Inside: A Top G-Man Exposes Spies, Lies, and Bureaucratic Bungling in the FBI

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Reflecting on a career that spanned twenty-five years and four continents, Special Agent I.C. Smith gives you the inside story of the Bureau's greatest takedowns and biggest screw-ups. This intrepid G-man has seen it all.

From China to the South Pacific, from East Berlin to Arkansas, I.C. Smith is one of the FBI's most storied figures.

In this riveting new book about the Bureau, Smith brings a fresh, insider's perspective on the FBI's most well...

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Overview

Reflecting on a career that spanned twenty-five years and four continents, Special Agent I.C. Smith gives you the inside story of the Bureau's greatest takedowns and biggest screw-ups. This intrepid G-man has seen it all.

From China to the South Pacific, from East Berlin to Arkansas, I.C. Smith is one of the FBI's most storied figures.

In this riveting new book about the Bureau, Smith brings a fresh, insider's perspective on the FBI's most well known triumphs and failures of the past three decades. Robert Hannsen. Morris and Eva childs. Larry Wu-Tai Chin. Aldrich Ames. Smith offers unique insights into how these monumental investigations were handled, or often mishandled, in alarming detail. He also confronts head-on the string of errors inside the FBI―in management and in the field―that directly led to the attacks of September 11th.

Filled with startling new information, including more than seventy never-before-published findings, Smith tracks his incredible rise from street agent in St. Louis to special agent in charge of Arkansas―where he took on the corrupt political system that produced President Bill Clinton.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595553331
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 410
  • Sales rank: 1,400,686
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

I.C. Smith is a former Navy man and police officer who went to work for the FBI during the height of the Watergate investigations and ended his career more than twenty-five years later during the Whitewater investigation. Both an expert in counterintelligence and government corruption investigations, Smith was involved in numerous high profile cases including the Larry Wu Tai Chin espionage and Katrina Leung cases and has unique insights into such cases as the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen investigations. He served overseas as a legal attaché for the South Pacific, based in Canberra, Australia, and spent a year at the Department of State where he traveled to the Soviet Union, Nicaragua, and China while conducting counterintelligence threat surveys. As special agent in charge in Arkansas, Smith became intimately involved in the campaign finance investigations during the Clinton administration and initiated a top-down investigation of corruption in the political machine that produced a president of the United States. Those investigations became national news, and the Wall Street Journal called Smith a "storied figure" in the FBI. Smith, since his retirement in July 1998, has been a frequent commentator on national security issues in the national media and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. From a street agent in St. Louis, Missouri, to a member of the FBI's elite Senior Executive Service, Smith's career encompassed some of the FBI's greatest accomplishments and most visible failures, and he tells those stories with unusual candor as only one on the inside can.
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Table of Contents

1 Terror in the Sky 1
2 The Recruit 9
3 Blue-Collar Agent 16
4 Chinese Takeout 27
5 Codename Eagle Claw 37
6 The President and the General 51
7 Childs Play 64
8 La Lucha 77
9 The Meeting that Never Was 90
10 Down Under 103
11 Diplomatic Missions 112
12 A Spy among Us 128
13 Travails with the Travel Office 142
14 Arkansas Bound 155
15 Big Trouble in Little Rock 169
16 Unpardonable 184
17 Absolute Corruption 197
18 Hanging from a Trie 210
19 Starr Crossed 227
20 Sad State of Affairs 242
21 Into the Fire 253
22 The Test 270
23 Campcon Fallout 286
24 The Mole 300
25 Hanssen's Legacy 313
26 Fighting the Tiger 322
27 Armed To Kill 335
28 Who's the Boss? 348
Epilogue 361
Appendix A Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial 377
Appendix B Retirement Dinner Speech 379
Index 383
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    In my opinion Mr. Smith writes a superior book with honesty and

    In my opinion Mr. Smith writes a superior book with honesty and candor. The facts show what has been happening inside our government for decades. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Great read

    I.C. Smith isn't in the habit of sugarcoating his words, and his book stays true to his personality. This well-written book reads like a conversation with the man: straightforward, honest, holding no punches. It spans his decades of work within the FBI, illustrating successes and failures. He warns, through specific events, then in his own words, about the growing political use and abuse inside the agency, the federal judicial system and the U.S. Department of Justice. Again and again, he lays out facts to reach his own brand of conclusions. You might not agree with all of those conclusions, but the book engages the reader's mind. That's especially true in his section about events leading to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He served as the special agent in charge of the Little Rock, Ark., FBI office during most of the Whitewater and other Clinton-related investigations. We all know what happened, of course, but Smith gives his version of the underlying reasons about why some events unfolded as they did. As a journalist, I was involved in reporting about some of the public corruption investigations Smith included in his book. For events I know about firsthand, he's accurate to a fault. I'd recommend this book to all who enjoy nonfiction works that delve into the intertwined workings of federal government and politics.

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