You are now an apprentice in the art of disappearing and it is twenty-four hours since you walked out the door. You will go from edge to edge, the paranoia will kick in and you will question every move. The route you took, the streets you turned, the bus you jumped on, the electronics you touched, the faces in the crowd and that gorilla in the mist, that camouflaged beast I call the unknown.
Where is the predator? Did they find the find bus route, the phone call you placed three months back or an unknown credit card transaction? The first twenty—four is not about celebrating but reviewing your exit, over and over again. the most dangerous part of your day is exiting your room. Is there someone waiting in the hotel lobby, a car parked down the street or the door waiting to be kicked in and you apprehended by your predator.
Being disappeared is not a vacation and the first twenty-four should not be a sigh of relief but a practice in strategy. This is the moment where you create your discipline, where you put down the how to books and become the Sun Tzu of your world. There is no absolute way of knowing if you have been compromised. Assume you have been and be prepared to get out of Dodge.
Frank M. Ahearn