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    I'm speaking from experience on that one.    

    A full-on FIE report starts with a cover page and a summary, then includes the items of evidence, and then (for some of us anyway) includes an analysis section.   The various elements in each section are numbered, and the sections are preceded with HTML-like stuff that makes it easier for them to be read by various software applications that are used behind the scenes.  

    The analysis section is typically not big-picture stuff, but points that stick very very close to the evidence.  For example, "The sequence of timing of the events captured in FIE 3, 4, and 5, indicates that the POI (person of interest) had insider knowledge of the criminal act that occurred per FIE 8."  

    Everyone on our side who is concerned with busting baddies should learn how to do this.  We should have a standard practices document for doing it.  And we should be sure that people understand the limits of the laws as to what is and what isn't prosecutable, so that we don't end up clogging law enforcement & intel channels with noise such as reports that aren't actionable.  

    For example if someone says "We need to arm ourselves and overthrow the government by force!" that's protected speech.  But if someone makes a specific threat against a public official, or calls for others to commit specific criminal acts against specific targets, that's arguably prosecutable and at least should be investigated.  

    There's a lot more to be said about all of this some other time.  

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