Moscow Rules

From Ol’ Remus. These were on his site for a long time, and they’re becoming more and more applicable as we move forward.

Moscow Rules
(via the International Spy Museum)

  • Assume nothing.
  • Never go against your gut.
  • Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
  • Don’t look back; you are never completely alone.
  • Go with the flow, blend in.
  • Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
  • Lull them into a sense of complacency.
  • Don’t harass the opposition.
  • Pick the time and place for action.
  • Keep your options open

We are most definitely in a time where we can assume nothing. Your gut is increasingly your best-and maybe only-friend. Blending in a a good defense, currently. (Trust me, I’m very different in the Real World. Not a Gray Man, more of a Dirty White.) I’ve been varying patterns for years. I don’t harass the opposition; doing so when carrying a gun is not a good play. I’m looking at the time and places for action more so than ever before. My options are open, perhaps more so now than just a couple of weeks ago.

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