Disciplined At Time Magazine; Took Early Retirement
Former TSA and DHS
Spokesman Brian J. Doyle, 55, arrested Tuesday for attempting to
seduce a child over the internet, was disciplined at an earlier job
at Time Magazine's Washington Bureau for downloading porn to
company computers, according to an A-section report in the
Reporter Spencer S. Hsu wrote that he interviewed multiple
sources -- co-workers, supervisors, and friends of Doyle -- who
described Doyle (right) as having had porn problems at Time's
Doyle was hired by the TSA in 2002. He apparently wasn't
investigated for a security clearance until 2004 and 2005. The
Office of Personnel Management, which conducted the background
checks, granted him Secret and Top Secret clearances
Time spokesman Ty Trippet told the Post that Doyle took a
voluntary retirement deal in 2001, after working for Time since
1975. The Post reports that co-workers said that Doyle got in
trouble in 2001 over porn downloads that began by 1999 and
continued until he was caught.
Office of Personnel Management investigators did interview
Doyle's supervisors and peers at Time, but will not say if they
found out about Doyle's 2001 troubles and cleared him anyway -- or
if they didn't find out at all.
"[I]f there was an incident at Time magazine, Homeland Security
above all should have found it," Rep. Peter T. King, a New York
Republican, said. "Homeland Security is our last line of defense,
and to be taken seriously, you have to have very, very strict
security standards." King has begun an investigation into DHS
hiring practices and security.
Doyle (right) remains in jail in Montgomery County, Maryland,
awaiting extradition to Polk County, FL, where detectives claim to
have caught him in an internet sting operation. In these,
detectives typically pose as children or teenagers in chatrooms,
and play along with pedophiles who express interest in meeting --
long enough to identify them and remove them from circulation.
According to the co-workers, when Doyle was caught at Time, some
of his co-workers started and signed a petition to management, on
Doyle's behalf. Whether this weighed in Time's decision at all is
If Time employees were untruthful to Federal investigators, they
could, theoretically at least, have legal problems.
It is unclear whether Doyle's alleged misconduct at Time
involved underage subjects, as his currently alleged misconduct
does. If not, his porn problem at Time may have been a violation of
company policy, but not of law.