Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Statement From U.S. Secret Service Director On Trump Assassination Atempt


Having performed security work for the U.S. Navy and Defense Department for many years, and having covered crime, espionage and terrorism as a writer for many years, I have some questions for the U.S. Secret Service regarding the attempted assassination of former President Trump. 


The Secret Service director’s statement about the roof on which the would-be assassin fired his rifle being sloped, and therefore unsafe for Secret Service special agents to have been positioned there, is one troubling comment.

 

Still, I’d like to reserve judgment until the investigation of the incident is complete, and so should all Americans. 



Below is a statement from U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle (seen in the above photo):

 

I would like to start by extending my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Corey Comperatore, who was killed during the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump’s life in Butler, Pennsylvania, Saturday, as well as those who were injured during this senseless act of violence.

Secret Service personnel on the ground moved quickly during the incident, with our counter sniper team neutralizing the shooter and our agents implementing protective measures to ensure the safety of former president Donald Trump. 

Since the shooting, I have been in constant contact with Secret Service personnel in Pennsylvania who worked to maintain the integrity of the crime scene until the FBI assumed its role as the lead investigating agency into the assassination attempt. I have also been coordinating with the protective detail for former President Trump and have briefed President Biden on the details of the incident.  

The Secret Service is working with all involved Federal, state and local agencies to understand what happened, how it happened, and how we can prevent an incident like this from ever taking place again. We understand the importance of the independent review announced by President Biden yesterday and will participate fully. We will also work with the appropriate Congressional committees on any oversight action.

The incident in Pennsylvania has understandably led to questions about potential updates or changes to the security for the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. The U.S. Secret Service, in conjunction with our Federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety partners, designs operational security plans for National Special Security Events (NSSE) to be dynamic in order to respond to a kinetic security environment and the most up-to-date intelligence from our partners.

I am confident in the security plan our Secret Service RNC coordinator and our partners have put in place, which we have reviewed and strengthened in the wake of Saturday’s shooting. The security plans for National Special Security Events are designed to be flexible. As the conventions progress, and in accordance with the direction of the President, the Secret Service will continuously adapt our operations as necessary in order to ensure the highest level of safety and security for convention attendees, volunteers and the City of Milwaukee. In addition to the additional security enhancements, we provided former President Trump's detail in June, we have also implemented changes to his security detail since Saturday to ensure his continued protection for the convention and the remainder of the campaign. 

The Secret Service is tasked with the tremendous responsibility of protecting the current and former leaders of our democracy. It is a responsibility that I take incredibly seriously, and I am committed to fulfilling that mission. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

A Little Humor: A Bit Of Wisdom


I saw this on the Internet and got a kick out of it, as for most writers, it is too true. 

Sunday, July 14, 2024

FBI Director Wray's Remarks At Press Briefing At Butler, Pennsylvania On The Assassination Attempt On Trump

The FBI released FBI Director Christopher Wray's remarks at the scene of the attempted assassination of Former President Trump:

What we witnessed yesterday was nothing short of an attack on democracy and our democratic process.

An attempt to assassinate a presidential candidate can only be described as absolutely despicable and will not be tolerated in this country.  

I want to start by offering my deepest condolences to all the victims of yesterday’s shooting and their families.

Our hearts go out to the family of the individual who was killed, the two others who were critically wounded, and, of course, former President Trump and his family.

I want to make sure they know—and the American people know—that the men and women of the FBI are working tirelessly to get to the bottom of what happened.

The shooter may be deceased, but the investigation is very much ongoing. And, because of that, we are limited in what we say at this point.

But what I can say is that we have committed the full force of the FBI to this investigation:

  • Both criminal and national security resources
  • Tactical support
  • Evidence response teams to help process the crime scene
  • Victim services specialists
  • The FBI Lab and our Operational Technology Division to process the physical evidence recovered

We also continue to operate our FBI Tip Line and encourage anyone with information to reach out to us as soon as possible.

Both in our FBI field office in Pittsburgh and in our command post at FBI Headquarters, we continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local partners, as we did throughout the night last night to ensure there was no ongoing threat to former President Trump or to the people of Pennsylvania.

The American people can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned as we work to get to the bottom of what happened yesterday.

Thank you again to all those who are hard at work on this investigation.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

My Counterterrorism Magazine Q&A With D.G. Macay, The Author Of 'Bubbleheads, SEALs And Wizards: America's Scottish Bastion In The Cold War'

The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International published my Q&A with D.G. Mackay, the author of Bubbleheads, SEALs and Wizards: America’s Scottish Bastion in the Cold War. 

 You can read the piece below or the below text:




The IACSP Q&A With D.G. Mackay, Author of “Bubbleheads, SEALs and Wizards: America’s Scottish Bastion in the Cold War.”    

