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4 Bibliographic information from the German National Library: The German National Library lists this publication in the German National Library; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at. For questions and suggestions: 3rd edition by riva Verlag, an imprint of the Münchner Verlagsgruppe GmbH Nymphenburger Straße 86 D Munich Tel .: Fax: by Escape the Wolf, LLC The English original edition was published by Touchstone in 2015 under the title 100 Deadly Skills. Published by arrangement with the original publisher, Touchstone, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved, in particular the right of reproduction, distribution and translation. No part of the work may be reproduced in any form (by photocopy, microfilm or any other process) or stored, processed, duplicated or distributed using electronic systems without the written consent of the publisher. Translation: Christian Gonsa Illustrations: Ted Slampyak Cover design: Laura Osswald Typesetting: Carsten Klein, Munich Printing: GGP Media GmbH, Pößneck Printed in Germany ISBN Print: ISBN E-Book (PDF): ISBN E-Book (EPUB, Mobi): Others Information about the publisher can be found under Also see our other publishers under

5 Notes for the Reader There is a good reason why the tricks described on the following pages are "deadly" apart from the fact that they pose a danger to others: Developed by highly qualified emergency personnel who regularly face life-threatening situations, they move us able to overcome the limits of our capabilities, our concentration and our ingenuity. And often breaking the law. The book you are holding in your hands (or reading on your device) contains information from the world of special operations, the use of which is a criminal offense. Much of this information shared here with civilians for the purpose of self-defense can therefore only be used in an extreme emergency. When faced with sudden danger, in many cases the best response is to run away. When faced with a gunman or terrorist (see page 178), your first choice (if circumstances permit) is to run away, and the last option is to fight. If a thief demands your valuables, hand them over. But if the end of the world really does come ... well, then you have nothing left to lose. The author and publisher accept no responsibility for any injuries caused by appropriate or inappropriate use of the information contained in this book. The stated aim of this book is not to create a new class of citizens who pose a deadly threat. It is intended to entertain and at the same time convey knowledge that could prove useful in an extreme emergency. You should have a sharp mind rather than a sharp weapon. Respect the rights of others and the laws of your country.

6 “Our fate depends on how far we are willing to go to stay alive on the choices we make to survive. We have to do whatever it takes to hold out and get through alive. «Bear GRYLLS

7 Contents Introduction xii PART I: MISSION PREPARATION The Profile of the Violent Nomad Prepare a Body Kit for Everyday Life Assemble a Car Tool Bag Assemble a Hidden Compass An Improvised Hidden Holster How to Hide Escape Tools How to Create an Anal Hideout An improvised bulletproof vest Proper cover from projectiles Training the violent nomads 24 PART II: INFILTRATION Penetrating enemy territory by water Penetrating enemy territory by air Cross borders by land How to hide equipment How to climb a target Climbing a High Wall How to Adapt to Your Environment 44 vii


9 PART V: ACCESS How to make improvised duplicate keys How to pick a lock Make a key imprint Make a clone of the key The impression technique The detour through the hotel room door Unnoticed unlocking of doors Pick a padlock Unnoticed unlocked luggage Like you Opening a Car Door with a Piece of String How to Crack the Garage Door Undetected 130 PART VI: GETTING INFORMATION How to Install a Monitoring System How to Convert a Loudspeaker to a Microphone Build and Install a Pinhole Camera How to Make Homemade Plastic How to Send Anonymous Emails How to Send Information Hiding in Files How to Hide Messages in Everyday Photos 148 PART VII: OPERATIONAL ACTIONS Pulling a Hidden Pistol Shooting From a Vehicle How to Win a Knife Fight How to Kill Your Opponent. o. Hit Land a devastating elbow stroke 160 ix


