Posted 04-02-2004 at 04:28:36
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Almost 150 years ago, President Lincoln found it necessary to hire a
private investigator, Alan Pinkerton, for protection. That was the
beginning of the Secret Service.
Since that time, federal police authority has grown to a large number of
multi-letter agencies - FBI, CIA, INS, IRS, DEA, ATF, etc.
Now comes the Federal Air Transportation Airport Security Service.
Can't you see them now? These highly trained men and women in their black
outfits with initials in large white letters across their backs?