D.G. Mackay is a British military historian and the author of “Bubbleheads, SEALs and Wizards: America’s Scottish Bastion in the Cold War.” (Whittles Publishing). 

The book covers the period in the Cold War between 1961 and 1992 when Holy Loch, Scotland was the site of the United States Navy’s nuclear submarine base, the home base of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 14. In addition to the submarine base, the U.S. military also stationed Navy SEALs and signals intelligence technicians in Scotland to deter the nuclear threat from the Soviet Union.

D.G. Mackay served as an officer in the Parachute Regiment from 1970 to 1987. Retiring as a Lt Col., D.G. Mackay served three tours in Northern Ireland, two tours in UN Cyprus, the Middle East, and various NATO countries including USA, Berlin, Germany, and Nigeria. 

Mackay holds two degrees from the University of Glasgow and one from Leicester University. He was also the American Modern History tutor at Glasgow and academic researcher at Stirling University. 

D.G. Mackay was interviewed by Paul Davis.

Writer’s Note: Mr. Mackay interviewed me for the book, as I served two years (1974-1975) as an enlisted sailor aboard the U.S. Navy tugboat USS Saugus, YTB 780, at the U.S. nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland.

In one passage, he confuses me with another former sailor, stating that I served as a mess cook on the submarine tender. Mess cooking was a rite of passage for tender sailors, but not for tugboat sailors like me. But my other comments in the book about tugboat and submarine operations are accurate. 

IACSP: How would you describe your book and why did you write it? 

Mackay: The book is a street-level account of the American military presence in Scotland during the Cold War. It demonstrates that Scotland was a vital location for both the United States and NATO during this period. History is made by leaders but is carried out by people further down the chain of command. I was one of these, a UK Cold War warrior and can vouch for the untold hours of hard work involved. This detailed and thorough work ensured that NATO was successful in the struggle. Their work ethic and pride in their work is the underpinning theme of the book. That is why I chose to write the book – the so-called ‘little people’ tend to be ignored, while lavish attention is poured on to national leaders. The book is a memorial to the day-to-day heroes who won the Cold War.

IACSP: How did you research the book? Who were your principal sources? 

Mackay: Researching the book was problematic as it was mainly done during the pandemic and all archives were closed. However, I was able to dig deep into the internet and unearth many declassified documents. In particular, I worked closely with many veterans’ websites and ended up interviewing more than 150 different people who had been closely involved in this great and exciting enterprise. Most of these interviews were conducted online but some were by telephone, and a few were face-to-face. It was an invigorating experience.

IACSP: Would you describe the how and why the Americans moved their submarine fleet into Holy Loch? 

Mackay: How. A small advance part of US Navy personnel came to Dunoon early in 1961 and liaised with the Royal Navy and local police. In April, the tender ship, USS Proteus, arrived in Holy Loch to be met by a noisy, but peaceful demonstration. Some protesters in canoes attempted to board the vessel but these were chased away, and US Navy sailors were unmolested when they later made their way through the crowd. One of the protesters was a local lad, son of the Dunoon police sergeant; his name was George Robertson and ironically, he later became NATO’s Secretary-General.

Why. The Holy Loch location was the result of an agreement between the UK and US governments which traded this ideal location for American nuclear submarines against British involvement in building their own nuclear-armed submarines with American technical input. The McMahon Act in the United States had forbidden this kind of liaison but the Camp David Agreement in 1959 between Eisenhower and MacMillan overcame it.

IACSP: How would you describe the floating base anchored in the center of the Loch?   

Mackay: It was a fully functional floating dockyard with more than 3,000 employees, adjacent to the River Clyde which was one of the world’s most important ship-building centers in those days. There was a tender ship, which was a fully fitted shipyard and carried out all maintenance and simple repair tasks to the submarines. A huge floating dock would raise the submarines to enable the work to be done. Various floating barges accommodated the workforce and lots of small Navy vessels crisscrossed the loch in support.

IACSP: How did the Scots initially react to the new submarine base? Did the public view of the Americans change over time? 

Mackay: Most Scots were unaffected by this dramatic influx of American military activity. There were some anti-nuclear, anti-American demonstrations but these were principally by outsiders who did not come from Scotland. They quickly died down and any local demonstrations thereafter were small and good natured. Scots regarded the Americans as interesting people and our two nations have had a long and close relationship; many American Presidents have Scottish roots and Scots signed the Declaration of Independence. We regarded the American military as cousins and the on-site relationship was normally excellent at all the US bases.

IACSP: Did the British military and security services work closely with the Americans in countering the Soviet Bear? 

