The CIA Teaches Trolling

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During World War II, the Office of Strategic Services (now known as the CIA) sought to destroy their enemy states… from the INSIDE. They distributed this Simple Sabotage Field Manual instructing ordinary citizens to destabilize their governments by sabotaging businesses and employers.

Organizations and Conferences

  • When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large as possible — never less than five.
  • Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
  • Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.
  • Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
  • Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.

Managers and Supervisors

  • Demand written orders.
  • “Misunderstand” orders. Ask endless questions or engage in long correspondences about such orders. Quibble over them when you can.
  • Insist on perfect work in relatively unimportant products.
  • To lower morale, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.
  • Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.
  • Multiply the procedures and clearances involved in issuing instructions, paychecks, and so on. See that three people have to approve everything where one would do.
  • Apply all regulations to the last letter.


  • Work slowly. Think out ways to increase the number of movements necessary on your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one, try to make a small wrench do when a big one is necessary, use little force when considerable force is needed, and so on.
  • Contrive as many interruptions to your work as you can. When you go to the lavatory, spend a longer time there than is necessary. Forget tools so that you will have to go back after them.
  • Pretend that instructions are hard to understand, and ask to have them repeated more than once. Or pretend that you are particularly anxious to do your work, and pester the foreman with unnecessary questions.

There are also sections on how to start electrical fires and blow up a car. Any ordinary citizen can take down a complex organization simply by being a shit!

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