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Diane Lori Kleiman

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Background Information

Employment History

Firestorm


Customs Agent

JFK International Airport


Kennedy Airport


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www.septembereleventh.org: news article

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Diane Kleiman, a former Customs agent at JFK who was fired in 1999, scoffed at the idea that airport security has been improved.
Emphasis on checking passengers coming into the airport hides the real problems in the back of the airport, she said, where literally anybody can board a parked plane. She outlined a scenario, for instance, in which, say, 10 terrorists could apply to be cargo handlers (a job with high turnover), get hired and work, but then quit, retaining their passes, which give them access to ramps and the unlocked aircraft.


Central Excixe & Customs news

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Diane Kleiman claims she was fired from her job as a federal Customs agent for seeking to expose corruption at the agency's operations at JFK International Airport in New York City.She charges that the corruption has been allowed to fester for years and is a threat to national security."Many of you have, no doubt, seen the New York Magazine article of June 2, 2003, concerning the allegations of former Customs Special Agent Diane Kleiman of rampant mismanagement, malfeasance, sexism and anti-Semitisim in the management of this office," states Walker, in a June 5 memo he addressed to his subordinates at JFK."While Ms. Kleiman has sought Whistleblower status by attempting to contort these allegations (which remain unfounded) into issues impacting national security, I wanted you, the workforce of this office, to understand that none of these allegations have any merit. ..."Sadly, we here, the maligned, who have been living with this sordid tale since June 1999, are precluded by Agency policy from responding to the New York Magazine article, predicated upon the pending litigation of Ms. Kleiman in U.S. District Court.Kleiman's attorney, Ronald Tonkin of Houston, says the memo is a demonstration of Walker's "animus" toward Kleiman and represents a not-too-subtle attempt to pressure his staff to stick to the company line should they be questioned about her case.According to Walker's letter to New York Magazine, Kleiman was fired in June 1999 while still in the process of completing her two-year probationary period as a special agent.Kleiman, a former assistant district attorney in New York City for six years, decided to make the move to Customs in the spring of 1998 in order to, as she says, pursue her dream of becoming a special agent and to "fulfill her desire to serve her country."After about four months of training for the special agents' job in Georgia, Kleiman was assigned initially to the World Trade Center in New York and later to U.S. Customs' office at JFK.According to Kleiman, that's when her troubles started.Kleiman was assigned to the "currency group" at JFK."Immediately after arriving at JFK, I was called to a meeting by my supervisor," states Kleiman in a July 25, 2001, letter that she sent to the U.S. Office of Special Council (OSC), an independent federal agency that is empowered to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged governmental misconduct and mismanagement."...But Kleiman says Walker's energy would have been better spent addressing the problems from the start, as opposed to issuing a memo after the fact which only exacerbates those problems.Kleiman started working at JFK in December 1998.Over the first few months of 1999, Kleiman made a series of disclosures to her supervisor that she says were met with harsh reactions.In a complaint filed with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in November 2001, Kleiman reveals that she reported to her supervisor at JFK the use of excessive force on a suspect, several incidents of improperly handled evidence, an office gambling operation involving payouts exceeding $5,000, and the fact that there was some $300,000 unaccounted for in a case involving a large cash seizure."When I raised my concerns with (my boss, Thomas Flood), I was told to shut up and was virtually told that if I didn't listen, I was finished," Kleiman told the Business Journal.During the winter of 1999, Kleiman began to work a case involving an airline baggage handler, a non-citizen, who was caught twice within a few months attempting to smuggle about $30,000 in currency out of the country."This baggage handler makes minimum wage, and after interviewing him, I felt he was engaging in criminal activity," Kleiman states in her OSC complaint.By early spring 1999, Kleiman would find herself falling even faster down the rabbit hole.In March, with the assistance of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, Kleiman scored a major investigative coup that led to the arrest of a man attempting to smuggle 46.2 pounds of cocaine into the country, Kleiman states in her OSC complaint.In fact, Kleiman alleges in her lawsuit that the case was given to her by her supervisor, Flood, in order to set her "up to fail in her first important case."So Kleiman surprised everybody by spearheading the March 1999 bust.After news of the arrest reached Flood, the lawsuit alleges, Kleiman was called into a conference room and interrogated for more than two hours by Flood and another supervisor."(They) wanted to know what information (Kleiman) had given to the Drug Enforcement Administration," Kleiman's lawsuit alleges, because they knew a DEA agent had assisted her in the case."... He wanted (Kleiman) to lie to the Grand Jury that the DEA had nothing to do with the case; as well as state that it was senior U.S. Customs agents that had assisted (Kleiman) in the investigation," the lawsuit alleges."... Flood stated that he was not going to let some 'junior Jew bitch agent' take credit for such a big case."Kleiman contends the cover-up didn't stop there.Her supervisor went as far as to orchestrate the destruction of evidence related to the case, she asserts.Within days of the arrest, Kleiman alleges, Flood ordered her to turn over her case notes on the smuggling case to another agent at JFK.Kleiman says all the background checks and airport security measures in the world will not protect the American public from potential harm if Customs management continues to cover up information in order to bolster careers, protect agency turf, or to prevent the agency's image from being tarnished.Walker, in his letter to New York Magazine, argues that Kleiman is making a deceptive argument, as he contends Customs special agents are not the primary gatekeepers of airport security."Ms. Kleiman, during her brief tenure here, should have discerned that the primary role of the Customs special agent was to provide an investigative counter-smuggling capability to the uniformed Customs inspectional force at this port of entry ...," Walker states in the letter."While airport security is the responsibility of everyone who works at JFK, Ms. Kleiman should have known that the security 'process' was owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and dictated by the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration."Kleiman says Walker is simply passing the buck at a time when government needs to be stepping up to the plate to protect people.Kleiman contends that after refusing to obey her supervisor's orders to lie to the Grand Jury about the cocaine-smuggling arrest, she was pulled off the case.In late June 1999, Kleiman was fired.Kleiman then filed an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint -- after having attempted to file such complaints unsuccessfully while employed at JFK, she claims."(Kleiman) attempted to file EEO complaints," her lawsuit alleges."However, Flood told (her) that she had to file EEO complaints through the chain of command."For months, (Kleiman) gave Flood her EEO complaints.... Flood did not pass on (Kleiman's) complaints to be processed by the proper authorities."When Kleiman's EEO case was finally acted on after she was terminated, the investigation revealed that two sets of job-performance evaluations did exist for her -- and one of them had been altered, Kleiman's OSC complaint states.The altered evaluation was prepared on March 22, 1999, the same day Kleiman alleges her supervisor had threatened to fire her."As far as Tom Flood, who I have known for a number of years ... she (Kleiman) has gone out of her way to try and destroy this man."Kleiman agrees that among the stated grounds for her termination was that she allegedly misused a government vehicle.However, she says the charge is bogus."I had turned in vehicle reports in January and February (of 1999) that were approved," she asserts.Kleiman says Walker is twisting the facts.However, Kleiman says, earlier this month she withdrew her case from that agency out of frustration with its failure to address her charges in a timely manner."After two years of investigation, with no closing date in sight, I decided to withdraw the OSC case and to put all of my energies into my federal court case," Kleiman says.Kleiman's pending federal litigation assures that her corruption an


