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Here is a reference resource for all those spy codes and covert talk.

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  • E&E Evade & Escape
  • EARS ONLY - material too secret to commit to writing.
  • ELEMENT a five-man SWAT team. Consisting of a team leader, scout, rear guard, and two assaulters. The rear guard provides cover for the scout and is usually armed with a 12-guage shotgun. The assaulters usually carry Heckler & Koch 9mm MP-5 submachine guns. See also ASSAULTER.
  • ELLIPTICAL CONVERSATION says one thing but means another.
  • ENIGMA - the machine used by the Germans to encode messages during WWII.
  • EQUESTRIAN POSTURE an effect produced by rigor mortis whereby the cadaver sits upright as if riding in a saddle, with arms outstretched.
  • Escort: the operations officer assigned to lead a defector along an escape route.
  • ESPIONAGE clandestine collection of intelligence by a non-domestic intelligence agency.
  • ESS acronym for environmentally stable strategy, a concept used in strategic game-theory.
  • ETA an underground group in Spain.
  • EVOC an acronym for Emergency Vehicle Operation Course, taught at the FBI academy in Quantico
  • EXECUTIVE ACTION -  assassination.
  • EXFILTRATION - a clandestine rescue operation designed to bring a defector, refugee, or an operative and his or her family out of harm's way.
  • EXPATS - expatriates who have taken up residence in another country and are helping to define its culture.
  • EYES ONLY - documents that may be read but not discussed.


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