President Lincoln found it necessary to hire a
private investigator - Alan Pinkerton - for protection. And that was the
beginning of the Secret Service. Since that time, federal police authority
has grown to a large number of multi-letter agencies - FBI, CIA, INS, IRS,
DEA, BATF, etc...
Now we have the "Federal Air Transportation Airport Security Service."
Can't you just see them now, these highly trained men and women in their dark
outfits with the agency initials in large white letters across their