Mackay: Part of my research covered the activities of the security services of both the United States and Great Britain. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen were already Soviet nuclear targets because of their industrial base and transport infrastructure. In the book, my CIA and UK security services contacts outline the vigorous steps which were taken at the time and emphasize the joint nature of this delicate mission. They reveal that this was always a joint venture, with the UK security services taking the lead as home nation.

IACSP: You also write about the American “Wizards.” How would you describe them? 

Mackay: The Wizards were the US Navy, USAF and USMC radio technicians who manned the radio spy stations at Kirknewton, Edzell and Thurso. I doubt if anybody in Scotland was aware of their real purpose at the time and there is certainly zero knowledge about it even at this later date. They were part of various US-worldwide radio intercept operations which had a huge effect on the Cold War. In particular, they were vital sources of information during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The UK also provided military and security services personnel for this task which was directed by the NSA and coordinated by GCHQ. The secrecy imposed at each location was excellent and local rumors were always fanciful but wide of the mark. And don’t forget that Evanton airfield was one of the major launch sites for Ike’s spy balloons in 1955 – an incident almost totally forgotten in that locality.

IACSP: And you write about U.S. Navy SEALs in Scotland. What were they doing? 

Mackay: Scotland’s geography is superb for Special Forces training as I can vouch. This was obviously a bonus for the SEALs who were based at Machrihanish airfield in a forward-deployed base, similar to the concept of the submarine base at Holy Loch. Their operational zone was in Norway and therefore only a few hours from Scotland. They constantly trained in the locality, often in the nearby Atlantic Ocean, and were so professional that these exploits were seldom witnessed by the locals.

IACSP: Was the U.S. Navy at Holy Loch and other American military units in the U.K. a force for good for both the U.S. and the U.K.? 

Mackay: I Would not use the word ‘good’ to describe this situation. It was a straightforward fact that this arrangement brought benefits to both countries.  The US military presence in Scotland during the Cold War was definitely useful to the UK to be closely involved in the delivery of US military strategy as it increased the close liaison between both nations. The US certainly benefitted from the arrangement as it brought strategic and operational benefits, as well as providing an offshore first strike target for the Soviets. JFK was able to send his top adviser unnoticed to Holy Loch during the Cuban Missile Crisis to assess the battle readiness of the nuclear submarine squadron. His Doomsday orders would have been transmitted through the radio station at Thurso, while the submarine’s navigation accuracy was ensured from Scatsta in the Shetland Isles. For the UK, there were the undoubted benefits of American military nuclear technology. 

IACSP: Would you please also describe how Holy Loch was a hotbed of espionage?  

Mackay: Holy Loch was the center of the latest military technology - nuclear-powered, nuclear missile armed submarines. The Soviets desperately needed this technology as their submarines and missiles were basic and unreliable. At an early stage, the squadron security investigator requested a special order of surveillance equipment to monitor leisure areas frequented by the sailors, such was the concern about the possible presence of Soviet agents. The KGB mounted a serious intelligence-collecting operation. They purchased a small hotel in Dunoon, installed an East German agent and lured in several US Navy personnel and a local man. All were caught and jailed except the local who appeared to have been working for the UK security services. 

IACSP: You mention other espionage stories in your book. 

Mackay: In another incident in the book, a taxi driver began to ask too many detailed questions and a sailor reported this to the squadron security team. Probably the most hilarious example was when several KGB personnel boarded a pleasure steamer and took photos of the base with long-lens cameras. When they disembarked in Glasgow they split up and disappeared from public view. An international trade union conference in Dunoon was flooded with KGB, Stasi, Czech and Polish agents posing as delegates and the squadron commander had to put the hotel out of bounds to US Navy personnel. 

Then, of course, there was the notorious spy John Walker who served aboard a submarine in Holy Loch. 

IACSP: Thanks for speaking to us.







My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On The Wide Array Of National Security Threats Coming From The Porous Southern Border


The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International published my piece on the national security threats coming from the Southern Border.

You can read the piece via the below or the below text:





The Wide Array of National Security Threats Coming
From the Porous Southern Border 

By Paul Davis

Border security is one of the hot topics during this year’s contentious presidential election. Among the illegal aliens crossing the border illegally looking for a better life, there are drug smugglers, gang members, and other criminals. There are also suspected terrorists crossing the border illegally.

Eight people from Tajikistan with suspected ties to ISIS were arrested by ICE agents in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York City on and before June 11th. The suspects crossed into the United States from the southern border in 2023.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security released a statement on the arrests: "Over the last few days, ICE agents arrested several non-citizens pursuant to immigration authorities. The actions were carried out in close coordination with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces. The individuals arrested are detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings. As the FBI and DHS have recently described in public and partner bulletins, the U.S. has been in a heightened threat environment. The FBI and DHS will continue working around the clock with our partners to identify, investigate, and disrupt potential threats to national security." 