11 Degree Rotation Forward Degree Rotation Backward How to Survive a Car Accident Breaking a Blockade of Two Cars Avoiding an Ambush Correct Posture for Releasing Shackles Changing the Position of Cuffed Arms Opening Handcuffs Releasing Cable Ties Releasing Adhesive Tapes 240 Conclusion 243 Acknowledgments 245 Glossary 247 Sources and references 249 Index 253 About the author 258 xi

12 Introduction Dangers can literally lurk anywhere in our time. Disasters used to take place in war-torn regions, but on distant continents they are happening more and more often right on our doorstep. From acts of terror to rampaging spills to the hidden (sometimes virtual) networks of ordinary criminals - the danger cannot be limited to dark side streets, unstable states or remote regions. People usually picture highly imaginative disaster scenarios, but in reality the apocalypse comes in the form of chaos and crime. We imagine aliens, icy tundras and wars in space, but the disaster we are waiting for is usually much more likely to come across on the evening news in the form of everyday reports of vandalism or the headlines of a general internet crash in the morning headlines. Or she meets us in the criminal who lurks in the shadow of a desolate parking garage. In the face of these real-world disasters, a basement full of canned peas and boiled water doesn't help much. With the prospect of a future in which every stranger is a potential threat, only knowledge of the predator's psyche can provide security. What tricks do the most insidious, dangerous individuals who live among us use? You could check with the criminal himself. Or you can get tips from one of the best trained specialists in the world. The 100 deadly tricks you will learn come from the world of special operations, a ramified network of emergency services with a natural inclination towards covert operations and danger. This elite of highly skilled warriors is putting their lives on the line in the most dangerous and adverse of circumstances. As commands that are deployed in the most dangerous and unstable regions of the world, they must be agents, soldiers, but also lawbreakers at the same time. They are the action heroes of the modern world, one part of them is James Bond, another of them is Rambo. Some refer to these capable forces as "violent nomads," a name that refers to their misunderstanding

13 observance of boundaries and their tendency to quick, brutal action. Many of the techniques that make up the arsenal of the violent nomad could not be disclosed without jeopardizing public safety, but there is enough potentially life-saving information to be shared. Each trick is broken down into its components, the so-called implementation steps (CONOP / Course of Action) and summarized by a key phrase or BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front), which formulates the essential lessons from the perspective of the emergency services; »civil« blufs provide the necessary skills In a nutshell and summarize the preventive measures a civilian can take to protect himself against criminals by using these specific techniques. As a retired Navy SEAL with many years of experience with the National Security Agency (NSA), I can draw on a wide range of experiences that I have gained over the course of 20 years in special operations or on my own in international special operations around the world include both combat and surveillance operations. The tricks in this book can enable survival in the face of all kinds of threats from deceiving persecutors to escaping from the hands of kidnappers to self-defense. And they could even enable you to survive the end of the world. The world is not safe, but you can be prepared. Whether you are faced with an alien invasion or an attacker with at first sight harmless objects like a water bottle * or an umbrella, if you learn to think like a violent nomad, your chances of conquering the challenge will be radically improved . * Scroll to page 70 to develop an irrational fear of water bottles. Introduction xiii



16 001 The profile of the violent nomad Quite apart from the many tricks used in self-defense, it is above all the mental attitude of an agent that the average civilian can learn from. The attitude is mainly characterized by constant readiness and attention. Whether in familiar terrain or on a covert mission, the agents must constantly search their surroundings for possible threats, even when they are not on duty. Civilians can also practice such procedures, for example when they scout out escape routes in a restaurant or spontaneously draw up escape plans. This type of vigilance allows the agent faced with a sudden threat to react immediately. A secret agent often works alone, whether he's crossing borders, conducting a surveillance operation, or eliminating dangerous targets and then disappearing without leaving any trace. Given that he so often works behind enemy lines without expecting reinforcements, the agent's combat and counterintelligence skills need to be complemented by equally strong risk analysis skills. In an increasingly dangerous world, civilians prepared (especially but not limited to travel) for potential risks will be way ahead of the average population. The agent generally prefers anonymity. Every undercover agent is prepared to "go into hiding," that is, to operate for long periods of time with severely limited communication with its liaison officers. If he operates incognito, he can identify himself as a student, a businessman or a traveler. After all, he knows that terrorist organizations or their host governments target him on his travels and that if he is identified as an agent and arrested, he will face imprisonment and severe interrogation. As a traveler abroad, he is also a target for petty criminals and kidnappers. To avoid this risk, the agent adopts an appearance that is as neutral as possible. The general rule: the more inconspicuous the nomad, the better. 2 The profile of the violent nomad

