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FBI Number 2 Person Tim Murphy Stepping Down; Sean Joyce Will Replace Him

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

The FBI’s number two person Timothy P. Murphy is stepping down to take a position in the private sector, the FBI announced Wednesday.  Sean Joyce, the Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch, will replace him as the deputy director.

“Tim Murphy has earned the respect and admiration of his FBI colleagues and that of the entire law enforcement and intelligence community,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement.  ” He will be missed.”

Murphy jumped to the number two spot in July 2010. He started with the FBI in 1988 and served in offices including Newark, Tampa, and Washington.

Joyce joined the FBI in 1987. He was first assigned to the Dallas Division, where he investigated violent crimes. He later worked on Colombian drug cases out of the Miami Field Office. In 1994, he became a member of the Bureau’s Hostage Rescue Team.

He worked his way through a number of jobs, and last year was named  the Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch.

Sean Joyce/fbi photo

“Sean Joyce has made tremendous contributions to the Bureau and met tough challenges head-on,” Director Mueller said. “I have every expectation that he will do the same as deputy director.”

Boston FBI Unveils New Terrorism Task Force at Logan Airport

By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff

BOSTON –In a move timed to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI’s Boston bureau and the Massachusetts Port Authority announced yesterday the opening of a self-contained “nerve center’’ for a counterterrorism task force based at Logan International Airport.

It is the first center of its kind based at a US airport.

The office, described as an annex, will serve as a base of operations for representatives from about 20 local, state, and federal agencies making up the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force, and it will enable better communication and cooperation among law enforcement agencies as they monitor suspected terrorism activities, particularly at the airport, officials said.

“It’s one new level of security for this airport, and for the country,’’ said Edward Freni, Massport’s director of aviation. “It has the physical presence for all agencies here to respond and communicate quickly.’’

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FBI Agent Timothy Delaney Named Head of Criminal Division in LA


Timothy Delaney/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

Timothy J. Delaney is heading off to Los Angeles to be the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division.

Delaney, who joined the FBI in 1991, most recently served as section chief for the New Agent’s Training Program Section in the FBI’s Training Division.

After joining the FBI, he first worked in the New York Field Office for nine years, where was assigned to the Manhattan office and investigated a variety of white-collar crimes, the FBI said.

In July 2000, he was promoted to unit chief at FBI Headquarters in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Health Care Fraud Unit, where he oversaw more than 400

From January 2005 to June 2008, Delaney served as assistant special agent in charge in the Miami Field Office where he managed division’s white-collar crime, cyber, and civil rights programs.

In Miami, he was involved in a number of cases involving crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff, several county commissioners, and three police corruption rings.


Column: Ex-FBI Agent Says We Should Limit Gun Purchases

Edward P. Gibson was an FBI special agent from 1985 to 2005. He was in the U.S. Army from 1971-74 and a lawyer in the U.S. for a major corporation 1980-1985 and Chief cyber Security Advisor – Microsoft Ltd – UK from 2005 to 2009. He wrote this in response to a column by editor Allan Lengel supporting an ATF regulation requiring gun dealers in states bordering Mexico to report multiple sales of assault weapons.

Ed Gibson

By Edward P. Gibson

I totally understand how ‘pro guns’ might think it proper to allow anyone to buy as many guns as they want to ‘just because’, but those same people would be outraged if one of their own went on a rampage using one of the many automatics purchased whether or not within a 5 day period.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” – ahhh,how many times have I heard that.

Yes, that’s true, people kill people using guns so easily attainable. We have become a gun nut culture.

Limit the purchase of guns.


Column: Ex-ATF Official Tries to Sort Out Our Complex Gun Laws

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Bernard La Forest retired from ATF after heading up its offices in Kansas City, Detroit, Phoenix and Los Angeles. His column is in response to a column by editor Allan Lengel supporting an ATF regulation that requires gun dealers in states bordering Mexico to report multiple sales of assault weapons.
By Bernarld La Forest

Of course, guns are already heavily regulated by the Federal Government through its licensing/regulatory and enforcement oversight. Then there are the substantial laws on the books by several States . . . that would be several, but not all. After that, counties and municipalities are free to enact their own laws.

a. The problem with the above . . . much too much confusion for citizens.

b. Another observation about “gun laws” is the fact that some governmental entities try to over-restrict, while others come close to “demanding” that citizens buy and maintain a gun . . . whether they want to or not!

2. The current discussion about the Phoenix investigation has opened the door to what many law enforcement officials have observed in the past as “shortcomings” in the Gun Control Act and its amendments and additions since 1968.

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Mass. Man Pleads Guilty to Spying for Israel

 By Allan Lengel

A Massachusetts man has copted a plea to trying to spy for Israel.

