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Surveillance team
communication codes...

Copyright ©1998 Lee Adams. All rights reserved.
     Members of a surveillance team use code-words to communicate with each other. This reduces the possibility of an eavesdropper discovering the existence of the surveillance team.
     The code-words described here were leaked to us in mid-1997 by one of our sources inside a US government agency. They are used mainly with the floating-box method of surveillance. Both wheel artists and pavement artists use code-words for transmitting to other team members during a surveillance operation.
NOTE – This is only a partial listing of code-words used in surveillance operations. A surveillance team that specializes in following targets during their commute to and from work will use code-words that are different from those used by a surveillance team that is following drug traffikers on foot in the downtown core.


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Part One:  The code-words...
The plaintext appears first, followed by the ciphertext code-word.
AIRCRAFT – bee
AIRPORT – hive
ANTISURVEILLANCE – smoke, fog
BANK – wallet
BAR – lair
BRIDGE – lizard
BRUSH PASS – bolt
BUS – beetle
CAMERA – cheese
CHURCH – star
CITY – domain
COMMAND OF THE TARGET – zero zero, alive
CONSTRUCTION – turtle
CONTACT – strike
COUNTERSURVEILLANCE – fire
DEAD DROP – ash
DIRECTION OF TRAVEL – facing
DISGUISE – suntan, tanned
DOWNTOWN – empire
ELEVATOR – rocket
ENTER, GO INSIDE – infect
ENTRANCE DOOR – snare
EXIT, LEAVE, DEPART – cure
FEMALE – socket
FILL UP VEHICLE – sip
FREEWAY – python
GAS STATION – feeder
HIGHWAY – python
HIGHWAY RAMP, INTERCHANGE – viper
HOSPITAL – cross
HOTEL, MOTEL – cage
HOUSE – trap
INTERSECTION – cobra
LEFT LANE – inside
LIGHT, ILLUMINATION – sword
MALE – plug
MEETING – strike
ON FOOT – free
PARKING LOT – corral
PEDESTRIAN – rat, hamster, gerbil
POLICE – stick, cuffs
POST OFFICE – pen
PUBLIC PARK – farm
RENDEZVOUS – knot
RESTAURANT – roost
REST ROOM – bowl, bowl patrol
RIGHT LANE – outside
SCHOOL – zoo
SPEED OF TRAVEL – pedal
STOPPED – dead, comatose
STORE, SHOP – cave
STREET – snake
SUBWAY – worm
SURVEILLANCE DETECTION – spark
TARGET – beta
TARGET'S VEHICLE – gamma
TARGET'S RESIDENCE – omega
TARGET'S WORKPLACE – epsilon
TAXI – termite
TELEPHONE – carrier pigeon
TEMPORARILY STOPPED – snagged, daydreaming
TERMINATE SURVEILLANCE – crash
TRUCK (COMMERCIAL) – slug
TRUCK (PICKUP, VAN, 4x4) – bug
U-TURN – flip


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Part Two:  Sample messages...
Sample #1:
      TARGET VEHICLE IS STOPPED AT RED LIGHT.
      Gamma is daydreaming at the sword.
Sample #2:
      TARGET HAS JUST ENTERED A BAR.
      Beta rat has infected the lair.
Sample #3:
      TARGET VEHICLE IS TRAVELING IN THE LEFT LANE AT 30 MPH AND IS THE THIRD VEHICLE AHEAD OF A BLUE PICKUP TRUCK.
      Gamma is inside at pedal three zero, three up on the blue bug.
Sample #4:
      TARGET VEHICLE HAS JUST MADE A U-TURN.  MIGHT HAVE DETECTED US.
      Gamma is flipping, possible spark or smoke.
Sample #5:
      LIGHTS HAVE JUST GONE OUT AT TARGET'S RESIDENCE.  TERMINATE SURVEILLANCE FOR TODAY.
      The omega swords are off.  Crash.
NOTE – Occasionally an agent makes a mistake and transmits a message in the clear. However, agents are trained not to repeat the message using code-words, because doing so would give an eavesdropper both the plaintext and the ciphertext.


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