Tipsters, confiscated files, espionage, detainment, corruption: sounds like an action-packed, federal government-based movie, right? Well, definitely not a movie. Kenneth Ford, Jr., a former National Security agent under the Bush Administration was supposedly set up in a bogus operation orchestrated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He was sentenced to six years in prison under the Espionage Act §793(e)—Gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information.
Although the case has been buried by the government’s top classified information agencies (not to mention the judge and other prosecutorial staff), Ford’s parents have been pushing for the Justice Department to reopen the case. An open letter by the Fords’ submitted to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requests “an immediate appointment of Special Counsel to investigate unwarranted prosecutorial misconduct, vehement malicious persecution and prosecution of Mr. Ford [Jr.].”
The Fords’ suggest that their only son—a suburban resident of the district— was targeted due to his race. “Ford [Jr.] is a victim of a hate crime, a malicious prosecution and a tragic rush to jail an innocent man.” It is very unfortunate that a black man of Ford’s stature (squeaky clean record)—and elite access to privileged information—has been caught up in this type of situation. However, the bigger picture needs to be looked at. The assignment that led Ford into the lava pit was writing a report regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The former White House Secret Service officer joined the “Iraqi shop” and submitted reports directly to former VP Dick Cheney. According to Wayne Madsen report, the branch is “responsible for analyzing communication intercepts of Iraqi military, civilian government, diplomatic and commercial traffic for signs of weapons of mass destruction activity and proliferation.” If you recollect, the whole reason for the U.S. going to war was based on the WMDs. At least that’s what the government wanted us to know.
Turns out that Ford’s initial report completely contradicted all media reporting. Mrs. Ford recollects her son saying that when his division of about six other agents heard the news reports of WMDs being “found” in Iraq, that they all just looked at each other—no one said a word to, they just turned back to their desks to work. This is just one important piece of the many pieces to this complex puzzle.
In January 2004, over 20 FBI agents appeared at Ford’s home to utilize a search warrant issued 2.5 hours after an FBI special agent and NSA security officer were interrogating Ford in his own home. This is where Ford’s first count of Espionage comes into play. According to federal officials, Ford had “thousands of sheets of highly classified documents strewed about and in boxes in his home.” The information on Form 597 (FBI Receipt for Property Seized)—an official listing of items seized during a raid—did not make mention of any paper documents deemed as “highly classified.” In fact, FBI Recording Agent Bridgette Bigham testified under oath that the alleged classified documents were never shown or brought to her after seizure for her to procedurally record.
The Fords’ state their