The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA
On Sale: November 8, 2011
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â€śNada Prouty served her country loyally, with distinction,
and, as universally acknowledged by her colleagues, with
great personal courage as a CIA covert officer. This tale
of rampant trampling of citizen's rights is a vivid reminder
of the responsibility of citizens to be vigilant against
unaccountable government overreach if we hope to keep a
strong democracy, where the rule of law prevails and where a
citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty.â€ť
-Valerie Plame, author of Fair Game
When Nada Prouty came to the United States as a young woman,
she fell in love with the democracy and freedom of her new
home. After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive
father and facing the prospect of an arranged marriage, she
jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America-a path
that led to exciting undercover work in the FBI, then the
CIA. As a leading agent widely lauded by her colleagues, she
worked on the most high-profile terrorism cases in recent
history, including the hunt for Saddam Hussein and the
bombing of the USS Cole, often putting her life on the line
and usually getting her man.
But all this changed in the wake of 9/11, at the height of
anti-Arab fervor, when federal investigators charged Prouty
with passing intelligence to Hezbollah. Lacking sufficient
evidence to make their case in court, prosecutors went to
the media, suggesting that she had committed treason.
Prouty, dubbed â€śJihad Janeâ€ť by the New York Post, was
quickly cast as a terrorist mastermind by the relentless
24-hour news cycle, and a scandal-hungry public ate it up.
Though the CIA and federal judge eventually exonerated
Prouty of all charges, she was dismissed from the agency and
stripped of her citizenship. In Uncompromised, Prouty tells
her whole story in a bid to restore her name and reputation
in the country that she loves. Beyond a thrilling story of
espionage and betrayal, this is a sobering commentary on
cultural alienation, the power of fear, and what it means to
truly love America.
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