Dress conventionally. Adopt what you perceive as the broad community standard. Don’t be black or white as long as gray has so many shades. Blend in. Be clean and neat, never showy or gaudy. Conformity for guys means neat beard (if any), no long hair or freaky clothes. Biker “colors” are out. For the ladies, no sexy, convention-flaunting attire such as miniskirts and see-thru blouses without underwear.
The man LOVES to drool over “liberated” lassies, and often does more… Have conventional answers to common questions such as where you are from, where you work, where your family lives, etc. Be vague, however. There’s less heat in telling plausible lies than in countering with self-righteous silence. The object is to avoid suspicion, so be a “reasonable” person. Lying is not illegal unless you are under oath or perpetrating a fraud. When confronted by federal agents or other law enforcement officers, you have no obligation to talk to them. If you do, however, make sure you don’t lie.
Making false statements to federal officers *is* a bust! A good way to turn the “meeting” in your favor, is to inform the officer that he should take up the matter with your attorney, whose name and address you are willing to provide. If you don’t have an attorney at present, tell him you are in the process of obtaining one, and that you will so notify him when you do. This will tell the agent-snoop that
1) you are a cool customer who knows how to take care of himself by knowing his rights, and
2) that for him to deal with your attorney will be tantamount to having to take you to court–something he’s obviously not (yet) ready to do.
Your talking to the officer could very likely insure you an earlier court date….if that’s what you want. It’s perfectly moral to lie to someone who asks about things which are none of his business. HE is the one acting immorally.
Don’t throw wild parties. Far too many busts come courtesy of tender- eared, blue-nosed, fink-ass neighbors. Don’t make speed, DMT, THC, acid, or nitro in your kitchen. Window sills aren’t the safest places to cultivate, either. Hold your stereo down to “mood level” late at night. Not everyone mellows out with Led Zepplin or the Stones. Your neighbors are the most dangerous people you know. You can include relatives here, too. They will ALL snitch without compunction. “Calling the cops” is fair sport in towns of all sizes, so don’t antagonize. Be friendly, stay friendly–but on your terms. Be superficially “nice” to your neighbors, but have as little as possible to do with them.
Ideally, you don’t want them to know *anything* about you. Even if you observe all these precautions you might still be harrased by criminals, both private and public. Whatever you do, don’t blow your cover and thus lead them to suspect you. Keep your temper, be humble and polite, and refrain from shouting matches and/or slugfests. Remember you are a minority of one. “They” still have the guns and bars.
If you’re not content, however, to let vengeance be the Lord’s, at least abide by this cardinal rule of guerrilla warfare: Don’t let the enemy determine your tactics.
Retaliate at a time and place with weapons of your choosing. Any activity which might attract unfavorable attention, such as writing, nude photography, erotic sculpture, etc., should be done under a “nom de plume”. Provide a separate address for any such names. P.O. boxes are fine. Never express controversial opinions around home or at work.
If you preach, do it in another town or state. Avoid being fingerprinted. Don’t apply for civil service jobs. The FBI would like to have everyone fingerprinted so they could *control* individual lives, but so far they’ve been stopped. Stay out of the armed forces. Here again fingerprinting labels you forever with the only method of positive identification.
Don’t apply for security clearances or seek employment in firms which routinely fingerprint. Don’t take part in mass demonstrations or dissident activities which might lead to mass arrests. Fingerprinting would surely follow. The thumbprint required on applications for drivers licences in many states (like California) does *not* go to the FBI. It is kept with the applications “on file”, and its main purpose seems to be that of psychological deterrence. The states make no efforts to classify the thumbprints, and the FBI is not interested in helping.
Applicants who want to make sure their thumbprints are absolutely worthless will press extra hard and make a slight twisting movement with their thumb as it is being printed. The result is a perfect smudge–worthless.
NEVER order utility services in your real name. Utility companies are the first watering hole for skip tracers. Keep your name out of public records, such as business licences, permits, tax accounts. Operate under another name or use another person as a front. It’s very easy to file “fictitious firm name statements” using minimal ID.
Always subscribe to magazines and newspapers under alternate names. Pay by mail using money orders. Don’t have your name on the money order. Likewise, always order merchandise by mail under an alias. Again, Pay with money orders without your name on them. Own real estate under either a cooperative relative’s name, or a fictitious one created especially for the purpose.
Names of phoney businesses work well here, as it is perfectly understandable and justified for a business to own real property. Since real estate transactions are almost always at “arms length”, it is quite simple to hide behind your agent or broker. In this area money talks more loudly than you do, so it’s not too difficult to arrange things to suit yourself. If you have to vote use your “legal” address. Just make sure you don’t live there. So-called “voter ID cards” are a snap to obtain, as no proof of identity is required. The only “security” for the registration process is your sworn statement…. Protect the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your friends.
Use a code of your own making to disguise the actual names and numbers, or try to memorize what you need to know. You’d be amazed at how much you can remember in this area if you make the effort. Try to avoid carrying this coded address book with you. Cops always flash on such items, and so-called “rings” are usually busted this way.
A smart thing to do would be to carry a dummy book of names and numbers selected at random from the phone book. Keep your working book stashed in a safe place. This practice protects you, too, inasmuch as suspicion is cast on you should some of your friends be busted and their names appear in your book. Don’t engage in illegal activity on other people’s property without their express consent.
Save the dope and skin scenes for places where no one else can get rousted besides the actual participants. Don’t ask questions which intrude on the privacy of others. Ask general questions, not specific. One might not want you to know *where* he works, but wouldn’t mind telling you his occupation. Adopt the attitude that personal information such as your school background, national origin, interests, politics, family income, etc., are NO ONE’S business but your own. And stick to it!!