17 No. 001: The profile of the violent nomad Task (Task / Concept of Operation): Hide tools that you need for your survival and your escape in order to reduce the risks. Panerai watch SIG P239 pistol in the waistband of the waist Pocket razor blade in the waistband Key for handcuffs in the waistband Thunderwear pistol pocket with hidden P290 pistol Microtech knife in the trouser pocket Razor blade in the shoe loop Microcompass in the shoe loop Key for handcuffs in the trouser hem Kevlar Shoelaces Escape card made of fabric, pushed next to the shoe insert BLUF: Mingle with people, but always carry a gun and cash with you. When one fails, the other helps get what you need.

18 Due to the secretive nature of their missions, the agents go to great lengths to adapt to their surroundings. A carefully planned outward appearance allows them to work in such a way that they do not attract the attention of potential witnesses or the police and security forces of the country of residence. However, in addition to their inconspicuous appearance, clothing and accessories must allow the equipment to be hidden that is necessary for an operation and subsequent escape. (For example, the waistband, hems, and shoe tabs are ideal hiding spots for handcuffs, keys, and razor blades.) Agents prefer brands like Panerai that are durable and carefully crafted but still look everyday. Since they must always be ready for a fight or an escape, they wear closed shoes with kevlar laces, as well as concealed weapons, and distribute escape equipment within their clothing. They always carry lighter and cigarettes with them, even if they are non-smokers, as these can be used as an escape tool and for diversionary maneuvers or to lay false tracks. (See pages) LED flashlights are essential for seeing in the dark and giving auxiliary signals. The equipment does not quite meet the expectations of a regular visitor to movies. Since undercover agents with hidden weapons or high-tech espionage equipment in their luggage cannot board planes, they prefer equipment that does without or with simple technology - an approach that leaves a lot of room for improvisation. Although agents use glamorous, complex traps on-screen, such high-tech gimmicks increase the agent's risk of being discovered and arrested in real life. They must therefore learn to adapt, improvise and overcome technical difficulties using tools readily available in the country of deployment. An example: In every hotel room there is a Bible or a Koran in the drawer of the bedside table. If you glue several books together, you get improvised armor that provides good protection against projectiles. When communicating, the agent does not usually use simple technologies, yet he has little trust in the network. 4 The profile of the violent nomad

19 security. The agent avoids digital traces under all circumstances because he knows that network communication is fundamentally insecure. In an age where the savings accounts and whereabouts of friends and family are accessible to any third party with a Wi-Fi connection and the will to wreak havoc, one can never be too careful. BLUF for civilians: Civilians, especially when traveling, are well advised to adopt the agents' preference for anonymity. Choose clothing and accessories that are useful and neutral. In an uncontrollable urban crisis situation, bright colors and eye-catching logos can make a grateful target for the sight of a rifle. The profile of the violent nomad 5

