FBI Art Crime Team Training

FBI Art Crime Team Training


Bonnie Magness-Gardiner: The FBI has worked on art theft cases, cultural property crimes, for many, many years. It far precedes the creation of the Art Crime Team. In 2003, when the Baghdad Museum was looted, the U.S. government generally, and the FBI in particular, noted that there was a real need at that instant to have a rapid-deployment set of law enforcement personnel who could go in and know something about art, how to handle it, cultural property crime and how to investigate it. Indeed, having a national investigative team has been very valuable in the successful investigation and prosecution of these cultural property cases. [sound of traffic] The Art Crime team support agents on cases and provides annual training. The most recent training was in December in New York City. Once a year we bring them all to New York. And the nature of art crimes cultural property crimes, is that they tend to be national and international. Thus it’s important for two reasons to get the agents to a single place once a year for training. First, to provide them with some background in the business of art and art handling, conservation, art history, analytical techniques. But also to allow them the opportunity to speak to each other about their ongoing cases. Special Agent David Kice: So I’m learning not only how other agents have worked these cases from start to finish and taken them to prosecution. But then I’m also learning from experts in the art world about authentication and curation, both in terms of an art historical perspective and a scientific perspective. Magness-Gardiner: There is a very profound cultural significance to these works of art. Sometimes they are Native American artifacts that need to go back to their tribal owners. In some cases they are masterpieces of art that have come from private collections and they go back to those private collections. Special Agent Geoff Kelly: For the last eight years I’ve been the case agent for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery investigation. There were 13 works of art that were taken. There were 11 paintings, a beaker, and the finial off a Napoleonic flag. Included in the 13 works of art was a Vermeer, which is one of only 35 Vermeers in existence, so that is an extremely valuable painting in and of itself, along with some Rembrandts, some Degas sketches. Magness-Gardiner: Art crime has a special allure for the public. It may be because so many of these major heists have been visualized formally in the movies and there’s this glamour of Cary Grant or Pierce Brosnan as the thief who is highly cultured and gorgeous and has beautiful clothes and moves in a very high social setting. The reality, of course, is quite different. They tend to be burglars with no particular interest in art. Special Agent Kelly: These items that are taken are part of our cultural heritage, and as such it’s important that we try and expend all available resources to get them back.

13 Comments

  • PAPIMONDO510 says:

    I thought we were trying to stop terrorisms, not a bunch of dumb kids spraying paint on walls

  • Jamal Johnson says:

    Lawl its paint this is fail, don't send the party van pl0x.

  • MrSleeps says:

    art was meant for the world to see not for some rich guy to selfishly hold on to them only making it visible to whom he choses. its to bad what happened to their art now that they are long gone i would bet money it was never meant to be viewed as it is now.

  • TV 2 FILM says:

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  • socialism-is-slavery says:

    @MoJoThundRpants You don't know anything.

  • socialism-is-slavery says:

    I can't wait to start my internship. I definitely want to get into this when I'm done with school.

  • tanya dempsey says:

    I am a world-class artist.(59th Locarno International film festival,
    Movie Black eyed dog) I did not receive royalties. I am also the victim
    of a systematic murder. I am now terminally ill.
    depending how well i
    am able to take care of myself(lately)due to medical negligence due to
    hatred inciting. and EXTREMELY physically abusive thieves/ex
    boyfriends/con artists. Local RCMP are inactive/incompetent or involved
    eg..human trafficking(my child was stolen and given to the statutory
    rapist. She and I have been & are being kept from having a
    relationship (owning other people, she has three kids too.)
    I was
    threatened with an axe a couple of days ago rcmp did not charge the
    individual(several people need to be. I am outright being denied my
    rights and am being murdered & oppressed robbed abused..etc…
    Please contact the correct art crime investigators!!!!!!! I am also
    independently a working artist. I am having a very difficult time
    putting people i jail for this!!!!

  • tanya dempsey says:

    I am a world-class artist.(59th Locarno International film festival,
    Movie Black eyed dog) I did not receive royalties. I am also the victim
    of a systematic murder. I am now terminally ill.
    depending how well i
    am able to take care of myself(lately)due to medical negligence due to
    hatred inciting. and EXTREMELY physically abusive thieves/ex
    boyfriends/con artists. Local RCMP are inactive/incompetent or involved
    eg..human trafficking(my child was stolen and given to the statutory
    rapist. She and I have been & are being kept from having a
    relationship (owning other people, she has three kids too.)
    I was
    threatened with an axe a couple of days ago rcmp did not charge the
    individual(several people need to be. I am outright being denied my
    rights and am being murdered & oppressed robbed abused..etc…
    Please contact the correct art crime investigators!!!!!!! I am also
    independently a working artist. I am having a very difficult time
    putting people i jail for this!!!!

  • tanya dempsey says:

    I am a world-class artist.(59th Locarno International film festival,
    Movie Black eyed dog) I did not receive royalties. I am also the victim
    of a systematic murder. I am now terminally ill.
    depending how well i
    am able to take care of myself(lately)due to medical negligence due to
    hatred inciting. and EXTREMELY physically abusive thieves/ex
    boyfriends/con artists. Local RCMP are inactive/incompetent or involved
    eg..human trafficking(my child was stolen and given to the statutory
    rapist. She and I have been & are being kept from having a
    relationship (owning other people, she has three kids too.)
    I was
    threatened with an axe a couple of days ago rcmp did not charge the
    individual(several people need to be. I am outright being denied my
    rights and am being murdered & oppressed robbed abused..etc…
    Please contact the correct art crime investigators!!!!!!! I am also
    independently a working artist. I am having a very difficult time
    putting people i jail for this!!!!

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