Monday, March 05, 2012

Bill Hillar, the Migratory Bird?




Several articles from the Monterey County Herald from late 2010 and early 2011 concerning the counter-terrorism and sex-trafficking poseur William Hillar, have been impossible for me to access, perhaps because of a badly adapted browser or configuration cookies, although I just received a stern warning from McAfee that
"This is probably not the site you are looking for!
You attempted to reach register.medianewsgroup.com, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as register.denverpost.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version of register.medianewsgroup.com. You should not proceed."
Whether any active agency is afoot to stymie my searches I can't say, but if so, there would also appear to be attach├ęs beneficial to my cause at work. How else to account for an extraordinary web page found at the India Times? If Monterey can connect with Denver, then the subcontinent can come to me.

One article I was interested in finding was published on the west coast January 26, 2011 at 11:46:07 AM, with either the title, "FBI arrests MIIS lecturer accused of lying about credentials," or "FBI arrests lecturer accused of building career on lies," but the intra-newspaper collusion had an anti-capitalist bent, as I was sorely tried in my efforts to spend $2.95 on the piece---Click here for complete article ($2.95)---which I expected opened with the following:
Monterey Country Herald, January 26, 2011, "FBI arrests lecturer accused of building career on lies."

A man who allegedly spun bogus tales of paramilitary derring-do for a decade to a wide range of audiences, including students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, was arrested Tuesday by the FBI without incident at his brick ranch house in Maryland. William G. Billar...

He was taken into custody at his Millersville, Md. , home, nestled below hilly woods. "The complaint alleges that (Hillar) was living a lie and basing his entire career on experiences he did not have and credentials he did not earn" said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. FULL ARTICLE AT MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD
But instead, I was provided gratis with this:

  1. We don't know what he's been doing for most of his adult life
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO
  2. This is someone that we still really don't know who he is
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO
  3. the difficulty the public faces trying to verify the accuracy of information of the Internet.
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO
  4. It is requiring us to do things that were unusual in the past.
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO
  5. Unfortunately, this is something that is becoming somewhat common
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO
  6. That's the decision we have made
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO
  7. We're glad he is going to be held accountable for his actions ... They have affected a large number of individuals and organizations across the country.
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO
  8. He was never a colonel, never served in the U.S. Army, never was deployed to exotic locales and never received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare.
    SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD13 MONTHS AGO


Moreover, if we can find our way back to that original page (You don't want to go to "All quotes from: FBI arrests MIIS lecturer accused of lying about credentials," with the address,
http://iplextra.indiatimes.com/article/0fxE9Uz6W35Ot
rather, go to this address:
http://iplextra.indiatimes.com/quote/07OQ3npbPz4jQ
There we find that each quote has a very discrete interactive button next to it marked: "View Quote in Context," and, if pressed, some very interesting additional material contextualizes:

"Unfortunately, this is something that is becoming somewhat common.."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO

"That's the decision we have made," said Warburg, who said the school cooperated with law enforcement agencies in the investigation. "Unfortunately, this is something that is becoming somewhat common" Warburg said, mentioning a recent case in which an airline pilot posed as a cardiologist. FULL ARTICLE AT MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD

"We're glad he is going to be held accountable for his actions ... They have affected a large number of individuals and organizations across the country."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO

That never happened, and Hillar cut off communications with MIIS and apparently took down his "Bill Hillar Training" website. "We're glad he is going to be held accountable for his actions ... They have affected a large number of individuals and organizations across the country." Hillar's client list included almost 40 agencies and schools across the country, ranging from FBI and Army units to local and state police agencies from Idaho to Georgia.FULL ARTICLE AT MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD

"This is someone that we still really don't know who he is..."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO

Court records show investigators were still trying to determine what became of some of the money Hillar earned from teaching and lecturing. "This is someone that we still really don't know who he is" Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise said during Hillar's initial appearance in court, the Baltimore Sun reported.

"...the difficulty the public faces trying to verify the accuracy of information of the Internet."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO

Richard McFeely, FBI special agent in charge in Baltimore, said the Hillar case is an example of "the difficulty the public faces trying to verify the accuracy of information of the Internet." Court records show investigators were still trying to determine what became of some of the money Hillar earned from teaching and lecturing.

