National Geographic : 1961 Jun
TRAINING DEMONSTRATIONSPECIALLY ARRANGEDFOR THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICV) N.G.S. Blackboard map and aerial photograph help Los Angeles agents plan surveillance of a suspected extortionist. Two men will eye the suspect's home from an apartment close by; others will trail him by car. When their man picks up the $20,000 demanded of the victim, FBI agents will close in to arrest him. "Well, this young brave figured that if he reported for military duty the tradition would be violated. He would be responsible to the tribe and would lose his right to become a snake doctor, a high honor in the Hopi tribe. "Anyhow, an FBI investigation ultimate ly proved that the Indian youth was truly a pacifist, and the local draft board exempt ed him from military service as a conscien tious objector." Smuggling Causes Problems In San Juan, Puerto Rico, SAC John Speakes has the challenging task of watch ing over the security of Uncle Sam's Carib bean citizens. "One of our biggest problems," said Speakes, "is the illegal transportation of lot tery tickets. The numbers lottery is legal in Puerto Rico, but not in the States, where there's a big demand among Puerto Rican immigrants. There's also a tidy profit for the smuggler, since a 25-cent ticket brings 50 cents or more on the mainland." New York City, with its polyglot millions 868 and the Nation's largest port of entry, has the biggest field office of all. "Here," declared SAC Harvey G. Foster, "we've got everything. There is probably no form of crime we don't encounter." So extensive is the New York City opera tion that not one but four assistant special agents in charge direct more than 1,000 FBI investigators. "In New York, the bizarre is accepted as the usual," explained ASAC Alton M. Bryant. "Strangers aren't recognized as strangers, and the public has a live-and-let-live attitude. By which I mean that you and I could go out and start sawing our way into a truck in broad daylight. Chances are nobody would say a word; people would figure it was none of their business, and that we had a perfectly legitimate reason for doing it. "You remember that cartoon about a man being dragged down a manhole by an octo pus?" Bryant went on. "And the New York crowd walked on by, as if the thing were an everyday affair? That's what we're up against, a blase city."