"I’ve got the yoyo"…"I’ve got the string"
Rowan and Martin from Laugh-in fame used to do a spy bit where the two would meet and authenticate with one saying “I’ve got the yoyo,” and the other replying “I’ve got the string.” That’s what this story reminds of.
The business of government goes on in various routines, and often it is right before your eyes. You are not looking for it, so you don’t see it.
“Obama's national security officials, on the night watch
By Laura Blumenfeld
Friday, July 2, 2010; 1:02 PM
Dead of night, undisclosed location
Headlights approach on an empty road. A government agent steps out of an armored SUV, carrying a locked, black satchel.
"Here's the bag," the agent says, to the intelligence official. "Here's the key."
The key turns, and out slides a brown leather binder, gold-stamped "TOP SECRET." The President's Daily Brief, perhaps the most secret book on earth.
The PDB hand-off happens in the dead of every night, the time and location withheld, although witnessed. The book distills the nation's greatest threats, intelligence trends and concerns, and is written by a team at CIA headquarters.
"This is the one for the president," the intelligence official says, moving inside a secure building, opening the binder.”