While we all may dream of living in the Redoubt area of the USA with a secret self sufficient homestead with twice as many supplies as James Rawles, the sad truth is that I live 60 miles from Boston in a small New England semi rural town. I was at the clinic yesterday and they were reviewing my medical records, new computer system with records now supposedly in a format that is accessible in a nationwide data base, and we have been using the same clinic and providers for 35 + years. My records are longer than the Bible and Strong's Concordance combined and every visit and prescription is monitored at least by Medicare, the federal government, Atena Blue Cross Blue Shield, the State of New Hampshire, and my provider. They know what pills I take, how often my bowels move, where I live, where I work, what my state of mind is, have color pictures of the inside of my heart, MRI's, CAT scans, updated complete blood work every three months due to pancreas problems, and thus access to any genetic testing or DNA tests are always available. My wife has had open heart and other surgeries, is being monitored for some ageing memory problems, has blood pressure problems, back problems, digestive problems, and breathing problems. Thus the reality is that I don't even have the myth that I or my wife have any OPSEC in our medical care or health conditions and if we wish to have the care we need as "senior citizens" we must give up any privacy rights to those that "need" the information, including the government, and sign a statement that we give up those rights every year. I will be 80 in February but still work part time and of course am being monitored by the IRS and other agencies, federal and state, for number of hours worked, how much I earn, how much other income I get from "outside" income, how much I have in savings, if I deposit over X amount, where did I get it, my bank and saving accounts. OSHA monitors my work place for "safety" and if they wish can check my tools, shop, toolbox, clothing-personal safety equipment, etc. The town can of course if it wishes and does inspect my wood stove, chimney, propane tanks and lines, brush in my woods, any open fires, electrical installations, water wells, septic systems, structural integrity of my buildings, and requires permits and filed paper work for any construction or modifications. In my file at the assessors office and at the permit office, are pictures of my property, both from the ground and space, all in digital format, and with the ability to compare them for any changes, detailed drawings of my house, gardens, wood lands, greenhouse, sheds, etc, and due to registration requirements a detailed list of the vehicles and farming equipment I have, its age and for much of it, how many miles a year I drive it. I have to register my dog, show proof of his shots and thus allow access to his vet records, they can monitor any animals, cattle, pigs, chickens, etc, that I may have, tell me how to raise them, what to feed them , and indeed if I may have them. Thus any OPSEC I may think I have as to income, living space, ability to produce food, animals I might have, fertilizer I may wish to store or use, fuel I might wish to store, etc does not exist. No need to even discuss firearms and reloading supplies, even in New Hampshire we have state and federal transfer rules, storage rules, firearm modification rules, and the government has the right to inspect anything anytime and Mr. Weaver and the Branch Dividians incidents would seem to indicate that they can indeed enforce any inspection that they wish. You either go along with it or show up on the 6 O Clock news as a crazy man in an armed standoff surrounded by a SWAT team. On a personal level, I repair tools, generators, and air compressors for people, have tractor, roto tiller, wood splitter, garden, greenhouse, private well, wood shed, generator,etc, and the people in town and at church know it. If they and their children are cold, hungry, thirsty, need to get supplies, etc, they all are going to remember that old man over on ***** road with the big garden, greenhouse, etc, and show up for their share. That's my family, friends and neighbors, not the golden hoard and it won't be random either, they will know exactly what they want or what the town officials want. Thus I think OPSEC as to location and resources is a myth. Mr Rawles and others seem to think that it is possible to withdraw and hide and thus protect your resources. While it might have been true in the past and if in remote parts of the USA, Alaska or deep mountains, it may still be true, I think that there is another factor in play here. If I was one of those individuals who plan to use my military skills and superior weaponry to take what I need to survive, taking over a compound and the means to produce everything needed to survive for years, accessing a remote well equipped retreat would be like winning the lottery and I am afraid that there would be a constant supply of armed idiots for years trying to do so. Before the collapse they are going to looking at the satellite photos, monitoring the media, driving the roads, talking to people, etc, and I think that although distance will weed out a lot, there is always going to be a few individuals testing if not overcoming your OPSEC. I think that for most of us any attempt to have complete OPSEC will be a failure and only lead to mutual paranoia. Being paranoid doesn't mean that there aren't people out there trying to do you harm. I think the "Live Long and Prosper" concept, being as much of an asset to the community as possible, being as gray as possible, having a circle of close friends in you church and community who will cooperate with you to survive, and at my age having friends to help cut wood, plant gardens, defend the place, etc, and have children who learn self survival skills and how to escape the sheeple trap, are more important than being a prisoner trying to prepare and survive in my impossible to defend retreat. That being said, I also admit that I try to stack the deck as much as possible with a few good caches, extra firearms and ammo to be available for friends to use to defend the place, extra seeds, fertilizer, and garden tools for others to use to grow their own food, etc. Sort of Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition approach. I would rather be hungry sharing my preps with family and friends than dead while strangers use them.