Saturday, June 8, 2013

How to Collect and Exploit Field Intelligence

Comments From The Compass Desk
The following news item is a good example where collecting the right data begins by utilizing the green capital as a bait. Out in the field, one carefully sprays it to the proven sources (informants) hopes that he gets lucky with one of his many baits.

Those who believed that collecting field intelligence from the search engine, is the way to go, are either inexperienced and naive. Sometimes,  they are just deceiving their audience.

There is an art and a science behind this process. Those who know, don't say.

However, you can read The Art of War and the Secret Six Teachings about the basics of collecting intelligence.


SF cops went all out retrieve stolen gun

Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
Updated 5:49 am, Sunday, March 10, 2013
San Francisco cops dodged a real bullet the other day when one of their AR-15 rifles wound up in the hands of an East Oakland gang after being stolen out of the trunk of an unmarked police car.
The prospect of a police semiautomatic rifle being used in a violent crime prompted a Code 3 response once officers discovered the theft last weekend South of Market.
Police Chief Greg Suhr immediately put out word to start questioning every street source they had.
"No resources were spared," Suhr said.
Asked exactly how they traced the rifle, the chief told us that "it wouldn't be in the best interest of future cases to give away trade secrets."
Other law enforcement sources, however, said the department caught a break almost immediately when an undercover cop working his informants in the Bayview heard about a stolen police rifle showing up in Oakland.
Soon, Suhr himself was on the phone to Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, whose department promptly joined in the hunt.
Law enforcement sources familiar with the practices of San Francisco and Oakland police tell us it's likely they paid for the key information they got.
"We have a fund that pays for information on guns," says one longtime San Francisco police insider.
Oakland police spokesman Sgt. Chris Bolton would say only that police used "a number of investigative techniques."
Once the cops got an address, the Oakland SWAT team was brought in.
Police negotiators were then called to make contact with those inside the house on the 1300 block of 88th Avenue, urging them to surrender peacefully and to give up any weapons.
Other details about the raid have not been divulged, but we're told that there was a car chase at one point involving at least one suspect who fled.
Still, while as many as seven people were detained, there were no arrests - a clear sign, department insiders say, that they had a deal with somebody to get the weapon back with no questions asked.
In addition to the stolen police rifle, officers recovered a Ruger Mini-14 tactical semiautomatic rifle, a semiautomatic pistol, a shotgun, 1,000 ecstasy pills and other drugs.
As far as Suhr is concerned, "We got lucky."

Other Notes 
Click here and here for other good reads on this topic of intelligence  gathering.

Food For Thought 
“The most valuable commodity I know of is information.” – Gordon Gekko, in the movie Wall Street

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  – John 8:32, the creed of the Central Intelligence Agency

“The success of any trap lies in its fundamental simplicity.”​  – Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity

“A man who wishes to make a profession of goodness in everything must necessarily come to grief among so many who are not good.”  – Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, The Prince

"There is one evil I dread- and that is, their spies. "  - George Washington on British Intelligence, March 24, 1776. 

Comments From The Compass Desk
Whenever there is chaos,  focus on securing the best set of information that creates order.   Assess.  ... Position  ... Influence.  ... 

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