Back on March 11th, FBI Director Christopher Wray and other intelligence leaders testified at the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the annual Worldwide Threats Assessment hearing. 

The other intelligence leaders testifying about worldwide threats were Avril D. Haines from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, William J. Burns, the director of the CIA, Brett M. Holmgren, the State Department assistant secretary for intelligence and research, Timothy D. Haugh, the director of the NSA/CSS, and Jeffrey A. Kruse, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. 

In FBI Director Wray’s testimony, he spoke of border security threats such as drug trafficking.:59

"We have had dangerous individuals entering the United States," Wray told the U.S. Senators. "We are seeing a wide array of very dangerous threats that emanate from the border. The FBI alone seized enough fentanyl in the last two years to kill 270 million people."

The FBI Wray stated there is no doubt that criminals have entered the United States at the southern border but knew of no specific plot.

"Some of the overseas facilitators of the smuggling network have ties with ISIS that we're very concerned about, and we've been spending an enormous amount of effort with our partners investigating," Wray said.

He noted that there are threats from a variety of dangerous groups.

"Even before October 7, I would have told this committee that we were at a heightened threat level from a terrorism perspective that I've not seen in a long, long time," he said. "The threats from homegrown violent extremists that is jihadist-inspired, extremists, domestic violent extremists, foreign terrorist organizations, and state-sponsored terrorist organizations all being elevated at one time since October 7, though, that threat has gone to a whole other level. And so, this is a time I think for much greater vigilance, maybe been called upon us," he said.

FBI Director Wray was questioned by the Vice Chairman, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the annual Worldwide Threats Assessment hearing.

 

RUBIO: Director Wray, we know that over the last three years, millions of people have crossed the U.S. border illegally, and many have been released into the country. Have people with ties to dangerous gangs – like, for example, the prison gang Tren de Aragua from Venezuela – were they among the people that came into this country?

 

WRAY: I don’t know that I can speak to the specific gang, but certainly we’ve had dangerous individuals enter the United States of a variety of sorts.

 

RUBIO: Are we seeing crimes from people that entered the country over the last three years, some of them with ties to gangs or other criminal organizations?

 

WRAY: I would say this from an FBI perspective: we are seeing a wide array of very dangerous threats that emanate from the border, and that includes drug trafficking. The FBI alone seized enough fentanyl in the last two years to kill 270 million people. That’s just on the fentanyl side. An awful lot of the violent crime in the United States is at the hands of gangs, who are themselves involved in the distribution of that fentanyl.

 

RUBIO: But we’re also seeing local law enforcement tracking members of Tren de Aragua in particular. For example, the assault on the police officers in New York. All the reporting said they had ties to this gang in particular. There’s no doubt that people that were criminals in their country of origin have crossed that border and are now in the U.S. committing crimes. 

 

WRAY: Correct. 

 

RUBIO: Is there now a black market emerging to sell fake Social Security cards, fake green cards. Have you seen reporting on that?

 

WRAY: On the darknet, for example, there is a significant marketplace for different kinds of stolen identities. 

 

RUBIO: What about in the street?

 

WRAY: I think so.

 

RUBIO: There are smuggling networks all over the world that specialize in moving people from all over the world, including from the Middle East, Central Asia, and so forth. Are we aware that any of these smuggling organizations are run or conducted by people that have ties, for example, to ISIS or other terrorist organizations?

 

WRAY: I want to be a little bit careful about how far I can go in an open session. But there is a particular network where some of the overseas facilitators of the smuggling network have ISIS ties that we’re very concerned about, and that we’ve been spending an enormous amount of effort with our partners to investigate. Exactly what that network is up to is something that is, again, the subject of our current investigation.

 

RUBIO: There is a network we’re concerned about that has facilitators involved in it that have ties to ISIS and other terrorist organizations. 

 

WRAY: Correct. 


According to the 2024 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are the dominant producers and suppliers of illicit drugs to the U.S. market.

“Illicit fentanyl will continue to pose a major threat to the health of Americans. In 2023, a majority of the more than 100,000 annual drug overdose deaths in the United States are attributed to illicit fentanyl mostly supplied by Mexican-based TCOs, even as U.S. law enforcement seized record amounts of illicit fentanyl, precursor chemicals, and pill pressing equipment,” the Threat assessment noted. 

“Mexico-based TCOs are the dominant producers of illicit fentanyl for the U.S. market, although there also are independent illicit fentanyl producers, and the fragmentation of fentanyl operations has made disruption efforts challenging. Some aspects of fentanyl production are spilling over into the United States with drug traffickers conducting the finishing stages of fentanyl pill packing or pressing in the United States. China remains the primary source for illicit fentanyl precursor chemicals and pill pressing equipment. 

