The Simple Sabotage Field Manual HTML version

require detailed planning and the use of specially-trained
operatives, to innumerable simple acts which the ordinary
individual citizen-saboteur can perform. This paper is primarily
concerned with the latter type. Simple sabotage does not require
specially prepared tools or equipment; it is executed by an ordinary
citizen who may or may not act individually and without the
necessity for active connection with an organized group; and it is
carried out in such a way as to involve a minimum danger of
injury, detection, and reprisal.
Where destruction is involved, the weapons of the citizen-saboteur
are salt, nails, candles, pebbles, thread, or any other materials he
might normally be expected to possess as a householder or as a
worker in his particular occupation. His arsenal is the kitchen shelf,
the trash pile, his own usual kit of tools and supplies. The targets
of his sabotage are usually objects to which he has normal and
inconspicuous access in everyday life.
A second type of simple sabotage requires no destructive tools
whatsoever and produces physical damage, if any, by highly
indirect means. It is based on universal opportunities to make
faulty decisions, to adopt a noncooperative attitude, and to induce
others to follow suit. Making a faulty decision may be simply a
matter of placing tools in one spot instead of another. A non-
cooperative attitude may involve nothing more than creating an
unpleasant situation among one's fellow workers, engaging in
bickerings, or displaying surliness and stupidity.
This type of activity, sometimes referred to as the "human
element," is frequently responsible for accidents, delays, and
general obstruction even under normal conditions. The potential
saboteur should discover what types of faulty decisions and the
operations are normally found in this kind of work and should then
devise his sabotage so as to enlarge that "margin for error."