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Profile: W. Ralph Basham, Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner

W Ralph BashamW. Ralph Basham formerly served as commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, the agency tasked with monitoring and securing U.S. borders.

Basham most recently served as director of both the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and as chief of staff of the Transportation Security Administration.

He joined the Secret Service in 1970 as a special agent based in Washington, D.C., and took on higher roles at the agency until elevating to become its director in 2003.

The law enforcement veteran was previously a special agent overseeing the Cleveland Field Office, the Washington Field Office and the Vice Presidential Protective Division and also managed the administrative division of the Office of Administration as assistant director.

Basham became Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s director in January 1998, with responsibility in training the U.S. federal law enforcement officers at the state, local and federal levels.

In 2002, he was appointed chief of staff at TSA where he was responsible for leading the recruitment of federal security directors to be assigned in 429 airports.

The 1992 and 2000 Meritorious Presidential Rank awardee holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

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  1. Dear W. Ralph Basham:

    I am Victor L Mote Professor emeritus of geography, Russian studies, and political science at The University of Houston Central Campus (1971-2011). For about five years (1985-1990), I assisted the Houston FBI field office in undercover analysis of the activities of various Soviet residents in and visitors to Houston. Mr. Jim Mitchell, who no longer works at the field office, was my Bureau contact.
    The purpose of this email is to report an illegal alien who has essentially “imprisoned” a very dear friend of mine, Ms Fabiana Rita Lauren Hennard nee Schiller in her own home at 9335 Eagle Creek Lane, Houston 77036. Ms. Hennard, who is a fifty-two-year-old unemployed widow, rented space in her house to the tenant:
    GEORGE EVANGELOS KAVALON for several years now.
    Kavalon was born in Athens, Greece on 06/18/1953 uses a false social security number: 451 43 1116 (so far as Ms. Hennard knows, Kavalon does not have a card), and has driven with an expired (06/18/11) TDL 09885685 for at least two years. She has learned that he has a felony record and has served at least two prison terms.
    Although the soon-to-be sixty-one-year-old Kavalon is now gray-haired and gray-bearded, his expired Texas driver’s license photograph shows him at a much younger age — clean-shaven with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet seven and would appear to flabbily weigh around 200 lbs. Ms. Hennard, whose income derives from a small VA “survivor’s benefit” from a previous marriage to an Army veteran and the pittance that Kavalon pays as her tenant, has requested that the overbearing, possessive renter vacate her premises, but he refuses to leave and threatens her with retaliation, not only from himself but also from his so-called “connections”(a kind of “Greek mafia?”). Instead, he insists on dominating her very existence by not allowing her to go anywhere without him and barring her from seeing her friends and relatives (her mother and stepfather, who live in Salado, TX have not seen her in several years, even at festive family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas). In desperation, Ms. Hennard has reported Kavalon to the ERO/DHS at least four times but those authorities apparently are logically more concerned with “more dangerous” criminal types, such as, terrorists, thieves,murderers, and rapists; however, it’s my view that Kavalon has the potential to be involved in any and all of these things and certainly is a destroyer of Ms. Hennard’s quality of life.
    Ms. Hennard asked me to help her to rid this nemesis from her life and now I am asking you to arrest this criminal and to have him deported ASAP.
    Thank you very much. I can be reached by email: victor.mote@gmail.com
    and/or by cell phone at 281 660 5604.
    very sincerely yours,
    Dr. Victor L Mote, Ph.D.

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