“Brokers circumvent international controls through mislabeled shipments and the purchase of unregulated dual-use chemicals. However, Mexico-based TCOs also are sourcing precursor chemicals to a lesser extent from other nations such as India. Money Laundering and Financial Crimes TCOs are defrauding individuals, businesses, and government programs, while laundering billions. Human Trafficking TCOs and criminal actors view human trafficking, including sex trafficking and forced labor, as low risk crimes of opportunity. Multiple criminal actors engage in operations that seek to exploit vulnerable individuals and groups to bolster illicit revenue streams. The TCOs that engage in human trafficking may also engage in drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, and money laundering. 

The assessment also stated that human traffickers typically coerce or defraud their victims into sex trafficking or forced labor, confiscating identification documents and requiring the payment of debts. 

“In 2023, U.S. law enforcement officials noted multiple incidents where unaccompanied minors were exploited in forced labor operations in U.S. food processing plants to pay off debts. TCOs based in the Western Hemisphere and Asia are most likely to engage in human trafficking activity with ties to the United States. Migrants transiting the Western Hemisphere to the United States are exploited by criminal actors through kidnapping for ransom, targets of forced labor, or victims of sex trafficking operations. TCOs, human smugglers, gangs, and lone criminal actors are all taking advantage of elevated levels of U.S.-bound migration, and vulnerable migrants are at risk of being trafficked. Some migrants, who voluntarily use human smuggling networks to facilitate their travel to the United States, are trafficked during their journey.”

 

While elected government officials and those seeking office differ on how best to secure the southern border, all agree that there are major dangerous criminals and terrorists crossing the border. 

Paul Davis, who writes the online Threatcon column, is a longtime Journal contributor.


Friday, July 12, 2024

Former Philadelphia Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Public Corruption, Embezzlement Convictions


The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia released the below information:

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that John Dougherty, 64, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl to 72 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, forfeiture of $353,941.35, a $7,100 special assessment, and $50,000 in restitution now, with full restitution to be determined later, for crimes arising from his embezzlement of funds belonging to Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (“Local 98”) and multiple crimes involving his payment of bribes to codefendant Robert Henon.

In January 2019, a federal grand jury issued a sweeping indictment against Dougherty, the longtime business manager of Local 98, then-Philadelphia City Council Member Robert Henon, and others employed by or affiliated with Local 98.

The indictment charged that between May 2015 and September 2016, Dougherty and Henon deprived the City of Philadelphia and its citizens of their right to Henon’s honest services as a member of City Council. It further alleged that Henon received a salary and other things of value from Dougherty and, in exchange, that Henon used his position as a member of City Council to serve Dougherty’s interests.

In addition, Dougherty, then-Local 98 President Brian Burrows, and other union officers and employees were charged with conspiracy and embezzlement arising from their theft of approximately $600,000 in Local 98 funds from April of 2010 through August of 2016. The indictment also charged Dougherty and Burrows with concealing the embezzlement of Local 98 funds by causing false labor management reports, known as LM-2s, to be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, and with filing false federal income tax returns by failing to report the funds they stole on their tax returns.

Following the indictment, separate trials were held for the crimes involving public corruption and those involving embezzlement.

On November 15, 2021, a federal jury convicted Dougherty on one count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and seven counts of honest services wire fraud. The jury convicted Henon on one count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, eight counts of honest services wire fraud, and one count of federal program bribery.

The honest services wire fraud convictions against both defendants included official acts that Henon performed or promised to perform in connection with schemes involving the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections and stopping the installation of MRI machines at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; using the proposed Plumbing Code to assist the election of Dougherty as the Business Manager of the Building Trades; drafting towing legislation that Dougherty requested because a tow truck driver refused to accept payment by credit card after Dougherty had parked illegally; and allowing Dougherty to make demands on Comcast as a condition of the City’s renewal of the Franchise Agreement.

On December 7, 2023, a federal jury convicted Dougherty and Burrows of conspiracy to embezzle the funds of Local 98. Dougherty was also convicted of 33 counts of embezzlement of funds from Local 98, 24 counts of wire fraud by participating in a scheme to defraud Local 98 of its money, two counts of causing false statements to be made on the form LM-2 that Local 98 was required to file annually with the Department of Labor for 2015 and 2016, two counts of causing false information to be reflected in the books and records of Local 98 for those years, and three counts of filing false federal income tax returns.

“John Dougherty held himself out as Local 98’s biggest booster,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “But while he was backslapping his electricians with one hand, he was ripping them off with the other. He cheated Philadelphians, too, through his corrupt quid pro quo with Bobby Henon. Our city and its workers deserve so much better than union bosses and politicians whose true priority is looking out for number one. I want to thank all of the investigators, analysts, prosecutors, and staff who partnered on this case, and, in doing so, stood up for integrity and the rule of law in Philadelphia.”

