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3.0 out of 5 stars Looted...Not Yet Read but on the way...., May 4, 2010
This review is from: Looted: The Philippines After the Bases (International Herald Tribune) (Paperback)
I have decided to write this review in a quite unorthodox manner, that being I have NOT yet read the book Looted but wanted to post a comment defending my former career as an OSI Investigator. I am a USAF Veteran of 20 years (1977-1998) with nearly 6 of those years as a Special Agent assigned to OSI District 42 at Clark Air Base and 13 years total as an OSI, Special Agent. As a relatively young agent working in the Philippines (24 yrs old), I worked with many local Philippine police and law enforcement agencies in a myriad of investigative capacities. During those years leading up to the tragedy of Mount Pinatubo, Major Almacen's name was commonly heard (and known) to be associated with criminal activities in/around the base. I primarily worked in the counter-narcotics arena and heard his name numerous times as being involved in theft activities from the base. Even at a young age I was personally offended that an Air Force officer would be involved in criminal activity while on active duty. In addition, for anyone to assert that OSI did not conduct a fair and thorough criminal investigation of Mr. Almacen is a total misrepresentation of the truth. OSI has always been (and remains) the premier investigative agency throughout the Air Force and operates in many countries throughout the world. This could NOT happen if we conducted anything but excellence in our investigations. More specifically, I worked with Special Agent Hannaman at Clark for years and can personally attest to his professionalism as a federal agent and Air Force officer. I'm anxious to read the authors account of Mr. Almacen's life as a criminal and feel releived that someone who would disgrace the Air Force would finally be locked up for his offenses. (Special Agent Tomi J. Kingi, retired)
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