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Know your rights GOOD MORNING My name is investigator Holmes Do you mind answering a few simple questions If you open your door one day and are greeted with those words STOP AND THINK Whether it is the local police or the FBI at your door you have certain legal rights of which you ought to be aware before you proceed any further In the first place when law enforcement authorities come to see you there are no simple questions Unless they are investigating a traffic accident you can be sure that they want information about somebody And that somebody may be you Rule number one to remember when confronted by the authorities is that there is no law requiring you to talk with the police the FBI or the representative of any other investigative agency Even the simplest questions may be loaded and the seemingly harmless bits of information may later become vital links in a chain of circumstantial evidence against you or a friend Such an invitation not only gives him the opportunity to look around for clues to your lifestyle friends reading material etc but also tends to prolong the conversation The longer the conversation the more chance there is for a skill investigator to find out what he wants to know Many times a police officer will ask you to accompany him to the police station to answer a few questions In that case simply thank him for the invitation and indicate that you are not disposed to accept it at this time Often the authorities simply want to photograph a person for identification purposes a procedure which is easily accomplished by placing him in a private room with a two-way mirror at the station asking him a few innocent questions and then releasing him If the
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