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At the police station

- Could we have a word with you? -
- What about? – My surprise must have been plain – it wasn’t even seven a.m.
- Not here, on your doorstep. Would you mind coming with us? -
- I don’t understand, what, like now?-
- Yes, if you will ... or we can issue a formal order, it’s up to you.-
- Okay, can you give me a minute to get dressed? -
I was dressed, obviously, I still don’t know why I said that.
The room they showed me to was empty, just a couple of chairs and a small desk. –
I waited five minutes, ten, fifteen. A man brought in a lightweight tripod, unfolded it, set it up by the window. As if I wasn’t even there, as if I was invisible. I watched him, but he wouldn’t meet my eyes.
About eight o’clock.
- You probably realize why we’ve asked you to come here. We’ll be taping the interview with a camcorder. You can decline, but … -
I interrupted.
- Go ahead, record, I don’t mind, but why – why am I here? - I didn’t have enough saliva in my mouth and my voice sounded strange in my ears.
- Would you like some coffee? -
I nodded. Someone brought a plastic cup of coffee, the plastic kept giving way under my fingers.
- Are you familiar with Articles 26 and 27 of the Penal Code? – He read very quickly.

Anybody who intentionally solicits another person to commit a criminal offence shall be punished as if he himself had committed it.

Anybody who intentionally solicits another person to commit a criminal offence for which the sentence of three years’ imprisonment or a heavier sentence may be imposed under the statute, shall be punished for the criminal attempt even if the committing of such an offence had never been attempted.

He stopped and stared at me fixedly.
- Do you know U. K.? He was there when you made some kind of aluminum foil bag. Who else attended this class you held? We found some electronic surveillance tags at his place. You know now what we’re talking about, don’t you? Does this thing actually work? - He stopped again and looked at me with a hint of a smile. - How do you know it works? Have you tried it out yourself?
- It works. - I nodded.
- So who else was there? -
- I don’t remember, huh, I’ll send you the pictures, it was a public workshop. – But he wasn’t really after that. He cut in before I stopped talking.
- And that’s supposed to be a work of art? -
Finally I could feel myself concentrate, I lost the fear, and I didn’t answer off the cuff…

 

Instructions for making THE BAG

  1. Take ordinary household aluminum foil, preferably as thin as possible.

  2. Cut out the desired form of the bag from stiff cardboard; A4 format is quite suitable.

  3. Wrap the foil around the cutout, but not too tightly; you’ll need to remove the cardboard in the end.

  4. The sides of the bag should consist of twenty or more layers of foil.

  5. Fold back the bottom part of the bag about an inch and secure it with inconspicuous gray or silver duct tape. Tape also the vertical seams of the bag on the inside and the outside, leaving un-taped gaps of approx. one to 1.5 inch at the top.

  6. VERY IMPORTANT: The bag should close foil on foil, with no intervening duct tape or any other material. In effect the bag constitutes a Faraday cage, and an item freed from a store will only be safe in it if it is enclosed 100% by the above-mentioned twenty layers of aluminum foil.

  7. Insert the foil bag into an ordinary bag or backpack. Bags that open and close quickly and easily (such as briefcases) tend to be very handy for this.