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Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
So I can "officialize" my status!!
Another very interesting thread you've started here. You have my full attention, and I'm sure many others...
Starred and flagged.
[edit on 22-5-2008 by DimensionalDetective]
Originally posted by PokeyJoe
Its becoming extremely hard to stay off the grid these days...you can pretty much get any kind of information that you want off the internet if you know what you are doing.
Originally posted by PokeyJoe
I actually think that it would be a very interesting field to get into. I would imagine that the work is pretty cool, and you get nice satisfaction out of your job.
A detective agency is a business that has to travel to do business. If you are tracking a person down, you must know boundaries and what you can do within them.
Having a Southern Common Market, with MERCOSUR can affect this type of business in several ways. As a detective agency, I will have to consider many things, but we must consider the following for the country of Venezuela first.
While Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay have already been a part of MERCOSUR, Venezuela is relatively new to it and it is the stepping stone of the South American political system to open a similar trade bloc like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA with our own South American Free Trade Agreement, or SAFTA, which may potentially link up with NAFTA at a later date.
For the country of Venezuela, this can have many positive and negative repercussions on our economy. If the Venezuelan people let MERCOSUR open the doors to foreign trade, foreign business, and foreign politics, they risk the negative impact of losing individuality even more as a nation, the use of Spanish as the main language as English speaking people may become more dominant, as they have already had the influx of the Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African languages that were absorbed into their culture of the wonderful country of Venezuela.
President Hugo Chavez is already a very powerful man, but do they also give him more power through this transaction? Corruption is a distinct possibility with this man, who thinks the American government, through funding and conspiracy of the Central Intelligence Agency are conspiring against him through the use of the video game Mercenaries 2. Is this man a threat to the national stability of Venezuela’s economy? Is he el loco in the head and would this trade bloc help the Venezuelan people out to be rid of him, or would it give him more power to hold office indefinitely? Or what about the War On Drugs where Chavez who regularly accuses the U.S. government of plotting against him, said "the DEA isn't absolutely necessary for the fight against drug trafficking."
Does MERCOSUR help against this man, or does it make this paranoid man even more powerful? These are things I see as potential problems when MERCOSUR opens up Venezuela. I do not see Hugo Chavez letting Venezuela open its arms wide open, unless he controls all the marbles. Well, it seems Hugo Chavez may be a few marbles shy of a full bag, or is he? Is the United States government plotting to make an already paranoid man more paranoid? That is a distinct possibility, since the United States government used similar tactics against Cuba’s Fidel Castro. Hugo Chavez has sworn to send troops into Cuba to help Fidel Castro if the United States interferes with his hold on power. So, we see a dictator in Fidel Castro, and a shaky political leader in Hugo Chavez who see’s his political ally right on the door step of America.
Those are some pretty negative reasons that I see for MERCOSUR in the country of Venezuela, but those same things can be seen as positives in other ways. Since the country already has a very diverse culture and language spread, opening the door through a trade bloc may not be as negative an impact as I first thought. If the surrounding countries are not openly hostile with Venezuela, it may be a political coup in and of itself. You can not have a multi-culturally diverse country without finding ways of getting around the different cultures differences, or even looking to their similarities to secure business for the country. Also, would opening the doors of the country help to further stabilize the economy? This is something to consider, since something like this usually creates more jobs for people from different regions, and lessens jobs for the communities that were already existent. The people who possibly would be put out of work would need jobs supplied to them.
As far as detective agency goes, this can help and hurt the business. To have a detective agency in the first place, being fluent in many different languages would be a prerequisite, not just a something to consider. The first major negative for Spartan Detective Agency I would see, is that being an American in a foreign country would not be accepted immediately. The hiring of local people who are trustworthy, reliable, dedicated, and knowledgeable in the searching for people, tracking packages, surveillance, and patrolling techniques. This would help to increase the reputability of an “American gringo” in this foreign land.
The negatives of MERCOSUR itself for an American would be relocating to a place in Venezuela that has a reputable power supply company. Since Hugo Chavez has been attempting to build a nuclear energy plan, this may not be a consideration for long. Would Hugo Chavez be a fair man with the nuclear energy plan, or would he be another maniacal dictator like Fidel Castro? This is especially a touchy subject, since Hugo Chavez is trying to get help with his nuclear energy plan from Iran, the country the United States of America is attempting to keep from getting nuclear power. The United States of America has accused Iran of disguising its nuclear energy plan for future possible “terrorist actions” in the form of nuclear bombs.
