Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Did The FBI Director Make Any Phone Calls?

William H. Webster is an American lawyer and current Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Previously Webster was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1978 to 1987 and Director of Central Intelligence from 1987 to 1991. He was a former federal judge who ascended to the CIA after his successful coups against the New York mafia families while director of the FBI under President Jimmy Carter. Judge Webster is the only American to serve as both Director of Central Intelligence and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 1998 I senty Judge Webster an unusual letter. I wonder if he made any phone calls about me.

July 9, 1998
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW #136
Washington, DC 20008-4530

William H. Webster, Esq.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Suite 1100
1825 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 835-7500

Dear Judge Webster:

During the period March 1988 to October 1991 I was employed as a legal assistant at the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld ("Akin Gump"). Attorney managers at Akin Gump terminated my employment effective October 29, 1991 upon determining, in consultation with a psychiatrist, that a complaint of harassment I had lodged against several co-workers was attributable to a psychiatric symptom ("ideas of reference") prominent in the psychotic disorders and typically associated with a risk of violent behavior. See Freedman v. D.C. Dept. of Human Rights, D.C. Superior Court no. MPA 95-14 (final order issued June 10, 1996). In the period immediately after my job termination senior Akin Gump managers determined that it was advisable to secure the office of my direct supervisor against a possible homicidal assault, which it was feared I might commit.

I have been under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service as a potential security risk to President William J. Clinton, and was interrogated at the Washington Field Office by Special Agent Philip C. Leadroot as recently as February 1996 on a referral by high-ranking attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice.

I have also been under investigation by the Federal Protective Service (Jerry McGill, S.A.) incident to concerns, affirmed as genuine in 1996 by then District of Columbia Corporation Counsel--now White House Counsel to President Clinton--Charles F.C. Ruff, Esq., that I posed a risk of violence, including armed violence or homicide, at the law firm of Akin Gump.

Pursuant to the investigation instituted by the Federal Protective Service ("FPS") I forwarded a document to the FPS, under cover letter dated September 8, 1997 (copy attached), that contains references to former President Richard M. Nixon, as well as references to the Central Intelligence Agency. The document is titled "Significant Moments."

I request that you disclose to the Washington Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service (Phillip C. Leadroot, S.A., telephone no. 202 435 5100) whether you have at any time been made aware, by any source, of the existence of this document. I enclose a copy of the first page of the document to refresh your recollection. I know that you will appreciate the serious nature of any concerns relating to presidential security and that any disclosure you make to the U.S. Secret Service will be full, candid, and truthful.

Background facts that prompt this inquiry are the following:

-- You were Director of the Central Intelligence Agency during the period 1987-1991, a period that included the administration of former President George Bush;

-- Former President George Bush, himself a former CIA Director (during the administration of former President Richard M. Nixon), is a close friend of Akin Gump partner Robert S. Strauss, Esq.;

-- Milbank Tweed retired partner Elliott L. Richardson, Esq. served as Attorney General of the United States in 1973; his tenure as Attorney General was abruptly terminated in a Watergate-related matter, in October 1973;

-- I interviewed for a position as operative with the Central Intelligence Agency in about September 1982, by a CIA recruiter who called himself "Mr. Scott." The interview was conducted in a hotel room in downtown Philadelphia; and

-- You were appointed, in 1978, by former President Jimmy Carter, to the position of Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served in that position until 1987; coincidentally, Robert S. Strauss, Esq., is a former FBI agent and served in the Carter Administration in several posts.


Gary Freedman

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