by Jason Hanson
On Feb 13, 2018
After a major disaster, you never, ever want to rely on the government. But that doesn’t mean you’re in it alone. Check out the first of this week’s must-read articles for a great example of a community helping themselves by helping each other. Then read on to discover when the world will run out of food, a toxic side effect of floods and how to survive a plane crash.
by Owen Sullivan
On Feb 8, 2018
North Korea is only months away from being able to attack the U.S. with a nuclear strike. Experts believe they could be plotting to destroy our economy with a special kind of nuclear bomb.
by Jeff Anderson
On Feb 5, 2018
Preparing for a nuclear disaster should be a top priority for you and your family. Remember, it’s not the initial blast that may harm you but the fallout from such an attack. This piece from Jeff Anderson over at Modern Combat & Survival runs down five steps to prepare for a nuclear attack and includes an offer for a detailed “Nuclear Survival Guide.”
On Jan 31, 2018
Take a look at the following article from our friends over at 4Patriots that runs down what to do before, during and after a nuclear strike. Plus, one critical step you should take to prepare for a different kind of attack — one that could be even more devastating. And we’d never see it coming…
by Jason Hanson
On Jan 30, 2018
Each and every one of this week’s stories contains intelligence that is critical to your survival. Including what to do before the taps in your town run dry, an often overlooked — yet essential — aspect of emergency prep and how to choose practical protective clothing. But first, let’s take a look at one key item that may make the difference between life and death in a survival situation.
by Jason Hanson
On Jan 29, 2018
Would you risk your life going to the store for a quart of milk? You wouldn’t have to if you had the necessary supplies to shelter in place. Check out today’s article for a list of items to have on hand so you and your family will be able to hunker down at home and outlast any outbreak.
by Jason Hanson
On Jan 27, 2018
This “best of” edition of the Weekly Drop is a collection of reader questions that focus on the best survival gear for a number of situations — from power outages to home invasions to nuclear attacks.
Dear Black Bag Confidential Reader,
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that one of the principal targets for Russian intelligence operatives working in the United States is Washington, D.C.
In fact, there’s an old joke in the intelligence business that goes, “If you’re looking for a Russian operative, just go to a Russian restaurant in D.C. and look for the guy wearing a track suit.”
Obviously, it’s not quite that simple, but the reality is that Russia has dramatically increased their number of operatives in the field, focusing their attention on the U.S. — as demonstrated during the recent presidential election.
Last year, the FBI noticed a troubling trend with Russian diplomats. You see, the Bureau is responsible for tracking diplomats and suspected spies, on whom they often conduct surveillance (and Russia does the same thing to our diplomats in their country).
It’s often referred to as the “gentlemen’s rules” of spying, and diplomats typically know they are being followed. Although they would never do anything to intentionally disrespect the other country’s operatives.
However, lately, Russia seems to be ignoring the typical rules of respect and has been harassing U.S. diplomats in Russia. Additionally, the FBI recently has had difficulty keeping tabs on Russian diplomats or assumed spies who are operating in the U.S.
This is a big problem.
Furthermore, a couple of assumed Russian spies have been discovered working in odd parts of the U.S., often in the middle of nowhere. Despite being far removed, the FBI realized these alleged operatives had one thing in common: They were all located near areas of major U.S. telecommunications infrastructure sites.
Basically, the FBI has come to the conclusion that Russia is mapping vital parts of our infrastructure, most likely in an effort to disrupt these critical systems.
The fact is over the last few years, we have ignored the threat Russia poses to our country. The Kremlin has taken advantage of this by increasing the number of spies under their control and operating outside the conventional gentlemen’s rules of espionage.
The blame for this lapse falls on our elected officials. The hard truth is they have failed to act. Some speculate the reason our government hasn’t cracked down on Russia is that they are desperate for a peace deal regarding the conflict in Syria. Or perhaps they are afraid of starting a cyberwar with Russia.
The reality is for years now, our presidential administrations have failed to stop the spread of Russian operatives, and now we are at the point where the FBI is unable to keep tabs on Russian spies in America.
I don’t know about you, but frankly, it’s shocking to me that our government has failed us so miserably when it comes to spying. There is no question that Russia presents a serious threat to our American way — even if no one wants to admit it.