Wednesday, April 05, 2006

DHS Official Busted for Child Porn? Could It Be a Set-Up?

Most of you have probably heard the news that Homeland Security Dept. Deputy Press Secretary Brian Doyle was arrested last night for attempting to seduce a 14 year old girl via the internet. Now, if this guy is actually guilty of trying to solicit sex from a 14 year old then he should be punished to the full extent of the law. But does anybody else think this sounds a little suspicious? Is Doyle being set up?

The details of the alleged crime have been minimal so far. But what has come out is that Mr. Doyle supposedly gave this 14 year old girl (who was actually an undercover cop) his real name, his real government-issued cell phone number, his DHS office phone number, and real photographs of himself. Now I don't know a lot about child predators, but what I've read is that these people are incredibly internet savvy. They rarely use their real names, and they try very hard to hide their tracks so authorities can't find them. Mr. Doyle did none of this. Was he so stupid to think that he wouldn't get caught so he didn't even bother to hide his identity? Would he really engage in this kind of activity from his office computer on the same day the Congress is holding hearings on child porn?

This guy has risen to the level of Deputy Press Secretary at Homeland Security, and has worked at the TSA and at Time Magazine. Most people who have such prestigious positions are not typically stupid people. These alleged crimes seem like the work of a very stupid person.

I think the smart story for anyone willing to look into it, is what was Doyle working on before being arrested. DHS is in shambles right now. They are getting criticized for poor performance by the left and right. Was Doyle a potential whistleblower? Was he someone that could have caused problems for his bosses? Do we know for sure that Doyle was the one doing this alleged solicitation? Or could it have been someone else pretending to be him?

I honestly don't know. I had never heard of Mr. Doyle prior to yesterday, so I know nothing about his career, his politics, or his history. I just think that on the surface, something doesn't seem right. I hope someone is willing to look into this, and not simply jump to a guilty verdict. Like I said earlier, if he is proven guilty by a court of law (not the media or blogosphere) then I hope he rots in jail. But this seems suspicious to me.
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UPDATE: I just watched a report on MSNBC that stated that when Doyle was arrested, he was online and chatting with the undercover cop. Looks like he probably is guilty.




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