My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror

By Louis J. Freeh

A brilliant New York Times and Washington Post bestseller, My FBI is the definitive account of yankee legislations enforcement through the Clinton years and within the run-up to September eleven. Louis Freeh is apparent eyed, frank, the final word realist, and he deals resolute imaginative and prescient for the struggles ahead.

"[Freeh] comes off because the genuine deal, an honorable, hard-working guy, a faithful public servant and father, a proficient legal professional and onetime federal prosecutor."---The ny Times

"Freeh did his state an excellent provider by means of staying on as FBI director to be a witness---a fact teller, if you happen to will---to the entire nefarious goings-on on the Clinton White residence. As with such a lot debates surrounding the Clinton presidency, it comes right down to this: Do you suspect Louis Freeh, or do you suspect invoice Clinton? If there continues to be any doubt, this publication ceaselessly solutions that question."---The Philadelphia Inquirer

"In one of many year's extra explosive Washington memoirs, Freeh pulls no punches."---The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The FBI that Freeh took over in the summertime of 1993 used to be nonetheless reeling from the bloody standoff at Ruby Ridge and the conflagration on the department Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Unpopular, underfunded, and understaffed, the Bureau was once additionally creeping alongside within the technological darkish a long time. For 8 years---the moment longest tenure of any director for the reason that J. Edgar Hoover---Freeh may struggle teeth and nail to show the FBI around.

In My FBI, we keep on with Freeh via his five-year conflict opposed to Clinton, nationwide safety Adviser Sandy Berger, and others to win indictments for the Khobar bombings in 2001, which said that Iranian executive officers performed a job within the attack.

No ask yourself invoice Clinton referred to as Freeh a "law enforcement legend" while he nominated him to be FBI Director. No ask yourself, both, that after Clinton thus referred to as that appointment the worst one he made as president, Freeh thought of it "a badge of honor."

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The Italian underworld divides into 4 crucial teams: the Sicilian Mafia, established (obviously) in Sicily and the fountainhead of all of the different Italian-based Mafias; the Camorra, or Neapolitan Mafia, out of Naples; the ’Ndrangheta, derived from the Greek for “courage” or “loyalty,” shaped in Calabria within the 1860s through Sicilians banished from their island domestic; and the Sacra Corona Unita (United Sacred Crown) out of the Puglia area in southeastern Italy. the yank Mafia, formally los angeles Cosa Nostra (or, approximately, Our Thing), owes a debt to all 4 teams; yet its maximum ties, some distance and away, are to the Sicilians. traditionally, the Mafia and the Cosa Nostra stored an ocean among them, yet via the past due Nineteen Seventies, the Sicilians have been changing into usual on Bonanno kinfolk turf, relatively the world round Knickerbocker road in Brooklyn. They appeared to personal the narcotics alternate, or a minimum of they have been seriously sharing in it with their American hosts. a few Sicilians may possibly also be present in the Bonanno chain of command, yet shut because the ties have been, the 2 teams operated in pretty separate spheres, with extensively various kinds. The Cosa Nostra men have been boastful to the purpose of recklessness. they might allow key bits of knowledge slip whereas conversing on telephones which may be simply tapped. occasionally we wouldn’t need to twine the telephones in any respect. One Italian-American gangster we saved shut ties on loved to walk out in entrance of his social membership and do company on the street, status subsequent to a mailbox. So very overdue one evening we filled an FBI agent into the field the goon beloved to lean on and enable him hear in. regrettably, we couldn’t retrieve our reside microphone till the center of the subsequent evening, but when he obtained a terrible backache, we received nice intelligence. The Sicilians have been simply the other, extra like KGB than Cosa Nostra. They’d use pay telephones, they usually wouldn’t remain on lengthy. What’s extra, they spoke a language that even local Italians have hassle figuring out. The Sicilians depended on nobody except their very own, and with the exception of these few who had company ties to the Bonanno family members, they suggested to their very own hierarchy again in Sicily. No FBI agent had ever been so embraced by way of the Cosa Nostra as Joe Pistone, yet even “Donnie Brasco” couldn’t get beans out of the Sicilians. “I can’t get with reference to those guys,” he stored telling us. “They grunt and stroll away simply because I’m now not Sicilian. ” but anything needed to be performed. The deeper we dug into the Bonannos, the extra shall we see that the Sicilians have been clearing countless numbers of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks in narcotics gains, mostly heroin offered by way of pizza parlor vendors in manhattan urban and up and down the East Coast, and into the Midwest in addition. (That’s the place the Pizza Connection moniker got here from. ) The query was once the way to get contained in the Sicilians, the best way to deliver them down. Then we realized brave pass judgement on in Palermo, Sicily, Giovanni Falcone, used to be doing an identical factor on the different finish of the pipeline: attempting to make a case opposed to an identical mob drug lords we have been after yet at a long way higher peril than we have been dealing with.

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