"We don't know what he's been doing for most of his adult life."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO


He has an extensive gun collection and has been married several times, telling each new wife that the "predecessor wives" were dead, Wise said, adding that Hillar has no community ties. "We don't know what he's been doing for most of his adult life" said Wise, who plans to present the case to a federal grand jury Thursday. FULL ARTICLE AT MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD

"It is requiring us to do things that were unusual in the past."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO

"Unfortunately, this is something that is becoming somewhat common," Warburg said, mentioning a recent case in which an airline pilot posed as a cardiologist. "It is requiring us to do things that were unusual in the past." Richard McFeely, FBI special agent in charge in Baltimore, said the Hillar case is an example of "the difficulty the public faces trying to verify the accuracy of information of the Internet."FULL ARTICLE AT MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD

"He was never a colonel, never served in the U.S. Army, never was deployed to exotic locales and never received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO

"The complaint alleges that (Hillar) was living a lie and basing his entire career on experiences he did not have and credentials he did not earn," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "He was never a colonel, never served in the U.S. Army, never was deployed to exotic locales and never received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare." Hillar had used the elaborate ruse for more than a decade to get work teaching, leading workshops, giving speeches and conducting training for public and private sector clients, federal officials said.

"The complaint alleges that (Hillar) was living a lie and basing his entire career on experiences he did not have and credentials he did not earn."
SOURCE: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD 13 MONTHS AGO

He was taken into custody at his Millersville, Md., home, nestled below hilly woods. "The complaint alleges that (Hillar) was living a lie and basing his entire career on experiences he did not have and credentials he did not earn" said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. FULL ARTICLE AT MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD.

A ongoing Orwellian effort has been made to squash this article---a mere 13 months old---to suppress the actionable information it contains. What should be obvious to any grown-up of the reality underlying the Hillar affair is here made explicit: that William G. Hillar was operating as some sort of secret agent of an all-powerful conspiracy that can ignore the rules without consequence, as they---in George Bush's memorable phrase---"create their own reality." Doubling down after 9/11, Hillar's ascendancy came at the moment of maximum hegemonic dominance for this manifesting evil shade. And like the talent-less and thoughtless Evangelical Christians who led the invasion of Iraq under the banner of Paul Bremmer on behalf of Texas and Israel, their effort overreached, and they've lost more than a war. Now they've lost the ability to hide their lies, shielded by their conformity, and our complacency.

Hillar had no (overt) community ties; no verifiable history going back more than ten years (or so the D.A. tell us); with new wives replacing "predecessor wives," (which gives new meaning to the idea of serial monogamy); Hillar based an "entire career on experiences he did not have," maybe because it is a realm where expertise is unnecessary, where nothing is real beyond connections and media control. Certainly the War on Terror isn't real. Hillar wasn't "living the lie," as much as the foundations of our society, from education, to law enforcement, to international intelligence were living his lie for him. The security apparatus centered around the Monterey Institute of International Studies represents its highest echelon, and if its denizens could have been blinded to Hillar's truth for a moment, let alone five years, it speaks to the conspiracy that constitutes modern-day success.

In the words of Thomas Maettig, one of Hillar's students, Hillar had a "cult-like status" on campus, and was treated like a "rock star." That couldn't stem from his mesmerizing performances. Watch the video of Hillar speaking about the savage sexual torture and mutilation murder of his daughter at the hands of "Asian sex traffickers" to see just how sophomoric a liar he is. Any excitement he once generated must have come solely from the possibilities of his sharing his "inside track."

It is evident that this is a self-contained drama, where all the players, from Hillar, to the officials who hired him, to the Attorney General and Judge forced to prosecute and punish him---not forgetting the media who serve it up with a bow, are all playing to a master script, directed by some controlling hidden influence that creates a wan public reality to hide what is probably a juicy private show. And like the synthetic narrative of September 11th, 2001, here in this event one can spot glaring glitches in the unfolding narrative logic.