Snooping will thereby become so difficult that suspicion will be cast on the snooper rather than on you. When faced with such an inquisitive person, have prepared a set of standard answers which you can deliver without discomfort or concern. But if the person is really obnoxious, give him some out-and-out lies, which, when “reported” in the right places, will make him look more like the ass he is.
Don’t request receipts unless the amount is large. Make them intelligible only to the parties involved. Remember that cash still has no names on it, which is why Big Brother can hardly wait for the day of the “cashless” society.
One CAUTION, however: Most banks have well established policies for recording serial numbers of large denomination bills whenever they are deposited or withdrawn in large amounts. ALL transactions of $10,000 or more are reported to the IRS. So play small and remain inconspicuous.
Payment of taxes of all kinds should be largely a matter of personal convictions. The public debate on “tax protest” is endless, so only a few generally-observed practices will be mentioned here. The basic rule, in which even the IRS concurs, is pay only what you are liable for. This means taking advantage of any and all loopholes to the fullest with the ultimate aim of paying no tax whatsoever.
Don’t forget, however, that most federal prisons have rather distinguished populations of tax-evading accountants, attorneys, businessmen, and politicians. If avoiding personal income tax, both state and federal, is your goal, by all means study well or seek competent advice. Texas and Nevada still have no state income taxes, in case you’re thinking of relocating to beat some taxes…
Sales and use taxes can often be avoided by buying consumer items through personal channels such as friends, bazaars, swap meets (some), classified want ads, bartering, and business exchanges. Out-of-state mail order purchases are exempt from local taxes, too. Sharp practices, such as claiming 10 or 12 exemptions to reduce the weekly bite of withholding, or making a deal with your employer to be paid in cash (which a great many do willingly) are ways of lessening, even eliminating your tax, but can’t be recommended if you plan on remaining in the same job for over a year or so, or if you don’t wish to live with a solid alternate identity.
A “compromise” in the above dilemma is to maintain a minimal tax profile, but plan on earning the bulk of your income through non-recorded means, say, odd jobs for cash.
Lead a “straight” life for the tax vultures, but live “underground” with another trade and/or name. In seeking employment you are usually asked for former job references. If you know that some of them will be negative DON’T LIST THEM!
For the resulting “gaps” in your employment history, have already prepared the names and addresses of your former “employers”. They could be local or out-of-state, in which case they probably won’t be verified except by mail. Of course you will be prepared for this by listing a mail forwarding service’s address as that of your former “employer”. Merely pay the first month’s fee and notify the service of your code name–a company (“employer”).
You will then be able to rewrite you own employment history. Oh Happy Day! Gaps can also be covered by using attendance at school or travel abroad as alternatives to negative job references. For local job references, a good trick is to ask, or pay, a businessman’s secretary to give all the goody information right over the telephone. Provide the phone number on the application, naturally, but remember that the number may very well be verified first by a call to Information. When it checks out, your application will appear quite honest, won’t it? Personal references on either employment or credit applications are a laugh.
They are virtually not verified. Provide them, of course, but feel no compunction whatever in lifting random names and assumed relationships right from the phone book. A locally known doctor or minister is a safe bet, too.
For credit references bear in mind that outfits like big department stores and most credit unions will not give out information to ANYONE on one of their customer’s or member’s accounts. This means you can use any number of these references with impunity when applying for credit as the lender will not be able to verify one way or the other if your application is true–a fact he will definitely NOT tell you, however. A complete guide to establishing credit and obtaining credit cards is our own book, CREDIT! Very useful, indeed. Consider using a typewriter for all your correspondence, as it is not only more impersonal, but also impossible to be “traced” to you. Whereas handwriting *can* give you away, typewriting cannot. Only the machine itself can be shown to be the one used for a particular piece of correspondence.
Electric machines are even more impersonal than manual in that the striking pressure is uniform for all letters. Manual typewriting can show that you have a weak “a” or a strong “k” or “c”, for example. Be careful, too, of allowing the keys to clog to the point that the enclosed portions of letters begin to fill in. When the “e” and the “o” look alike, it’s time to get out the gum cleaner.
Typewriters using the newer carbon ribbons do not have this problem. As an added layer of protection for your correspondence, consider mailing a Xerox *copy* of the letter. There will be enough distortion in the copy to make tracing you mighty difficult. Should you begin using a typewriter regularly, you might plan to trade it in every six months or so for another model, different typeface, etc. They are rather cheap to rent, so this is a good possibility, too. Keep ’em guessing…. When going from the “old you” to the “new you”, it is usually a good idea to drop any old hobbies that could provide the basis for an informal “stakeout” of your possible activities. If it is known that you can never pass a museum or fishing pier without indulging yourself, you have an automatic lead to those who might want to go looking for you.
Changing activities can be an excellent way of building your new identity. Not only will the old ways fade faster, but your new acquaintances will provide the support and interest in creating the new identity more rapidly and completely.
Whenever you rent a new place to live, insist on the right to change the locks. Refuse to give the landlord the new key, too. Many times people have arrived home to find a snoopy landlord (lady, too) going though personal belongings, papers, etc. Items and possessions which might tend to give someone the wrong ideas about your identity, activities, interests, etc., should be stored in locked boxes of sturdy construction. Misleading items can be placed innocently in the open.
Be observant of items being rearranged or moved, too. Until you’re secure in your new location, you might take the precaution of placing hairs on door jambs, threads across the threshhold, matches on tops of doors. When choosing locks and keys, select those not readily available in the area.
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