October 19, 2005, - 7:18 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Over the past several months, we’ve worried about the too-close-for-comfort relationship between Brian Moskowitz (a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”), the top Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official in the heart of Islamic America (Michigan and Ohio), and “former” Palestinian terrorist Imad Hamad.
We’ve written about how Moskowitz pressured fellow agents to “push through” the hiring process Arabic-speaking agents from the stack of Muslim extremist resumes provided him by Hamad, which reportedly included Hamad’s unqualified nephew (who was granted an interview).
Now comes another story about how high-ranking ICE agents can help get criminals and undesirables jobs as federal agents–to the point of avoiding even a simple background check.
That’s the story of Fernando Arango, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and inspector at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, who got a job with the help of a high-ranking ICE agent. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Arango, charged with accepting a $50,000 bribe in a cocaine sting at the border, fled the country to Colombia, 15 years ago, in a previous drug smuggling case (a sheriff’s deputy found more than 100 pounds of pot in his car).
An ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge (a rank even lower than Abu Moskowitz, who is a Special Agent in Charge) in Florida (we don’t know the name–or we’d definitely give him ample credit) vouched for Arango who worked as a paid informant. This “voucher” apparently enabled Arango to forgo a background check, which presumably would have exposed his “record.”
Incredibly, CBP spokesman Roger Maier said this incident “indicates that the hiring processes are sound.” Huh?! Sounds like he’s been taking lessons from TSA spokeswoman Amy von Walter about her agency’s hiring “procedures.”
If a known drug smuggler can become a fed, it makes us wonder just who could become a federal agent and forgo a background check when an ICE crony who “vouches” for them. Is there anyone who can’t? And we’re not just talking about the likes of unqualified Julie L. Myers.
We’re talking about terrorists, their relatives, and terror supporters–and the ICE Special Agents in Charge who love them. Are you listening, Abu Moskowitz?
Since we’re not counting on Julie Myers to do anything about it, we are watching.
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