Special Surveillance Group

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The Special Surveillance Group (SSG) is a highly classified unit of "Investigative Specialists", distinct from Special Agents, within the US Federal Bureau of Investigation that specialize in clandestine vehicular and foot surveillance of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens known or suspected of engaging in espionage or terrorism in the U.S. and elsewhere. Investigative Specialists are not normally armed, and do not make arrests. Informally they have been called "ghosts".[1]

Prospective Investigative Specialists attend nine weeks[2] of specialized training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.[3] They carry FBI credentials and badges, and conduct investigative work alongside Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Spying on the spy: Raw Story interviews former FBI investigator Eric O'Neill". The Raw Story. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  2. ^ "Surveillance Careers | FBIJOBS". Fbijobs.gov. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  3. ^ "Eric ONeill". Eric ONeill. Retrieved 2017-02-01.

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