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How to Disappear and Live Off the Grid: A CIA Insider's Guide

How to Disappear and Live Off the Grid: A CIA Insider's Guide

by John Kiriakou
How to Disappear and Live Off the Grid: A CIA Insider's Guide

How to Disappear and Live Off the Grid: A CIA Insider's Guide

by John Kiriakou



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With an experienced CIA officer as your teacher, you’ll gain the knowledge and necessary tools to protect yourself and the ones you love.

No matter where we go, we leave tracks and clues of our existence without even knowing. Our electronic footprint becomes our invisible trail. In this day in age where the world seems to be at our fingertips and social media plays a huge role in our daily lives, it’s hard not to leave part of our digital selves for others to find.

Whether you’re fascinated by the idea of disappearing, want to erase your digital footprint, or simply concerned about your safety and privacy, knowing how to become invisible is a survival skill that will come in handy.

Through the easy-to-follow instructions, tips, tricks, and professional anecdotes in How to Disappear and Live off the Grid: A CIA Insider's Guide, you’ll learn to vanish without a trace from John Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism officer and senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee responsible for the capture of Abu Zubaydah.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510756137
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/24/2022
Format: eBook
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 28,947
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant for ABC News. He was responsible for the capture in Pakistan in 2002 of Abu Zubaydah, then believed to be the third-ranking official in al-Qaeda. In 2007, Kiriakou blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, telling ABC News that the CIA tortured prisoners, that torture was official US government policy, and that the policy had been approved by then–President George W. Bush.  He is the author of multiple books on intelligence and the CIA.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA operative and senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A target of the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers, he remains the only US official to serve time behind bars after revelations of CIA “enhanced interrogation” practices, despite openly opposing the torture program. He maintains that his case was about exposing torture, not leaking information, adding, he “would do it all over again.” He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his family.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

Dichotomy of Pursuers 1

Funding Your Flight 15

Dichotomy of Fugitives 19

Impact of Special Circumstances 27

Practical Steps in Disappearing 33

Practical Steps in the Worst-Case Situation 39

The Psychology and Skills for Survival 43

Preparing for Survival 49

Survival Movements in the Wilderness 57

The Use of Disguises While Disappearing 61

Practical Steps for Maintaining Safe Contacts 67

Searching for Secure Communications 75

Maintaining Contacts in the Digital World 79

Digital Fingerprints 89

The Challenge of Social Security 93

Use of a Fake Identity 97

Living Off the Grid 101

Tactical Considerations for Living Off the Grid 109

Automotive Vulnerabilities 111

An Island Destination 117

Cyber Developments and Living Off the Grid 121

Conclusion: The Psychological Costs of Living Off the Grid-Is It Worth It? 129

About the Author 137

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