Words, Terms and Codes
Here is a reference
resource for all those spy codes and covert talk.
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- C4I - Command, Control,
Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I)
– a police term meaning a situation where a SWAT team has
- CAMP X - Canada's
secret domestic training base.
- CANNON – a thief who
steals back the inducement offered by the spies to an
informant, defector, etc.
- CARIBINIERI – Italy's
federal antiterrorist police.
- CARNIVORE - computer
program designed by the FBI to allow the FBI to collect
electronic communications from a specific user targeted in an
- CASE OFFICER –
operations officer, controller.
- CBI – India's
- CENTER - KGB HQ in
- CHASE CAR – a
security detail or bodyguard vehicle that follows the subject.
- CHEATING – command of
the target from in front of the target during floating
box surveillance. See also COMMAND OF THE TARGET.
- CHENG PAO K'O –
China's intelligence agency.
- CHICKEN FEED – low
grade information fed through a double agent to one's
adversary with the intention of building the credibility of
the double agent.
- CHOBETSU – One of
Japan's security services.
- CIA – a US
- CNT – an acronym for
crisis negotiation team. CNTs are used by police in situations
involving hostage-takers or barricaded suspects. The name CNT
is a misnomer – their true role is not to negotiate, but
rather to obtain intelligence to facilitate an assault by the
SWAT team, and to distract the suspect to divert his attention
from the coming assault.
- a spy who creates false passports, visas,
diplomas and other documents.
- COMINT – acronym for
- COMM – a small note
or other written communication from an underground
organization or one of its members. They are typically written
on cigarette wrappers, chewing gum wrappers, etc.
- COMMAND OF THE TARGET
– active visual observation of the subject of the
surveillance operation. Used during pedestrian and vehicle
surveillance. See also CHEATING and FLOATING BOX.
- COMMANDO – a
civilian, military, or paramilitary combat group using
irregular tactics. Commando can refer to an individual, a
cell, a squad, or the organization as a whole.
- COMMIT – a
surveillance operative performing the commit function is
watching a location to determine the direction that the target
takes (or "commits" to).
- COMPROMISED –
breached security status.
- COMPUTER FORENSICS - Investigation
of a computer system believed to be involved in cybercrime.
Also used in espionage to retrieve intelligence from stolen
laptops or pcs.
- CONG AN BO –
Vietnam's security service.
- CONSUMER – a person
or an organization on an intelligence agency's distribution
list. Also see PRODUCT.
- COOKED – a mixture of
genuine and fake material provided via a double agent to one's
- COORDINATION DE LA SECURITE
DU TERRITOIRE – Algeria's security service.
- COUNTERESPIONAGE –
activities designed to impede the efforts of hostile
intelligence agencies engaged in espionage against one's own
nation, allies, and citizens.
- COUNTERINTELLIGENCE –
activities designed to impede or thwart the efforts of hostile
intelligence agencies attempting to penetrate or compromise
one's own intelligence agency.
- COUSINS – slang for
- COVER – persona,
profession, purpose, activity, fictitious image maintained by
an undercover operative.
- COVERT ACTION AGENT –
a spy who works to reorient an entire nation's politics in
favor of his country.
- CS GAS – a form of
tear gas, full name ortho-chlorobenzalmalanonitrile, used by
cops, SWAT teams, and the military.
- CSE – Canada's signal
intelligence agency, Communications Security Establishment.
- CSIS – Canada's
- CUT-OUT – a mechanism
or person used to allow agents to pass material or messages
securely; also an agent who functions as an intermediary
between a spymaster and other subagents.
- COURIER – delivers
documents, money, etc.