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FBI Agents Don't Have Email Access 308

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the lazy-it dept.
the_bikeman writes "According to CNN, many FBI agents do not have access to an email account, and only 100 of the 2000 New York FBI agents have a Internet-ready mobile phone. Spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said 'e-mail addresses are still being assigned, adding that the city bureau's 2,000 employees would all have accounts by the end of the year.'"
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FBI Agents Don't Have Email Access

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  • Re:pre-9/11 (Score:2, Informative)

    by birder (61402) on Tuesday March 21, 2006 @10:12AM (#14963703) Homepage
    Easy, she cut (ctrl-x) the portions out of the document, piece by piece, and pasted them (ctrl-v) into the fields. Then she saved the empty file when done. Probably exited the application and clicked 'Yes' when it asked to save her document because as you know, everyone clicks 'Yes' when a popup appears. No thinking involved.

  • by RedneckTek (120165) on Tuesday March 21, 2006 @10:18AM (#14963734) Homepage
    You are not seriously naive enough to believe that technology is free are you?

    Behind every tech, whether free or not, is a cost. In the case of the FBI, I personally can see an email service necessitating many additional costs, such as: IT personnel to manage the service, hardware to run the service, AND (a biggie) securing the service from inside and outside. That's not even taking into account encryption setup and maintenence that you can bet they are going demand before even considering such a service.

    If you think you can just setup an Exim server, you're dead wrong.
  • Re:pre-9/11 (Score:5, Informative)

    by itismike (582070) on Tuesday March 21, 2006 @10:49AM (#14963938)
    Phil Agre's article entitled "How to Help Someone Use a Computer" http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/pagre/how-to-help.ht ml [ucla.edu] explains very clearly why such 'dumb' users may make the mistakes that they do. I was fortunate enough to come across this before my job at the Helpdesk and it has helped me realize how many problems are the user and how many are the system they find themselves entangled in.
  • by erik_norgaard (692400) on Tuesday March 21, 2006 @11:17AM (#14964111) Homepage
    Read the article:

    "Christine Monaco, a spokeswoman for the FBI in New York, said Monday that all FBI agents can communicate with each other via a secure internal e-mail system, and about 75 percent of the New York office's employees have outside e-mail accounts."

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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