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RedLetterRev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 09:34 AM
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159. FWIW From another former spook
Half the point of surveillance is target exploitation. The point is not to let the target know they're being watched, so they'll unwittingly give you more information just by doing what they do. Even a dime-novel gumshoe knows that much. Betcherass intelligence and enforcement professionals know and are capable of doing a lot more. Think about it. The 'rithmatick doesn't even require a pencil.

This "overt surveillance" in this case was nothing but a mobster-style intimidation tactic. It wasn't designed to gather intelligence. It was strictly designed to keep intelligence from seeing the light of day. End of story.
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