Author: Justin King

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

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…

Tradecraft: The TFC Every Day Carry kit

(TFC) – Emergencies, by their very nature, are typically unexpected. You can prepare for scenarios, but you can’t plan for an emergency. It isn’t always feasible to have a bug out bag with you everywhere you go. You can’t always…

Americans fail to condemn terrorist attacks

While the world reels from another attack in London, it overlooks attacks elsewhere. Pundits on western TV, who are unknowingly collaborating with Islamic State forces, are asking where “the good Muslims” are, who they feel should be condemning the attack in London. There is no question about the location of the “good Americans” who should be condemning airstrikes on civilian targets in Syria.

Yesterday, the US-led coalition was blamed for an airstrike on a school sheltering 50 refugee families. 33 people have been confirmed killed, and an untold number are still missing and suspected to be in the rubble. These victims were comprised of men, women, and children who were attempting to stay out of the fight. They were noncombatants by any definition of the word.