Monday, February 3, 2014

Mark 'Meezilini' Miles / Ivancie 'Ivy' Harris / Prostitution, Murder and a FBI Informant (Conclusion)

The years since I was a FBI Agent have now morphed into decades.  I did not retire from the Bureau; but went on to other law enforcement related and investigative pursuits.  Nonetheless, I’ve followed the evolution of the FBI from outside the Bureau through friends and acquaintances.

The Bureau and the typical Agent are very different now than during the 70’s.  For some of us old timers, the changes were not for the better.  For current Agents, I’m sure, they feel we were dinosaurs – and good riddance.  Some say current Agents are more intelligent.  I’m not so sure.  How does one quantify intelligence?  I worked with Agents who were very intelligent and highly educated.
Admittedly, modern Agents are often computer savvy.  The older guys, on the other hand, might describe the new guys as nerds.

Older Agents were all required to know how to shoot.  The shooting requirement for present day FBI Agents has been so diluted that many of the older guys could successfully shoot the new course blindfolded.  Current Agents often spend their day transfixed by a computer screen.  Older Agents were required to get out of the office and talk to people.  Older Agents were often what might be considered generalists, or at least potential generalists.  Present Agents are more specialized.  And, maybe this is how it should be.  I suppose the new guys and gals are a product of their times.

New Agents are paid much better than in the old days.  Perhaps, because of that, they hire and hopefully retain a better product.  That said, many of the older guys considered their position as a FBI Agent to be a ‘calling,’ and pay be damned.  On a personal note, I did not leave the Bureau because of the pay or benefits.  No, my decision to resign was more due to the hectic life in a big city, and a yearning for something more like what I was used to.  I took a big gamble leaving government employment; but, ultimately, life has treated me well.

Another difference, perhaps, is that the modern day FBI has a lot of money to throw around – offering million dollar rewards and lucrative payments to informants.

Which brings me to Meezilini.  It appears that an uncover Agent or operative for the FBI was offering to engage Meezilini in some sort of music business.  Of course, this was all a ruse to gain his association and trust.  The FBI never had any intention of entering into any aspect of the music business.  They just wanted to get someone close to the target.  The target, in this case, was Meezilini.

Today’s FBI has Agents, and the operatives under Agents, who do nothing other than informant development.  Meezilini was targeted, I imagine, because Portland’s FBI administrators decided that the Mann Act was an appropriate priority for this area, and that Meezilini was an important player.  Subsequently, the assigned Agents had to make a plan of action as to how they might get next to him.

Rap music was a focal point.  Therefore, it would seem appropriate to assign a Black Agent as the principal case agent – even if that required bringing that Agent in from another Field Office.  As they say, ‘money talks.’  So, someone had to get next to Meezilini and get him to accept money under a contrived pretext.  It’s as simple as that.  Once the money starts to flow, the FBI expects something in return – namely information.

Finally, it must be said, that informant development may sound exciting; but it can be a distasteful and a corrupting pursuit for someone in law enforcement.  It requires befriending individuals that represent the darkest underbelly of humanity, as well as succesfully making those miscreants believe you are one with them.

True Nelson