although the museum is not open to the public, recently the CIA launched a Flickr stream with images of some of its declassified historic spy tools. Here’s a few of the best from the collection, even if our own Danger Room was a bit disappointed by the CIA’s choices.Above:

“Belly Buster” Hand-Crank Audio Drill

The CIA used the “Belly Buster” drill during the late 1950s and early 1960s to drill holes into masonry in order to implant listening devices. After assembly, the base of the drill was held firmly against the stomach, while the handle was cranked manually. The kit came with several drill bits and accessories.


Letter Remover


Letter Remover

Special devices were used in World War II to retrieve letters from envelopes without disturbing their seals. The pincer-like device was inserted into the unsealed gap at the top of the envelope flap, then turned to wind up the letter and extract it from the envelope.


Letter Remover


Letter Remover

Here’s a view showing the letter rolled up around the pincer for easy removal from the envelope.


Stereoscope and Case


Stereoscope and Case

The stereoscope, used during World War II, helped Allied photo analyzers examine images of enemy territory taken by airplane-mounted cameras. It allowed them to view the film in 3-D.


Dragonfly Insectothopter


Dragonfly Insectothopter

Developed by the CIA’s Office of Research and Development in the 1970s, this micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was the first insect-sized aerial vehicle (Insectothopter) developed to explore intelligence collection via miniature devices.


CIA Semi-Submersible


CIA Semi-Submersible

The CIA designed this two-man semi-submersible in the 1950s. It carried no weapons, provided cramped quarters, and required a “mother ship” for transport and recovery, but it could slip into regions that normal ships could not.


Microdot Camera


Microdot Camera

Transferring secret documents during the Cold War was aided by this microdot camera that could photograph and reduce whole pages of information onto a tiny piece of film the size of a sentence period. The film could then be embedded into otherwise banal correspondence as punctuation at the end of a sentence. Microdots were also hidden in rings, hollow coins and other items. The recipient would read the microdot with a special viewer.



“Matchbox” Camera

The Eastman Kodak Company developed and manufactured this camera for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Made in the shape of matchboxes that were used at the time, it could be disguised by adding matchbox labels in various languages and styles that were relevant to the country in which it was to be used.


Single-Use Encoder Pads


Single-Use Encoder Pads

One-time pads (OTP) were issued in matching sets of two for encoding: one set was for the encoder and one for the decoder. No two pages were alike. Each sheet contained a random key in the form of five-digit groups. Once a sheet was used to encode a message, it was torn off the pad and destroyed. Because the codes were used only once, they were virtually unbreakable.


“Dead” Drop Spike


“Dead” Drop Spike

Used to facilitate secure communication between an agent and his/her handler, the spike, containing documents or film, could be pushed into the ground by the agent at a pre-arranged spot and later retrieved by a handler.


M-209 Cipher Box


M-209 Cipher Box

A mechanical cipher device designed by Boris Hagelin that was widely used by the U.S. Army during World War II. Compact and portable, it used a series of rotors to encode and decode secret military messages.


Pigeon Camera


Pigeon Camera

The CIA’s Office of Research and Development created this camera that was small and light enough to be fitted to a pigeon. Photos taken from the bird in flight could be captured within hundreds of feet of the target, producing much more detailed pictures than other image-capturing methods.


Surveillance Fashion


Surveillance Fashion

For the female mole attending a black-tie affair, surveillance equipment didn’t have to be dowdy. This “couture” outfit from the Office of Technical Readiness allowed spies to munch on canapes and dance a waltz while still snapping surreptitious pics and recording cocktail chatter.


Code in a Compact


Code in a Compact

A female agent could powder her nose while sneaking a surreptitious peak at code hidden in the mirror of this handy dual-use compact. When tipped at a certain angle, the code was visible in the mirror.


Escape Map


Escape Map

Printed on silk, this escape map could be folded compactly for concealment (or worn smartly as a scarf) and wouldn’t rustle when opened and closed. It was printed with waterproof dyes so the colors wouldn’t run if an agent had to make a sudden water-borne escape.


A-12 Spurs


A-12 Spurs

These “spurs,” worn on airplanes, strapped over boot heels and were each attached to a ball connected to a cable beneath the plane seat. If the pilot had to pull the “D” ring (ejection handle) in an emergency, the cables would snap the wearer’s feet back under the seat to ensure a smooth and safe ejection from the aircraft.


Silver Dollar Concealer


Silver Dollar Concealer

This Eisenhower silver dollar, hollow on the inside, could be used to conceal messages or film.


Silver Dollar Concealer Interior


Silver Dollar Concealer Interior

A view of the inside of the silver dollar, which could be used to conceal secret messages or film.


CIA ID Card for Allen W. Dulles


CIA ID Card for Allen W. Dulles

Greying hair apparently is a side-effect of being a U.S. president and a CIA director. But Allen W. Dulles earned his over a long career – the longest a CIA director ever served. Dulles joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during WWII, during which he directed intelligence operations from Switzerland. In 1951, he joined the newly created Central Intelligence Agency and became its director in 1953. He retired in 1961.


Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife


Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

Introduced in 1941, the knife is named after its British designers, Captains W.E. Fairbairn and E.A. Sykes. Here pictured with its sheath (at left), the weapon was crafted to strike at the most vulnerable parts of an opponent’s body.


Minox Camera


Minox Camera

Walter Zapp, a Latvian engineer, developed a portable camera in 1937 that would fit easily into the palm of a hand and take high-quality pictures. Originally made from steel in Riga, it was considered a marvel of technology and became the world’s most widely used spy camera.


Seismic Intruder Detection Device


Seismic Intruder Detection Device

This Cold War-Era intrusion-detection system was designed to blend in with the terrain and could detect movement of people, animals or objects up to 300 meters away. The device operated on tiny power cells and had a built-in antenna. Its transmitter would relay data from the device by means of coded pulses.


Tire Spike


Tire Spike

No matter how the caltrop tire spike was tossed on a roadway or airport runway, it would land with a tire-puncturing prong facing upward.


Tobacco Pouch Camera


Tobacco Pouch Camera

A miniature 35mm film camera manufactured in Switzerland was concealed in this modified tobacco pouch. A spring-wound mechanism advanced the film between exposures.

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