A clear instance of this occurred when Bill Hillar spoke up at his August 30 sentencing, as reported in the Baltimore Sun:
Speaking publicly for the first time since he was arrested in January, Hillar's purportedly eloquent speaking style and ability to mesmerize audiences for hours evaporated, replaced with a brief, contrite and halting apology.
"I take full responsibility for what I did," Hillar told U.S. Judge William D. Quarles Jr. "I apologize to those I have hurt and demeaned. I never intended to hurt anybody. I am sorry." 
Hillar attributed his exuberance to his passion and said his deception started innocently when students assumed from his lectures that he had been in the military. "I never denied it," he told the court. "After a while, I adopted it."
How the court could have let this statement stand unchallenged is unconscionable, for with it Hillar denies a crime was committed and negates the plea he bargained for, which at sentencing must be affirmed without reservation as being truthful. The written complaint of wire fraud states unequivocally that school administrators in Monterey hired Hillar based on his credentials and qualifications as presented to them, which is an obvious precursor to contact with enthusiastic students. The original Criminal Complaint filed against Hillar in January 2011, says
The [unnamed] official at the Monterey Institute who hired Hillar told your affiant [FBI Special Agent David A. Rodski, of the Baltimore Field Office,] that the decision to hire Hillar was based upon Hillar's experience and credentials including, but not limited to, his experience as a Colonel in the U.S. Army, and his educational background including a Ph. D. from the University of Oregon. The university official responsible for hiring Hillar also told your affiant that she relied on the biographical statement posted on <billhillartraining.com> when deciding to hire Hillar and on a resume provided to the Monterey Institute by Hillar.
The first archive.org crawl of his professional biography page online is dated Jan. 12, 2005, which states, "William G. Hillar is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Special Forces," and "he holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Education, a Ph.D. in Health Education, and an honorary doctorate in Intercultural Relations." The Criminal Complaint says that "Records indicate Hillar has been teaching at the Monterey Institute since the spring of 2005," so the timing can be seen as more than coincidental.

Hillar's February 1, 2011 Indictment, states "The Monterey Institute hired Hillar based upon his experience and credentials including, but not limited to, his experience in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and his educational background including a Ph. D."

For Hillar to say that his "deception started innocently when students assumed from [my] lectures that [I] had been in the military [and] "I never denied it," [telling] the court, "[a]fter a while, I adopted it," was the adoption of a position more palatable to the public taste, which obviously was the overriding public-relations agenda for everybody involved, including the media, who gave it a pass.

Another instance of narrative illogic comes in two, overlapping statements signed by Sunder Ramaswamy, President of the Monterey Institute, and Amy Sands, the Provost. The first is an undated Message to Alumni- Bill Hillar, posted online on the school's web site, but then taken down, (although still available at archive.org), while the second was a press release, Monterey Institute Reviews Former Instructors Credentials, a copy of which was posted online by KION46 / FOX35, on November 20, 2010. The operative bits read:
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we want to express our profound personal gratitude to the students who brought these issues to the administration’s attention. We are proud of the integrity they have displayed through their actions.
Message to Alumni- Bill Hillar
We also want to express our profound gratitude to the students who brought these issues to the administration's attention. We are very proud of the integrity they have displayed through their actions.
Monterey Institute Reviews Former Instructors Credentials,
Why would complaining about your college instructor necessarily be an example of integrity? Unless, of course, there is more to the story than surface appearances would dictate? Brian Hubbs is the only named student that I am aware of. He took the early lead role on November 19 in breaking the story, giving interviews to Fox News and CBS, and being named in the first Monterey Herald article, alongside university spokespeople Joe Mosley and Jason Warburg, and university President Sunder Ramaswamy. That article at least mentions the "[w]eb chat site called Professional Soldiers," which the Central Coast News article of that day neglected to do, making the entire affair seem like only a matter of internal house-cleaning.

Now, you can go to page 23 and 24 of www.professionalsoldiers.com, to see what at first glance might appear to be nit-picky credit-grabbing, but upon reflection, I think, weighs out to be the genuine dismay of board habitu├ęs at being steamrolled and sidelined by a public-relations putsch of a university trying to get ahead of the story.

Better still, read all 32 pages of the thread. Then listen to Brian Hubbs, along with his second, an anonymous student code named "Jay," being interviewed for an hour-and-a-half by Michelle Bart on Voices for Justice on Blog Talk Radio, on November 20. Both Hubbs and his compatriot sound timid and semi-rehearsed as they deliver a less than heartfelt explication of the matter, not sounding at all like veterans who'd served oversees and now were aiming for careers in international intelligence. While Team Sergeant and his "chat site" gang sound old-school, authentic, and mean.

As for the claim in the November 19, Central Coast News article, Monterey Instructor Accused of Fraud, Claims to be Action Movie Inspiration, that "Hubbs tracked down documentation that shows Hillar was in the Coast Guard reserves," the copy of the Hillar Criminal Complaint posted online---printed with the name of affiant Rodski, but not yet signed, and undated but for "January, 2011"---reports such documentation wasn't received by the F.B.I. until several days later:
On November 22, 2010, your affiant received notification from The Department of Defense, Inspector General, St. Louis, MO, that a search of military and civilian records at the National Archives and Records Administration for Hillar provided a negative response for any records of service with the U.S. Army. The search was able to locate a Coast Guard service record for Hillar under his service number for the years 1962-1970 that indicated Hillar was an enlisted sailor in the Coast Guard reserves achieving the rate of RD (Radarman) 3. A review of the Coast Guard service record received by your affiant on November 30, 2010 also revealed that Hillar was never deployed to any of the locations mentioned on his website,
If Hubbs had been in possession of a F.O.I.L. return, he'd likely pass it on to university administrators, who'd pass it along to the F.B.I. as the preliminary first step, since it normally takes several months to have a citizen's F.O.I.L. request returned. www.professionalsoldiers.com had their documentation posted online on October 30.

