Thursday, March 05, 2009

Book 'em, Danno

I spent yesterday evening at 13th and Summit, in a conference room with a bunch of people getting introduced to the FBI's Citizens Academy. Over 8 weeks, we'll be learning about the work of the FBI, locally, nationally, and internationally. We'll get briefed on major cases, and meet the people involved in preventing and solving them. We'll get to visit the FBI shooting range, and fire weapons. We'll see how the counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and intelligence programs operate. At the end of the program, we get invited to the FBI headquarters in DC, and the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia (all on our own dime).

I even got a special badge with my picture on it to give me access to the parking lot. It doesn't get much cooler than that.

I'm looking forward to learning a lot more about the reality of federal law enforcement, and getting to know my fellow students.

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5 Comments:

Blogger I Travel for JOOLS said...

Interesting. Why did you get involved in this? Frankly, the last thing I would have expected you would enjoy.

3/05/2009 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Nuke said...

Suh-weet! That sounds cool.

3/05/2009 9:25 AM  
Blogger les said...

I trust someone always knows when you are supposed to be...released?

3/05/2009 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Lance said...

It is a propaganda (now called "public relations") campaign. Dan is a citizen of influence so he has been nominated for indoctrination. One of the testimonials on the page Dan linked reads:

"'It just dispelled all of the bad things I'd ever heard about the FBI...that the FBI was sneaky and out to get people.' -Associate dean"

Either the "Associate dean" hadn't heard that much in the first place or it must be one hell of a seminar. I think it would take quite a bit to dispel "all of the bad things" about the FBI's conduct in the case of the murder of Kenneth Trentadue. Of course "classified techniques used in criminal and national security cases are discussed" at the FBI Citizens' Academy so Dan likely won't be able to blog about his experience in much detail, but I wonder whether some of the "classified techniques" are anything like the "enhanced interrogation techniques" a/k/a torture employed by the CIA? The evidence from the Trentadue case tends to indicate that they are indeed quite similar.

I guess the "Associate dean" hadn't heard about the FBI's involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, either. Before you dismiss it as conspiracy theory, check out this news report from 1993. Sometimes the "bad guys" record conversations with FBI agents for their own protection. Oops.

Have fun, Dan, I'm interested in hearing as much about it as you are allowed to say.

3/05/2009 3:55 PM  
Blogger Owen said...

It's awesome that you're doing this! Next time, I see you are you going to be wearing a trench coat, fedora and have a cigarette in one hand and a sub-machine gun in the other?

3/05/2009 6:35 PM  

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