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    The following are INFORMATION, ARTICLES and OTHER that I found interesting for the day, week , month. My PROFESSIONAL OPINIONS are added to the information based on my EXPERIENCES in the SECURITY and INTELLIGENCE professions. If YOU have ARTICLES or OTHER you would like placed on the site, please do not hesitate to send them to me with YOUR OPINIONS at efpipps@gmail.com. I look forward to ALL of your comments and information.

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY 3/27

DAYS UNTIL NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION:

957 Days, 15 hours, 53 minutes

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar weekly salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

– John Swinton, former New York Times Chief of Staff

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

“The best players will play! That’s the way it will always be.”

— Larry Bird

This is the mantra I try to push in the contractors I use for Security Details.  What does it take to be the best? A lot of things large and small.  Having all of the training, certifications, and licensing that the law demands, staying in shape, learning the ins and outs of the protection profession, learning best business practices, the list goes on and on.  The list is longer and getting longer every year.  The point is that there is never a time that you are not learning, training, practicing the profession.  The second you do stop learning, do other Agents a favor, walk away and do something else.  There is no half-hearted Protection Agent that is worth a crap.

RULE OF THE DAY: 

Three Secret Service Agents were sent home from Europe for drinking heavily while in Europe to supposedly protect POTUS.  Not only that, but they were on the CAT TEAM, or COUNTER ASSAULT TEAM.  Their job is to jump from vehicles around, behind and in front of POTUS’s vehicle and through pure firepower and tactics bury any threat in a few seconds.  They are NO PLAY type guys and not the types to get into a skirmish with unless you love getting your ass kicked.  RDP has a NO SMOKING, NO DRINKING policy on travel Details and has from day one; there was no need to experiment. It is simple, it is easy and it is absolute.  The problem you have with traveling and this type of behavior is: lack of manpower; lack of time; and lack of talent.  When a team travels, Agents have to “wear” many hats and this usually means working around the clock.  Unless you are going to be off for three days or more (which never happens traveling), the time math does not allow you the “cushion” recovery time of 12 hrs. (standard) for drinking alcohol, especially if you are in a “heavy” or armed position.

After the Secret Service’s latest FUBAR’s, I am surprised that they still try to allow TRAVELING AGENTS time to drink and party.  The CAT Team is on call 24/7, especially when OCONUS, so how are they drinking alcohol during this to excess and not being FIRED?  I have to shake my head sometimes at Government efficiency/proficiency!  Or maybe there is none.

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