New PDF release: A Personal Record

By Joseph Conrad

ISBN-10: 1781663815

ISBN-13: 9781781663813

The memoirs of the well-known Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad.

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All requests by foreigners to enter the United States were handled by the district director’s office. He or she had ultimate decision-making power, but as a practical matter, the staff handled such things. Aliens coming into the States could enter on a visa, but the ultimate was for them to be issued a “green card” (by the way, I have no idea where that name came from; the cards weren’t green), which gave them the right to stay in the United States for extended periods without being citizens. The investigative theory was that Klegmeir was demanding bribes to issue green cards.

Uh-oh, I thought. Less than ten minutes on my new assignment, and I’d already screwed up. I hoped it wasn’t an omen. It was not; in three years in New York, I didn’t see Cementhead again. I walked on to the ASAC’s office. Later, I learned he too had a nickname: Hitler. Funny, I mused while waiting for him to get off the telephone, he didn’t look like Hitler and didn’t act like him. But he did have a German surname. I wondered what my fellow agents might call me behind my back. “Hello, Okie,” the ASAC said when he hung up the phone.

The FBI methodology was to start at the outer circle of culpability and work inward toward the main suspect. ” The short answer is that you can’t — at some point your target is going to know. But if you’ve secured physical evidence so it can’t be tampered with, and interviewed enough witnesses to lock in their testimony, there’s little the subject of the investigation can do to send the inquiry off track. Since I had a specific lead — that Yee was paying off Klegmeir to get green cards for the former’s workers — I presented the matter to Rudolph Giuliani, then an assistant United States’ attorney, and his colleague, Ed Kuriansky, to seek grand jury subpoenas for Yee’s workers’ records.

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