Book Discussion on Inside the FBI

Ronald Kessler talked about his book The FBI: Inside the World’s Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency, published by Pocket Books,… read more

Ronald Kessler talked about his book The FBI: Inside the World’s Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency, published by Pocket Books, which reveals details and activities of the FBI from an inside perspective. Mr. Kessler’s examination of the bureau begins with J. Edgar Hoover’s death in 1972. Mr. Kessler’s book details how the bureau solved prominent cases, such as Watergate, and covered up many internal cases. The book also scrutinizes the investigation following the bombing of the World Trade Center in February of 1993 and the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing in Scotland. 

Mr. Kessler described the events that led to the dismissal of former FBI Director Williams Sessions. Mr. Kessler was provided access to agents and meetings of the FBI on the directive of then FBI director, William Sessions. In the course of his research, Mr. Kessler uncovered evidence of use of FBI resources for personal matters by Director Sessions. His letter to the director outlining these actions resulted in investigations that ultimately led to the firing of the FBI director by President Bill Clinton in July 1993. The president cited poor judgment by the director as a reason for the firing. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Book Discussion on Inside the FBI

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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 12, 1993
Last Aired:
Jun 26, 2010

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