Code Talking: The Art of Communicating Using Codes

 In World War II Navajo Indians were utilized by the military for secret communications.  It has been said that had it not been for the Navajo code talkers the war would have ended differently.  The language of the Navajo is not a written language and has several dialects.  At the time of WWII it was estimated that no more than 30 non-Navajo’s could even understand the language, making it perfect for relaying coded messages behind enemy lines.  During the entire war the enemy never figured out the coded messages sent back and forth by Navajo code talkers.
Why am I bringing this up now and what relevance does it hold?  Well, unfortunately we have all found ourselves behind enemy lines at this point and as usual, the enemy within is more formidable than the enemy at the gate.  Our own people are watching, listening and attempting to program us.  Don’t worry.  You have nothing to worry about as long as you aren’t doing anything wrong!!!  Right?……. I have to laugh every time I hear that.  Here’s the way I look at it.  When an animal finds itself caught in a snare, what did the animal do wrong?
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Every time you communicate you are being listened to.  Every time you flip on a light switch or use an electric appliance it is recorded.  A website you log onto is monitored and the email you send is, at the very least, stored away to later be used as evidence.  This could drive a sane person crazy.
Today I am going to give you some advice besides the usual (don’t do, say or write anything you wouldn’t want to see on the 6 o’clock news).  You have to develop your own code of communication.  I can’t tell you what it will be because if I did it would be known.  You and your friends/family will have to come up with your own, but here goes a few suggestions.
Make up one code word.  This will be what I call the affirmative word.  If you are in doubt about something being communicated in person or electronically then as a team you will resolve to do nothing until everybody involved is able to tell you this code word.  For instance, let’s say your code word is “district of Columbia”.   If someone is sent to pick you up and you don’t know them, then you would not go with them unless they know the code word “district of Columbia”, so then you would know it is a friend who sent them.
Second, create a code question and answer.  Email or blind communication could be difficult unless you are able to confirm who you are talking to.  Let’s say you receive a phone call from a friend asking you something sensitive.  The two of you should already have a coded question and answer to make sure he doesn’t have bad guys standing next to him.  The question you may ask is “how’s the weather in Little Rock today?”  The correct answer may be “a little cloudy”  but if he has bad guys listening in then he may say “I’m not in Little Rock, I’m in Dallas”.  Then you would know not to divulge anything meaningful.
My third idea is sort of like a football or basketball play.  This would have to be a prearranged scenario you and your friends work out.  This way you may call the play by a name.  For example “tiger 72” may mean lets all run in separate directions or “Eagle 44” may mean lets jump this guy when I drop my keys.  You can work this out, but it all has to be pre-planned and everybody needs to understand clearly.
My last idea for now is to have yourself a set of numbered locations to meet up in case all communications go down.  In recent years, when riots or public disapproval of a government breaks out, all internet and phones have been cut off by said government.  You may not even be a part of the event but you and your family need to regroup.  All you have to do is set up a few destinations around the area and one far away destination, in case things go really wrong, where you and your people can meet.
There are tons of variations and I welcome your ideas on this subject.  I also want to apologize to those who don’t believe all of this is going on.  I’m sorry, but it is real and it is here in your neighborhood.  Denial won’t solve the problem.
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