Nada Nadim Prouty is a Lebanese national who has been
employed by both the FBI and the CIA. She
has admitted that she searched FBI files for information on investigations
connected to the jihad terrorist group Hizballah – although, according to
her plea agreement, she “was not assigned to work on Hezbollah cases as part of
her F.B.I. duties and she was not authorized by her supervisor, the case agent
assigned to the case, or anybody else to access information about the
investigation in question.”
For that, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn on Tuesday gave
her a $750 fine – and no jail time at all.
Cases Prouty sought information about included those of two
accused Hizballah operatives in the U.S. – namely, her sister and
brother-in-law. Her brother-in-law, Talal Chahine, is the owner of La Shish, a
restaurant chain in the Detroit
area. Chahine has fled the country to escape indictment for evading taxes and
sending the restaurant money to Hizballah (to the tune of $20 million). While
searching for information on Chahine, Prouty also took the time to search the
files to see what information the Feds had on herself – an exercise intriguing
in its implications. At the time of her guilty plea, some
agents declared their suspicion that Prouty was actually a Hizballah mole.
There is no doubt, meanwhile, that she is an illegal immigrant: she has also
admitted to paying an American citizen to entering into a sham marriage with
her so that she could obtain U.S.
is currently married to a longtime State Department official who has held
important positions in the Egyptian and Pakistani embassies. And while working for the CIA,
Prouty had access to key Al-Qaeda detainees in Iraq.
For all that -- $750, and not a single second in prison. If
Nada Nadim Prouty had been a serial double parker, she might have drawn a
larger fine than that. But at this point, her case is closed. The only thing
that U.S. Government agencies can do now is try to make sure that there will be
no more Nada Nadim Proutys – if they have the will to do so.
How can they do it? In the first place by examining the
culture that enabled her to rise so high in the first place. Before she was
hired by the FBI, Prouty
was a waitress at La Shish. That’s an impressive career move, but it does
suggest that when the Feds hired her, they were primarily motivated not by her
outstanding qualifications but by the pleasing thoughts that were dancing in
their heads – thoughts about how good it would be to reach out to the Arab
community in the Detroit area, so as to deflect the ubiquitous criticism of
anti-terror efforts as “racism” and “racial profiling” that has come from the
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Arab American Institute, as
well as from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public
Given the fact that such charges are taken seriously by the
mainstream media, it is hard to imagine that when she was hired, Nada Nadim
Prouty was asked any hard questions about just where she stood on Hizballah, or
in general about the jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism. Few agents, in any
case, would even have known how to formulate such questions, or how to evaluate
the answers. And if they were being asked of Arab and Muslim applicants, CAIR
and its ilk would begin immediately to charge bigotry and demand that the
application process be changed.
And given today’s political climate, they would probably
succeed in this. But when you don’t ask, of course, and make no effort to
investigate in any other way, you don’t get answers. If the FBI and the CIA
don’t want the relatives of fugitives who are accused of funding jihadist
groups illegally rifling through the files on the case, they shouldn’t hire
them in the first place, or should subject them to rigorous and politically
incorrect screening. The very fact that such an elementary recommendation has
to be made indicates just how far all too many officials in these agencies have
drifted from a healthy concern for the security of the United States.
Apparently it is more important not to be racist than to be protected from
potential jihadist moles.
Several CIA officials, meanwhile, have praised
Prouty as a great agent and expressed interest in hiring her again. If they
do, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.