Brian Doyle, the #2 spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, has done yeoman work in helping Americans understand how the Transportation Security Administration is protecting them. After TSA air marshals gunned down Rigoberto Alipizar outside of a plane in Miami last December, Doyle justified the killing to the media: “He threatened that he had a bomb in his backpack.” Other TSA spokesmen claimed that Alipizar had shouted that he had a bomb as he ran up and down the plane aisle.
None of the passengers on the plane heard Alpizar say anything about a bomb.
But false statements by federal spokesmen are public service, not a federal crime.
Doyle is getting more press coverage today than ever before.
According to today’s Tampa Tribune:
“LAKELAND – When he wasn’t sending pornographic movies to and asking for explicit photos from a teenage girl in Polk County, a Maryland man was bragging about his job as a spokesman at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement officers said.
The revelation – actually made to a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl – resulted in the arrest of 55-year-old Brian J. Doyle at his Silver Spring, Md., home Tuesday night, officials said.
During his Internet chats, Doyle quickly revealed his name and job, and he sent his office and government-issued cell phone numbers. The information allowed detectives to quickly verify Doyle’s identity, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday night.
Doyle moved quickly in other regards, officials said, sending enough sexually explicit messages and movie clips that they were able to secure a warrant for his arrest on 23 felony counts roughly two weeks after he responded to the detective’s profile.”
What has this nation come to if bragging about being a spokesman for a federal agency can supposedly help a guy get laid?
There have been gross abuses in some previous online porn stings, and we don’t know the details of this case. How many unsolved homicides are there in Polk County, Florida? How much in Homeland Security funding, if any, did the Polk County sheriff’s department receive?
But, regardless, it looks like Mr. Doyle could be on the other end of the wand for a long time.