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Off-topic. If you watched the first part of the HBO Documentary McMillion$ last night, you saw a very good and accurate view of how an FBI investigation into a white collar case gets started. 1/
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shipwreckedcrew Feb 4
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I'd like for people whose only view of the FBI comes from the CH investigation to watch and see that in MOST instances, the beginning can be methodical and carefully planned out, especially when the crime appears to be ongoing. 2/
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shipwreckedcrew Feb 4
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It shows a good example of how two case agents work in conjunction with their squad supervisor to plan and make critical decisions early on that could either sink the case or advance it--because the early decisions are made without much real information, and a lot of questions.3/
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shipwreckedcrew Feb 4
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And you see a good example from the guy who was the younger agent saying "We had to get and AUSA interested because without an AUSA the case is going nowhere." My point in that regard is to highlight the very strong likelihood that the SC lawyers drove the train on CH. 4/
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shipwreckedcrew Feb 4
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The FBI agents are getting most of the grief for what they did -- the errors identified by the IG -- but those don't happen in a vacuum. Decision-making happens against the backdrop of "guidance" or outright "instruction". 5/
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shipwreckedcrew Feb 4
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I didn't see a single note of "contrivance" or embellishment in the documentary that struck me as having been done for entertainment purposes. I've known and worked with gents just like all the ones shown - both at the beginning of their careers and at the tail end. 6/
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shipwreckedcrew Feb 4
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The first part was true to life, it showed diligence and due pause/consideration at the same time, but more than anything it reminded me of the parts of the job I miss the most -- sometimes that kind of stuff was just fun. 7/
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shipwreckedcrew Feb 4
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So if you're jaded against the FBI based on the conduct of a few connected to CH, watch the series and you'll see a much more representative example of the kind of work the FBI does everyday in 94 Field Offices across the country. End.
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