20 002 Prepare a Body Kit for Everyday Life While the average person preparing for a life-threatening emergency understands food and water supplies (stored deep down in the basement of the house) but ignores weapons and escape tools, realistic preparation recognizes them Violence that exists in today's world and deals with it. In order to be always ready, the violent nomad carries up to three different body sets, so-called EDC kits (EDC for "every day carry"), all of which are there to support his mission and avoid crises. Whether or not the phone call comes with the order to be deployed, EDC sets can make it possible to escape from all possible threatening situations, from an environmental catastrophe to a terrorist attack to a killing spree. The basic set, the so-called pocket set, should be limited to the essential weapons, essential escape and avoidance equipment and a bug-proof »blackphone«. Instead of keeping them in a single container or hiding place, these devices should be distributed throughout clothing. A handgun should be hidden in a pistol pouch in the waistband so that it can be drawn quickly. (See page 152 for pulling guns out of pockets.) A means of communication in case of emergency is essential, the remaining parts will depend on the environment.Stainless steel zebra pens can be used to leave notes for potential rescuers or to attack an attacker with them. In the event of a kidnapping or capture, handcuff keys and LED flashlights hidden in car or hotel keys can save lives; if the pockets of clothing are searched, a handcuff key hidden in a cuff or zip can be a reserve. Some agents carry a face mask, which can be vital in hand-to-hand combat. The “container set” usually housed in a jacket or a deployment bag (see below) forms a reserve in case an agent is without his main equipment or his deployment. 6 Prepare a body set for everyday use

21 bag has to get by. This greatly reduced set consists of small, improvised weapons (such as coins that are tied together in a handkerchief) or navigation aids (a headlamp and a handheld GPS device) that prevent you from being exposed to the environment, just like equipment for picking locks that can provide access to information, food or shelter. Having key blanks in the operating area gives you an advantage in scenarios where you have to break in or break in somewhere. As hard-wearing and reliably discreet as they are, sunglasses cases are an ideal »container« for this set. The last piece of the puzzle is the insert pocket. In order to be prepared for a possible escape from shadowing or an attack, it should contain an empty, foldable backpack and a set of changing clothes, the exact opposite of what the agent wears when wearing sneakers, he should pack beach sandals. Sensitive data is kept in a hidden pocket on USB sticks and SD cards, a Kevlar clipboard serves as a harmless-looking, improvised bullet vest, and a wad of money allows the nomad to go into hiding as long as circumstances make it appear necessary. Related Tricks: Put Together an Auto Tool Bag, page 10; Quick Camouflage, page 200; Put on an improvised bulletproof vest, page 20, Proper cover from bullets, page 22. Prepare a body kit for everyday life 7

22 No. 002: Prepare a body set for everyday life Task: Acquire and collect special items in order to put together the body set for everyday life (EDC set). Step 1: Bag set SIG pistol Bundle of money Handcuff keys bug-proof LED »Blackphone« Compass Zebra ballpoint pen Razor blade Wallet set for picking locks Plastic handcuff key Wristwatch Knife face mask Step 2: Container set Hook and tensioner Folding mobile phone Towel Paracord key blanks Head torch GPS change solid sunglasses case

23 Step 3: Insert pocket (man’s pocket) Zero-Trace messenger pocket Hidden compartment for data (hidden in a Zero-Trace messenger pocket) Hidden razor blade Empty, foldable backpack Sandals Second watch Sunglasses Cash Cigarettes Changing clothes (in opposite colors to the clothes you are wearing) Lighter Map Umbrella bulletproof clipboard BLUF: Life is full of surprises. EDC sets protect you from them.

24 003 Build a Car Tool Bag Agents cannot afford the luxury of returning to their base for food or ammunition; their effectiveness as agents on their own, therefore, depends on the appropriate preparation, which means always being prepared for the worst. When an agent has taken on a mission abroad, one of their first tasks before the deployment is to set up a tool kit. In an emergency, this bag (also called "escape set") represents life insurance. It contains everything the agent needs to survive, in case he has to go into hiding, to disappear from view, or until he carries out his mission or is safe Organize escape from the operational area. A tool bag usually contains everything you need to survive a day or two: water, food, cash, first aid kit, navigational aids, and an encrypted blackphone similar to those known in the underworld as a burner. The bag should be hidden in the agent's emergency vehicle, at a point easily accessible from the driver's seat, such as in the center console (between the seats) or under the seat Collision with an attacker lies on the roof.) As the name suggests, the tool bag must be light enough to be carried. Canned food or other heavy equipment will not help. BLUF for civilians: In everyday life, tool bags can be used as disaster preparedness not only for citizens who live in regions threatened by natural disasters, but for everyone who feels threatened by disasters in metropolitan areas or by terrorism. 10 Assemble a car tool bag

