Words, Terms and Codes
Here is a reference
resource for all those spy codes and covert talk.
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– a method of telephone, telex, and communications
eavesdropping that is virtually undetectable.
passwords to identify agents to each other.
- the behavior and daily routine of an operative
that makes his or her identity unique.
- PAVEMENT ARTIST –
outdoor surveillance specialist operating on foot.
- PEEP – photographer.
- PERIMETER SURVEILLANCE
– is used to alert the surveillance team when the target
enters or leaves a specific area.
- PETN –
Pentaery-thritol tetranitrate, a plastic explosive favored by
intelligence agencies and security services. See mercury
- PFLP – an underground
group in Palestine.
- PHOTINT – acronym for
- Russian intelligence term for traitor.
- PICKET SURVEILLANCE –
focuses on times and places when target is likely engaged in
activities of interest to the surveillance team. Also called
chokepoint surveillance. Named after the openings in a picket
- PICKUP – when the
target of a surveillance operation is first spotted inside the
- PINHOLE CAMERA –
video camera with fiber-optic lens attachment.
-: the original message before encryption.
- to provide false information to the enemy while
gaining accurate information from him or her.
items in a spy's pocket (receipts, coins, theater
tickets, etc.) that add authenticity to his or her identity.
- POSSE COMITATAS – a
Latin phrase that loosely means power of the people.
- PROBLEM-SOLVING MATRIX
– a grid-based notation system used by police investigators
and counterespionage officers when dealing with complex cases.
- PRODUCT – finished
intelligence that has been evaluated by an intelligence agency
and is ready for distribution to consumers. Also see CONSUMER.
- PROFESSIONAL-NAME –
nom de guerre of a spy.
- PROFILE STOP – a
random stop and search by police, based on a suspect's race,
minority status, economic status, religion, physical
appearance, travel status, location, etc. Previously inflicted
on minorities and poor whites, but currently being expanded by
bureaucrats to include all US citizens.
- PROFILING - Stereotyping
a group or "type" of person to assess potential
- an operative sent to incite a target group
to action for purposes of entrapping or embarrassing them.
- PSB – one of China's
secret police agencies.
- PSIA – one of Japan's
- PSYCHIC COMBAT – a
condition of active psychological warfare operations between
two covert adversaries.
- PSYCHODYNAMICS – the
CIA's psychological profiling system, used in combination with
- QUANG BO – Vietnam's
military intelligence agency.
- QODS – One of Iran's
- QRF – quick reaction