White always leads in chess, so in reality, the game should be played backwards. In coming forward, the Monterey Institute had to explain why, as rapidly as William Hillar took down his professional web page, Bill Hillar Training, they took down his profile page from the university web site:
The MIIS spokesman said Hillar's profile page was removed from the school's website because he was neither a full professor nor an adjunct professor, but an independent contractor.

"His profile shouldn't have been posted," Warburg said. "It was removed around the same time those questions came up." [MIIS probes lecturer's credentials]
However much the university would like to finesse the issue of Hillar's employment as being an infrequent, or irregular contract, his archived university profile shows that he was advertised as being an "Adjunct Professor":


William Hillar

Adjunct Professor


William G. (Bill) Hillar is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Special Forces. He has served in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, where his diverse training and experiences included tactical counterterrorism, explosive ordnance, emergency medicine and psychological warfare. His military experience led him not only to cross-train and serve with Special Forces from allied countries, but also to advise governments and military organizations in several foreign nations. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Education, a Ph.D. in Health Education, and an honorary doctorate in Intercultural Relations.
Though he works primarily with law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responder organizations where quick reaction and rapid recovery are essential for survival, he also leads many workshops and courses at colleges and universities in the areas of Human Trafficking, International Terrorism, Security Careers (Intelligence Community), Transnational Drug Smuggling, and International Crime.

Expertise

Tactical counter-terrorism; explosive ordnance; emergency medicine; psychological warfare; first responder training

Education

Ph.D, Health Education; Honorary Doctorate, Intercultural Relations; MA, Education; BA, Psychology

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The illogic, or disconnect with reality, is deepened in the same November 20th university press release with the following past-tense/future tense scenario:
Workshop instructors who are independent contractors typically come to the attention of the academic administration through recommendations from students or faculty, and a resume, proposed syllabus, and a list of references would generally be considered sufficient for retention of an independent contractor. The Institute believes this is a fairly typical process among higher education institutions across the country when retaining instructors on very short-term contracts to lead two- or three-day workshops.

The Institute is in the process of identifying a qualified instructor to lead a human trafficking workshop in the spring 2011 semester, and will work to make this workshop available both on-site and online.
Since it wasn't thought necessary to publicly reveal who hired Hillar in the first place, (although we do know the university official was a she,) it goes without saying that whoever recommended him, or were provided as his references, would not have their names disclosed. But "the process of identifying a qualified instructor" should have been the same in 2005 as it was in the glare of 2010, even if the criteria remains a mystery.

A careful reading of the official documents makes it clear that there never was a printed "resume," or "biographical sketch," by which Hillar was vetted for employment by the Monterey Institute. If there had been one the university would have given the F.B.I. a copy. The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland Press Release dated January 25, 2011, Millersville Man Charged in Fraud Scheme, makes this point explicit:
The institute's official who hired Hillar allegedly did so based upon Hillar's purported work experience and academic credentials as falsely stated on the website.
We now come to that particular phrase which recurs throughout the charging documents:
The official at the Monterey Institute who hired Hillar told your affiant that the decision to hire Hillar was based upon Hillar's experience and credentials including, but not limited to, his experience as a Colonel in the U.S. Army, and his educational background including a Ph. D. from the University of Oregon.
I believe, although I haven't verified the fact yet, that the first course William Hillar taught at the Monterey Institute in the Spring of 2005, was on Human Trafficking. Since the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children was adopted by the United Nations in 2000, and President Bush announced Initiatives to Combat Human Trafficking at the National Training Conference on Human Trafficking July 16, 2004:
On Friday, July 16, 2004, President George W. Bush announced that the United States Department of State had identified the final $25 million to meet the pledge funds that will support anti-trafficking programs in Brazil and Cambodia and India and Indonesia and Mexico, Moldova, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. In September 2003, President Bush had pledged $50 million dollars in a speech at the United Nations to support these efforts.

President Bush's Remarks were made at the first National Training Conference on Combating Human Trafficking in Tampa, Florida. [Source]
continuing up until Bush Signs Anti-Trafficking Bill, on December 24, 2008:
Religious leaders hailed President Bush's signing of a bill that continues U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking across the globe.

