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Archive for November 7th, 2011

Ex-CIA Agent Claims She Was Railroaded by Overzealous Detroit Fed Prosecutors and FBI Agents

By David Ashenfelter
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Nada Prouty, the former Taylor woman who was drummed out of the CIA, prosecuted and stripped of her U.S. citizenship in 2007 because of a fraudulent marriage, says in a new book that she was railroaded by overzealous prosecutors and FBI agents in Detroit.

“They had no interest in the truth,” Prouty, 41, says in “Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA” (Palgrave Macmillan, 282 pages, $26). She is launching a two-week nationwide tour today to promote the book.

“As a national security worker, I was an easy target,” Prouty said, adding that prosecutors coerced her into pleading guilty, partly by threatening to destroy her husband’s career at the State Department. She said she is a patriot who put her life on the line in the war on terror as an FBI agent and CIA officer.

Prouty pleaded guilty in 2007 to citizenship fraud and accessing an FBI computer without authorization to get information about a Detroit-based national security investigation involving Hizballah, which the U.S. designates as a Lebanese terrorist group.

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Aaron Ford to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

Aaron Ford/fbi photo

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Aaron T. Ford, an inspector at FBI headquarters, who has a law degree from Rutgers, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis Division.

As inspector, he oversaw field office and headquaters inspections, shooting incident review teams, audits, and special inquiries.

Ford began his career with the FBI in August 1985 and was first assigned to the St. Louis Division, where he worked violent crime and organized crime matters. He was also a SWAT team member.

In June 1989, he moved east to the Newark Division where he served as a team leader on the SWAT team. In August of that year, he was promoted to supervisory special agent on a drug squad.

Two years later, in January 2000, he became a supervisor for the public corruption/civil rights squad. In August 2005, he was assigned as supervisory special resident agent of the Red Bank , N.J. Resident Agency.

He returned to the mothership at headquarters in February 2006, as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

The following year, he returned to Newark as an assistant special agent in charge.

 

De Niro to Play Swindler Bernie Madoff in HBO Film

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He shined in “Goodfellas” and “Raging Bull”, just to name a few.

Now the big-screen legend Robert De Niro is about to play the 21st Century’s legendary swindler Bernie Madoff in an HBO movie, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the project has hired Reservation Road scribe John Burnham Schwartz to write the script.

Deadline Hollywood reported that HBO has optioned the book by d Diane Henriques “The Wizard Of Lies: Bernie Madoff And The Death Of Trust.”

Now if they can only figure out a way to get Joe (“You Think I’m Funny?) Pesci in the movie.

DEA Commando-Style Squads Operating Far Beyond the War Zone

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA’s commando style squads that were established during the Bush years to battle Taliban-linked drug traffickers in Afghanistan are operating in regions far beyond that war zone, field, according to the New York Times.

The Times reports that the DEA now has five commando-style squads that have been “quietly deploying for the past several years to Western Hemisphere nations — including Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Belize — that are battling drug cartels.”

“You have got to have special skills and equipment to be able to operate effectively and safely in environments like this,” said Michael A. Braun, a former head of operations for the drug agency who helped design the program, the Times reported. “The D.E.A. is working shoulder-to-shoulder in harm’s way with host-nation counterparts.”

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Off-Duty Secret Service Agent Fires at Peeping Tom

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Being a Peeping Tom can be dangerous business.

The Associated Press reports that an an off-duty Secret Service agent fired a shot Sunday night at someone he susupected of videotaping his daughter through a window at their home at Mercer Island in the Seattle area.

AP, citing police, reported that the agent went into his backyard and identified himself, and when the person made a “furtive move”, the agent fired.

AP reported that the suspect ran off and it was unclear if the person was hit.

Hoover Had it Out for LA Times Reporter Jack Nelson: Feared He Would Report He was a Homosexual

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Richard A. Serrano
Los Angeles Times

As this week’s release date of the movie “J. Edgar” approaches, more info seems to be surfacing about the legendary FBI director.

The latest: Richard Serrano of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hoover became obsessed in the early 1970s with a new reporter in Washington, Jack Nelson of the Los Angeles Times, and was concerned he was going to report that Hoover was a homosexual.

The Times reported that a top aide to President Nixon in 1970 told Hoover that Nelson was gunning for him.

“Keep an eye on these characters,” the FBI director wrote, referring to Nelson and two of his editors at the Los Angeles Times, according to the Times. “They are up to no good.”

He also eventually wrote in memos:”Nelson is a mental case” and “he is a rat” and “jackal” and “a lice-covered ferret.”

Serrano wrote: “For two years in the early 1970s, Hoover nursed an obsession with the new reporter in the nation’s capital. His agents pumped journalists for dirt on Nelson. He put Nelson on the bureau’s list of ‘untouchables,’ reporters who were to receive no cooperation.”

The Times reports that “Hoover was convinced — mistakenly — that Nelson planned to write that the FBI director was homosexual.”

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Reader Comments

Comment from Alan Stamm | [e]
Time November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

Let’s pause now to imagine how the 1970 agent(s) felt when assigned the high-value, closely monitored mission of ferreting out dirt on a journalist through to pose a clear and present danger . . . to the director.

That may have felt like an unexpected, unwanted career turn. “Wonder if they’re hiring at ATF,” he well may have mused.

FBI’s #2 Guy Sean Joyce Brings Intensity to the Job

Sean Joyce/fbi photo

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — In the middle of the Pakistani night, near the border with Afghanistan, a team of FBI agents dressed in native garb descended on a hotel room. One of those agents, Sean M. Joyce, kicked in the door, tackled a screaming Pakistani man and threw him to the ground.

The 1997 raid resulted in the capture of Mir Aimal Kasi, who was later executed for murdering two CIA employees outside the agency’s Langley headquarters. And it marked a milestone in the ascension of Joyce, who in September became the FBI’s deputy director, the bureau’s second-ranking job.

With his wire glasses, receding hairline and thick Boston accent, Joyce could be mistaken for a college professor or corporate executive. In fact, he nearly was — he graduated from business school, interned on Wall Street and fielded job offers from leading financial firms.

But Joyce, 50, was drawn to law enforcement because, he said, “there’s something more to life than just making a lot of money.’’

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