I see this as a literal and metaphorical “time bomb” in Venezuela’s future as a nation and from the implementation of MERCOSUR itself. If the country has opened its borders to outside influence, what is to keep a foreign power like Iran from shipping in nuclear energy supplies while America’s attention is diverted elsewhere? What is to stop Cuba through Fidel Castro shipping weapons of mass destruction to Hugo Chavez?
If these countries are allying themselves together, is it wise to even consider investing in a detective agency in Venezuela in the first place? That’s another negative to consider for MERCOSUR and SAFTA in the country of Venezuela. Is this a literal, figurative, or chronological time bomb waiting to happen?
For positives for the detective agency, I see a few good things. Opening the doors of Venezuela to other countries surrounding it would be a positive, in that the currency of information may be allowed to flow more freely. You can not have a detective agency without information, its most fluid of currencies. Setting up alternate locations in other countries would be an additional benefit, not just in the information sense, but if someone is being followed for surveillance and they happen to cross a border, the rabbit can be passed onto another person on the other side of the border without border or territorial disputes that cause normal law enforcement organizations so many problems.
Using the example of America and the United Kingdom, Venezuela can also establish the same sharing of information about its citizens. The American Intelligence community is not allowed to spy on its own people, therefore it out sources this to the United Kingdom, and the United States does the same for the United Kingdom. This has already been established in the South American country of Argentina, one of Venezuela’s close neighbors.
I see this as a way of skirting civil liberties in American society, but I am not sure about the South American continent. I’m sure the detective agency could use similar techniques to gather intelligence data for its many cases of tracking down lost people, tracking cheating spouses, and any other cases that may present themselves. This would of course have to be set up independent from the national government, but would not be too difficult for the agencies to provide to each other. This would also be an opportunity to create more jobs for the jobless through a communication network of people sharing data for compensation through paychecks, possible insurance benefits, and retirement programs.
Training for these individuals would need to be done by locals, so as to give more people jobs locally and for the local dialects of language, specific regional differences of culture, and whatever other possibilities would present themselves. This would be in consideration of MERCOSUR opening the political, financial, and physical boundaries of the nation of Venezuela to outside nations in South America, and the rest of the world.
Of course the fact that the economy is lower than that of America would also be a consideration in the implementation of the detective agency. If people are used to being paid less, offering them better pay would be an incentive for them to stay at the job, and create their own sense of job loyalty, job security, and doing whatever it took to get the job done. If someone gets better pay, they will work harder to keep that pay. The rules of economics are universal, as are the rules of employment, and the rules of business. The almighty dollar or bolivares in this case rules.
Teaching the employees surveillance and counter-surveillance techniques would be important, as we not only want the employees to know how to track a person, but we also want them to not be spotted by the person they are tracking. The possibility of hiring ex-military or ex-intelligence agency specialists would need to be considered to pass on their training to our employees. Getting the employees up to speed, and then for them to be able to not only implement their training, but to then turn around and use their training to train other individuals through training sessions and active live demonstrations in the field would be of the utmost necessity.
Being sure of who was hired, through thorough background checks would be of the immediate and utmost importance also, as we would not want current Central Intelligence Agency agents working through this company and using it as a shell company to hide their assassins, spies, or intelligence gathering and intelligence sifting agents. This can be rather difficult as the Central Intelligence Agency is able to hire people of local origin, or hire American foreign nationals from the United States to infiltrate any and all organization it sees fits to get their job done.
I do not have a problem with the Central Intelligence Agency, but I know I would not want their business to ruin my business. If people start mysteriously dieing of poison, gunshot wounds to the heads of major political players like Fidel Castro, or Hugo Chavez can not only ruin that persons day, but it can run the business of a detective agency into the ground as well. No one wants to be known as the cover for a CIA assassin squad, or the shell organization that hides the finances of the CIA in a foreign country.
This does little for the credibility of a company, and makes people not want to talk to you, or come to you for assistance in finding out whatever they want to find out through a detective agency.
Retrieved June 30, 2006, from CIA World Fact Book : Venezuela Web site:
C.I.A. World Factbook : Venezuela
Retrieved June 30, 2006, from Common Ground/Common Sense Web site:
Common Ground/Common Sense Website
Retrieved June 30, 2006, from Chavez Accuses US Video Game Of Coup Attempt Web site:
Yahoo News : Chavez Accuses U.S. Video Games of Coup Attempt
Retrieved July 1, 2006, from Data Sharing Web site:
Data Sharing Website
Retrieved July 1, 2006, from Argentine Republic Web site:
Argentine Repulbic Website
Retrieved July 1, 2006, from Secret History Of The CIA Web site:
Secret History of the C.I.A. Website
David Tuff is indeed in a tough situation in regards to his job, his duties, and the morals he believes are more right than a policy that was changed for whatever reason Blue Mountain Security felt was necessary. I am a Security Officer at a Hospital for one of my two jobs, so this assignment hits close to home for me. If I was asked to uphold a policy which went against my morals and ethics I would do the same as David Tuff did. I see exactly how David Tuff sees his actions as having been the better decision, because a drunk driver leaving the lot of the Mall could potentially kill another human being, either themselves or another driver or even a pedestrian.
