Sat, Aug 21, 2004
New York Special Agent-In-Charge Felix Jimenez refuses to
comment on motivation for internal memo
An internal memo
uncovered by the New York Daily News has made the news for
instructing federal air marshals to wear suits and ties while
performing their duties during the same period in which the
Republican convention will be taking place in New York.
The memo, issued by (NY) Special Agent-In-Charge Felix Jimenez,
states that during the period from August 29 to September 3 "all
[New York] FAMs (federal air marshals) will be required to wear
coat and tie on all domestic missions." According to the memo, the
order is being given to try to ensure that air marshals "blend in"
with the folks attending the convention. The memo added that
marshals can "revert to summer dress code" after the convention,
but did not add any details.
However, a number of members of the air marshal corps are not
happy about the memo, which they say is completely opposite to the
established policy of wearing "undercover" clothing on the job.
"They want all these people going to the convention to know there
are marshals on the flights," said one of the marshalls. "It's just
a big public relations stunt."
Agent Jimenez refused to comment on the memo, other than to
confirm that he was the author. Dave Adams, spokesperson for the
Federal Air Marshall program, also refused to comment on the dress
code memo, but he did say that "Nothing in our policy is going to
threaten the lives of marshals."
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