Monday, June 01, 2015

The FBI: Combating America’s Head-On Collision

Safeguarding our homeland and protecting the nation is the responsibility of everyone. Each person has a role to play and must have their eyes wide open to dangers that threaten freedom, democracy, and our way of life.

The world is a much different place since the tragedy of 9/11. The order of the day is an abundance of caution and the clarion call to do something immediately if we suspect something.

America’s security and morale can change in a heartbeat but terrorism and violence is preventable.

America’s Head-On Collision

As requested by the FBI, I delivered a presentation titled “The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America” on May 28, 2015 for their New York Field Office leadership development series.

This is a follow up to numerous presentations for the bureau highlighting leadership, vigilance, and collaboration between law enforcement, private security, and all law-abiding people as critical to America’s security.

During this FBI presentation, I used my signature metaphor of a head-on train collision causing catastrophic chaos, painting the picture of America’s crisis of leadership and culture of violence.

As highlighted in a graphic presentation, the crisis of leadership included the following:

• Massive and pervasive arrests, indictments, convictions, and imprisonments of public officials on the federal, state, county, city, and local levels including recent cases of New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver and ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife.
• Continuous corporate fraud cases including Enron, WorldCom, Purdue Pharma L.P., Schering Plough, the narcissistic arrogance of Lehman’s Brothers Richard Fuld, and the long tentacles of Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion swindle that wreaked havoc on so many lives
• Scandals within the world of sports including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, indictments of high-ranking officials and corporate executives associated with FIFA, and the fall from grace of Olympic champions
• Crimes in religious communities, including the sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic Church compounded by disgraceful cover-ups from bishops who failed to protect society from contemptuous crimes that screamed to heaven for justice
• Scandals against our veterans who have borne the battle yet suffer from deplorable healthcare deficiencies, unemployment, and homelessness
• The entertainment world’s crisis of stars involved with substance abuse, domestic violence, and shootings

The crisis of violence was depicted with events including the following:

• Sexual assaults of teenagers by their peers with reprehensible postings of the attacks posted on-line that led to heart-breaking suicides of numerous victims
• Horrific incidents of school and campus violence including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and Yale University where a murdered student’s missing body was found on what would have been her wedding day
• Senseless workplace violence massacres the include the killing of 14 at a Binghamton, New York Immigration Office, the killing of 12 people during a Batman movie in Colorado, the beheading of a person in a Oklahoma food procession plant by a terminated employee, and the Navy Yard mass shooting that left 13 dead.
• On-going violence at houses of worship, once considered sanctuary, that include people shot dead during worship services and the killing of pastors and priests
• Senseless acts of terrorism including the Boston Marathon attack, 9/11, and the lone wolf attack of NYPD officers
• An uptick of police officer fatalities who died while faithfully protecting and serving our communities

FBI: Critical to America’s Security

As an organization whose priorities include protecting America from a terrorist attack, combating public corruption at all levels, and combating significant violent crime, the FBI is critical to turning the tide from this head-on collision.

The FBI mission is summarized in its motto of fidelity, bravery, and integrity as well as in its core values:

• Rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States
• Respect for the dignity of all those we protect
• Compassion
• Fairness
• Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity
• Accountability by accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions and the consequences of our actions and decisions
• Leadership, both personal and professional; and
• Diversity

Final Reflections

The nearly 35, 000 employees of the FBI and their tireless dedication to protect and defend our country are deserving of admiration and emulation of every American.

Our appreciation for their efforts and personal dedication to complement their mission, motto, and values is the heart of America’s security and reawakening the nation.

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1. FBI Director James Comey joins other federal officials, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch (left) at a press conference in New York regarding the indictments of nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives on corruption and racketeering charges. (Courtesy FBI)
2. FBI Hostage Rescue Team Rappelling from helicopter. (Courtesy FBI)
3. FBI Evidence Response Team (Courtesy FBI)

Vincent J. Bove presentations for the FBI:

* FBI Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) graduation keynote at Princeton University titled "American Leadership's Call in an Age of Crisis"
* FBI Counterintelligence Squad keynote at Fort Dix Military Base titled "America's Transforming Leadership Principles"
* FBI Supervisors keynote at Fort Monmouth Military Base titled "American Leadership Principles in an Age of Corruption"
* FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force keynote titled "America's Call to Leadership in an Age of Scandal"
* FBI Newark Field Office Annual Professional Development Conference keynote titled "Everyday Heroes Serving the Nation"
* FBI Citizens Academy Graduation keynote titled "Ambassadors of Community Transformation"
* FBI Newark Field Office Leadership Retreat keynote titled "The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America"
* FBI New York Office Leadership Development Series presentation titled "The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America"
* FBI Director's Community Leadership Award recipient remarks titled "Leadership: Critical to Transforming America"

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