The NYPD, the FBI, and the CIA have engaged for years in serious competition to determine which organization is the most deft apprehender of criminals. The president, wanting to resolve the question once and for all, directs his chief of staff to release a rabbit into a forest, and challenges each organization to utilize its best methods to bring the rabbit in to him.
The CIA goes in.
They place animal informants throughout the forest. They place hidden microphones on all of the trees and motion detectors behind each rock. After three months of intensive investigations, they conclude that rabbits do not exist.
The FBI goes in.
After two weeks with no leads, they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and they make no apologies — the rabbit had it coming.
The NYPD goes in.
A mere two hours later they come out leading a badly beaten bear by the ear. The bear is yelling, “Okay, okay, I’m a rabbit, I’m a rabbit.”
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Let’s flip the process for this post — what lesson(s) do you take away from this piece? Leave a comment!
(I’m not going to sit this one out! I have ideas — see the tags above for this post…)