Assassination is a term thought to be derived from “Hashish,” a drug similar to marijuana, said to have been used by Hasan-Dan-Sabah to induce motivation in his followers, who were assigned to carry out political and other murders, usually at the cost of their lives.
It is here used to describe the planned killing of a person who is not under the legal jurisdiction of the killer, who has been selected by an organization for death, and whose death provides positive advantages to that organization…
[interior door opens swiftly as Agent 2 pushes through]
Agent 1: So – what’s the word?’ [though he doesn’t look up from his reading]
Agent 2: They’re going to call in a bit. [he brushes a golden leaf from his shoulder] Start packing.
Agent 1: I thought you…
Agent 2: I want to be ready; if they decide to shut it down, we won’t have much time, a day at the most.
“Murder is not morally justifiable. Self-defense may be argued if the victim has knowledge which may destroy the resistance organization if divulged. Assassination of persons responsible for atrocities or reprisals may be regarded as just punishment. Killing a political leader whose burgeoning career is a clear and present danger to the cause of freedom may be held necessary.”
“But assassination can seldom be employed with a clear conscience. Persons who are morally squeamish should not attempt it.”
“The techniques employed will vary according to whether the subject is unaware of his danger, aware but unguarded, or guarded. They will also be affected by whether or not the assassin is to be killed with the subject. Hereafter, assassinations in which the subject is unaware will be termed “simple”; those where the subject is aware but unguarded will be termed “chase”; those where the victim is guarded will be termed “guarded.”
Agent 2: What are you reading?
Agent 1: The Manual.
Agent 2: Has he stirred at all?
Agent 1: Some: he’s definitely coming around.
Agent 1: Huh. Too bad…I have a feeling it’s it bit late in the day.
“The essential point of assassination is the death of the subject. A human being may be killed in many ways but sureness is often overlooked by those who may be emotionally unstrung by the seriousness of this act they intend to commit. The specific technique employed will depend upon a large number of variables, but should be constant in one point: Death must be absolutely certain.”
“Techniques may be considered as follows:”
It is possible to kill a man with bare hands, but very few are skillful enough to do it well. Even a highly trained Judo expert will hesitate to risk killing by hand unless he has absolutely no alternative. However, the simplest local tools are often much the most efficient means of assassination. A hammer, axe, wrench, screw driver, fire poker, kitchen knife, lamp stand, or anything hard, heavy and handy will suffice…”
For secret assassination, either simple or chase, the contrived accident is the most effective technique. When successfully executed, it causes little excitement and is only casually investigated.”
“The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stair wells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve. Bridge falls into water are not reliable. In simple cases a private meeting with the subject may be arranged at a properly-cased location. The act may be executed by sudden, vigorous [excised] of the ankles, tipping the subject over the edge. If the assassin immediately sets up an outcry, playing the “horrified witness”, no alibi or surreptitious withdrawal is necessary. In chase cases it will usually be necessary to stun or drug the subject before dropping him. Care is required to insure that no wound or condition not attributable to the fall is discernible after death…”
The phone rings. Agent 1 doesn’t look up from his reading. Agent 2 turns toward the phone, takes another drag off his cigarette, pauses to expel the smoke then walks toward the instrument, picks it up and listens. He listens for quite a while. Eventually he place the handset back in the cradle.
Agent 1: Well?
Agent 2: It’s over. We have 12 hours from right now before it all goes dark.
Agent 1: Okay – let me finish this section and I’ll go drag him outside.
Agent 2: (shrugs; finishes cigarette and grinds into concrete floor) Sure.
“In all types of assassination except terroristic, drugs can be very effective. An overdose of morphine administered as a sedative will cause death without disturbance and is difficult to detect. The size of the dose will depend upon whether the subject has been using narcotics regularly. If not, two grains will suffice. 1
“If the subject drinks heavily, morphine or a similar narcotic can be injected at the passing out stage, and the cause of death will often be held to be acute alcoholism…”