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America at Night: The True Story of Two Rogue CIA Operatives, Homeland Security Failures,Dirty Money, and a Plot to Steal the 2004 U.S. PresidentialElection- by theFormer Intelli
     

America at Night: The True Story of Two Rogue CIA Operatives, Homeland Security Failures,Dirty Money, and a Plot to Steal the 2004 U.S. PresidentialElection- by theFormer Intelli

by Larry J. Kolb
 
The shocking true story of two former CIA operatives and their elaborate scheme involving Al Qaeda, multimillion dollar deals, and an attempt to subvert the US presidential election-by the man who foiled their plan.

Robert Sensi speaks five languages and can melt into a crowd with unmatched ease. He has worked for the CIA, and the Republican National

Overview

The shocking true story of two former CIA operatives and their elaborate scheme involving Al Qaeda, multimillion dollar deals, and an attempt to subvert the US presidential election-by the man who foiled their plan.

Robert Sensi speaks five languages and can melt into a crowd with unmatched ease. He has worked for the CIA, and the Republican National Committee, and, as cover, for Kuwait Airways and the Kuwaiti royal family. He has also served time in federal prison, twice, for embezzlement and fraud. But when the Department of Homeland Security wants insight into just what Sensi is doing in the middle of a highly-sensitive national security case, about the only information on Sensi the US government can find in its own files is that he once worked for the CIA.

Richard Hirschfeld was recruited to work for the CIA by Sensi, but puts Sensi to shame in the clandestine arts. In the seventies, Hirschfeld duped investors out of millions of dollars by setting up a phony bank. In the eighties, his business partner died in mysterious circumstances, benefiting Hirschfeld to the tune of $5 million; he allegedly stole a $12 million pay-off from Ferdinand Marcos intended for Ronald Reagan; and he came within a whisker of conning the U.S. Senate out of $50 million. Hirschfeld, like Sensi, had extensive connections to the Republican Party elite, even after he too spent time in federal prison, for tax evasion and conspiracy.

Enter one-time spy, Larry Kolb. When a high official of the Department of Homeland Security informs him that Sensi and Hirschfeld have been working together smuggling billionaire Russian mafiosos into the United States, and that, even more concerning, they are at the center of an investigation involving money laundering and the funding of Al Qaeda, it takes Kolb to solve the case, orchestrate Hirschfeld's spectacular capture, and connect the dots, suddenly realizing that he's on to the biggest possible con with the highest political stakes.

America at Night reads like a thriller, but the story is entirely true and extensively documented. Kolb shows us exactly how one well-informed individual did what all of our security agencies could not, or would not, do: Follow the trail of two brilliant covert political operatives through a labyrinth of disguised identities and dark crimes, exposing danger and corruption at the highest levels.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After 20 years of CIA covert operations, Kolb looked forward to retirement and the obligatory memoir (Overworld, 2004), when he discovered the wildly sinister plot recounted in this engaging book. As a favor to the Department of Homeland Security, he consulted colleagues, his files and the Internet for information on Robert Sensi and Richard Hirschfeld, once vaguely CIA-connected but now wanted by the FBI for numerous financial scams. The avalanche of data he unearthed makes the inability of the FBI, CIA and DHS to gather information very disturbing. Specifically, Kolb discovered the pair had placed the treasurer of Sen. John Kerry's campaign committee on the board of a company that (perhaps inadvertently) sold supplies to al-Qaeda-a revelation that would have devastated Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. Kolb also recounts details of his subjects' long career of fraud and extortion, often with cooperation from prominent Washington figures. Stories of powerful men behaving badly have irresistible appeal, and Kolb relates them in prose far more lively than the average bureaucrat's, while backing his story with footnotes, Internet addresses and quotes from named sources. (Feb. 1) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Having blown his cover in Overworld, former CIA agent Kolb recounts his hunt for Robert Sensi and Richard Hirschfeld, two CIA associates with fraud in their past who appear to have helped launder money for al Qaeda. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Republicans wouldn't really try to steal an election, would they? According to former CIA operative Kolb (Overworld, not reviewed), you bet they would. A story that's murky but exciting from beginning to end, Kolb's narrative opens with a hushed inquiry in a Hollywood restaurant, where an attorney with deep connections to the shadow world asks what he knows of a man named Robert Sensi, chairman of Republicans Abroad. Well, Kolb answers, he worked for the CIA, with close ties to Bill Casey and George H.W. Bush, and he went bad. A strange picture forms: Sensi and an ally, Robert Hirschfeld, have arranged for a Turkish entrepreneur with connections to bin Laden and company to make a contribution to John Kerry's 2004 campaign, with the idea of then exposing it as terrorist money. It's circumstantial, but Kolb knows what buttons to push: Given that Karl Rove was a disciple of Donald Segretti, chief of dirty tricks in the Watergate affair, "would Rove balk if Hirschfeld or an intermediary approached him with a scheme to link Kerry with Al Qaeda? Read Rove's record, and you decide." It gets murkier when Kolb takes the evidence he's accumulated to Kerry's camp, where it's immediately leaked to the Bush people, and Kolb is running for his life. Along the way, he lends credence to the notion that Casey engineered the October surprise by which the Iran hostages were freed to influence the election of Ronald Reagan ("A very dirty trick, if it was true. And without quite saying it, Sensi seemed to be telling me it was true"); casts serious doubt on the efficacy and morality of the drug war; and gives good reason to doubt everyone with an ounce of political power. "Like so much of the rest of thetrue story of my life . . . it's preposterous," Kolb says in passing. Look at the record, and you decide. Agent: Joel Gotler/Intellectual Property Group

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594489006
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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America At Night reads like a thriller, but the story is true and extensively documented. Kolb shows us how one well-informed individual did what all of our security agencies could not: trail two brilliant covert political operatives through a labyrinth of disguised identities and dark crimes to expose corruption at the highest levels.

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