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November 2022


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30 Years Later: FBI Still Hunting for Demonstrator Who Partially Blinded Officer at JFK Airport

Joan Borup/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

It was Sept. 26, 1981 when Donna Joan Borup showed up to an anti-apartheid rally at JFK Airport in Queens and allegedly tossed an acid-like substance into the eyes of Port Authority Police Officer Evan Goodstein.

Goodstein ended up partially blind and had to resign from the force.

Thirty years later, the FBI hasn’t given up on finding Borup, a member of the 19th Communist Organization, a Marxist-Leninist Organization, who was arrested after the incident and released on bail.

“Borup has been on the run for too long and deserves to be brought to justice for her alleged attack against a law enforcement officer. We’re asking the public to look at these photos and to contact the FBI if they recognize Borup,” said Supervisory Special Agent Tim Flannelly in a statement.

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Calif. Atty. Convicted of Taking Bribes to Get Client to Lie to Grand Jury

By Allan Lengel

A California attorney thought he’d make some extra cash by getting his client to lie before a grand jury in Los Angeles in a visa fraud case. Now he won’t need that cash when he heads off to prison.

Alfred Nash Villalobos, 46, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was found guilty Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles of taking $50,000 in bribes to get his client to lie to the grand jury and a federal prosecutor. The $50,000 was part more than $100,000 he was demanding from a Century City attorney, whose client was the the target of the grand jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities say the problem with the little scheme was that the Century City attorney Villalobos was shaking down had gone to the FBI and was recording the conversations.

For Villalobos, it was not such a clever plan after all.


FBI Donates Artifacts from 9/11 Attack to Newseum in D.C.

Cellphones and pagers donated to museum/newseum photo

By Allan Lengel

We all remember that eerie day — Sept. 11, 2001 — when terrorists took a routine Tuesday and shook it so hard and turned it upside down and changed forever  the way we travel and think about security and radical movements abroad.

To bring back some vivid memories, the FBI has donated dozens of artifacts to the Newseum in Washington including engine parts and landing gear from airlines that crashed into the World Trade Center, cellphones and pagers recovered from the Trade Center — some which rang for days after the attack — and personal belongings of airplane passengers.

The museum, in a press release, said the artifacts are part of a display on the FBI’s role in fighting terrorism before and after Sept. 11, 2001.

It will be open to the public beginning  Sept. 2.


Oracle Investigation Latest in Trend in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Crackdown by Justice Dept.

By Danny Fenster

The Software company Oracle is being investigated by the FBI, reports the Guardian, in what some see as a trend in the increase of prosecutions under the foreign corrupt practices act (FCPA), which forbids U.S. companies from paying bribes to foreign government officials or employees of state-owned companies.

“Every week there seem to be more and more companies going through what Oracle is going through,” said Butler University professor Mike Koehler, who maintains a blog on the subject, according to The Guardian.

Koehler cited increasing globalization and the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which brought stricter corporate disclosure requirements, for the increase. He said  FCPA actions in 2010 accounted for 50% of the fines levied by the Justice department’s criminal division.

“The Justice Department brought 24 enforcement actions in 2010, up from five in 2004, and has brought seven so far this year,” the Guardian reports.

Other software companies have or are facing similar concerns; Hewlett-Packard is currently under investigation, and IBM paid the SEC $10 million this year on similar charges.

Investigators are looking at whether or not Oracle or it’s employees paid government officials to secure software contracts in western and central Africa.



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.