Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ronald Kessler's "The Secrets of the FBI"

The FBI is involved in almost every aspect of American life. From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the takedown of Osama bin Laden, from Vince Foster's death to the swap of Russian spies, The Secrets of the FBI, now in paperback,presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time.

By Ronald Kessler
Based on his unparalleled access to hundreds of current and former FBI agents, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler delivers a treasure trove of revelations in THE SECRETS OF THE FBI, now available in paperback.
Already a hardcover bestseller, the paperback edition of THE SECRETS OF THE FBI includes an explosive new epilogue with newsworthy information involving the New York City Police Department and abuses of rights, a timely topic and one sure to create controversy. Kessler discloses J. Edgar Hoover's sexual orientation, what triggered Vince Foster's suicide, what preceded Marilyn Monroe's death, and the real story of how the FBI caught spy Robert Hanssen in its midst.
Kessler goes behind the scenes at the FBI laboratory and training center and presents an exclusive interview with FBI director Robert S. Mueller. For the first time, he reveals how agents break into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught and shot as burglars. The narrative culminates with the inside story of the FBI's involvement in the raid on bin Laden's compound.
THE SECRETS OF THE FBI discloses the FBI's most closely guarded secrets and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations. The book reveals:
* Robert F. Kennedy secretly borrowed the personal car of the FBI agent in charge of the Los Angeles field office to visit Marilyn Monroe just before she took her own life.
* FBI agents determined that an encounter with Hillary Clinton triggered Vince Foster's suicide a week later.
* Russia tried to include convicted spies Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames in the swap of Russian spies arrested by the FBI and tried to contact Ames in prison.
* After he was killed, the FBI could not match Osama bin Laden's fingerprints.
* Contrary to the portrayal in the movie Breach, it was FBI agent Mike Rochford who uncovered fellow agent Robert Hanssen as a spy.
* FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had a spousal relationship with his deputy, Clyde Tolson.
* What the FBI thinks about President Obama, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.
* When planting bugs in the homes and offices of Mafia figures, spies, and terrorists, FBI agents tranquilize dogs, stage fake traffic accidents, and instruct police to stop occupants who try to return.
When it comes to developing access to top players, uncovering secrets, and writing a vivid tale, Ronald Kessler is without peer. As he did in his New York Times bestseller In the President's Secret Service, Kessler penetrated a wall of secrecy to write a book that is powerful and compelling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen nonfiction books, including In the President's Secret Service, The Terrorist Watch, Inside the White House, and The CIA at War. A former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, Kessler has won seventeen journalism awards.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Grassroots Group Vows "Full and Final Repeal" after Court Decision

The head of the grassroots campaign that delivered 1.6 million petitions to repeal the healthcare act over the past year said this week that TV ads would begin immediately to rally Americans to force legislative repeal of ObamaCare.

"We will be sending millions of petitions, voice mails and phone calls into Senate offices to make the point that we want this law erased," said Ken Hoagland, Chairman of Restore America's Voice Foundation.

"The Court threaded a Constitutional needle in redefining the individual mandate as a federal tax. It's disappointing but not the final recourse for the American people. Now it is time for the legislature to do its job representing the will of the American people for full and final repeal of this ill-considered legislation," said Hoagland.

"The public has seen through the false promises, is indignant that political friends were given waivers and understands that the 'Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act' neither protect patients nor controls costs," said Hoagland. New ads, said Hoagland, would make the point that Senate Democrats were standing in the way of majority opinion about the sweeping law.

"It must be repealed in its entirety or Senate Democrats will have to go home and explain their flawed definition of faithful representation. If they won't represent the will of the people, then how have they earned the right to serve?" asked Hoagland.

Hoagland's group presented 560,000 petitions the day before the House voted for full repeal last year and another 1.6 million petitions to the Senate earlier this year.

Ken Hoagland is chairman of RepealItNow.org and Restore America's Voice Foundation. RepealitNow Television ads have resulted in more than 2.3 million petitions demanding repeal of ObamaCare. Of those petitions 535,000 were delivered to House members the day before the House of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare and 1.6 million petitions were delivered in October 2011 to Senate and House Members.