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Tough Talk with Tony Gambone with guest Brett Braaten

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Brett Braaten was born and raised in International Falls, Minnesota, a small town situated near the Canadian border in northeast Minnesota and often referred to as the “icebox of the nation.”Following his graduation from college, he was hired as a full-time, U.S. Customs Inspector in 1983 assigned to the Pembina, North Dakota port of entry. He married his wife, Patti, shortly thereafter. He transferred to St. Louis, Missouri in June 1985 and was assigned as an inspector at Lambert International Airport until October 1985 when he was promoted to the position of a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service, Office of Investigations, St. Louis. He and his wife remained in St. Louis from 1985 to 1988. His investigative background involved cases of drug smuggling, and intellectual property rights protection among others. He specialized, however, in cases involving unlawful import practices that adversely affected vulnerable US industries. As a result, he became uniquely familiar with trade and business practices and was recognized by customs as a subject matter expert. In July 1988, he transferred to the US Customs Office of Investigations, Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was promoted to the position of senior special agent. Because of his acknowledged fraud expertise, senior customs’ management assigned him to regional committees created to develop investigative training manuals to be used by special agents nationally. In June 2002, he was promoted to the position of Resident Agent in Charge, Office of Investigations, Duluth, Minnesota, where he supervised the operations and investigations of a staff of senior special agents. He retired in September 2009, and moved with his wife to the mountains of northeast Georgia. They have two adult children, Rachael and Ryan. In early 2012, he wrote Homeland Insecurity – Failed Politics, 

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