If I were David Tuff’s manager I probably would have dealt with this situation differently though as I know there are reasons for every decision. First of all I would have taken the time to discuss the policy change with all the Security Officers in a group meeting so I got immediate feedback and would see the body language of the staff of Security Officer below me and tell all of the Security Officer exactly why the policy changed and why it should be enforced. Since there is no reason in the text book for the change of policy we must assume the reasons for the policy change and not wanting to assume I will not discuss that here.
As Manuel Hernandez manager of Blue Mountain Security I would have first taken anyone who disagreed with the policy change to the side and discussed with them individually so that I could tell exactly what may need to be changed in regards to either schedule changes or the better possible change of instituting a cab fare reimbursement policy that the Security Officer could call a taxi for the inebriated individual to get home safely and make this both a policy change to adapt to the other policy change. This could be beneficial to both the Mall and Blue Mountain Security as a marketing pitch to show that the both companies cared enough about their customer that they did not want them to drink and drive. This could also be instituted with an exchange of service with a taxi service as an advertising and marketing technique so that both companies would benefit from it with placards in the Mall and the taxi’s stating that Blue Mountain Security, the Mall, the taxi service, and the local Police Department always wanted their customer to be able to return safely.
This would still be within the new policy in regards to escorting the inebriated individual off the property, just not in the usual manner of physical extraction or vehicular escort. Thinking outside the box towards both upholding the new policy and not causing any moral or ethical decision which would compromise any of my Security Officers or my company which should make everyone happy to some extent. The reason for these suggested ideas besides the assignment would be that policies and procedures are interchangeable and there is flexibility to them as they are not rules and regulations like the military even though the polices and procedures are modeled after military rules and regulations.
I do however see that David Tuff did compromise his company’s image both to the public and the media through what could be conceived as disloyalty and should be dealt with accordingly. Instead of dismissing the Security Officer however, there may have been a better solution to this situation and could have been given as an opportunity to David Tuff to resolve his own conflicting moral and ethical ideas which were in conflict with a new policy.
The text book does not disclose whether Manuel Hernandez agreed with the policy change or whether he was only upholding the new policy, so I would have possibly suggested that if David Tuff disagreed with the new policy that he take up the issue in a private meeting with my supervisor’s, the local Police Chief, and myself and give his side of the disagreement in writing so that it could be examined physically and I would have encouraged David Tuff to also get Police Statistics to back up his argument instead of imagined scenarios if he felt as strongly as he did about this policy change and possible larger liability to the Mall and Blue Mountain Security and possible injuries or deaths to those individuals which were to be escorted off the property.
Making statements without corroborating evidence, causing dissension within the ranks of the other employees, and abusive language are not ways to make someone see your point of view, nor is it a way to make a manager want to keep an employee.
These are reasons to me to begin looking for reasons to remove this individual from my employment as this is a divide and conquer technique that would cause a permanent rift within the company and would not be tolerated and possibly detrimental to the security of the Security Officers if employees with differing opinions were working together and a situation were to arise.
Another possible way to avoid this entire situation would be to call an ambulance to come get the inebriated individual to take them to a Hospital to be Marchman Acted, which in the state of Florida is called a Form 40 Marchman Act, another form of the Baker Act which states that an individual who is too inebriated to facilitate their own reasoning in a safe manner will be held at a medical facility until such time that they can be medically cleared to be transported to a psychiatric facility or released upon their own recognizance depending on the individual situation and the manner in which they were brought to the medical facility. Differing reasons for the individual being released upon their own recognizance would be that they were sober and the reason for the individual to be escorted to a psychiatric facility would be that they had possibly attempted suicide through inebriation and driving under the influence can be seen as a potential form of suicide.
This is another possible advertising and marketing ideas towards the Mall, the Security company and the local Police Department and the local Hospital which could show that the community cares enough about its citizens that these people would be taken care of in the best way possible. Using the proper wording for this of course would be necessary so as not to have any of the individual businesses look like they were abusing anyone’s rights or privileges.
