A Former CIA Agent Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected


People often ask me why I joined the CIA. The truth is, when you take a look at my childhood it makes perfect sense. When others were picking up girls, I was running around in the woods with a BB gun (or building a potato launcher out of PVC pipe). I also spent lots of time in the Boy Scouts and eventually became an Eagle Scout.

If it had to do with adventure, survival, or being prepared, I was drawn to it. As I grew older, I realized I never wanted a normal desk job, and my first job out of college was as a police officer. Soon after, both the Secret Service and the CIA offered me a job. I figured the CIA would be more exciting so I accepted their offer.

When I joined the CIA in 2003, I never imagined that these same tactics I used as a CIA officer for counterintelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel could be so helpful in everyday civilian life. Because of my top-level training, I am blessed to have many unique skills. I can escape from handcuffs within seconds, pick a lock with ease, hotwire a car, use social engineering to get what I want, and know when someone is telling a lie.

I can improvise a weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and even disappear off the grid if I need to. I can also determine if I’m being followed, deescalate potentially dangerous encounters with would-be attackers, and keep myself and my family safe, both at home and when traveling.

Some of these skills are everyday necessities, while others don’t come into play very often and are intended mostly for your “inner spy.” But all of them can and do save lives. I’d like to share these skills with you because, even though I pray you will never find yourself in danger, you may be the next person saved by this information.

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life_ A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected (2015) ( PDFDrive )


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