In an Oval Office ceremony on Tuesday, Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008

"This is a piece of legislation we're very proud to sign and to see that it's authorizing funding for fiscal years ... 2008 through 2011," White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto told reporters before the signing ceremony. "And this program has been very effective around the world in trying to stop trafficking in persons in Africa and Asia."

The law aims to prevent and prosecute trafficking of humans in foreign countries and assist its victims.
would represent new opportunities under the umbrella of "Homeland Security," and, remembering Franklin Roosevelt's maxim that "nothing in politics happens by accident," it would seem logical that prospective receivers of this money would have been pre-positioned to accept the largess. Thus, the special credential Hillar was offering the university is the one left unstated, but obvious inferred by the clause, "but not limited to"---which was Hillar's supposed personal credibility stemming from being the father, and abortive rescuer, of a sex-trafficked and murdered 17-year-old daughter.

We can go back even further and see that William Gibbs Hillar was a creature specifically invented by the F.B.I. in and around the year 1998, which was about the time the operational planning for September 11th, 2001, kicked off into high gear.


Image from billhillartraining.com encoded FBICommandCollege-4, for "F.B.I. Command College."

If you take the list of the educational and governmental organizations that the February 1st Indictment charges were defrauded by Hillar, and reorder it chronologically, it's apparent that Hillar owes the start of his career to the Feds, just as we surely owe the existence of this list to the intervention of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, which helped the F.B.I. to investigate itself:
FBI Salt Lake City Division 4/21/1998 $1,010.00
Federal Executive Board of Los Angeles 2000-2010 $27,140.00
Illinois State Police 3/10/2002 $850
FBI Chicago Division 6/4/2002 $1,000
University of Oregon 2002-2010 $33,025.00
Montana Sheriff and Peace Officers Association 6/11/2003 $9,500
Monterey Institute of International Studies 2005-2010 $32,500.00
College of Southen Maryland 2005 $3,072.75
U.S. Army (Aberdeen Proving Ground) 3/5/2007 $3,625.00
Utah Valley State College 2007-2008 $8,430.00
California Fire Chiefs Association 10/4/2007 $1,980.81
State Training and Audit Resource Seminar (STARS) 12/11/2007 $4,000.00
Southwestern Oregon Fire Instructors Association 5/12/2008 $2,241.00
National Law Enforcement Telecoms Systems (NLETS) 2008 Conference 5/30/2008 $2,500.00
Georgia Terminal Agency Coordinators (TAC) Conference 10/3/2008 $1,240.50
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) 10/9/2009 $2,400.00
Murray City Corporation 10/29/2009 $2,400
U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs 3/11/2010 $2,135.50
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Command College 5/28/2010 $1,449.40
City of Redmond 6/10/2010 $1,609.00
City of Lander, WY 8/25/2010 $1,800
Salt Lake City Corporation 9/9/2010 $2,583.00
Total $147,491.96
The Federal Executive Board's [of Los Angeles] mission "is to strengthen the management and administration of Federal activities and promote government wide management improvement; and encourage interagency cooperation with the objectives of improved intergovernmental coordination,,," or in other words, developing the bonds, and unity of effort, in the same way Freemasons, secret fraternities, and the Mafia gain their authority and efficacy.

The Spokesman-Review reported that the 66-year-old William Hillar worked as a clinical educator at the Inland Northwest Health Services, a Spokane hospital, from September 1994 to July 1997, and before that, for other Spokane businesses, including the Metropolitan Mortgage and Securities Co. But he must not have been very good at his job, because the same article says he "filed for bankruptcy three times in nine years while in Spokane."

A February 1, 1996, Spokesman-Review's printing of Official County Records, lists a bankruptcy petition for a William G. Hillar, 2923 W. 18th, with debts of $161,000.


What would cause the F.B.I. in 1998 to turn to a financially failing 54-year-old hospital bureaucrat for help as a "motivational speaker" to train counter-terrorism officers (as well as the newly "read in," or "sworn" fire department memberships?)

If William G. Hillar falsely claimed to have earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon, could that same university be said to have been "duped" by his inflated degree when it hired him? Isn't there such a thing as institutional memory?

Why, after everything was said and done, on October 14, 2011, did a Military.com report, buried at the bottom of an off-topic article, 'Deadliest Warrior' Host Quits Over Green Beret Claim, that
Hillar was sentenced to 21 months in jail for wire fraud after admitting that an email he sent to the University of Oregon to apply for work included fraudulent information about his military background and experience.
when the criminal complaint and public indictment only mention the Monterey Institute of International Studies? Was there some legal technicality there?

