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  • mike booth
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    Agreed, that's why you walk away from a job when you "know" something wrong is happening, so you don't have to see it happening.

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  • Curtis Baillie
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    Yes - but it is a matter of ethics.

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  • mike booth
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    "Knowing" something illegal is going on and witnessing it isn't the same thing.

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  • N. A. Corbier
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    Originally posted by Bill Warnock
    ACP01:
    You cannot just walk away from illegality. Your intention is invited to 18USC Section 4, Misprision of Felony. The statute begins with the word "Whoever." There are folks who have been fined and imprisoned for three years or both. State statutes have much the same under either that title or "facilitation."
    If you know of or witness a felony, you have for all practical purposes, "rubbed the lamp."
    Enjoy the day,
    Bill
    While the average crime is not detected, dealing with high profile people who's investigation would be "higher priority" than the average crime complicates things. If you have knowledge of a celebrity or CEO of a Fortune 500 company doing illegal things, it may come back to haunt you if someone goes on a witch hunt.

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  • Bill Warnock
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    Originally posted by ACP01
    The original post could have been about protecting the CEO of a corparation as well as a celebrity.

    If the guy is having an affair is it up to you to tell the wife or be discreet?
    If he has a drinking problem? What if one of his kids raids the liqour cabinet all the time without the principals knowledge?
    Would you tell the press or would you keep quiet about it?

    The day to day activities is what the original poster was talking about.
    You hear interesting things during a protection detail. You see things also.
    Sometimes these things would just be embarrassing to the principal. Other things may cost them in a business sense. Giving out privelidged info could also get them killed and you along with him.

    If there is illegal stuff going on all you have to do is resign. No one can make you go along with it.
    ACP01:
    You cannot just walk away from illegality. Your intention is invited to 18USC Section 4, Misprision of Felony. The statute begins with the word "Whoever." There are folks who have been fined and imprisoned for three years or both. State statutes have much the same under either that title or "facilitation."
    If you know of or witness a felony, you have for all practical purposes, "rubbed the lamp."
    Enjoy the day,
    Bill

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  • ACP01
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    Originally posted by Mr. Security
    This is a difficult job, and one that may conflict with a desire to be law-abiding. Many celebrities lead lifestyles that involve drug/alcohol abuse and who knows what else. Do you really want to be sworn to secrecy when criminal activity is involved? They also tend to make enemies and attract nut-jobs. It might be one thing to work for the secret service and take a bullet for the President, but do you really want to do the same thing for a celebrity?
    The original post could have been about protecting the CEO of a corparation as well as a celebrity.

    If the guy is having an affair is it up to you to tell the wife or be discreet?
    If he has a drinking problem? What if one of his kids raids the liqour cabinet all the time without the principals knowledge?
    Would you tell the press or would you keep quiet about it?

    The day to day activities is what the original poster was talking about.
    You hear interesting things during a protection detail. You see things also.
    Sometimes these things would just be embarrassing to the principal. Other things may cost them in a business sense. Giving out privelidged info could also get them killed and you along with him.

    If there is illegal stuff going on all you have to do is resign. No one can make you go along with it.

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  • Bill Warnock
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    Originally posted by Mr. Security
    This is a difficult job, and one that may conflict with a desire to be law-abiding. Many celebrities lead lifestyles that involve drug/alcohol abuse and who knows what else. Do you really want to be sworn to secrecy when criminal activity is involved? They also tend to make enemies and attract nut-jobs. It might be one thing to work for the secret service and take a bullet for the President, but do you really want to do the same thing for a celebrity?
    Mr. Security:
    Point well taken!
    If federal law is involved that is misprision, some states as well and others it is facilitation. Someone that stupid to keep quiet under any circumstances is hopefully not part of this profession.
    Enjoy the day,
    Bill

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  • Mr. Security
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    Celebrity Security

    This is a difficult job, and one that may conflict with a desire to be law-abiding. Many celebrities lead lifestyles that involve drug/alcohol abuse and who knows what else. Do you really want to be sworn to secrecy when criminal activity is involved? They also tend to make enemies and attract nut-jobs. It might be one thing to work for the secret service and take a bullet for the President, but do you really want to do the same thing for a celebrity?

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  • ACP01
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    Discretion isn't just for celebrity close protection. It goes for every security postion.

    Don't tell that you escort thousands of dollars on Wednesdays but only a few hundred on Fridays.
    That an employee always leaves the back gate unlocked when he leaves.
    These and many other things can come back and bite you.
    "Loose lips sink ships" was a WW2 and Cold-War saying.

    In Close Protection you are endangering your clients life and/or their families if you give info out. Something I look at also is, you are endangering your own life as well. The best way to get to a target to make a kill is take out the guard first! Why give them any advantage?

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    Celebrity bodyguards need discretion?

    So you want to be a celebrity bodyguard: do you have discretion?

    One important skill that you need as a bodyguard is discretion. Discretion is the skill of keeping secrets and not disclosing information to people who should not know it. One difficulty to being a personal bodyguard is you have to treat your job as if you are in the CIA. You can never share any information with anyone. Never. Ever. You never know when it’s going to come back and haunt you. So what I’m saying is learn how to keep your mouth shut.

    As a celebrity bodyguard you hear and see a lot of things, and celebrities live a very interesting life. You are so close to someone and are around them all the time, so there is no room for modesty or having to correct oneself. The celebrity must be able to feel free enough to be themselves and confident it will not be a public issue.

    The National Enquirer and other tabloids will pay you a lot of money for some of the secrets you’ll know. But you’ll never be able to work in this industry again if you say anything to anyone. Being discreet is perhaps the most important ‘skill’ required to be successful as a professional bodyguard. When you are dealing with anyone’s life, especially one about whom the public is desperate to know, you always have to think before you speak, whether to family, friends, fans or reporters. I make it a point of NEVER asking a celebrity about his or her personal life. If and when the celebrity becomes comfortable with me, and we have built a relationship based on trust, he or she will often bring it up.”

    You may think something as harmless as giving your celebrity’s home address to a company you’re buying something from is nothing big. But who knows who’s taking your order? It could be a crazed fan. So you have to have a secure mailing address to get packages.

    Remember you are the buffer between the outside world and your celebrity. That means you have to learn how to fend off the press as well. Maybe you’re setting up a party for your boss and some nice looking gal or guy wants to know where it’s going to be. You have to keep that information from them at all costs. Get used to repeating yourself and saying, “He/she can’t give an interview right now. Thanks for your interest.” You’ll get to know what you need to say, but basically, you’re revealing nothing. That’s the point.

    Overall, what’s expected is everything it takes to make the life of your celebrity easier, more comfortable, and the main thing SAFER, and that will vary according to with whom you’re working. Anticipating needs is a big one— being able to look at a situation and determine what can go wrong and make sure it doesn’t; or knowing how to fix a problem once it occurs (which requires you to familiarize yourself with all the players, their jobs, and who has the power to make the problem go away, quickly), which means you better have some terrific relationships in place. This, of course, takes time and experience.”

    Harlan (Hucky) Austin
    www.bodyguardcareers.com

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