Accidental Elicitation

In our civil affairs series, we’ve pointed out that HUMINT collection skills, including elicitation, can be assisted by the use of video. As described in a new Leech City post, during a casual conversation with a guest speaker before a city council meeting, we accidentally caught some city official “tells” on video. Only later, after reviewing the video for a different matter, did we notice these signals. An accidental elicitation is as good as a deliberate one. The topic: potentially handing over administration of the cash cow water system to a third party. Because of these tells, we’ll be following this transition very closely.

You can read more about HUMINT and elicitation here, and civil affairs techniques here.


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GTR done

In Los Angeles, the DWP (Depodment of Water and Power) has been a huge slush fund for the city. Can’t raise taxes without an open vote, y’know. But you can raise water bills and fees, and transfer extra $ to the city; all outside the normal budget process. Not to mention the millions of dollars given to the unions, for safety and training programs- with no oversite or audit for decades.