Elliot Doxer, 43, an employee of a high-tech company, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court to foreign economic espionage for providing trade secrets over an 18-month period to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

The plea agreement said that on June 22, 2006, Doxer sent an email to the Israeli consulate in Boston saying he worked for the finance department of Akamai Technologies, Inc., and was willing to provide any information that might help Israel.

Authorities said Doxer said DOXER said his chief desire “was to help our homeland and our war against our enemies.” He also asked to be paid for the risks he was taking.

In September 2007, an FBI agent posing as an undercover Israeli intelligence officer spoke to Doxer and established a “dead drop” where the agent and Doxer could exchange written communications.

From October 2007 through March 2009, Doxer visited the dead drop at least 62 times to leave information, retrieve communications, and check for new communications.

Included in the trade secret information that Doxer provided the undercover agent were an extensive list of Akamai’s customers; contracts between the company and various customers revealing contact, services, pricing, and termination date information; and a comprehensive list of the company’s employees that revealed their positions and full contact information.

In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston said:

“We acknowledge the Government of Israel for their cooperation in this investigation, and underscore that the Information does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf committed any offense under U.S. laws in this case. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Akamai Technologies, Inc., for its assistance throughout all stages of the investigation and prosecution.”

Doxer was initially arrested on on Oct. 6, 2010.


Md. Man With Fake Teaching Credentials Gets 21 Months; Taught Law Enforcement Including FBI

William Hillar

 By Allan Lengel

Who the heck is William G. Hillar?

Well, if you read his online bio you’d see that he had some darn impressive credentials in the military, had a Ph.d and he’s been raking in cash teaching, conducting workshops and giving speeches, and that he received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare while in the armed forces.

Problem is, federal authorities say, he’s a fraud.  His credentials were totally bogus.

On Tuesday, Hillar, 66, of Millersville, Md., was sentenced  in Baltimore federal court to 1 year and 9 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for lying about his military experience and academic credentials in order to gain employment for teaching and training. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $171,415 and perform 500 community hours at the Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries.

The Christian Science Monitor reported that he duped government agencies including the FBI’s Command College, which paid him $17,369 from 2000 to 2010, according to court documents.

“William G. Hillar claimed that he had earned praise as a hero, but the truth is that he deserves condemnation as a liar,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “He did not serve in the U.S. Army, did not receive military training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare, and did not lose his daughter to sex traffickers.”

Authorities alleged that Hillar, for at least the past 10 years, has been teaching, leading workshops, giving speeches and conducting training for public and private sector clients under false pretenses.

A website that has been taken down contained a “Bio Info” page that stated “William G. Hillar is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Special Forces and had served in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, and his training included tactical counter-terrorism, explosive ordnance, emergency medicine and psychological warfare.

It also said Hillar “holds a B.A. in Psychology, and M.A. in Education, a Ph.D. in Health Education, and an honorary Doctorate in Intercultural Relations, authorities said.

But a court affidavits states that a search of military and civilian records for Hillar in November 2010 showed he had not served with the U.S. Army, and instead, was an enlisted sailor in the U.S. Coast Guard reserves from 1962 to 1970.

Authorities alleged that he was never deployed at the locations stated on his website, nor was he given any Coast Guard training in tactical counter-terrorism, explosive ordnance, emergency medicine and psychological warfare.

He attended the University of Oregon from 1970 to 1973, but he did not earn a Ph.D, authorities said.

Moreover, the government’s sentencing memorandum states that Hillar fabricated a gruesome tale that his own daughter had been kidnaped, forced into sex slavery, sodomized and tortured before being hacked to death with machetes and thrown into the sea.

He claimed that this experience and his life story was the basis for the 2008 film “Taken”. Authorities said the press attention from the film generated free press for Hillar.

Hillar admitted that he fabricated the story about his daughter, who was alive and well, authorities said.


Feds Bust San Francisco Giant Payroll Managers on Charges of Swiping $1.5 Mil

By Allan Lengel

It looks like it’s strike three for the ex-payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants.

The feds have charged Robin O’Connor, 41, of the San Francisco Bay area, with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the club’s employees, including players and buying fancy cars and a new home, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the team confronted her in July and she admitted diverting more than $600,000 from two Giants employees. She was fire immediately, according to an FBI affidavit, AP reported.

“We immediately notified the United States Attorney’s office and are working with the federal authorities to ensure that this matter is thoroughly investigated and that any wrongdoing is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the team said in a statement, according to AP.

A team audit showed she had made 11 suspicious bank deposits totaling $1,513,836, an FBI affidavit said.

AP reported that she made $80,000 and was eligible for bonuses.