"Real-life FBI agents rate the authenticity of crime movies" Entertainment Weekly
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The New York Times reports on Bryant Neal Vinas, an American who joined Al-Qaeda and was captured and returned to the U.S. for trial. Vinas then provided ample intelligence on Al-Qaeda to the FBI. Don Borelli, a former FBI supervisor who oversaw his case said that Vinas is an early example of online radicalization. Borelli said, “we didn’t have all these 18-year-olds going on Facebook and getting radicalized. He was one of the first guys we saw who did that. He was a big deal. He allowed the government to gain critical insights into Al Qaeda. Having that insight allowed the U.S. government to mount disruption operations.” Due to the critical information Vinas provided, his sentencing was lenient.
The Daily Beast reports that a memo from the FBI about their interview with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who bombed the Boston Marathon has been released to the public. The memo states that Tsarnaev was interviewed about his assertion that he was approached by four men who said they belonged to the FBI as well as a threat assessment. Don Borelli, the former assistant special agent in charge of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force said that the writing style of the memo was “lacking in context” and at times it is difficult to ascertain whether the opinion stated is Tsarnaev or the agent.
“I think…these attacks were planned [well in advance]…There is a level of command and control somewhere.” In a NBC interview Don Borelli discusses the Brussels attacks, noting that he believes the attacks were planned in advance, and were not simply a response to the arrest of a terror suspect in Paris.
“You need sources inside the organization to try to tip you off as to who the real bad actors are and where they are in their continuum of..being inspired…by ISIS…[to being] ready to fight.” In a television interview with CNBC, Don Borelli discusses how law enforcement and the intelligence community can work together to stop acts of terrorism from taking place.
“If you’ve been [to Syria] and been trained and indoctrinated and then come back to the US…then certainly you could be a threat…Someone who has had that formal training is more dangerous than [a domestic potential terrorist] just monitoring their computer.” In a television interview with MSNBC, Don Borelli discusses the recent terror attacks in Paris and Mali, and the possibility that the US may be at risk of a similar attack.
Interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch" on infiltrating terrorist organizations and the crucial role of human intelligence
Elton Simpson first came under investigation by the FBI in 2007 on suspicion of attempting to join a terrorist organization in Somalia. After Simpson's identification as one of the Garland, Texas, shooters in May of 2015, USA Today's Joe Dana interviewed Don Borelli on the challenges of identifying immediate threats among the "hundreds if not thousands" of individuals under investigation by the FBI for terrorism-related activity.
Speaking with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on the motives of ISIS-inspired Sydney attacker, Sheikh Haron