The absurdity of coating everything in thick public-relations dressing begins to choke one's throat with quotes such as the following, from one of Hillar's Public Defender's, Gary W. Christopher, who
"insisted Hillar did not do it for money. The $171,000 he collected in speaking fees and a small university salary was a total spread over 12 years, and he said Hillar emptied a trust fund to repay two dozen institutions, police and fire departments." [August 30, 2011, The Baltimore Sun, Teacher who faked military service sentenced to 21 months,]
Come now---Hillar didn't "empty a trust fund" to make his repayments---he had his stock brokerage account frozen, and its contents dumped in an amount which very neatly represented the entirety of his dozen years of ill-gotten gain. But since it's hard to imagine him eating Ramen Noodles in a SRO for a decade while carefully hoarding up these profits, the image of some "family money" must have been considered a useful device to employ---but it is not real, especially as it directly contradicts the legal documents.

We have been down this long road of exposition before. In March of 2010, on a thread, Fighter Pilot Poser exposed, at www.flyingsquadron.com, an absurd creature then named Timothy Martins, was exposed as being a silly esoteric operative:
The Air Line Pilot Association (ALPA) union published in their April 2010 member magazine (which was distributed to over 53,000 members) an article on an American Eagle airline pilot named TIMOTHY J. MARTINS who, among other verified false claims, has made claims to be a member of NYFD Ladder Company 2. In the article he also claimed to be an F-16 fighter pilot in the New Jersey Air National Guard as well as a Paramedic for New York City. Both of these claims have been since verified as false. As a result MULTIPLE military and airline forums numbering in excess of ten have begun threads on this individual and more and more of his lies have surfaced.
I wrote about this migratory bird (to use Mae Brussel's term for those whose shifting identities inhabit a subterranean America) in a blog, Firefighter Darren Harkins, Pilot Timothy Martins and Ladder 2. I recall a local television news crew interviewing Martins' young next-door neighbor on Long Island, who was visibly faklempt at the negative media attention, leading me to believe these temporary identities are often grouped together in neighborhood "compounds," the better to buttress one another's roles, while also keeping a supervisory eye on each other.

If such is the case on Old Orchard Circle in Millersville, MD, then Bill Hillar's neighbors, Shirley Tyndall and Nancy Brandt are much more media savvy, as the F.B.I. swooped in to search Hillar's house while the WMAR ABC2, Baltimore cameras were there rolling.

472 Old Orchard Circle, Millersville MD 21108 as its business address

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Since now we're talking waterfront property, we should address the weird issue of money values in relation to Hillar's devilish scheme at self-enrichment, which netted him, according to court papers, about $14,250 a year over a 12-year period. Apparently, though, we're not getting the whole picture. During Hillar's first appearance in court on January 25th, prosecuting U. S. Attorney Leo Wise said "Significant sums" were unaccounted for," (as if car fare and lunch money wouldn't account for 14K annually?) while a single-source reference in the [Oregon] Register-Guard reported that "[i]nvestigators do not know where Hillar deposited or cashed most of the money he earned under fraudulent pretenses, Rodski wrote." The United Press International summed up the prosecutorial mindset with
"This is someone that we still really don't know who he is," Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise said. "We don't know what he's been doing for most of his adult life."
CBS Baltimore reported the same day that "Bond was set for $50,000. Hillar says he has the money, but he's being held in detention until officials find someone who will ensure he shows up for court appearances." Hillar stewed in jail for six weeks, but eventually he was able to find a babysitter and make bail, although, not by availing himself of his only known liquid asset---a stock portfolio of $180,000.

The Monterey Herald reported on March 17, that
In all, prosecutors say in court papers, Hillar was paid about $171,000 by passing himself off as a retired special forces officer. In papers filed Monday, [March 14] prosecutors asked the court to keep Hillar from tapping his stock account because the proceeds of his alleged crimes are nearly the same as the $180,000 in the account. They predict more victims will come forward.

Hillar is seeking access to the money to hire private counsel, but prosecutors say the assets must be protected to compensate victims. The defense contends the government is holding more funds than it is entitled to.

Hillar's attorneys have said the $180,000 represents his only assets besides a car, a motorcycle and a $1,600 bank account.

Hillar is free on $50,000 bail, but he can't leave Maryland or take a job without approval of court officials, according to court records.
Attorneys? As in plural? Yes, according to the March 17th Monterey Herald: "Hillar, who is being represented by federal public defenders..."

