Monday, December 10, 2007

CIA Mole, or Destroyed Videotape: Tough Call on News Interest

This isn't what I'd call rigorously scientific, but I did a little Google search this morning after getting this update for America’s Truth Forum: “More details on ex-agent's security breach.”

On Wednesday, prosecutors said Prouty illegally accessed the FBI's Hezbollah investigative files in 2002 and 2003, at a time when she was a Washington, D.C.-based FBI field agent who was not working Hezbollah cases. Prouty accessed them electronically, "without authorization and in excess of her authorized access," the prosecutors said in a court filing.

At the time, her sister's husband, Talal Khalil Chahine, 51, was under investigation by the FBI in Detroit for his suspected ties to Hezbollah. The Lebanon-based group was designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization in 1997….

One senior federal law enforcement official said an ongoing damage assessment focused on what information Prouty -- who started working for the FBI in 1999 and the CIA in 2003 -- passed onto Chahine and perhaps others with connections to Hezbollah here. Officials also are trying to determine whether the information undermined any of the FBI's long-running investigations into the organization.

So why isn’t this a bigger story?

I put in these search terms for the CIA videotape story: “CIA videotape investigation,” and got 318 hits.

I Googled “Prouty FBI spy Hezbollah” and got 41 hits.

(As a reality check, I Googled “Michael Vick sentencing”, 3,392 hits, but we’re just coming off a weekend.)

So Hezbollah has apparently managed to get a mole into not one, but two of our highest-echelon intelligence agencies, and used their mole to steal secrets of direct benefit to Hezbollah, and it’s a smaller story than the CIA destroying a videotape after going to the Congress and saying, “Hey, we’re going to get rid of this videotape, all right?”

I wonder how many Congressional investigations Carl Levin is going to demand about this one. After all, it happened in Michigan, the State he represents, I'm told.


Anonymous said...

Hey DU.

What do you guys think of this story?


Good thing is that this guy is out of the Detroit area for now.

Anonymous said...

How many Prouty sisters are there?
I hear there is a fourth here in Dearborn.

Anonymous said...

By following the Prouty sisters affair through the news and the media I came to one conclusion that the authoroties did not do their job.

On the other hand I noticed that one person did the job right from the beginnig through her blog. That person is Debbie Schlussel (I believe she is an attorney).

I advise everybody to read all the articles related to the Prouty disaster on the blog.

I do not know if there is a fourth sister. If there is one, Debbie and through her courage and knowledge will find out and expose her as she did regarding the Yemini travel agency in Michigan and its ties with terrorism.