“Today is a victory for justice and the thousands of members of Local 98’s electrical union, who trusted John Dougherty to represent their interests,” said Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Philadelphia. “Together with our partners, we will continue to relentlessly pursue those who in executing these criminal schemes put their own self-interest above those they were elected to serve.”

“The sentence today will hopefully serve to deter others who would consider betraying the public trust,” said Denise Leuenberger, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation. “We, along with our law enforcement partners and the Department of Justice, will continue to aggressively investigate and uncover complex financial crimes to disrupt criminal activity impacting the U.S. tax system.”

“Those entrusted with protecting benefit plan assets must be held to the highest standards of accountability to protect the employee benefits of America’s workers,” said Cristina O’Brien, Philadelphia Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. “The Employee Benefits Security Administration will continue its work ensuring these hard-earned benefits are kept safe. We remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect benefit plan participants.”

“Labor union officials occupy a position of trust and fidelity with respect to the faithful stewardship of the membership’s funds. John Dougherty betrayed the trust of the IBEW Local 98 membership by using union funds for his own benefit,” said U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards Acting District Director Nicole Spallino. “The Office of Labor-Management Standards remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the financial integrity of labor unions and to ensure there are consequences for individuals who deprive union members of honest services.”

“John Dougherty, the former business manager of IBEW Local 98, conspired with other IBEW officials to embezzle funds from the union’s dues-paying members. He enriched himself at the expense of the IBEW Local 98 members whom he was elected to serve. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Employee Benefits Security Administration to safeguard the assets of union members,” said Syreeta Scott, Special Agent in Charge, Mid-Atlantic Region, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, and the Pennsylvania State Police, with assistance from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Frank Costello, Chief of the Corruption & Civil Rights Unit, Bea Witzleben, Co-Chief of Trials, Richard Barrett, Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, Jason Grenell, and Anthony Carissimi.



Wednesday, July 10, 2024

My Counterterrorism Magazine Pieces

I've been a regular contributor to The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International since 1996. 

You can read my many pieces on crime, espionage, terrorism and counterterrorism via the below links:

Paul Davis On Crime: My Counterterrorism Magazine Q&A With D.G. Macay, The Author Of 'Bubbleheads, SEALs And Wizards: America's Scottish Bastion In The Cold War'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On The Wide Array Of National Security Threats Coming From The Porous Southern Border

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Former Border Patrol Special Agent Vincent Vargas

Paul Davis On Crime: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On How The FBI Caught The Traitorous Cuban Spies

Paul Davis On Crime: Kicking The Soviets Out Of Afghnistan And Helping To Takedown Bin Laden: My Q&A With Michael G. Vickers, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense For Intelligence

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The Lie And Crimes Of Dario Antonio Usuga David, The Most Dangerous Drug Trafficker In the World

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The Notorious British Double Agent And Traitor Kim Philby

Paul Davis On Crime: Total Empire: My Q&A With Author And Retired Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata

Paul Davis On Crime: Cosa Nostra: A Look Back At The Threat Of Organized Crime In America

Paul Davis On Crime: Malign Activity: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On Chinese Intelligence Operatives Uncovered in The U.S.

Paul Davis On Crime: Called To Serve: My Q&A With Veteran And Wounded Warrior Advocate Dava Guerin, Co-Author Of 'Called To Serve: The Inspiring, Untold Stories Of America's First Responders'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Counterterrorism Magazine Q&A With Thriller Writer Brad Thor

Paul Davis On Crime: Putin's Implacable Enemy: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On Senator John McCain And Vladimir Putin

Paul Davis On Crime: Black Ops CIA Shadow Warrior: My Q&A With Legendary CIA Counterterrorism Officer Ric Prado

Paul Davis On Crime: The Last Platoon: A Novel of The Afghanistan War: My Counterterrorism Magazine Q&A With Former Combat Marine And Author Bing West

Paul Davis On Crime: The Iranian Cyber Threat: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On Iranian Cyber Operations To Influence 2020 Presidential Election

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Former Navy SEAL Benjamin H. Milligan, Author of 'By Water Beneath the Walls: The Rise of the Navy SEALs'

Paul Davis On Crime: Afghanistan Aftermath: Will The U.S. Withdrawal Embolden Terrorists To Attack America?

