Friday, December 14, 2007

Aliens, Elvis and the FBI


Today we had a special guest speaker from the Federal Bureau of Investigation talk to us about the importance of completing college. The one thing that stuck out most to me was when special investigator Robert Lally explained that "The choices we make now academically could be forgiven when seeking employment, but the personal choices we make (behavior and drug use) are not so easily forgiven. "

What is something that surprised you about our talk today?

What is something you would like to know more about?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

COURTENEY RICHARDSON

to have someone from the F.B.I was an excellent guest. knowing that there's so much going on in the outside world , we want to know what's going on & the point of view of someones who's somewhat working behind the case. at first when I seen him I never knew they had such young people into top business. the visitor look like someone who just graduated college. I felt that he answered more then enough questions that we had to ask. I like the fact that he got into some details but I think the more exciting part we couldn't know cause I believe it was top secretive.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised at how many cases he had to handle because I thought that they had had to complete one case first before going on to another. Also, I'm amazed at the length he's been serving in the army. He looks like a pretty strict person. Do you have to join the army to get into the FBI?
-TLau

Anonymous said...

Manpreet Kaur

I was suprised that teachers and people that work in the F.B.I. make about the same amount of money, I thought the F.B.I. made a lot of money. Another thing suprising to me, was that some people that work in the F.B.I were teachers, or enignieers.I would really like to know more about how many people they investage yearly? I know there is no answer in numbers given, but still, how many? What nations are the spies from?

Vickie said...

When I think of someone in the F.B.I. I think of someone in sunglasses and a dark suit doing a lot of whispering to other men in sunglasses and dark suits. I was suprised to find that our guest Bob seemed very normal. I found it comforting to know the people helping to protect our country are everyday people who can relate to us. Many times it seems like the people protecting us and running the country are so far removed from actual people that there is no way they could truly know what was best for them.
It was interesting to hear how a person gets into the F.B.I. I was under the impression that you had to be recriuted, but it seems that joining the F.B.I. takes a lot of hard work and self recruiting. Bob made that F.B.I. seem like an adventure, being handed a plane ticket to an unknown destination the minute you walk into the office. But, I still don't think I could work for the F.B.I., you have to be able to keep a secret, and that alone is a great burdened to bear.
I would also like to know, what are the emotional effects on the F.B.I. agenets who are DOING the tourturing, such as water boarding, to suspected terrorists?

John said...

Well to what Vicky said, the FBI isn't doing the torturing, that's the CIA. From what Bob said, the FBI seems to be more about gaining their trust or offering them something in return for their help. Both of which seem like much better ways of getting information, that's my opinion of course.
Like everyone else I was a bit supprised at the diversity of jobs that the FBI accepts. From engineers to teachers, it seems like they will take anyone as long as that is who they are looking for. Its nice to know that you don't only need to be ex-military or have worked for the police to get a job at the FBI. I suppose that having people from so many different backgrounds can be quite helpful in solving cases.
From what Bob said, it isn't easy having a relationship of any kind while you work for the FBI. With a 98% divorce rate (give or take, I don't remember the exact number), it seems like agents are anti-social, but Bob was a normal guy. I just wonder, since he can't tell his wife a lot of what happens, and the higher ups can't tell him a lot of what happens, who really has the entire picture of what is really going on?

Anonymous said...

I agree with courtney and john. The F.B.I agent did look like he just graduated college. I felt that he answered the questions very professionally without leaving too many questions in answered. he explained what the F.B.I did and it seemed to me that it wasn't the physical treatment of like what john said torture they focus on, its gaining the trust of their subjects they really do. Whether working undercover or something else. The F.B.I pays attention to detail in everything they do. The only question I really have is basically similar to John's who in the F.B.I buisness know's everything that's going on whether it be top secret or not and would he know about any top secret case present or in the future.

-Bryan S.

Anonymous said...

Even though I wasn't there, I agree with what most of the students said. F.B.I go through a lot because they work with different cases and it's very stressful and difficult. It's very hard to handle a lot of different cases at once. It's very confusing. And I think they should get more money because their job is more stressful. They shouldnt get the same amount as the teachers. They deserve more.

-Simran Kaur

Anonymous said...

I think it was a good idea for the FBI guy to be there I think it was cool to know the truth about how to be an FBI and what they really do. Having him answers most of our questions and the fact that he was holding back was a cool expense because it's not really what we see in the movies. I can see that being a FBI is an exciting job. It would have been fun to know a top secret job and what case he was doing. And what country is spying on us. I never knew that they know who spying on us I didn't really know that they still do that. But it’s good to know that the FBI is on it and protecting us from them.



KEMI AJIROTUTU

Courtney Wilson said...

It was a great idea to have S.I. Robert Lally visit our classes and answer questions. It gives is an insight as to what the government may decide to withold from the people. I was surprised to hear that the FBI was so lenient with their drug policy. They're basically "telling" their investigators to stop without any extra enforcement. I would like know, if possible, if the FBI was very selective in their application process.

Anonymous said...

I think it was a great priviledge to have an actual agent from the FBI come into our class and share some of his experiences. Although he kept alot of info to a minimum I really enjoyed bein in the presence of someone who investigates those top secret crimes you see on t.v., read in books or hear about in the neighborhood. I would really like to know about extra terrestrial activity and also what are some of the upcoming events America should look out for.

-Jblount

Alyssa Cumberbatch said...

I was honestly surprised at exactly how secretive he had to be! I guess I didn't fully understand the responsiblity of the F.B.I until the guest speaker came to our school. His job is pretty interesting, and more complex than I imagined. I learned a lot about his duties, although he couldn't share the specifics with us. His willingness was duely noted, and his presence was entertaining as well as informative.

-Alyssa Cumberbatch

Durkhanai A. said...

The other day having Robert Lally in our school discussing things about the FBI and answering questions that we had. Even though he could not answer the interesting questions I still enjoyed listening to the information that he could talk about. When he started to talk about how people who used drugs and want to be an FBI agent may be forgiven and given jobs depending on a couple of tests that they have to pass. To me everythig we talked was interesting and surprising. Also like Manpreet said, something I also found interesting was that they make the more or less than teachers do. I thought they made so much more. But why is it they get paid that much? How come not more?

Casey B. said...

I think it was nice to have the FBI agent Robert Lally come to our school and discuss different topics with us. I also feel that he was very informative in some cases when discussing how minor changes can can make a big difference when going on undercover jobs. Like Jonathon said "..know about extra terrestrial activity and also what are some of the upcoming events America should look out for." I also would like to know so we can all be aware of our surroundings.

Alex P said...

Once i walked into the room awaiting as Vickie stated the sight of a man with dark sunglasses and a black suit with that earpiece that we all see in movies, I was taken aback when i saw the complete opposite. His presence felt calm and collected as someone wouldn't expect when think about the FBI. I took in all the facts and info he shared and truly believed it. One thing i don't believe though is when someone asks a serious or undercover question like "what is area 51?" or "what countries were involved?" and the response is "i don't know much about that", its obvious some things are just not meant to be shared with the ordinary public even though he probably does know plenty about it.

tobin v. said...

It was great having an actual F.B.I agent coming to our school and discussing his job with us. But the only problem was that Robert Lally was very secretive about the things he was investigating on. I couldn’t believe that he couldn’t even tell his family about what goes on at his job. I agree with what John said, F.B.I. agents have to be very anti-social and can’t tell anybody anything. Something I would like to know more about would be that if he gained a lot of experience from being in the army then going into the F.B.I. Would it be better that way?