Jun 30, 2007

Top cop or undercover FBI?

I just can't understand why people think Los Alamos is a strange little town.

--Gussie

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http://www.lamonitor.com/articles/2007/06/29/headline_news/news04.txt

Retired scientist points the finger at Los Alamos police chief

CAROL A. CLARK Monitor County Editor

Physicist Richard Morse insists Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is masquerading as the town's top law enforcement official, when he is actually working undercover for the FBI.

Morse, who is currently retired, said he has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory on and off for some 20 years. His resume states that he earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1965.


Morse explained why he believes Torpy is a fed in chief's clothing.

"A friend here was aware of Torpy through a friend in Florida," Morse said. "That friend said Torpy graduated from Quantico - the FBI Academy."

Torpy responded to the undercover allegation this morning.

"It's not true," Torpy said, "but if it was, I would be proud to be a member of that law enforcement organization."

Torpy explained that he has a framed FBI certificate hanging on his office wall and he does wear an FBI ring. They were given to him in 2002, Torpy said, following his completion of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., a program geared for law enforcement officials.

He also received an FBI license plate, which is attached to the front of his car.

Torpy's resume reads like a career cop with no link to the bureau except his participation in the FBI academy. He served 17 years with the Melbourne Police Department in Florida and had another 10 years before that in law enforcement before he was hired to head the Los Alamos Police Department in March 2005.

Morse had a scrape with local police last November. He explained that he was pulled over by an officer advising him that he had a low tire on his car. He was then arrested on an outstanding warrant for a previous car accident.

He said he was taken to jail and offered "some orange-and-white striped prison pajamas."

"I asked to be photographed in my pullover instead, being concerned that I would be defamed by these photographs being circulated outside the jail," Morse said.

He said he has since tried to hire a lawyer to represent him against the police department.

FBI spokesman Bill Elwell addressed the situation during a telephone interview this morning.

"I am not aware that the police chief of Los Alamos is employed by the bureau of investigation," Elwell said. "It doesn't work that way, so he would not be an undercover special agent."

Elwell said the FBI National Academy is an executive law enforcement course. It is not for FBI agents but for local law enforcement officials.

"It's very prestigious because it takes many years to get a slot in that program," Elwell said.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Come on. Do the crime you gotta do the time.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is why Dr. Strangelove's blog has gone silent.

Anonymous said...

Or, it could just be that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a sense of humor while working at the lab.

Anonymous said...

Torpy being undercover FBI is not the big story. The big story is that Mike is not an Ewok, but a vampire who likes to suck the lifeblood out of LANL's staff. I heard it from reliable sources.

Anonymous said...

At least Mike's guys don't knock your teeth out.

Anonymous said...

Sense of humor? Or childish indifference?

Anonymous said...

What makes you think Mikey, aka the Anthony Suprano of northern New Mexico, doesn't use violence to keep UC, aka Cosa Nostra, interests intact. Try being a whistleblower. scheduled to testify before Congress. When will the brain dead best and brightest get it? Never, that's when! Ain't in the cards for looney tune town of Los Alamos.

Anonymous said...

6:34pm

Mr Troll you are so full of BS.

Hook has not severally beaten because
he was a whistleblower. Ok got it, so
please leave go away.

Anonymous said...

6:49
Let's don't get started on Hook again. He may have been a whistleblower, but he was also a drunk at at strip club. No credible evidence to connect the two - just Hook's word . . . which more than a few question. Can't paint that pig into his being beat up because he was a whistleblower. Got it? Get over it.

Anonymous said...

what a psycho.

to the cops for pulling him over for a low tire - Sig Heil

Anonymous said...

Not an EWOK. I just completed an EWOK handling course. Aw shucks

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 6:49 PM writes: Hook has not severally beaten because he was a whistleblower."

CORRECT!

Hook got an asskicking because he was drunk and started something that he should not have. Hook is a jerk and would probably benefit from a few more asskickings.