25 No. 003: Assemble a Car Tool Bag Task: Be ready to flee when a crisis breaks out. Backpack or courier bag Waterproof fabric map Energy bar Ready-to-eat food Water Credit card Change clothes (in the backpack) Cash Multi-tool Reserve batteries tourniquet Emergency bandage (pressure bandage, tourniquet) Reserve cartridge magazines Medical scissors bug-proof reserve »Blackphone« Zero trace flashlight Hand GPS device BLUF : A carefully put together tool bag should ensure survival for a day.

26 004 Build a Hidden Compass Covert operations often require easy-to-hide, reliable, but simple alternative equipment, and in the case of a compass, a simple pair of magnets will do the trick. An agent may have lost their GPS equipment or is working in an environment where using a handheld GPS device would attract too much attention. An easily hidden compass ensures that the nomad will always be able to move efficiently in unknown territory, no matter how remote it may be. Microcompasses can be found in any trekking store in developed countries, but they may not always be available in other countries. Improvised compasses can also be easily made using resources available almost anywhere. The device uses the power of rare earth magnets, the basic mechanism to drive compasses. Oriented towards the earth's magnetic fields, the magnets are connected and attached to a thread to form natural compasses. One magnet points south, the other north. Since the purchase of rare earth magnets could arouse suspicion, it is advisable to choose less conspicuous products such as refrigerator magnets, whiteboard magnets or magnetic handbag fasteners, always in pairs. Any makeshift compass must be carefully checked so that the nomad is not confronted with an inaccurate makeshift compass while on the run. BLUF for civilians: The standard guide for building a compass (see picture below) uses a pair of rare earth magnets and a piece of Kevlar thread (for its durability), but a similar effect can also be achieved by placing a cork with a magnetized needle riddled with holes and made this device float on water. 12 Build a concealable compass

27 No. 004: Build a Hidden Compass Task: Build and hide a reliable backup compass. Step 1: Improvised compasses are more discreet than their industrially manufactured counterparts and are easy to make with simple tools. Step 2: Cut 20 cm or more of Kevlar thread. Pinch the thread between the two rare earth magnets. Kevlar thread rare earth magnets Step 3: Let the magnets hang. Use a compass to determine which magnet is pointing north. Mark the north magnet with a felt pen. Step 4: Small enough to find space in the trouser hem, the finished compass can be hidden in many places. BLUF: Bad navigation is the main reason for failed escapes.

28 005 An improvised concealed holster Agents are experienced in purchasing weapons on the black market in their area of ​​operation, as firearms and ammunition cannot be transported without the permission of the country of origin and destination. However, specialized equipment such as concealed pistol holsters are often more difficult to obtain and any attempt to smuggle them would result in unwanted arrest for the nomad at the border. In order to remain inconspicuous, the agents travel with as little equipment as possible and use bulk goods to complete the equipment for their mission. This penchant for minimalism presents them with challenges, but usually does not put them in an awkward position, as many improvised tools, including pistol pouches, are potentially better than their standard versions. Commercially available holsters make it difficult to hide. Bulky and inflexible as they are, they make the gun visible at the agent's waist and a challenge to pull it. A pistol that cannot be drawn quickly and seamlessly becomes a life-threatening risk, so holster choice is critical. The improvised model, which is made from a metal coat hook and tape, has almost no additional mass and ensures quick and puncture-free pulling. Related Tricks: Pulling a Hidden Pistol, Page An Improvised Concealed Holster