Friday, June 30, 2017

Alaska P. Davidson: The first FBI G-Woman

In 1972, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Acts was passed in Congress, prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or nation of origin. After the enactment of the bill, women were once again allowed to join the FBI, more than 40 years after the Bureau last employed a female agent. 

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Before, only three women had become FBI agents, namely Lenore Houston, who resigned in 1928, Jessie Duckstein, and Alaska P. Davidson, who is famous for being the first female Special Agent.

Davidson was born in 1868 in Ohio and had completed only three years of public education. When the Mann Act of 1910 was passed to protect women from prostitution, debauchery, or other immoral purposes, the Bureau of Investigation (which was what the FBI was called back then), became interested in hiring female agents. 

Alaska Davidson received training in New York City, eventually becoming appointed a Special Agent by Director William Burnes on Oct. 11, 1922, at the age of 54. She was described as “very refined,” thus, she could not be assigned to cases that were considered “rough.” The Bureau, though, found a use for her in other cases. 

But when J. Edgar Hoover became the Bureau’s acting director in 1924, he went on to clean house and found “no particular work for a woman agent.” Because of this, he asked Davidson, along with the other two female agents to resign. 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How To Become a Special Agent Of The Fbi

Working in the FBI is a noble career choice and working as a special agent is a challenging yet respectable one. An FBI agent is responsible for handling investigations on terrorism, organized crime, counterintelligence, and other potential federal statutes violation. If you want to become an FBI agent, there are many requirements, tests, and procedure you need to pass to qualify.

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Here are some of the basic FBI qualifications according to the Bureau’s official website:

  • You must be a United States citizen or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands. Your minimum age must be 23, but you should not have turned 37 years of age by the time you are appointed as a special agent.
  • Have a four-year college degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a valid driver license.
  • You must be willing to be posted anywhere in the FBI’s jurisdiction.

If you possess all these qualifications, you can start the process by completing an online application, or you can apply directly through your local FBI office. After completing the application, you will go through a series of tests that include, physical fitness tests, criminal background information, and medical examinations. The test can take up from six months to several years depending on the candidate.

Once you get selected to work for the FBI, you will then have an extensive FBI agent training in Quantico, Virginia, for almost 21 weeks. During this training period, you will be trained in physical fitness, practical application exercises, defensive tactics, and the use of firearms.

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You will get additional training over the course of your career to get updated with the latest techniques and technological advancements for use in the field of law enforcement and intelligence gathering.

Adam Quirk has a full mastery of the criminal justice system, having worked 15 years doing an intensive investigation of drug diversion, violent crime, and bank robbery cases. He served both in the FBI and the US DEA and is currently practicing as a licensed private investigator. Visit his LinkedIn profile to know more.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The early years of the FBI

The United States needed an organization to gather and disseminate information for the identification of known criminals, so in 1896, the National Bureau of Criminal Identification was created. Five years later, in 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated, and people began to fear that anarchists were taking control of the country. 

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President Theodore Roosevelt wanted more power to monitor any anarchist activity, so he assigned Attorney General Charles Bonaparte to a project that would create an autonomous branch of government that would investigate and report to the Attorney General. On July 26, 1908, the Bureau of Investigation, or BOI was created. Bonaparte tapped 34 people, including its first chief, Stanley Finch. The BOI was funded by the Department of Justice, and was made known to congress later that year. 

The BOI took over and assisted in many tasks such as surveying prostitution houses, and helping out the Bureau of Prohibition. The BOI then became the Division of Investigation, or DOI, and inevitably evolved into and independent service within the Department of Justice. In 1935, the DOI was officially called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI. J. Edgar Hoover was its first director.  

Today the FBI provides protection for people within the borders of the United States against all criminal threats, local or foreign. It works in conjunction with many other agencies in upholding federal and state laws. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cream Of The Crop: The Most Successful Agents In FBI History

Since its inception back in 1908, the FBI has seen many great agents wear the black suit in service of the nation. Some of those are the following:

Melvin Purvis

During the earlier part of the 20th century, colorful criminals became prominent and made many places dangerous to live in. However, FBI became more effective in the 1930s because of the use of more scientific and investigative methods, not to mention, the greater authority and power the bureau was given.

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One of the investigators that took advantage of these was Purvis. He brought down notorious criminals, who were also called “public enemies,” such as John Dillinger and “Baby Face” Nelson, among others.

Joe Pistone

Pistone is best known as Donnie Brasco, his undercover identity that he used for several years in infiltrating the Bonanno Crime Family back in the 1970s. His five-year stint within the organization helped him gather enough evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of more than 30 gangsters.

