Eyes to My Soul: The Rise Or Decline of a Black FBI Agent

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The Majority Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 487 pages
Former FBI Special Agent Tyrone Powers, a veteran of the Maryland State Police, spent nine years as an FBI agent, with postings in Cincinnati and Detroit. He resigned in August 1994.

The picture of the country's top law enforcement agency that emerges from Powers' eloquent prose reveals an organization beset by the same problems of racism that plague the rest of American society. Powers describes sheet-clad students at the FBI Academy impersonating Ku Klux Klansmen. He reports on FBI Agents in Detroit raising funds for white Detroit policemen charged with (and later convicted of) second degree murder in the death of Black motorist Malice Green. White agents on one occasion substituted the face of an ape on the photo of an African American agent's children, displayed on their Black colleague's desk.

White agents, according to Powers' narrative, urinated on photographs of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Powers provides eyewitness evidence of the agency's extralegal harassment of African American mayors Coleman Young (Detroit), Marion Barry (Washington, DC) and Harold Washington (Chicago).

His story parallels similar complaints of harassment voiced in recent years by the Congressional Black Caucus and in the 1960s by Civil Rights workers. The FBI's Counter Intelligence Program of surveillance, disruption and assassinations against the Black movement of the 1960s and 1970s (COINTELPRO), has received wide coverage in recent years.

Former Special Agent Powers grew up in inner city Baltimore and his autobiographical recollections combine the sociologist's insight with the novelist's flair for storytelling. The problems of the inner city are presented in all theirunvarnished starkness. There was drug dealing, violence, gang feuds and incest in the experience of an inner city youth growing to manhood. Some of it was very close to home.

But there was also love, friendship and hope, much of it emanating from a close knit family. The despair and hopelessness of other rags-to-riches tales of urban African America find no place in Eyes To My Soul.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PROLOGUE
4
VALLEY OF DEATH
8
GOD KNOWS
18
FAMILY
22
FATHERLY BETRAYAL
32
SILENT NIGHT
53
REVENGE
58
THE RECRUITER
210
DOWN AND OUT
238
A GATHERING OF YOUNG MEN
245
THE DECISION MAKER
257
THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY
265
SPECIAL AGENT TYRONE POWERS
303
SOUL SEARCHING
329
BY WAY OF DECEPTION
346

BLUES FREE
67
SWEAT BLOOD AND TEARS
72
UPHOLD THE LAWS
83
BETRAYED
106
HILLSIDE BLUES
122
BLUE GARDENIA UNIVERSITY
139
UNITY
153
SLEEPWALKING
163
GRANDDADDY SHAW
174
LESSONS
181
UP FROM SLAVERY
188
RUNAWAY SLAVE
203
THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
363
THE SHADOW OF DEATH
385
GOING HOME
404
A TIME TO CRY
416
LAID TO REST
421
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BROTHERS
430
CROSSROADS
434
EPILOGUE
452
APPENDIX
457
SUGGESTED READING LIST
474
INDEX
478
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About the author (1996)

Tyrone Powers was a former FBI special agent and a vetran of the Maryland State Police. He is now Prof. of Criminology in Maryland. Eyes to My Soul is his personal story.

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