Fake Papers? Possible Terrorist Connections? No Worries, Mate!
Who knew that among the U.S. jobs that must be filled by illegal aliens are FBI agent and CIA spy? Even after the revelations of intelligence gathering and law enforcement ineptitude following 9-11, who knew how easy it could be to fake one's way to a badge, a gun and a "midlevel" job as a CIA "operations" officer?
And you're worried about illegals being given driver's licenses? Well, read on.
The strange and unfolding case of Nada Nadim Prouty, a 37-year-old Lebanese national employed as an FBI agent and later as a CIA operative involved in undisclosed elements of espionage, has many elements, all far more disquieting than the media or the Congress seem to have yet fully assimilated.
We do not normally reprint large chunks of government handouts, but the details revealed in a Department of Justice press release are so staggering in all their implications, that we do so here for your horror, enlightenment and - ultimately - outrage.
"According to documents filed in court by the government, Prouty first entered the United States from Lebanon on June 24, 1989, on a one-year, non-immigrant student visa. After her visa expired, she remained in the country, residing in Taylor, Mich., with her sister, Elfat El Aouar, and an individual named Samar Khalil Nabbouth. In order to remain in the United States and evade U.S. immigration laws, Prouty later offered money to an unemployed U.S. citizen to marry her. On August 9, 1990 Prouty married the U.S. citizen. As planned, Prouty never lived with her fraudulent 'husband,' but continued to live with her sister and Nabbouth.
"Prouty later submitted a series of false, fraudulent and forged documents and letters to federal immigration officials to verify the validity of the fraudulent marriage in order to obtain permanent residency status, and, later, U.S. citizenship, thereby committing naturalization fraud. On Aug. 5, 1994, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service granted Prouty U.S. citizenship under the name 'Nada Nadim Deladurantaye.' The following year, she filed for a divorce from her fraudulent husband, and later obtained a U.S. passport, which she used to travel overseas.
"According to court documents, from May 1992 through April 1993, and again, from August through November 1994, Prouty was employed as a waitress and hostess at La Shish Inc., a chain of Middle Eastern restaurants in Detroit that was owned by Talal Khalil Chahine. During this time, Chahine wrote a letter for submission into Prouty's immigration file attesting to the validity of Prouty's false marriage.
"Chahine is currently a fugitive believed to be in Lebanon. He, along with Prouty's sister, Elfat El Aouar, and others were charged in 2006 in the Eastern District of Michigan with tax evasion in connection with a scheme to conceal more than $20 million in cash received by La Shish restaurants and to route funds to persons in Lebanon. Last month, Chahine was also charged in the Eastern District of Michigan, along with a senior ICE official in Detroit and others in a bribery and extortion conspiracy in which federal immigration benefits were allegedly awarded to illegal aliens in exchange for money.
"In April 1999, through a series of false representations and use of her fraudulently procured proof of U.S. citizenship, Prouty, then known as 'Nada Nadim Alley,' obtained employment as a special agent of the FBI. It was a prerequisite to FBI employment that she be a U.S. citizen. As a special agent with the FBI, Prouty was granted a security clearance and assigned to the FBI's Washington field office to work on an extraterritorial squad investigating crimes against U.S. persons overseas. During her tenure with the FBI, Prouty was not assigned to work on investigations involving the international terrorist groups Hisballah.
"In August 2000, Prouty's sister, Elfat El Aouar, entered into a marriage with Talal Khalil Chahine, the owner of La Shish Inc. In 2000, Prouty, while employed as an FBI special agent, used the FBI's computerized Automated Case System (ACS), without authorization, to query her own name, her sister's name, and that of her brother-in-law, Talal Khalil Chahine. In addition, on or about June 4, 2003, Prouty accessed the FBI's ACS and obtained information from a national security investigation into Hizballah that was being conducted by the FBI's Detroit Field Office.
"According to court documents, in August 2002, Prouty's sister, Elfar El Aouar, and her brother-in-law, Talal Khalil Chahine, attended a fundraising event in Lebanon where the keynote speakers were Chahine himself and Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah. Sheikh Fadlallah had previously been designated by the U.S. government as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist based upon his status as a leading ideological figure with Hizballah.
"In June 2003, through a series of false representations and use of her fraudulently procured proof of U.S. citizenship, Prouty, then known as 'Nada Nadim Prouty,' voluntarily left her position with the FBI and obtained employment with the CIA. It was also a prerequisite to CIA employment that she be a U.S. citizen."
Ms. Prouty/Deladurantaye/Alley/Prouty pleaded guilty earlier this week to several charges, including illegally accessing classified information about Hizballah and fraudulently obtaining citizenship. She faces 16 years in prison and deportation. Oh yes, she also resigned from the CIA. Beyond the foregoing, very little is being disclosed about Ms. Prouty's work, motivations or actions. Apparently, investigations of her did not begin until 2005 and took until now to result in her guilty plea.
"I'm beginning to think it's possible that Hizbollah put a mole in our government. It's mind-blowing," Richard Clarke, former counter-terrorism czar under both Presidents Clinton and Bush, is quoted as saying by Newsweek.
"This is not good," an anonymous "chagrined senior official" also told Newsweek.
Further commentary would be gratuitous.November 15, 2007
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