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The Multi-Million Dollar Defense Contract Fraud and Bribery Case At The Philadelphia Quartermaster

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Former LAPD Detective Sergeant And Best-Selling Author Joseph Wambaugh

Paul Davis On Crime: My Counterterrorism Magazine Q&A With Brad Taylor, Former U.S. Army Special Operator And Author Of 'American Traitor,' One Rough Man,' And Other Thrillers

Paul Davis On Crime: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On SolarWinds, The Largest And Most Sophisticated Cyber Attack Ever

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Legendary FBI Profiler John Douglas

Paul Davis On Crime: The Billion Dollar Bust: My Piece On The Historic Seizure Of One Billion Dollars In Cocaine Aboard a Ship In The Port Of Philadelphia

Paul Davis On Crime: Behind The Black Mask: My Piece On The Threat Of Antifa

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Former Police Chief Mike Chitwood

Paul Davis On Crime: Cartel Takedown: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On The DEA-Led Operation Python

Paul Davis On Crime: Communist China's Drive For Global Supremacy: My Q&A With National Security Reporter Bill Gertz

Paul Davis On Crime: The Takedown Of Colombian Drug Lord And Narco-Terrorist Pablo Escobar: My Q&A With Former DEA Special Agents Steve Murphy And Javier Pena

Paul Davis On Crime: Terrorists, Spies, And Cyber Criminals: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On The FBI And Threats To The Homeland

Paul Davis On Crime: The Takedown Of Robert Hanssen, America's First Cyber Spy: My Q&A With Former Undercover FBI Operative Eric O' Neill

Paul Davis On Crime: Homegrown Terrorists: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On The Threat Of Domestic Terrorism

Paul Davis On Crime: Assange Is A Spy Not A Journalist: The Case Against WikiLeaks Founder Juilan Assange

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Chief Inspector Daniel MacDonald, Chief Of The Philadelphia Police Department's Intelligence Bureau

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The Terrorists Jihad Jane And Theblackflag

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Jack Carr, Retired Navy SEAL And Author Of The Thriller 'The Terminal List'

Paul Davis On Crime: Chinese Spies, Thieves And Hackers: My Piece On Two Cases That Expose China's Campaign To Steal America's Trade Secrets

Paul Davis On Crime: Homeland Security Investigation's MS-13 Takedown In San Francisco: My Q&A With Christopher Merendino

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman: Once The Most Wanted Man In The World

Paul Davis On Crime: Vietnam War Spy & Southeast Asian Terrorism: My Q&A With Luke Hunt, Australian Journalist And Author Of 'Punji Trap: Pham Xuan An: The Spy Who Didn't Love Us'

Paul Davis On Crime: Cold War Navy SEAL And Che Guevara In Africa: My Q&A With Former Navy SEAL And CIA Operative James M. Hawes

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At Carlos The Jackal: Once The World's Most Wanted Man

Paul Davis On Crime: The Quantum Spy: My Q&A With Spy Novelist And Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Mark Bowden, Author Of 'Hue 1968' And 'Black Hawk Down'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On Operation Regional Shield And The Transnational Criminal Gang MS-13

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Robert O'Neill, The Navy SEAL Who Shot And Killed Osama Bin Laden, America's Enemy Number One

Paul Davis On Crime: Red Flower, Red Spies: A Look Back At The Chi Mak Communist Chinese Espionage Case

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard: My Piece On The Insider Threat - Lessons Learned From The Jonathan Pollard Case

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On The U.S. Justice Department's Record Number Of Terrorism-Related Cases

Paul Davis On Crime: Analyze This: OPSEC Is Key In The War On Terrorism

Paul Davis On Crime: The Naval Criminal Investigative Service Is Sewing up The Seams In Antiterrorism Force Protection

Paul Davis On Crime: A look Back At Urban Bomb Threats: Real, Imagined And Hoaxed

Paul Davis On Crime: The Terrorist Watch: Inside The Desperate Race To Stop The Next Attack

Paul Davis On Crime: Good Hunting: My Q & A With Former CIA Official Jack Devine

Paul Davis On Crime: Modern-Day Slavery: Discussing The Heinous Crime Of Human Trafficking With Homeland Security Investigators

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The History of The U.S. Navy SEALs: My Piece On The Warriors Who Are At The Tip Of The Spear In The War On Terror

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On Black Flags, Clowns And Mountain Bikes: A Look Back At The Violent Protests During The 2000 Republican National Convention In Philadelphia

Paul Davis On Crime: Hunting The Worst-Of-The-Worst Criminals: My Q & A With Mike Earp, Former Associate Director, U.S.Marshals Service, And Author Of 'U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On The Threat Of Transnational Crime

Paul Davis On Crime: Operation Jawbreaker: A Look Back At The CIA's Bin Laden Hunters

Paul Davis On Crime: Semper Paratus, "Always Ready": A Look At The Role Of The U.S. Coast Guard

Paul Davis On Crime: Fusing Counterterrorism, Crime And Natural Disasters: My Piece On The Delaware Valley Intelligence Center In Philadelphia

Paul Davis On Crime: The Ames Mole Hunt: My Q & A With Sandra Grimes, Former CIA Officer, Mole Hunter, And Author Of "Circle Of Treason"

