Monday, August 6, 2018
#OpSec: Low Eyes
Most people live in a bubble.
They pay attention only to what is roughly 20 to 50 feet ahead of them.
Consequently, they are sometimes blindsided by something they tell themselves they could not have seen in advance.
That is a fallacy.
To be blindsided means to become suddenly aware of a threat that was there all the time, but which was not registered, identified, and assessed.
OpSec experts call this phenomenon "low eyes" and it is the opposite of 360 awareness.
When we operate with "low eyes," we are perpetually reacting to old information and disregarding potential threats.
We may as well be blind.
Some OpSec experts say that the low-eyes bubble is smaller than 20 feet given the addiction to the smartphone.
Do some reconnaissance the next time you go to the supermarket.
Notice how many people are so fixated on their phones that you could likely stand next to them without them being aware.
Notice, too, how many people walk as if they are the only person in the space 50 feet around them.
Sometimes, they become startled when they realize just how close another person is to them.
If they focus at all, they fixate on what is ahead of them and let what is to either side or behind them be damned.
Now factor in a triggering event and imagine the panic.
The surprised panic that comes from a low-eyes orientation, if exacerbated by a mass panic, will cause #SHTF.
Put your damned phone on silent and ignore it.
You simply are NOT so important to anyone that you need to be in perpetual contact.
You will not die by ignoring your smartphone.
You may actually live longer by doing so.
Practice also, looking around, making eye contact, and addressing people lightly and informally.
Demonstrate to anyone who wishes to take advantage of someone that you are paying too much attention and should be avoided.
Conversely, pay very close attention to the critical mass of low-eyes people in a given space.
When they become triggered and lose it, the ensuing chaos of the #SHTF moment could impact you.
Feel free to break bubbles.
“Hey, would you mind if I sneak past you to grab some of that marinara sauce off the shelf?”
“Do you know which aisle the cake mixes are on?”
“Those apples you just got look amazing. I think I’ll get some too.”
By being the weirdo that breaks the bubbles, the person will be rattled, and will be vigilant for a few minutes.
In so doing, you reduce the potential for panic and for an #SHTF result.
Prepare well, my friends.