Almost always, the government gets it right in terrorism prosecutions. But, occasionally, mentally diminished persons get targeted or inexperienced agents and naive prosecutors are no match for sophisticated informants steering an investigation horribly off-course. Likewise, the undercover technique can be used with devastating skill by the FBI, but occasionally the technique is botched, and those mistakes are often hidden. Our terrorism consulting services focuses a lawyer on determining whether the government properly predicated targets, if undercover authority limitations were followed, whether privileged religious relationships were abused, if the diminished capacity of a defendant may have been exploited, whether classified information was properly obtained, whether government informants were self-dealing criminals lying to agents and prosecutors and entrapping citizens for personal or financial gain, and whether the government is compliant with its substantial discovery obligations. You cannot consult effectively on these significant due process issues in counterterrorism cases unless you have substantial counterterrorism investigative success. A partial list of our's follows:
FBI Counterterrorism Experience
Extensive experience in terrorism investigations domestically and overseas. Long-term assignemnt as an FBIHQ Supervisor in the National Threat Center Section co-located with U.S. intelligence and law enforcement partners in the D.C. area. Supervised a Unit of Intelligence Analysts disseminating Intelligence Reporting Products which were critical to the U.S. Intelligence Community obtaining emerging terrorism threat information. For short-term assignments, periodically oversaw an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in a major FBI Field Division.
Executed an FBI undercover operation in a Middle Eastern country targeting an al-Qaida cell recruiting fighters to undergo training programs to conduct Jihad in Somalia. Was responsible for the entire operation in the foreign country, including overseeing initial surveillance, target identification and establishing movements, and coordinating covert activity with host country authorities and U.S. Embassy stakeholders. Oversaw foreign country meetings and evidence collection and then arrest and extradition of subjects. Subjects were convicted in the United States of Material Support of Terrorism.
Extensive experience compiling facts in terrorism investigations, prioritizing and assigning leads, briefing senior U.S. and foreign intelligence officials, tracking and resolving emerging terrorism threats. Experienced in deployment, operation and all collection methods for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. Was a key member of U.S. Ambassador terrorism threat briefing groups in Middle East and Horn of Africa/North Africa locations. Extensive knowledge and experience in terrorist tradecraft, communications, tactics and finance operations.
Deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from 2011-2013 as the primary FBI representative. Coordinated FBI contact between those two countries' police and intelligence agencies and the United States. Extensive daily collaboration with numerous U.S. government agencies on significant operational and policy matters related to complex terrorism investigations.
Deployed to Ethiopia (Horn of Africa) as the lone FBI representative. Part of a small team that briefed high-level State Department officials about Horn of Africa terrorism and security issues. Participated in a sensitive, classified, interagency assignment in a remote area of Africa, and was commended for my performance. Traveled to Djibouti regarding terrorism and military force protection issues.
Experience working with the FBI's specialized terrorism support Units, including the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), the FBI Fly-Team, the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI International Terrorism Operations Sections, and the heroes at the FBI Extraterritorial Squads, especially those at WFO.
Key member of a small team at FBIHQ responsible for developing the primary U.S. government terrorism incident tracking tool, The Guardian 2.0 Terrorism Tracking Application. Guardian 2.0 was delivered by our team under budget, and on schedule.
Original architect of the FBI eGuardian terrorism incident tracking tool, the unclassified version of the classified Guardian 2.0 system. My contributions to eGuardian were during the critical application design phase. eGuardian is currently utilized nationwide by local and state law enforcement partners of the FBI.
Lead Middle-East location team member (working for U.S. based case agent) covering leads and coordinating FBI interaction with foreign partners regarding the arrest and extradition of a senior al-Qaeda official.
Routinely briefed senior U.S. and foreign Intelligence agency officials, senior FBIHQ officials, military commanders and Ambassadors on counterterrorism efforts and operations of the FBI.
Lead agent in Saudi Arabia, reporting to the FBI Director's security detail, for the diplomatic visit of the FBI Director. Coordinated all aspects of the Director's security detail protection plan for aircraft arrival, motorcade routes, protection issues, medical, housing, official meetings and departure of former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
At Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was the FBI lead planning one of the largest and most successful Terrorism Counter-Radicalization meetings held between the U.S., Five-Eyes allies and Saudi Arabia.
Lead FBI instructor in Saudi Arabia, organizing and teaching a four-day terror finance, financial crime and money-laundering seminar co-hosted with the Saudi Arabian Financial Intelligence Unit and attended by senior terrorism finance officials from eleven critical partner Middle Eastern countries.