Robert Lamphere

One of the bureau’s most valuable agents during the 1940s and 1950s, Lamphere was instrumental in bringing down numerous Soviet spies who had been extracting military secrets. Some of those he captured were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who leaked the secrets of the atomic bomb to Russia, and Klaus Fuchs.

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While he was celebrated within the agency, it was only in the 1990s that Lamphere’s work became known to people outside the FBI.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Shanika Minor: With Murderous Rage

The FBI’s Most Wanted list is the worst place one’s name can ever be included. Making it to that list automatically means huge notoriety, and therefore participation in some of the most heinous crimes.

Sadly, it turns out that the most heinous crimes do not need big reasons behind them. This is what happened to Shanika Minor, a woman who once made it to the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list.

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It was all because of a simple argument between two people, specifically Shanika Minor and her mother’s neighbor, Tamecca Perry, who was pregnant. Prior to the murder, the FBI found out that there was an argument between the two when Minor confronted Perry about her playing loud music at an unreasonable hour.

The FBI reported that this became rather serious when Minor went over to Perry near her home while she brandished a firearm. Minor’s mother de-escalated the situation such that nobody was hurt. At that point, Shanika Minor already felt that Perry was disrespecting her family.

The incident was followed by a final confrontation the next day, which saw Minor confront Perry at the back door of her home. Again, Minor’s mother tried to intervene, but Minor managed to fire a shot which hit Perry in the chest, killing her and her unborn child.

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Perry and her child lost their lives, just because of some loud music, a rather small matter compared to what they paid. When the FBI caught Shanika Minor, justice was undoubtedly served.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trench Coat Detective: The Archaic Origins Of a Pop-Culture Stereotype

Private detectives in fiction come in an unusually conspicuous uniform, shared from time to time with spies and journalists, consisting of a large trench coat and a hat (either a fedora or a deerstalker). This getup is quite conspicuous and, thanks to the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, and John Constantine, incredibly easy to recognize as a “detective” outfit.

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Thus, it is without any surprise to the bewildered viewer to know that real detectives do not wear those outfits as a matter of course. The modern police detective usually wears a prescribed police uniform, whereas a private investigator would frequently wear street clothes appropriate for the situation. The only time a detective would wear anything remotely like a trench coat today is during cold weather.

On the flipside, this has led many a savvy viewer to ask why this outfit would ever be considered appropriate for investigators in the first place. This is a product of time marching on. The classic detective outfit most people know today represented the height of fashion during the 1930s through the early 1950s.

At the time, wearing a trench coat and fedora was something so ubiquitous in many urban areas that it was an easy way of blending into a crowd. Overcoats did double duty of protecting people from the rain and making them hard to recognize. Many popular stories on detectives and spies were originally made or set in that era or earlier. And while real detectives kept up with the times in terms of fashion, popular culture proved a lot more static.

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Nonetheless, the trench coat wearing detective continues to endure in popular consciousness as the uniform for the detective, and some firms, such as Stealth Advise, use this recognizable image in their branding.

Adam Quirk has had many years of experience in conducting investigations for both the FBI and DEA. He is currently the owner and head of the private investigation company Stealth Advise. Visit this page for more on his company and its services.

Friday, December 16, 2016

FBI's Fight Against Evolving Organized Crime

Hundreds of movies have presented their interpretations of organized crime, and while some versions border on the surreal, some are based in real life. Organized crime rings have been able to manipulate, and at times, muscle the trade market, private and public institutions, and the corporate industry.
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Using graft, intimidation, extortion, and to some extent, execution, these organizations have remained adept in buying off public officials and prosecutors. The economic impact of organized crime is reported to be at about $1 trillion annually.

The threat of organized crime in the US has been continuously evolving ever since the Prohibition era of the 1920s gave rise to syndicates, the most infamous of which was Al Capone’s mob. It has been made more complex by the entry of criminal groups from Russia, African countries such as Nigeria, Asian countries, such as the Chinese tongs and Japanese mafia, and Eastern European nations.

There has also been an influx of mobsters from neighboring countries, including Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Brazil, and Mexico, among others.
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Unfortunately, the advancement of technology and the evolution of the Internet boosted the operations of organized crime groups. In addition to this, they have begun to understand that they could gain more by cooperating with one another, instead of competing.

These are the growing challenges that the FBI face in their battle against organized crime. To keep up, the Bureau constantly develops its programs dedicated to disrupting and eradicating criminal enterprises across the globe. It also participates in joint task forces with other agencies to take advantage of their resources and expertise.

Adam Quirk has more than 15 years of experience working for the FBI and DEA. He currently works as a licensed private investigator at his own company, Stealth Advise, LLC. Read more about his work by checking out this website.