Assume everything said over the phone is overheard; assume all texts, faxes and e-mail are intercepted.
Most civilized countries now possess the technological capability to pop your cell phone number into a computer and transform it into their own open microphone.
They can listen not only to your cell phone conversations, but also to your conversations with people around you, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.
Switching your phone off does not end their ability to listen in. You must remove the battery.
(These days, organized criminals buy cheap pay-as-you-go cell phones in batches of a hundred. They use one for a couple days, throw it in a river, and move on to the next one.)
The only way to ensure you are not overheard is a walk in the park, speaking not much louder than a whisper, and occasionally shielding your mouth with your hand (in the event that lip-readers have been assigned to you).
Monaco’s spymaster was kindly provided a STE (cryptographic telephone) by a “friendly” intelligence service, to be used for secure communication between the two services.
Monaco’s spymaster soon discovered that the STE itself was a full-time open microphone
So the STE was relegated from the large M-Base desk to a more appropriate venue: a small table adjacent to the toilet.
Overheard conversations thereafter were, dare we say, rather flatulent.
Unlike most intelligence services, do not fear media, courts and elected representatives; embrace them.
Intelligence services are generally fearful of media enquiries, government oversight and/or being hauled into court by judges who can override confidentiality.
Many intelligence officers are risk-averse for fear of being exposed in the media for involvement in controversial operations; for them, it would be a career killer. They are also risk-averse for fear of ending up personally prosecuted for violating some obscure statute of which their superiors were either unaware or ignored.
Intelligence bigwigs strive to avoid being grilled by Congressmen looking to enhance their political careers.
Monaco’s spymaster did not subscribe to such fears. He believed it more strategic to solicit the assistance, witting or unwitting, of the fourth estate, to meet objectives.
After Monaco’s spymaster established a relationship between Prince Albert and the CIA, he secured U.S. government oversight by creating a relationship with a U.S. Senator serving on the Select Intelligence Committee.
He did this so that if CIA officers misinterpreted their relationship (as they did), and wrote it up their own way for maximum advantage to the CIA (as they did), at least someone in government oversight would know the truth.
As for the courts: when you are confident of the facts, and everything you report and write can be proven, under oath, through documents and witness testimony, the courts are your friend, not foe.
Don’t complain; unfairness is the history of mankind from the beginning.
Just pick up the torch and do the right thing.
Do not feel victimized nor grow into a victim mentality. We are all victims of something eventually. The key is to rise above whatever curveballs life throws at you.
An old saying, Life hands you a lemon?Make lemonade.
Monaco’s spymaster stopped doing his job after his client, the Prince, was swayed off track by Monaco’s criminally-minded establishment and no longer responded to the spymaster. The Prince also did not respond to the spymaster’s invoice.
So Monaco’s spymaster requested final payment through a lawyer.
The Prince ignored this request.
So Monaco’s spymaster filed a Complaint in Court that, in addition to making his case for payment, did what the Prince chose not to do: expose corrupt government ministers and a number of money launderers resident in the principality.
In doing the right thing, Monaco’s ex-spymaster inevitably created an interactive hub of dissent.
You need formidable enemies to keep you sharp; provoke them to whack away at each other
The first part comes from Friedrich Nietzsche, who said: “We need formidable enemies to keep us sharp.”
Nietzsche said you should choose your enemies with care; that an enemy is quite a positive and valuable influence in life, and that you very rarely get on without a few good enemies to spur you on and keep you stirred up.
The second part also comes from Nietzsche: “The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.”
The reason the CIA armed Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was because it knew Saddam would barge into Iran. For eight years thereafter, both countries whacked the stuffing out of each other.
You cannot control others, so don’t even try. Motivate and hope for the best.
The secret to happiness is low expectations.
When something goes wrong, view it as part of your ongoing education.
Prince Albert of Monaco pledged to fight rampant corruption and money laundering in his Principality.
He hired a spymaster, and later, a chief-of-staff, to assist him in this endeavor.
But when faced with a little resistance from corrupt influences around him, the Prince caved and reneged on promises he made to his spymaster, chief-of-staff, subjects, foreign intelligence services, and the world—and became complicit in their corruption.
This was a learning experience—one that we transformed into a teaching experience.
Welcome pressure: it is a true test of your own character.
It is easy to display character when all is going well.
True character is revealed when the sky is falling.
Do you flip out, lose your head, and blame others?
If so, you have poor character, like Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The prince’s first chief-of-staff is a perfect example of grace under fire; of showing exemplary character in the face of tremendous and unjustifiable pressure from his boss, who removed him because he was jealous of his chief-of-staff’s abilities.
While the forces of evil tittered in enjoyment of his predicament, and Monegasques left guessing as to what had happened, the chief-of-staff made no public comment, held his head high, and worked through a long final week.
The chief-of-staff personified what Rudyard Kipling meant by being a man in his famous poem If.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…
So welcome pressure, and see it as an opportunity to demonstrate your strength, conviction, and dignity in the face of whatever is thrown at you by those with lesser character.