THE GEORGE JARKESY SHOW WELCOMED PETER LIOTTA, MFA, Ph.D. TO DISCUSS HIS BOOK ‘THE REAL POPULATION BOMB’ AND MEGA CITIES. ALSO ON THE SHOW WAS ROBERT MAZUR TO DISCUSS HIS BOOK ‘THE INFILTRATOR: MY SECRET LIFE INSIDE THE DIRTY BANKS BEHIND PABLO ESCOBAR’S MEDELLIN CARTEL’.
PETER LIOTTA, MFA, Ph.D.
P. H. Liotta is the Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Scholar at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He served for three decades in the U.S. Air Force, and piloted multiple aircraft from the UV-18 to the Mirage 2000. He also served as a Fulbright poet-in-residence in Yugoslavia during its last year of existence. He has lived in and travelled widely throughout the former Soviet Union–particularly the Caucasus and Central Asia–to the Altai region of Siberia, Tajikistan, the Afghan front, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia and Iran, sub-Saharan Africa, and India. The author of eighteen books—which include poetry, translation, policy and security analysis, and a novel of Iran titled Diamond’s Compass—recognition for his creative work includes a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Pushcart Prize for Poetry, the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first International Quarterly “Crossing Boundaries” Award. As a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Mr. Mazur is a graduate of Wagner College, Staten Island, NY. In July of 1998, he retired from a 27-year career as a federal agent. During his government career, he was a Senior Special Agent with three federal agencies (IRS – Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Customs Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration). Mr. Mazur is a court certified expert in the fields of money laundering and international drug trafficking. He has attained this certification in the federal criminal courts of both the U.S. and Canada.
During his career as a federal agent, Mr. Mazur specialized as a long-term undercover agent in money laundering and drug investigations. He is best known for his 2-year undercover role as a money launderer in an investigation that resulted in the prosecutions of the Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI), senior officers of BCCI, and high-ranking members of Colombian drug cartels.
Mr. Mazur routinely designs and presents curriculum to federal, state and local law enforcement officers throughout the U.S and Caribbean. His lectures address Investigating Drug & Money Laundering Organizations, Managing Informants, Managing Undercover Operations, Financial Investigative Techniques, and Money Laundering in the Black Market Peso Exchange.