Earlier in January, before his incarceration, Hillar had "traveled to Belize, where he told someone he owned property in Costa Rica and planned to travel internationally in the near future, court records show. [Register-Guard | 1/27]

The Baltimore Sun added that "[h]e has an extensive gun collection and has been married several times, telling each new wife that the "predecessor wives" were dead, Wise said, adding that Hillar "has no community ties."

According to the FBI affidavit, Hillar rents the home at 472 Old Orchard Circle in Millersville, although sources claim Hillar also maintained a domicile in ritzy Carmel, California,

In March, Hillar pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud "admitting to a 12-year run of deception during which at least 24 organizations paid him more than $170,000 to teach based on fraudulent credentials." [Daily Record | 8/30] On August 31st, the Monterey Herald specified that "he agreed to pay $171,415 in restitution. That was the amount he earned from police agencies, first responder groups and schools for the lectures and speeches he made while posing as a retired Army Special Forces colonel."

The March 17 article from the Monterey Herald, also states that:
Hillar, originally charged with one count of mail fraud, was arraigned last week on a new 16-count indictment accusing him of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud. The indictment states Hillar received about $164,000 from 23 educational, law enforcement and military organizations for workshops, courses and speeches based on his concocted biography.
The significance of this reporting cannot be overstated, even if it was shockingly tardy in relaying the major legal development in the Hillar case from the previous week. (Was it buried in a Thursday style section?) The imperfect newspaper record I have assemble from internet sources, indicates nothing had been published on Hillar since February 1, when the Elon University's student newspaper, the Pendulum, published the second of two excellent articles by Caitlin O'Donnell. Only one other news source kept company with the Monterey Herald on the 17th---and that was a 130-word brief at Central Coast News KION46 / FOX35. Nothing more was reported out of Hillar's Gulag until the end of the month, when the prosecutorial hardball at play behind the scenes scored a one-count plea bargain.

It is impossible to date this stale "new" indictment, given the past tense of the imprecise paragraph announcing it, but the firm construction of the numerical and categorical descriptors make it clear it is referring to the same 23-item list found in the 7-page indictment, dated Feb. 1, 2011, which then totaled $147,491.96, but is now said to amount to $164,000. Since it will soon top out at a mandated restitution of $171,415, with "at least 24 organizations" what made for the rising total given the relatively fixed number of victims?

If you compare the list of 23 so-called victims found on February 1, 2011 Indictment, with the 24 supposed losses itemized on the March 22, Plea Agreement, the additional item turns out to be a $6,208 charge for the "California Fire Fighters Association 2003 & 2005," which still doesn't account for a total that has crept up by $23,923. Most of that difference is made up for in a line-item alteration to the "Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Command College," which had been listed on the February 1 indictment as a $1,449.40 charge, (where it is given a service date of May 28, 2010,) while on the March 22, plea agreement this has changed to a total of $17,369.38, with "2000-2010" given as the date range of Hillar's services.

Since this arithmetic doesn't add up (we're still missing the cause for $1,795.02 in restitution charges,) nor can we account for the intermediate figure of $164,000 posed in the 16-count indictment that was issued sometime in the week of March 7-11, (a document which was never made public,) we must attribute the discrepancies to an unwillingness of the F.B.I. to offer a full public accounting of their relationship to William Hillar.

An [undated] Affidavit in Support of Search Warrant, contains the first preliminary listings of the losses which were to constitute the charge of fraud. One list is described as
Bank records from an account in Hillar's name indicate payment was made in the form of a check to Hillar from the following sources in 2010 alone
(apparently the F.B.I. can requisition bank records in advance of a search warrant?)

While a second list is headed:
Investigation has also revealed that the following sources claim to have paid Hillar for teaching and speaking in the amounts listed below. These amounts are in addition to the amounts listed above.
This list contains the FBI Salt Lake City Division fee of $1,010 from 1998, and the FBI Chicago Division fee of $1,000 from 2002, both apparently self-reported, and not subject to any statute of limitations.

Then comes the crux of the request for a warrant:
However, your affiant has been unable to determine where checks in these amounts were deposited or cashed. Your affiant believes that because Hillar does not appear to deposit most of his income into a bank account that the only record of his victims may be in this residence which he also lists a[s] the business address for his teaching and speaking business.
Apparently, this search was unsuccessful in determining the extent of Hillar's gains, and the F.B.I. was forced to rely on "victims coming forward" to ascertain the extent of the crime.

However, as regards the F.B.I. Command College in particular, a primary resource available to investigators were the client's-list pages once posted online at billhillartraining.com, and still retrievable at archive.org.

