Louis Freeh

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Born Louis Joseph Freeh
January 6, 1950
Jersey City, New Jersey
Alma mater Rutgers University
Religion Roman Catholic
Children 6 sons
Spouse Marilyn Freeh
Member of Homeland Security Advisory Council, Le Cercle, Phi Beta Kappa

Flag of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.svg Director of the FBI Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
September 1, 1993 - June 25, 2001
Deputy Larry A. Potts, Larry A. Potts
Preceded by Floyd I. Clarke
Succeeded by Thomas J. Pickard
"A legacy of corruption..."

Louis Freeh was Director of the FBI for almost 8 years after being appointed a judge by George H. W. Bush. Throughout the 1980s, Freeh worked with or for Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City on 9/11.[1] He later defended Prince Bandar bin Sultan in connection with the Al-Yamamah arms deal.

Career

Judicial Watch pointed to a “legacy of corruption” at the FBI under Freeh, listing the espionage scandal at Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as "Filegate, Waco, the Ruby Ridge cover-up, the Olympic bombing frame-up of Richard Jewell, [and] falsification of evidence concerning the Oklahoma City bombing."[2]

Demotion of Larry Potts

Freeh, who demoted Larry Potts stated that "I had known Larry since my U.S. attorney days when we worked together down in Atlanta on the Moody case".[3]

Oklahoma Bombing

Full article: Oklahoma City bombing

Jesse Trentadue states that his suits for information yielded a series of teletypes from Louis Freeh which showed that an FBI informant had intercepted a call from Timothy McVeigh to Elohim City two days before the Oklahoma City bombing and asked for help.[4]

9-11 Attacks

Full article: Rated 4/5 9-11

On November 21, 2012, Kevin Ryan published a well referenced and compendious article entitled "Why Louis Freeh Should Be Investigated For 9/11", which concluded that "Under Louis Freeh, the FBI failed miserably at preventing "terrorism" when preventing "terrorism" was the FBI’s primary goal. Moreover, the actions of FBI management suggest that it was facilitating and covering-up acts of "terrorism" throughout the time that Freeh was the Bureau’s director. Fifteen examples have been cited here from the time of Freeh’s tenure and three other examples were given from the time just after he left, when it was unclear why he left or what he was doing. Add to these examples the fact that the FBI took extraordinary measures to hide evidence related to the 9/11 attacks and it becomes startling clear that Mr. Freeh should be a prime suspect in any honest investigation."[5]

Al-Yamamah arms deal

Full article: Al-Yamamah arms deal

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, later to become Director of the Saudi Intelligence agency, hired Freeh as his legal representative on issues surrounding the Al-Yamamah arms deal.[6]

Support for the People's Mujahedin of Iran

The New York Times reported that Freeh (together with a bunch of other establishment figures including James Woolsey, Porter Goss, Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge, James L. Jones, Rudolph Giuliani and Howard Dean) accepted a fee to speak for the People's Mujahedin of Iran[7] (MEK, also PMOI, MKO),[8] while the group was on the United States State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (before it was removed on September 2012).[9] Under federal law, this is permissible and does not constitute providing material support, however advocacy at the direction of, or in cooperation with personnel of the FTO is material support.[10][11][12][13] As Freeh was videotaped[8] with the leader of the FTO advocating for the group, his support may have violated federal counter-terror related statutes, though no charges against have ever been filed against him.

Car crash

Shortly after noon on August 25, 2014, Louis Freeh was involved in a one-car crash. Considering his prominence and tenure in the "national security" apparatus, the incident received surprisingly little attention from the commercially-controlled media and virtually no serious scrutiny. His SUV reportedly left the highway and hit a tree. Local papers have been the most energetic at reporting, but basic facts are still missing about the incident.[14]


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