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AIG tells employees to be 'vigilant' about security

March 19, 2009 |  3:45 pm

American International Group is warning employees to take "protective measures" given the public's rage over the company's retention-bonus payments.

In a memo dated Wednesday and now posted on, AIG said that "it is crucial that everyone remain vigilant during this time and understand that if at any given moment a threat is perceived, 911 should be dialed immediately."

The company also provided some rather obvious "safety and security guidelines," including advising against wearing apparel emblazoned with the company’s insignia, making sure AIG corporate badges "are not readily visible when exiting the office" and to be "aware of individuals who appear to be out of place or spending an inordinate amount of time near an AIG facility."

(However, there were no instructions on what to do if an employee spots Joe Cassano.)

A company spokeswoman confirmed that the memo was legitimate.

New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo today said AIG had provided him with the names of the bonus recipients, as he had demanded. Cuomo said he was "aware of the security concerns of AIG employees, and we will be sensitive to those issues by doing a risk assessment before releasing any individual’s name."

-- Tom Petruno