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Ms. Diane Lori Kleiman

Wrong Diane Lori Kleiman?

Agent

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Florida, United States
Drug Enforcement Administration
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Special Agent
    US Customs
  • Member, JFK Office
    US Customs
  • Special Agent
    Customs Agency
  • Agent
    Customs
  • Member, JFK Office
    Customs
  • Customs Agent
    JFK
  • Position, Drug Unit
    JFK
  • Member, U.S. Customs Office
    JFK
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NewsMax.com: Inside Cover Story
www.newsmax.com, 22 Jan 2004 [cached]
Former Customs Agent Diane Kleiman has a message for America: If Osama bin Laden wants to execute another 9/11-style attack that this time may kill tens of thousands of Americans, it won't be as tough as most of us now believe.
Despite two years of tightened airport security, a massive new bureaucracy dubbed the Transportation Security Administration, dead-bolted cockpit doors and thousands of new sky marshals, Kleiman has identified a dangerously weak link in the security chain that none of the above will fix.
Since 1999 - two years before the 9/11 attacks - she's been sounding the alarm about massive security breaches at America's airports, lapses that, luckily enough, have been taken advantage of so far only by Caribbean drug rings.
Four years ago Kleiman was a rookie Customs agent fresh from her previous job as a prosecutor in Queens, when she discovered that airport workers at JFK were not merely negligent when it came to airport security but, at least in one case, actually complicit in a Haitian drug-smuggling ring.
Working with a DEA agent who tipped her to the drug trafficking and helped guide her investigation, she eventually gathered enough evidence to pinpoint a suspect.
When Customs inspectors nabbed Kleiman's Haitian drug mule, he was carrying over 46 pounds of cocaine.
But the most troubling part of Kleiman's bust had less to do with her target than who his accomplice was.Sitting on the plane right behind the Haitian drug suspect: an American Airlines employee with a key to all the airport exit doors.
"This was a really big deal," Kleiman told New York Magazine last summer."We got not only the drug smuggler but an employee involved in the internal conspiracy as well."
But what should have been a moment of supreme professional triumph quickly turned into a career disaster when her superiors at Customs ordered Kleiman to pretend that the bust was the result of a random search - and launched a cover-up of other details that pointed to a deeply corrupt bureaucracy bent on camouflaging a massive a security breakdown at JFK.
Kleiman was eventually fired after on-the job verbal harassment, anti-Semitic taunts and a threat against her mother's life failed to persuade her to resign.She currently has two lawsuits seeking redress for unwarranted dismissal.
But more importantly, the ex-Customs agent says that because virtually none of the security lapses she identified at JFK have been corrected, Americans are still vulnerable to another 9/11-style attack using the same method employed by the drug ring she busted.
During her short time at JFK, Kleiman discovered that baggage handlers, maintenance workers, food service employees and ground personnel - many of whom have never had a background check and who may even be in the country illegally - enjoy virtually unfettered access to aircraft.
Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Passenger are subjected to everything from casual patdowns to strip searches every time they so much as get near an airplane.
"You had these illegal aliens working for the airlines - and they were smuggling in drugs.My concern became, what else are they putting on the plane?"Kleiman told NewsMax.
Political News: High Level Government Officials and Military Experts Question 9/11 | Bad Congress
www.badcongress.com, 30 April 2007 [cached]
Diane Kleiman - Former Special Agent, US Customs.
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The NarcoSphere || Bogotá isn't the only dark trail into the U.S. Justice System
narcosphere.narconews.com, 9 Jan 2006 [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 U.S. Customs' JFK office.
Among the corruption Kleiman brought to light was the suspicious deaths of three narcotics agents at JFK.
Kleiman even managed to get U.S. Sen.
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The agents were assigned to a drug unit at the airport that, Kleiman alleges, was overseen at the time by Thomas Flood , who would later become Kleiman's supervisor.
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In her letter, Ms. Kleiman raised issues regarding the deaths of former Customs Special Agents Thomas Sullivan and Thomas Calamia.
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Kleiman adds, "Three agents died, all within about a year of each other, and they were stealing drugs from their unit."
CustomsCorruption.Com
www.customscorruption.com, 20 Nov 2002 [cached]
National-security whistle-blower Diane Kleiman has filed a lawsuit against Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill in a case involving corruption and egregious security breaches at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
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In 1999, Kleiman, a former Queens prosecutor who was a U.S. Customs special agent, blew the whistle about alleged drug overdoses by Customs employees, drug trafficking and money laundering by low-level employees of a major airline, lack of proper background checks for airline employees and cash missing from seizures. Kleiman says she was asked to commit perjury by her supervisor to conceal successful drug smuggling by the airline employees. When she refused to participate in the cover-up, she says, she was fired.