David Tuff’s total disregard for the releasing of information about the polices of the Security company would be a direct violation of his continued employment so this is why I would have encouraged him to help the Mall, Blue Mountain Security, and myself to also come up with other alternative ideas on his own and with co-workers in a private meeting with myself. This would ensure that the issue would be resolved and that no one individual would go away from the discussion without having voiced their opinions and to keep the dissension to a minimum so the company, the Mall, and myself would not have as much difficulty and the employees would also have been given a chance to be a part of the solution instead of later becoming a part of the problem like the text book shows that both David Tuff, his co-workers, and all the individuals included ending up having made the problem worse.
I have a saying which is “Be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem” which all of my decisions within this assignment show. Using the problem and the people involved in a better manner instead of possibly looking like a dictatorial employer would both have created more harmony and a better work environment for all and potentially saved a lot of headaches, negative media attention, and potential for less lawsuits and further loss of money for the Mall and Blue Mountain Security in the long run.
Book Reference :
Beauchamp/Bowie, Business Ethics. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Pearson : Prentice/Hall
Retrieved October 21, 2006, from Florida Marchman Act/Baker Act Web site:
Verichip Corporation - Biochip Stock - E*Trade
Verichip Corporation - Biochip Stock - E*Trade
Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
Here are some links where the news and or other people are talking about the new American dollar, the "Amero" that may be out sooner than you think.
The New American Dollar - "The Amero"
American Currency Union - Amero
No More U.S. or Canadian $1
In Criminal Justice today the different departments are still getting over the competiveness and jurisdictional politics of the last couple of decades. The reason they are finally getting over this and co-operating together more is quite simple. September 11th has helped Law Enforcement work more as a cohesive unit in joint communication and joint co-operation in order to catch criminals through the War on Terror under an umbrella affect.
Through the use of crime statistics and knowledge of crime in general we see that drug crimes are not only tied to drugs but in this instance it is a drug trafficking ring. This means that not only are there 50 or so individuals distributing drugs, but there are transportation issues, crossing state boundaries issues, along with these individuals in the drug trafficking ring possibly being armed with weaponry. This is of course if they are smart and aware of the potential for being caught. Through the use of taking this case to Federal Courts and the United States Attorney's Office this case would be better tried and run through this as a means to secure Federal Search Warrants all at the same time. This should be done so there is no confusion between inter-departmental or juridictional politics between the agencies that are still learning to work together to catch criminals.
When it comes to a large case such as this, with 50 potential arrests and varying charges among the 50 individuals the need for caution in not wanting any potential mistakes which could have the entire case thrown out of court or the charged individuals being able to plea down to a lesser charge through inept investigations or common mistakes. Having this case handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office would be the best advisable course of action in order to have a Federal case brought against the criminals in the drug trafficking ring.
This drug trafficking ring would fall under the heading of "Organized Crime" since the 50 individuals are involved in a "large, multi-state conspiracy" it shows that it is organized to a large extent. Since this is a multi-state case and the investigating officer knows it is crossing stat boundaries he/she should know that his/her jurisdiction does not cross state boundaries. Depending on varying factors this case will definately have to go to the Federal Court system. This could be brought to the attention of the D.E.A., or Drug Enforcement Agency, or the F.B.I., or Federal Bureau of Investigation's attention to be pulled together with the United States Attorney's Office.
Some of the factors in deciding if this should be tried in a State Court or a Federal Court are the fact that this case involves many states, so it crosses state boundary lines, which would bring it into the F.B.I. or D.E.A.'s field of operations. The F.B.I. deals with crimes that cross state boundaries, like for example kidnapping is a one state problem until the perpetrator crosses a state line then the F.B.I. can step in and take the case. The D.E.A.'s mission statement say's that they their job is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regualations of the United States. One of their primary responbilities in carrying out this job or task is to investigate and prepare for the prosecution of major violators of controlled substance laws operating at interstate and or international levels. So, if after having read this assignment correctly, the text book, and the reference websites, I see that one Police Officer may be able to instigate the investigation of a drug trafficking ring, but it would be wise for him to bring the case to his superiors, who would in turn ask for help from the F.B.I. or D.E.A. depending on who is interested more in "Taking A Bite Out Of Crime."
Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century
Retrieved November 18, 2006, from Department of Justice : DEA - Drug Trafficking Web site:
Department of Justice Website - D.E.A.
Retrieved November 18, 2006, from Department of Justice : DEA - Mission Statement Web site:
Department of Justice Website - D.E.A. Mission Statement
Originally posted by Ihavenoidea
What about the people who want to in on the fun?
I sent a u2u to you by the way about this.
Certain states have different laws on becoming a PI.
Nevada requires a certain level of hours in law enforcement, working at a PI firm, or schooling.
[edit on 23-5-2008 by Ihavenoidea]