Tuesday, April 12, 2016


     So you want to learn how to be a lock-picker? The latest issue of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) weekly intelligence notes (WIN) update announced a "Lockpicking 101" course you can enroll in! 
     It's sounds like a lot of fun. The workshop will be held at the International Spy Museum on Monday, 27 June 2016, 6:30-9 pm in Washington, DC. The AFIO memo mentions that "spying today may seem dominated by the digital realm of hackers, cryptography, and eavesdropping, but the field operative will never go away." Yeah, love that good old-fashioned HUMINT (human intelligence) that the CIA is most noted for! 
     The AFIO WIN memo states, "In the physical world, where secrets are under lock and key, sometimes the only way in is to pick the lock." 
     Preston Thomas, president of the DC Chapter of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers will be your instructor and you'll learn the art and science of how locks work-and how to open them. From classical picking to field expedient methods, you will learn the tools and techniques necessary to attack many common locks. Check out the video below to see Preston Thomas explain the "do's" and "do not's" of ethical lockpicking:
     At this workshop, you will learn how to get out of handcuffs and zip ties with your wits and a bobby pin. You'll work in small groups alongside real-life lockpicking experts until you get "the touch," then put your skills to the test against other students.
     High-quality lock picking kits will be available to take home after the class for $25 (cash or check). Please email soltmans@spymusem.org if you would like one. Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the event.
     Location: City Tap House, 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC - TICKETS: $35. Space limited to 30 - advance registration required. No tickets available at event. To register contact: aabrell@spymuseum.org
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Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

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