Paul Davis On Crime: When It To Comes To Counterterrorism, The FBI Has The ANSIR: My Piece On The FBI's National Security Program

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At Former Navy SEAL Marcus Lantrell's 'Lone Survivor'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With Captain Dick Couch, Former Navy SEAL & Author of "The Sheriff of Ramadi'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With David G. Major, Former FBI Counterintelligence Official & President Reagan Advisor

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On A Look Back At The Hunt And Capture Of The World's Most Famous Revolutionary, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Philip Mudd, Former Deputy Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center

Paul Davis On Crime: The Myth, The Mystique And The History Of Espionage: My Piece On The International Spy Museum

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The World War II U.S. Navy Frogmen: My Piece On The Underwater Demolition Teams, Forerunners of Today's Navy SEALs

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On The Philadelphia Police Department's Homeland Security Bureau

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Michael Sulick, Former Director Of The CIA's National Clandestine Service & Author Of 'Spying In America'

Paul Davis On Crime: Wanted Dead Or Alive: Manhunts From Geronimo To Bin Laden: My Q & A With Author Benjamin Runkle

Paul Davis On Crime: The Art Of Intelligence: Lessons From A Life In The CIA's Clandestine Service, My Q & A With Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton

Paul Davis On Crime: My Review Of Ben Macintyre's Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With Commander Kirk S. Lippold, The Former Commanding Officer Of The USS Cole

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With Joseph C. Goulden, The Author of 'The Dictionary Of Espionage' And 'The Death Merchant'

Paul Davis On Crime: Chasing The Drugs, Guns And Violence: My Night Out With The Philadelphia Police Narcotics Field Unit South

Paul Davis On Crime: Narco Terrorists, Drug Lords And Death Merchants: My Piece On The DEA And Their Fight Against The Deadly Drug Trade

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On The Vietnam War And The Lessons Learned For Iraq, Afghanistan And The War On Terrorism

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With Ronald Kessler, Author of 'The Secrets Of The FBI'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On The 30 Assault Unit, The British WWII Commando Group Created By Ian Fleming, The Creator Of James Bond

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With Former U.S. Navy SEAL Howard E. Wasdin, Author Of 'SEAL Team Six'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With David Wise, Author of Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War With China

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With Former CIA Bin Laden Unit Chief And Author Of "Osama Bin Laden," Michael Scheuer

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Discussing The Iraq War And 9/11 At The National Constitiuion Center In Philadelphia

Paul Davis On Crime: Are We Prepared For Another Terrorist Attack?: My Q & A With Professor Michael Greenberger

Paul Davis On Crime: My Piece On The Rise Of Chinese Espionage In The United States

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A with Mark D. Clookie, Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

Paul Davis On Crime: America's Top Cop: My Q & A With John Timoney, Author of 'Beat Cop to Top Cop'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A with Former Delta Commander LTG William Boykin (Ret)

Paul Davis On Crime: Port Security and Black Water Diving: My Piece On The Philadelphia Police Marine Unit

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A with Gregory Freeman, author of 'Troubled Water: Race, Mutiny and Bravery on the USS Kitty Hawk'

Paul Davis On Crime: Weapons of Mass Disruption: My Piece On The Cyber Warfare Discussion At The International Spy Museum

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With CIA Veteran Stuart E. Methven, Author of 'Laughter in the Shadows: A CIA Memoir'

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q & A With New Jersey Homeland Security Director Richard L. Canas

Paul Davis On Crime: Cartel Takedown: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On The DEA-Led Operation Python

Paul Davis On Crime: American Heroes In Special Operations: My Q & A With Oliver North

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Nelson DeMille, Author Of 'The Lion's Game' And 'The Panther'

Paul Davis On Crime: A Warrior Cop Shot In Philadelphia: My Piece On The Inherent Danger Police Officers Face On The Front Lines In The War On Terrorism:

Paul Davis On Crime: A Surge Of Ideas: My Piece On General Petraeus' Five Take-Aways From The Middle East Conflicts

Paul Davis On Crime: Spies In Fact And Fiction: My Q&A With CIA Analyst Mark Henshaw, Author Of 'Red Cell' And 'The Fall Of Moscow Station

Paul Davis On Crime: An Israeli Perspective Of Homeland Security

Paul Davis On Crime: My Q&A With Bryan Denson, Author Of 'The Spy's Son: The True Story Of The Highest Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted Of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia'

Paul Davis On Crime: Command Of The Seas: My Q & A With Former Navy Secretary And 9/11 Commissioner John F. Lehman

Paul Davis On Crime: Before Snowden: A Look Back At NSA Spy Robert Lipka - My Q & A With Former FBI Special Agent John W. Whiteside III

Paul Davis On Crime: A Secretary At War: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Looks Back On the Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan, And the War On Terrorism