Words, Terms and Codes
Here is a reference
resource for all those spy codes and covert talk.
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- BACKSTOP – an
arrangement between two persons for the express purpose of
substantiating a cover story or alibi.
- BAG JOB –
surreptitious entry, break and enter.
- BAKIN – Indonesia's
- BATF – a US security
service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
- BETTY BUREAU – FBI
slang for a female support person who has worked for the FBI
her entire career.
- BfV – Germany's
security service, the Bundesamt fir Verfassungsschutz.
- BIOGRAPHICAL LEVERAGE
– blackmail info.
- slang used by British Intelligence for a
- BLACK-FLAGGED – an
agent or intelligence officer who is to be interrogated and
summarily shot if apprehended.
- BLIND DATE – the
first meeting with an unknown person.
- BLACK PROPOGANDA – a
smear campaign, usually consisting of character assassination.
- BLOWBACK – unexpected
negative consequences of spying activity.
- BLOWFISH – a
mathematical algorithm for computer encryption of text that
purportedly can only be cracked by brute force if the
pass-phrase is unknown.
- BLOWN – detected.
- BLUE-ON-BLUE –
friendly fire, inadvertent hostile engagement between allies.
- BND – Germany's
intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst. Literally
translated as the Federal News Agency.
Fides - proof
of a person's claimed identity.
- BOX – slang for
Britain's security service, MI.5.
- BREVITY CODES – a
system of code-words used by members of a surveillance team.
- BRICK AGENT – an FBI
agent who works inside a field office. Also see STREET AGENT.
AGENT - an agent who acts as a courier from a case
officer to an agent in a denied area.
- BRUSH CONTACT – a
clandestine, momentary contact between two agents who are
passing information, documents, or equipment.
- BRUSH PASS – same as
- BSS – Belgium's
- BUCAR – an FBI car.
- BUG-ON-A-CHIP – slang
for USA's Clipper chip.
- BUPO – Switzerland's
- BURNT – burned,
completed exposed. See BLOWN.
- BVD – Netherlands'