A former FBI agent describes her thirteen years with the Bureau, from her training to her role in diverse important missions, the FBI's sexist and discriminatory practices, its lack of cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, and the problems, communications failures, and other deficiencies that have led to scandals, cover-ups, and botched cases.
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Rosemary Dew, who earned the title of Special Agent of the FBI, received eight commendations from FBI directors, and became only the seventh woman to be named a supervisor at FBI headquarters, opens up the files on the Bureau and reveals a broken organization rife with discriminatory and destructive practices. Dew worked undercover against criminals, spies, and terrorists; supervised the Bureau's international response to the Achille Lauro hijacking; and signed the arrest warrant for Leon Klinghoffer's kidnapper, Abu Abbas. Yet for all her accomplishments, Rosemary Dew remained a "female" agent first and "special" agent second, treated with disdain, sexually harassed, and denied the opportunities and privileges of male agents.
As Dew recalls her career as an FBI agent, she pinpoints the FBI's many chronic problems: internal communications failures, which she connects with pre- and post-9/11 botched cases; cover-ups, such as the promotion of senior officials involved in the debacle at Ruby Ridge; and scandals, such as falsification of evidence at the FBI laboratory. Equally disturbing is the Bureau's institutionalized arrogance and persistent lack of cooperation with other investigative agencies, an attitude instilled from the FBI's inception by J. Edgar Hoover.
Even as Special Agent Dew tried to infiltrate the Black Panther Party posing as a prostitute, participated in undercover weapons purchases from white supremacists, and worked presidential protective details, she found that the FBI operates much like a dysfunctional family, fostering an environment in which spies like Robert Hanssen can work undetected for more than twenty years. She learned that even long after Hoover's death, those who don't fit his outdated G-man mold are shunned and unwelcome.
Describes a former FBI agent's thirteen years with the bureau and discusses her training, the FBI's discriminatory practices, its lack of cooperation with other agencies, and the many problems that plague the bureau.
my life as a female FBI special agent
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