RAW INTELLIGENCE – Post From TNT By ozark76
Just passing on something a retired Naval Intelligence Briefing Team member told me once regarding raw intelligence information and how to classify it.
Raw intelligence is information gathered from all available sources before it is sorted, classified, and verified, if possible.
Raw Intel can be wild and crazy, and the labor is in staying patient, methodical, organized, and grounded.
You want to objectively analyze the information without placing personal belief systems between you and the material to be studied.
An engineer doesn’t believe his calculations are correct, he verifies that they are, in fact, accurate; otherwise lives could be at risk.
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All Intel has to pass through processes that eventually lead to classifying it into three broad groups:
1) VERIFIED TRUE – This means that the Intel can be independently verified by means of physical evidence, documentary evidence, photographic or video evidence, or affidavits or statements made under oath from identified sources. Documents that can be looked up are verifiable.
If the physical source is available for authenticity tests it is verifiable. If samples can be taken, it is verifiable. If the original witnesses can make sworn affidavits, that is verified testimony. Surveillance can produce verifiable evidence. These all fall into the first box. This box becomes verifiable Intel.
2) QUESTIONABLE – Most Intel gets classified in the big box with the question mark, because it cannot be verified as true or false.
This does not mean questionable Intel stays here, it just means that it is in progress, and may, at a later date, as more information becomes available to shed light on the situation, allow it to be classified as Verified True or Verified False.
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) largely falls in this category, rumors, and anonymous or protected sources that cannot make affidavits under oath or whose identity must remain anonymous provide raw Intel that is questionable, because of its very nature.
There may also be documents that are not retrievable in libraries, public archive systems, etc.
Again, this is where Intel must be placed that cannot, beyond a shadow of doubt, be independently verified one way or the other. I
t may at a later date, so it is still highly valuable. It can be used as a tool to flush out other facts that can be verified. Just don’t get it confused with the other two.
3) VERIFIED FALSE – This box contains Intel proven to be disinformation, counter-intelligence (COINTEL), outright falsehoods of material fact, and what most people term “B.S.” All information that can be proven to be contradictory or patently false through verification procedures gets placed here as a record of what was not.
Trust your messenger, but always verify your Intel. Classify it into one of the three main categories. Work on it later when you have more clues. Stay grounded. Stay sharp. Keep an open, unbiased, objective mind. Don’t classify Intel by what you believe, classify it by what is verifiable.
Don’t rely on intuition as most often surprises will always get the best of you. Thank your messenger.
Read everything, listen to everybody, but believe absolutely nothing unless you can prove it in your own research, not even your own mother (and that advice will keep you out of trouble, if you follow it.)