CONFIDENTIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CIA OPERATIVES (TOP SECRET)
INSTRUCTIONS TO OPERATIVES
1. Mail weekly report to this address every Monday or Tuesday.
2. In first or second report send a picture and brief history of the subject, stating where born, schools, work prior to present employment, military or government service.
3. You are looking for: espionage, sabotage, and propaganda against our United States.
4. You are not a tale bearer — I am not interested in who was drunk or gambling or playing around UNLESS the subjects are in security employments where such actions offer blackmail potentials for subversive agents. Any evidence of such excesses will be rechanneled through federal offices.
5. Be a good fellow but DON’T TALK TOO MUCH!
6. Never make oral reports except in the greatest emergency.
7. Write weekly reports as you would normally write letters, using small letters for proper names. If possible, utilize two envelopes with both being taped to preclude tampering, with opaque insert to guard against illumination reading.
8. Never use government issue envelopes or make address out to the true name of this apparat. Use cover addresses at all times.
9. Destroy all written instructions immediately after memorization. Do not destroy this paper, for further issue is forbidden. Conceal in safe place.
10. Beware of the man who is too smart for his job or too skilled for his rank or grade of employment. Beware also of men who do not desire promotion even though it may be due them.
11. Beware of the man who claims to be a secret agent and immediately file a secret report for this office.
12. Do not try to become a detective but go about your business in as normal a way as possible, keeping eyes and ears open and MOUTH SHUT.
13. Exactly what was said? By Whom? When? Where? To Whom? Who else was present at the time? Are these statements frequently made in the same location or establishment? Does the area seem to be a “hangout” for persons of similar convictions?
14. Does the subject relatively write more or fewer letters than usual? to any particular person(s)? How does he send and receive mail? Do such communications have return addresses? Are letters or addressed envelopes simply thrown away, or are they specially disposed of?
15. Who are the subject’s associates? Have reports been filed on them as well? Are they being observed by other security personnel? Never cross cases, but link up reports with specific surveillance topics and subjects. Clearly identify all subjects’ associates in reports.
16. Does the subject spend money freely? Where? With whom? On what goods, services products? When?
17. Does he spend more money than his income warrants? Does he always seem ready to loan money? How strict is he with debtors or does he let others borrow more and more without repayment? In some cases, “loans” have been camouflaged payments for information. On the other hand, does the subject seem to be engaging in usury?
18. Is he extremely sympathetic to others’’ complaints? Does he ever appear to turn the conversation to certain topics in order to provoke complaints or talk? Which topic does he pay more attention to? What does he have to say when other persons complain about various subjects?
19. Does he own an expensive camera? Darkroom equipment for photo development and enlargement/reduction? Does he own field glasses, telescopes, telephoto lenses, infra-red, ultra-violet or image-intensifier devices? If so, what does he do with such equipment? Where? When? With whom? What does he have to say about such doings?
20. Does he take frequent or regular trips? Where? How? With whom? For what length of time? Are the trips regular? What other information is there about such trips?
21. Does he make or receive any telephone calls? What kind? From whom and where? Does he ever go out immediately after taking a call? Do you know if he gets many “wrong numbers”? How about calls from pay telephones; does he make or receive any?
22. Does the subject exhibit undue interest in any particular military, industrial or governmental matter(s) which would not normally concern a civilian or one who is not concerned with that aspect of business?
23. What does he read? Does he possess books or printed matter of a foreign, communistic, pacifistic or similar nature or origin? Does he seem to hide books and certain literature? Does the subject ever refer to items which appeared in such books, magazines or printed matter as though it was the final argument?
24. What does he observe in television and movies? Which programs, movies, types of programs or movies does he prefer? Does he ever speak about them in any manner? Is he fond of pornographic literature or films?
25. Is he quiet or “loud mouthed?” What are the subject’s political, religious, ethnic and regional preferences and prejudices? Is the subject very politically- or ethnically-minded? Mention prominent persons in the local or national arena whom the subjects likes and dislikes. It is usually easier to learn dislikes or prejudices. Does the subject ever seem to be quoting from some account or doctrine? Is he a leader or a follower? Or a “Cheer-leader” type?
26. What does he say about his past? Where has the subject lived, gone to school and worked? If possible, gradually get full educational and employment record. Has the subject ever seemed to contradict himself about facts? More importantly, if the subject has very little to say about his past, try to learn why. If there is no information available to anyone, at any time, attempt to secure samples of the subject’s fingerprints for submission to the FBI through this Office. Report fully, using words as close to those used by the subject as possible; word choices and phrasing are important for construction of a personality profile index.
27. Remember that you have no power of arrest and that you are a source of information as well as a preliminary investigator only upon which proper authority can act. At no time appear to be a “detective,” “secret agent” or an overly curious or nosy person. Such action will cause the subject to avoid your company or watch what he says about you, being wary. The longer and the more gently you extract information from the subject, the more probable it is to be the truth. Attempt to prompt conversation — a man who talks about himself will say more when he is questioned. Never follow the subject about, unless you manage to become a close friend or are invited on jaunts. You will be more useful to your country if your mission is never revealed, much less suspected. This office will strive to build a case on other testimony so that you will not be called as a witness to the subject’s crimes. Your use to your country will not end at the capture of the enemy agent; if another is sent to replace him he will not suspect you as much as if another employee was “planted” at the same time. Your usefulness to your country increases the longer you are employed in this capacity. Your employer or the organization to which you were transferred will not be informed of your assignment or employment because anyone is a potential security risk or you would not have been called upon to serve.
28. ABOVE ALL, REMEMBER that you are a SPECIALLY SELECTED MAN protecting the best government and country on earth and success depends on SECRECY.
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on Nov. 6th 2002