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If It goes by initials then it’s involved”

English translation: If the name is an acronym, then it's involved

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02:57 Apr 8, 2008
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Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: If It goes by initials then it’s involved”
And guess what , his records stored at Federal Records and his service record at the Polizei Hamburg don’t match The dates are all over the place. Specifically his discharge from the army. He got out six month earlier than his records show here and they place him somewhere very interesting indeed”
“Where?”
“Weingarten”
Fable’s face split by a bitter, knowing smile.
“Of course, I might have known. The NATO Long-range Resonnaissance School?”
“Exactly”
Van Heiden said “Fable?” and made a gesture of impatient confusion
We’ve got the whole bloody lot of them in here now. If It goes by initials then it’s involved”
“The Long-Range Reconnaissance School at Weingerten is where GSG9 is trained. An Elite counter-terrorism unit that’s officially made up of policeman and is part of the Federal Border Police”

*I don't understand the sentence "If It goes by initials then it’s involved", what does it mean exactly?
Magicmarker
Local time: 11:09
English translation:If the name is an acronym, then it's involved
Explanation:
It's hard to tell exactly from this limited context, but this seems to be a Cold War-era spy novel of some sort. My best guess is that the "initials" are referring to NATO, GSG9, and by extension the whole series of Cold War-era agencies (CIA, FBI, MI5 being some famous examples) in western governments that went by initials or acronyms.

From this context, I can't tell exactly what "it" is and what it is involved with, but I believe these types of agencies are what they mean when they say "initials." In other words, if it's some kind of government intelligence/spy agency, then it's involved in this situation.

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Note added at 28 mins (2008-04-08 03:25:15 GMT)
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The tone could be a little bit exagerrated/hyperbolic -- i.e., not mean to be taken literally. The basic message is, "A whole bunch of people from different agencies are involved in this."
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if it goes by initials then it’s involved”
If the name is an acronym, then it's involved


Explanation:
It's hard to tell exactly from this limited context, but this seems to be a Cold War-era spy novel of some sort. My best guess is that the "initials" are referring to NATO, GSG9, and by extension the whole series of Cold War-era agencies (CIA, FBI, MI5 being some famous examples) in western governments that went by initials or acronyms.

From this context, I can't tell exactly what "it" is and what it is involved with, but I believe these types of agencies are what they mean when they say "initials." In other words, if it's some kind of government intelligence/spy agency, then it's involved in this situation.

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Note added at 28 mins (2008-04-08 03:25:15 GMT)
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The tone could be a little bit exagerrated/hyperbolic -- i.e., not mean to be taken literally. The basic message is, "A whole bunch of people from different agencies are involved in this."

BrettMN
Local time: 23:09
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
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agree  Jack Doughty
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agree  Phong Le
5 hrs
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agree  Gary D: some names of departments, businesses when they have become accepted as staying often get called by their initals Ie: KFC, so it is suggested they have evolved.
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agree  Erich Ekoputra
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