This publication is not intended to be a comprehensive work on the intelligence requirements for resistance, nor on the tradecraft necessary to operate and survive under strict population control measures. It is intended to be an introductory text — a primer that defines organizational requirements and limited operational methodology.
Effective resistance begins with knowing what needs to be done. Reduced to its simplest terms, intelligence is knowledge and foreknowledge of the world around us — the prelude to decision and action by (in our case) under- ground and resistance policy makers. The underground intelligence organization provides this information in a fashion that helps consumers, either resistance political leaders or militia commanders, to consider alternative options and outcomes.
The intelligence process involves the painstaking — generally tedious — collection of facts, their analysis, quick and clear evaluations, production of intelligence assessments, and their timely dissemination to consumers. Above all, the analytical process must be rigorous, timely, and relevant to the underground’s policy needs and concerns. The underground intelligence organization deals with both classified and unclassified information on federal, state and local government, law enforcement and military developments. Its analysts takes raw data and produce finished intelligence by analyzing, evaluating, interpreting, and integrating the various pieces of information.
The underground intelligence organization offers the intelligence consumer a broad range of products (which may be presented through a variety of media):
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• Daily publications and bulletins or briefings about current developments.
• Biographical reports and psychological studies.
• Assessments, briefs, and memorandums on specific subjects.
• Technical analyses or weapons, weapon systems, and how to defeat them.
• Formal estimates that take more in-depth looks at specific national situations.
• Comprehensive research studies.
• Serial publications and situation reports addressing specialized topics, key locations, or important policy issues.
Some of the best information used in various intelligence products comes from sensitive sources. To protect these sources — whether human or technical — and to ensure the continued availability of the information to the resistance, most intelligence is classified and carefully controlled on a “need -to-know” basis.
There are four categories of intelligence sources, also known as collection disciplines:
1 . Signals intelligence, also known as SIGINT, includes information derived from intercepted communications and electronic emissions in general.
2. Imagery, referred to as IMINT, includes both overhead and ground imagery.
3. Measurements and signature intelligence, also known as MASINT, is technically derived intelligence data other than IMINT and SIGINT. The data result in intelligence that locates, identifies, or describes distinctive characteristics of targets.
4. Human source intelligence, also known as HUMINT, involves clandes- tine and covert collection techniques. The following are some of the principal types of collection associated with HUMINT:
•Acquisition of open-source data from media, including radio, TV, films, newspapers, journals, and books.
•Clandestine source acquisition of information and other data (including photography, documents, and other material) of intelligence value.
•Debriefing of citizens of sovereign states who travel or have access to government information.
•Interrogation of federal prisoners. Simply put, intelligence is knowledge, organization, and activity. Frank Slocum Intelligence Officer, SF Underground
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