Quantico centers around FBI trainee turned agent Parrish. The villain of the season requires Parrish to pull some secret data. Which turns out to be movement plans and routes for presidential level government official.

But this type of information should only be accessible to the Secret Service, the ones that are in charge of protecting the President and Vice President and others. Its strictly need to know. Why does the FBI have this info?

Edit: Season 1 episode 13 and 16 also have this issue. The FBI is protecting a Senator and Vice Presidential candidate. This is normally done by the Secret Service. Yet none were anywhere to be found.

Has the show or production addressed this discrepancy in agency conduct?

Please use spoil tags for any plot related explanation.

  • I'm pretty sure the FBI gets this information ahead of time, since they would be expected to watch for high-level threats from their usual sources and inform the secret service. My understanding was that the FBI would receive a number of different "possible routes" they'd be expected to clear in advance, and the Secret Service decides on the final route at the last minute.
    – KutuluMike
    May 14, 2016 at 22:25
  • The Secret Service doesn't protect senators. They do protect "major" presidential and vice presidential candidates, within 120 days of the general election (or sometimes in other cases if ordered to do so). May 15, 2016 at 0:28
  • @NateEldredge she's on the VP short list. Even though she's also a Senator. Like in real life, Hilary has SS protection as a former first lady, even while she became a senator.
    – cde
    May 15, 2016 at 0:32
  • If she's only on a short list, and hasn't actually been nominated, there's a good chance she wouldn't qualify for Secret Service protection. May 15, 2016 at 0:36
  • @NateEldredge let me rephrase. In the flashbacks, she's on the short list. In the post grand central bombing S1/S2, she's the VP candidate.
    – cde
    May 15, 2016 at 0:38

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The future events, the ones 9 months after Alex Parrish started training, revolve around terrorism in New York City. After the first half of season 1, Alex is assigned to the New York field office. The key points of both is that the FBI is in charge of terrorism prevention and after-attack events.

The reason for the FBI's involvement with the Vice Presidential Candidate and the Presidential Routes is that the FBI leads the Joint Terrorism Task Force:

A Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is a partnership between various American law enforcement agencies that is charged with taking action against terrorism, which includes the investigation of crimes such as wire fraud and identity theft. The agencies that a JTTF comprises generally include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, other federal agencies (notably Department of Homeland Security components such as U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, and the U.S. Secret Service as well as the Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service), state and local law enforcement, and specialized agencies, such as railroad police.[2]

JTTFs engage in surveillance, electronic monitoring, source development and interviews in their pursuits. FBI task forces obtain written memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between participating law enforcement agencies. The FBI provides funds to pay for participating agencies' expenses, such as officer overtime, vehicles, fuel, cell phones, and related office costs.

In the Show

Before the Bank Bombing, the FBI is there because of the Grand Central Bombing, while the Senator/Vice Presidential Candidate is also in NYC. It's a coincidence, so the FBI/JTTF ups security.

Post bombing, FBI Agent Wyland was the FBI liaison to Senator Hass' Secret Service detail in the JTTF, and thus has access to the Secret Service information. She was later removed as liaison due to her takedown of the unidentified EMT at the mall and the incident at the Town Hall in s02e05 "Clue". This is why Alex used Wyland's fingerprint for access, and why FBI Agent Wyland even had access in the first place.


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