Narco News: Airline Passengers At Risk from DEA Drug Sting Shipments

www.narconews.com [cached]

Those Customs-related allegations were brought forth by Diane Kleiman, a former federal agent turned whistleblower.Kleiman claims that she was targeted for retaliation and finally fired after attempting to expose the allegedly corrupt practices at Customs' JFK office.However, at that time, Customs was dealing with some issues itself in relation to its JFK operations, according to former JFK Customs Agent Diane Kleiman -who claims she was fired in 1999 after blowing the whistle on alleged corrupt activity on the part of Customs officials at the New York City airport.Kleiman's case was accepted for investigation in the spring of 2002 by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal agency that is empowered to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged governmental misconduct and mismanagement.In a letter Kleiman sent to the OSC in July 2001, she alleges that in the early 1990s, three federal agents assigned to a drug unit at JFK died under unusual circumstances.Two died of heroin overdoses and one committed suicide-allegedly after stealing drugs from an evidence room.Duke says he is investigating whether there is any connection between the JFK drug-unit agents and the DEA agents involved in the DiGirolamo case, but adds "we don't have the connection yet.""We do know that Customs at JFK ‘facilitated' the (alleged) smuggling by our DEA agents and were aware of it," he adds."Whether they were corruptly involved remains to be determined."In the fall of 2002, Kleiman, who is Jewish, also filed a lawsuit against Customs in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.Among the charges in Kleiman's lawsuit are that Customs management at JFK International Airport discriminated against her because of her gender and religious background and that she was retaliated against by the same managers for shining a light on the alleged dysfunction and corruption within Customs' JFK operations.Customs denies Kleiman's allegations in its answer to her legal complaint and asks the court to dismiss the case.


Arutz Sheva - Israel National News

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Diane Kleiman got fired for doing her job too well.She worked at JFK's U.S. Customs Office where she caught too many drug runners and too many money launderers.She exposed security leaks where terrorists can get bombs on planes and where airline employees can smuggle terrorists on board.Instead of getting a medal, she got axed.How safe should YOU feel?CustomsCoverUP.com


Uncovering corruption within the US Customs Service

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More Corruption Alleged by Diane Kleiman


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