April 5, 2006, - 12:34 pm

Sex With Minors, Homeland Security & The Terrorists

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: HOMELAND SECURITY’S FRANK FIGUEROA–FORMER ICE SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE & FORMER HEAD OF ICE’S OPERATION PREDATOR SEX CRIMES UNIT–PLEADS NO CONTEST TO EXPOSING HIMSELF. ****
News is buzzing about high-ranking Homeland Security official Brian J. Doyle’s arrest on charges of using his computer to seduce a minor and transmission of harmful material (porn) to a minor, a cop posing as a 14-year-old girl.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this incident.
The scary thing is not just that he’s so high up (he is DHS’ Deputy Press Secretary). It’s that he’s one of a string of Homeland Security agents and high-ranking officials who have been caught in alleged sex crimes, some with minors.

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Brian Doyle, Frank Figueroa: 2 High-Ranking DHS Sex Criminals

We’re lucky these people have been caught. But how many others have not been? They are extremely vulnerable to blackmail by terrorists or other criminals. Yet, some of those who’ve been caught remain in the employ of Homeland Security . . . as FEDERAL AGENTS!
In Doyle’s case, he told the cop he thought was the 14-year-old girl that he worked for Homeland Security and gave her his name, office and government-issued cell numbers. He also sent her his photo. What if she was not a cop posing as a 14-year-old, but an Islamic terrorist looking to get sensitive information? We suggest that plot line to producer Joel Surnow for “24,” next season.
Then there is the issue of Homeland Security and its claim that the Department is the premiere Department chasing child porn and its predators. A significant number of Homeland Security’s new ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Agents have been put on the sex beat, which includes pursuing online stuff like what Doyle did.
But it took sheriffs in Polk County, Florida, NOT a federal agency that should be pursuing terrorists and illegal aliens, to get this careless top Homeland Security official, Doyle.
Because of Customs laws, ICE, the immigration agency, is the Homeland Security agency that is involved in this area. Immigration and sex crimes against minors mix occasionally in terms of sex tourism, child sex slaves, and the old Customs-connected transmission or importation of sex material over international borders. The ICE agents who pursue these crimes do good work. But enforcing immigration laws and kiddie porn laws are two very different and disparate areas.
Then, there is the question about whether Homeland Security–or ICE–is really serious about pursuing sex crimes. A few weeks ago, we saw ICE chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” in the national media asserting her worst soap opera-style dramatics to announce a big ICE bust of child porn users and purveyors.
But we found it hard to take her seriously. Why? Well, for starters, a federal agent under her employ, Frank Figueroa a/k/a “Frankie the Fig,” remains under her employ, and probably will be after his upcoming April trial. He was not just any ICE agent. He was ICE’s Special Agent in Charge of Tampa and former director of ICE’s sex crimes unit, “Operation Predator.” He exposed himself to a teenager in a mall (and had a prior arrest for the same thing and ICE officials knew about it). (UPDATE: Figueroa pleaded “No Contest,” this morning.)
Yet, for all her professed commitment to pursuing child sex predators, ICE chieftess Julie Myers and her hand-picked Ethics Princess, Traci Lembke, refuse to fire him. And sources say, they will draw things out until July, when Figueroa will be completely vested in and fully eligible for his pension, well over $100,000 per year.
Besides Figueroa, there are the other ICE agents who remain employed. Among them:
* An alleged child molester working as an ICE Agent in Detroit for Michigan and Ohio ICE Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”;
* An ICE Agent caught soliciting a prostitute in his government-issued “G”-car (while drunk driving) working in Detroit, also for Abu Moskowitz; and
* An ICE Agent in Texas who allegedly helped handcuff a woman to a hot tub when the woman refused to perform a sex act on the agent and her cop boyfriend.
These are just a few instances that we know of. All of these individuals are currently on the taxpayer payroll. And all of them are vulnerable to blackmail.
Homeland Security? Nope. More like, Sex Criminals’ Job Security. And more vulnerability to terrorists for our country.

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6 Responses

Julie Myers has everything under control except for the pervs and illegals! El Presidente Jorge Boosh must be proud. I’m beggining to think that our next mass-destruction-terrorist will enter the U.S. via the Mexican border. When that happens, our citizens will not be easily turned away from an unholy wrath towards those who allowed it.

DeBodine on April 5, 2006 at 2:07 pm

IF you think about the THEOLOGY of the *Reich*-wing: http://www.newshounds.us/2005/05/06/bizarre_sex_habits_of_the_extreme_rightwing.php then THIS story shouldn’t be a shock at all!!!
And BC who got rid of all of Iraq’s WMDs sin was what again???

EminemsRevenge on April 5, 2006 at 3:18 pm

Doyle’s ranking position shouldn’t surprise anyone, child molesters seek out positions of authority, trust, and respect. Music or Computer teachers, clergy, law enforcement, politics, are just a few examples. Debbie is right to have her “feathers” ruffled a bit by the pandering to the press. I would make some changes by merging the Predator program with the Child Exploitation units. It would be healthy for agents to get out of the office more often mixing up arrests and interviews of molesters with the computer work.
INS agents never got any credit for work like taking down MS-13 gang members or child molesters, ICE really jumped on that self-congradulating bandwagon. Fact is, the press twisted any INS action into a “jack-booted thug” victimizing the poor little alien murderer story, so they just stopped talking.
A US Marshall friend of mine told me about a jury in a INS smuggling case crying during a victim’s testimony, you don’t read or see that in the neat little media circus attacking immigration enforcement.
These kiddy porn cases need to be prosecuted and I applaud the agents working them, but we need to get better involved in the International side of the businesss pouring into society. Let the Polk County Sheriff’s Office keep the Doyles honest. ICE should hook up with the International Justice Mission and bring this scourge up an entire ladder length.

code7 on April 5, 2006 at 9:31 pm

I work for a federal agency, in it’s IT department, and I don’t understand how this could have happened.
We don’t allow IM’ing, because it is nonsecure. In addition, we know if someone IM’s (in violation to the rules) and that person will be warned (then suspended, then fired if they continue). In addition, ALL incoming and outgoing internet traffic is monitored. If some dufus is emailing pr0n, then is will be flagged for investigation, and the internal investigation will uncover the truth… LONG BEFORE OUTSIDE AUTHORITIES NEED TO BE INVOLVED.
This is no longer rocket science. I find it hard to believe that the IT division of DHS is so inept that they are not controlling for this!

Izzy on April 6, 2006 at 12:56 pm

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