- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III yesterday named the former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety as the new head of the bureau’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), a multiagency center that oversees the sharing of information on terrorists.

Leonard C. Boyle, who will oversee and direct all TSC operations, has an extensive background as a prosecutor in Connecticut, where he served 17 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.

Mr. Boyle was appointed supervisor of the Hartford branch office in 1992 and chief of the criminal division in 1994, where he supervised 30 federal prosecutors and all criminal prosecutions in the state. In 1998, he left the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 15 months to work as a partner in the Hartford law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter and Pinney, but he resumed his career as a federal prosecutor in 1999 before his appointment as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety in 2004.

He also served as a special attorney to the U.S. attorney general, where he investigated and prosecuted law-enforcement officials who had corrupt relationships with criminal figures in Boston. He received the U.S. attorney general’s award for exceptional service for his work in the Boston case.

Mr. Boyle received the Justice Department’s director’s award in 2001 for his prosecution of civil rights cases involving members of the Hartford Police Department, and in 2002 for his racketeering prosecution of organized-crime figures. In 1990, he received the attorney general’s distinguished-service award.

Since 1994, Mr. Boyle has been an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law and an instructor at the Justice Department Office of Legal Education and National Advocacy Center.

The TSC was established in September 2003 by a presidential directive to consolidate the government’s approach to terrorism screening. It serves as the single point of accountability for ensuring the merging and appropriate sharing of terrorist information by maintaining a thorough, accurate and current secure list of terrorist-identities information.

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