In the case filed today, Kleiman alleges that she was the victim of violations of her privacy, fair employment and whistle-blower protection rights. She maintains that the discrimination practiced against her in the hostile workplace environment included being called epithets such as "Jew bitch. Kleiman, who has been unable to find work since leaving Customs, is demanding back pay, benefits, attorneys fees and other compensatory damages.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Kleiman helplessly watched bodies fall from the burning World Trade Center just two blocks from her home. As the second plane screamed overhead, she could only shout: "F___ Customs, f___ Customs!"
Kleiman's rage was due to the fact her warnings about the alleged cover-up and the potential security risks it posed prior to Sept. 11 were ignored. Kleiman says the letter she received announcing that she had been fired "stated that I was fired for sharing information with a DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] agent which led to the arrest of an individual with 46.2 pounds of cocaine. How does the government think that the Homeland Security program will succeed when agencies do not share information?"
She tells Insight that current efforts to beef up security by airport screening and background checks will not protect the American public from potential harm if senior Customs management officials are allowed to continue to engage in what she describes as self-serving bureaucratic damage control.
"In January 1999, I had seized about $30,000 taped to the belly of a baggage handler who worked for American Airlines and who was an illegal alien," Kleiman says. "Upon doing a background check, I determined that this very same employee had been stopped only three months earlier for attempting to smuggle about the same amount of money. My boss refused to allow me to report this employee to security at American Airlines and at the time of my firing, he was still employed at the airlines."
"Further, after this incident, I started driving my unmarked government vehicle on the ramps, and [although] I was in plainclothes in completely restricted areas, I was never stopped and questioned as to who I was and what I was doing there," Kleiman adds.
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On March 13, 1999, based on information former Customs Special Agent Diane Kleiman received from a veteran DEA agent in Florida, she arrested a courier carrying 46.2 pounds of cocaine into JFK airport on an American Airline's plane. Seated closely nearby to the courier, was an American Airline employee with a key to the exit gate. The DEA agent, who had already made numerous arrests based on this pattern, informed Special Agent Kleiman that airline employees were assisting drug couriers into the country, using their exit keys to bypass Customs and Immigration checks. Although this information was given to the U.S. Attorney's Office at the time, they still chose to release the airline employee.
Six months prior to the 911 attack, Special Agent Diane Kleiman again warned the very same U.S. Attorney's office that a tragedy would occur because of the lack security at American Airlines. Kleiman herself was an former Assistant District Attorney at the Queens District Attorney's office. She told them that if these employees had such easy access to the planes, they could place bombs and weapons on the planes. She further informed them that American Airlines were not doing background checks on its employees and many that were hired were illegals. These employees were given ramp passes, giving them access to the ramps from public streets. With this access, they could do surveillance and observe the schedules of when planes landed and departed and the security in the airport. The U.S. Attorney's Office dismissed former Special Agent Diane Kleiman by saying they would look into it and never got back to her. When she reported these security breaches to her Senior Managers in Customs, they fired her for raising these issues.
During the tenure of former Special Agent Diane Kleiman at the JFK airport, she blew the whistle about drug overdoses and deaths amongst Special Agents, cash disappearing from seizures, and serious lapses in security at American Airlines that allowed drugs and illicit cash to flow with the collision of low-level airline employees. For refusing to go along with a cover-up which required her to commit perjury in the Grand Jury, her life and the lives of family members were threatened as well as her employment. For her refusal to participate in this illegality, she was fired and then blackballed by former bosses. She has since been unemployed for well over three years now.
CEADA is made up of scores of other whistleblowers like former Special Agent Diane Kleiman that was only looking out for the public's health and safety.
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Former Customs Special Agent Diane Kleiman will be present on September 24, 2002 at l:00 p.m. at New York City Hall where she will be telling her story to the New York City Council in order to encourage the members to implement legislation ensuring stronger whistleblower rights to New York City employees. On September 17-18, 2002, she met with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) in New York, the office that oversee whistleblower protection, who recently accepted her case because of 911. In the next few weeks, she will be meeting with Senators along with Attorney Doug Hartnett, National Security Director and Attorney Tom Devine, Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower watchdog group, (202) 408-0034, www.whistleblower.org. Please add this whistleblower to your calendar and listen closely to what she has to say.
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www.estatestatus.com, 4 Mar 2007 [cached]
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Former Customs Agent Diane Kleiman confirms what earlier WorldNetDaily reports.
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