Words, Terms and Codes
Here is a reference
resource for all those spy codes and covert talk.
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- SA –
FBI special agent.
- SAFEHOUSE –
a dwelling place or hideout unknown to the adversary.
delete specific material or revise a report or other document
to prevent the identification of intelligence sources and
SAPO – Sweden's security service.
- SASHA KVAP –
Russian mole inside Hitler's bunker during the final months of
World War II. Subsequently poisoned by the KGB in 1955.
- SAVAK –
one of Iraq's security services.
SCIF – acronym for Secured Compartmentalized
Information Facility (in Fort Gillem, GA, USA) where Clipper
is housed (rumored to have already been penetrated by agents
of China's intelligence agencies).
- SEMTEX –
a military explosive suitable for sabotage and terrorist
- SECRET CLASSIFICATIONS
– Confidential, Secret, Top
Secret, and (SCI) Special Compartmentalized Information.
- SERE –
an acronym for survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.
- SERVICING –
the act of removing material from a dead drop.
- SET UP –
to begin to conduct surveillance on a target.
- SEVENTY-ONE YARDS
– according to FBI statistics,
this is the distance at which a typical police sniper will get
you. Although the SR60 .308 sniper rifle used by most police
departments is designed for distances up to 600 yards, most
police snipers do not fire at suspects beyond 400 yards. (Of
course, at any distance an execution is still an
- SHOE -
False passport of VISA
- SHIN BETH –
Israel's security service (also called GSS).
- SHINING PATH –
an underground group in Peru.
- SMERSH –
KGB assassination group. Officially disbanded ;) The name
derives from the Russian phrase "death to spies".
- SIDE –
Argentina's security service.
- SIGINT –
signals intelligence (interception of electronic
- SINN FEIN –
the political arm (party) of the IRA.
- SIS –
one of Britain's intelligence agencies, the secret
- SIT REP –
- SIX –
slang for a police officer, police cruiser, or a police
patrol. Used as a warning in the criminal community.
- SLEEPER AGENT –
an inactive deep-cover agent.
- SLUZBA BEZPIECZENSTWA
– Poland's security service,
also called the SB.
- SOFT TARGET –
an easy surveillance target, untrained and not looking for
- SOG –
an acronym for Special Operations Group, FBI agents who
conduct surveillance. Incontrast, SSG is composed of
non-agents. See also SSG.
- SOS –
dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot.
- SPECIAL BRANCH –
the security branch of the British police.
- SPLASHED –
describes a bodyguard whose client has been assassinated. Also
see WET AFFAIR.
- SPOOK –
- SPY –
any member of an intelligence agency, security service, police
agency, resistance movement, guerrilla group, or other
organization engaged in covert intelligence-gathering
- SRI –
Romania's security service (rumored to be made up of former
members of Ceausescu's secret police).
- SSG –
an acronym for Surveillance Specialist Group, which is what
the FBI calls a surveillance team. See also INVESTIGATIVE
SPECIALIST. See also SOG.
- SSS –
Georgia's security service.
- STATION -
post where espionage is conducted
- StB –
Czechoslovakia's security service, the Statni Tajna Bezpecnost.
- STINGBALL –
a flashbang grenade used by SWAT teams to disperse crowds and
disorient barricaded suspects. Throws off rubber fragments
when detonated. It is standard police procedure to cover up
the deaths of suspects inadvertently killed by stingballs.
- STREET AGENT –
an FBI agent whose work takes him to various locations. Also
see BRICK AGENT.
- SVR –
one of Russia's intelligence agencies, the Slnzhba Vneshnei
- a female agent employed to seduce people for
- SWARMING –
overfilling a location with surveillance operatives. Often
used in psy ops as a means for controlling the target's
- SYNTHETIC HEMOGLOBIN
– a component used in carbon
monoxoide detector alarms. The radiation weapons recently
developed and deployed by DARPA will set off these alarms.