Author: Justin King

Journalist and activist. Author of 1000s of articles and several books. Published in 14 languages.

Understanding Terrorism: Soft Targets

(TFC) – Attacks on soft targets resulting in civilian deaths are a special type of terrorism. They are unpredictable. They create media frenzies. They create opportunities for politicians to say off the cuff remarks which reveal strategic intent to the opposition.…

Tradecraft: How spies are made

(TFC) – Espionage is a game as old as recorded history. It’s played by governments, corporations, paramilitary organizations, individuals, and even religious entities. But what does the process of creating a spy look like? How does it really work? It’s…

Tradecraft: Looting for Survival

(TFC) – If you’re hoping this article will tell you how to knock over your local retailer during a riot, you’re in wrong place. Ok, so you didn’t take the advice of our Tradecraft series. You didn’t prepare, and now…

Tradecraft: Diversion Safes

(TFC) – Diversion safes aren’t really “safes” most of the time. They typically don’t lock. The appearance of the item stops people from believing it would contain anything of value. Most people have seen the soda can that has a bottom that…

Trump’s Wall from the Smuggler’s View

(TFC) – As the discussion over Trump’s wall heats back up, it seems as though every possible angle has been covered by the media. The Fifth Column chose to look at the wall through the eyes that ultimately will be the deciding…