- Agents selected should be permanent residents of Alaska and have established means of livelihood and logical reasons for being placed where they intend to operate.
- Agents should not have been members of the armed forces of the United States nor employees of the United States Government.
- Agents should be chosen from those persons who will not be logical internees or victims of the enemy.
An example of a typical person to be one of the principals is a professional photographer in Anchorage; he has only one arm and it is felt that he would not benefit the enemy in any labor battalion; he is an amateur radio operator; he is a professional photographer; he is licensed as a hunting or fishing guide, and well versed in the art of survival; he is a pilot of a small aircraft; he is reasonably intelligent, particularly crafty, and possessed of sufficient physical courage as is indicated by his offer to guide a party which was to have hunted Kodiak bear armed only with bow and arrow. If such an individual were chosen it is believed that he would be eminently satisfactory as a principal.
It is to be expected that, in any future war, prisoners taken by the Soviet Army, or by any other Army trained in Soviet methods will be ruthlessly exploited. They will be interrogated in detail, and the methods used will be designed to extract the last bit of information from them. It must be anticipated that knowledgeable prisoners particularly will be subjected to vigorous inducements to disclose such information as they possess.
The selection of agents from the Eskimo, Indian, and Aleut groups in the Territory should be avoided in view of their propensities to drink to excess and their fundamental indifference to constituted governments and political philosophies. It is pointed out that their prime concern is with survival and their allegiance would easily shift to any power in control.
The Eskimo would probably not resist an invasion and would readily accept foreign rule if the Eskimo is provided the necessities for sustaining life. The Eskimo has been living so long in a land where his primary interests are tangible things that will keep him alive that he just cannot comprehend the feeling of loyalty to the Government.
Excerpts from the files of Operation WASHTUB, a joint effort between the FBI and the Office of Special Investigations of the USAF to select and train civilian ‘stay-behind’ agents (so-called “SBAs”), complete with hidden caches of equipment, food and survival gear, who would gather intelligence in the event of a Soviet invasion of Alaska. WASHTUB plans remained in place from 1951 until 1959, when Alaska achieved statehood. (via: io9)
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