Novelist TJ Waters Creates Espionage Channel on YouTube

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Describes 'Agents of Influence' as Spy School for Everyone

Mystery/thriller author TJ Waters announced the debut of a new YouTube channel called AGENTS OF INFLUENCE, demonstrating spy tactics honed over his over two decade career in a series of short (< 5 minute) individual video vignettes.

"Everyone has a unique view of what the word espionage means," Waters said. "The fact is there are many intelligence community techniques that the average person could put into everyday practice. That is what the channel is about - incorporating the techniques into the audience's life."

Waters was inspired by author Brad Meltzer's television series Decoded, which ran for two years on The History Channel. While Meltzer featured symbols and codes at various national landmarks, Waters is teaching spy skills viewers can personally use in their daily routine.

Topics range from an intelligence community view of social media typologies to the influence Twitter had on the 2011 Cairo uprising. He demonstrates elicitation methods for collecting information that parents, lawyers, physicians, and sales professions will find invaluable. Waters also shows how the best intelligence analysts in the world work for one particular three-letter organization - the NFL, committing several episodes to support his claim.

The series features many of the themes Waters taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Intelligence Management and Analysis program at Eckerd College. A decade earlier he created the first intelligence-related Continuing Legal Education course (CLE) approved by the Florida bar to teach espionage tactics to lawyers.

About The Author
TJ Waters was previously an undercover CIA officer, a Special Operations Command team co-lead, and a senior counterintelligence analyst for the Department of Defense. His nonfiction memoir CLASS 11 is on the CIA's list of recommended reading for new employees.

Waters' debut novel SECRET SIGNS was named an International Book Awards winner in 2011.

His digital-only CIA series THE SUICIDE SQUAD is described as 'Mission Impossible meets Ocean's 11'. His upcoming new release TREVINO'S SNAKE features an African-American field officer in the CIA's paramilitary Covert Influence Group.

About Agents of Influence
Mystery/thriller novelist TJ Waters shares techniques from the intelligence community that viewers can immediately apply to their own lives. Drawing on his experience as a collector, analyst, briefer, and instructor, the short video vignettes range from the elicitation methods used by con men to the complex deception operations of the NFL. New videos are uploaded weekly.

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