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nonplusagon said: Hi there. I'm British, planning a story about an American secret service/FBI agent. Do you know of anywhere I could get information on how such agents operate?

fixyourwritinghabits:

First, you’ll have to decide if you want them to be a US Secret Service Special Agent or an FBI Special Agent. While both are federal law enforcement officers, they have very different roles and areas of jurisdiction.

While it is possible to be hired directly into these agencies, typically Agents have backgrounds either in the military or in law enforcement. You must be a US Citizen and be able to get and hold a Top Secret: Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance. In short, that’s the highest, and toughest, clearance available. Those background checks go back 10 years, and include financial, medical/mental health, employment, residential, travel, and educational history. They also contact references. In some instances, you may be required to take a polygraph depending on the type of information you have access to. 

FBI Special Agents are federal law enforcement officers and are trained a the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. FBI Agents can investigate a number of different crimes. These are the men and women who track serial killers, domestic terrorists, and investigate federal crimes. If a crime crosses state lines, or happens in multiple states, the FBI takes the lead. Also, local or state police forces may request the FBI’s assistance during an investigation. The FBI publishes the 10 Most Wanted list, which is rather famous in the US. 

US Secret Service Special Agents are federal law enforcements officers, as well. They’re most famous for guarding the current US President and his family, along with presidential candidates AND former presidents and their families. Up until 2003 or so, they were actually part of the US Department of the Treasury, but now they’re part of the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to guarding the President, they also guard foreign dignitaries and investigate financial crimes, such as counterfeiting US currency. 

With that said, you’re not going to find detailed information about how they do their job online because it’s classified. With that said, there are certain basic police skills that every law enforcement officer knows. How to read the law, evidence gathering and preservation, etc. I’d suggest you read biographies about different Directors of the FBI and USSS, and see if you can find any documentaries about those agencies. You may find it helpful to read about US Federal law and regulations. 

Good luck!

-Graphei

United States Secret Service (wiki)

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FBI Academy (official)

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ghastderp:

i love sir patrick stewart more with each passing day.

See, guys. This is how you do it. Notice the words “Not all men are like that” are never spoken.

He knows men are like that

his father was like that to his mother

he has experienced the pain firsthand, of what it’s like when men are like that

and he never wants men to be like that again and he fights tooth and nail against the men who are still like that

And moreover, he acknowledges his privilege [as an older white male who is famous/well known] and uses it to speak up. He knows what he is, and he never has to say he’s not like those men he fights against—he never says it, his actions speak loud enough for everyone else to see it. 

Sir Patrick Stewart, everyone.

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I was filming a make-up tutorial when the worst thing that could happen happened [x]

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Lion: AGGGGGGGHHHHH
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Cub: DAD STOP
Lion: EVERYTHING…GOING…DARK
Cub: DAD OH MY GOD
Lion: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE…
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thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

Lion: AGGGGGGGHHHHH

YOU HAVE VANQUISHED ME, MIGHTY BEAST

Cub: DAD STOP

Lion: EVERYTHING…GOING…DARK

Cub: DAD OH MY GOD

Lion: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE…

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Wedding Photos

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