Archive.org records five web crawls in 2005 for the "Clients from High-Risk Occupations" page, and another two records in 2010. The first, on January 12, 2005, lists the following as Federal clients:
FBI All-Agents Conferences: Chicago & Salt Lake City
FBI Intermountain Executive Command College
FBI National Academy Graduates Association
National War College
U.S. Customs Office
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
How the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice could issue an Indictment claiming a single date of May 28, 2010 as the sole instance in which the Command College hired the services of Bill Hillar, is either an example of inept investigation, or an inept suppression of evidence.

Interestingly enough, Jeff Hinton's forum which broke the story by posting Hillar's military records online on October 28, 2010, recounts in a timeline on page 26, that that same day he was "contacted by an individual from the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. The FBI involvement starts." This highly irregular, backdoor approach from a fraternal group was successful in keeping the organization's name out of the legal documents, but it came at the cost of a refund, and I doubt whether this truly represents the values the group espouses, of upholding "the highest standards of professionalism and ethics."

A study of the archived client web pages for billhillartraining.com reveal many other anomalous investigative oversights. I've prepared a worksheet comparing the information found on the pages here.

To briefly summarize the history of the site; according to Whois, billhillartraining.com was registered on March 2, 2004, with a Beth DiPietro, 26 Chadwick Circle, K, Nashua New Hampshire, 03062, as

administrative and technical contact. The first capture of the pages by the archive.org web crawler was January 12, 2005, when all were posted "Copyright Leadership Consultation & Training 2004. All rights reserved.," which changes over on the 2010 captures to "Copyright Bill Hillar Training 2009. All rights reserved," with a final, "Last updated 17 Oct 2009."

"Leadership Consultation & Training" is a terrific name, which oddly only returns seven hits on Google; while "Copyright Leadership Consultation & Training," in quotation marks returns only a single hit---to my Hillar worksheet blog.

In 2005, Bill Hillar maintained separate list pages for "High-Risk Clients" and "Public Occupation Clients," which by 2010 he had simplified to a single "Client List" page. There were various captures for the first pair in 2005 (six for "High-Risk," and three for the "Public Occupation") with two captures in 2010, which are both identical in content (it is unknown if the odd displacement of the captures, including the gap of four years, bears any significance.)

There are some small changes in the format of certain pages---moving from an alphabetized to a categorized list in one case---until 2010 when an entirely new page has been launched. Other than the expected additions as time moved on, the most significant early change occurred in the "Public Occupation" list between the first capture on Jan. 12, 2005, and the second, on April 9, 2005, when a dozen clients, or nearly a third, were shed. These were mainly corporate, and must represent a career shift from a former consultancy focus (it includes Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities, which the Spokesman-Review told us Hillar had "worked" for.

The University of Oregon Substance Abuse Prevention Program is on the earliest "High-Risk" list for some obscure reason, as is U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; the FBI All-Agents Conferences in Chicago & Salt Lake City; the FBI Intermountain Executive Command College; the FBI National Academy Graduates Association; the National War College; and the U.S. Customs Office; the last three organizations being unmentioned by the Maryland Department of Justice as victims. The D.E.A. is listed in the March 22, 2011, Plea Agreement, but only for a single October 9, 2009 transaction billed at $2,400.00, while its presence on the January, 2005 list is proof that only a carelessly incomplete accounting of the damage done the taxpayer was undertaken.

Likewise, the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs is listed as a victim for a March 11, 2010 gig costing $2,135.50, but that's not to be confused with the "Department of the Interior: Office of Inspector General," from the September 4, 2005 web crawl, whose monetary "loss" remains unrecorded.

Of the 66 high-risk and public-occupation clients listed at the end of 2005, only seven were still listed by 2010. Of the number which dropped off, the following is a list of publicly financed terror-responders who were victimized by Hillar's fraud, but of whom no effort was made by the F.B.I. to recover their losses:
City of Spokane, Washington
Washington Law Enforcement Information and Records Association
Los Angeles County Management Council
Excellence in Government West 2004 conference
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
County of Los Angeles Office of Public Safety
California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Carmel Valley Fire Department
Emergency Services Association, State of Colorado
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Idaho Police Officer Standards and Training
Idaho Chiefs of Police & Sheriff's Association
Montana Police Officer Standards and Training
Missoula County Sheriffs' Department
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Law Enforcement Division
Oregon Executive Development Institute
U.S. Army Umatilla Chemical Depot
Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
Oregon State Fire Chief's Association
City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Services
Benton/Franklin County [WA] Office of Emergency Services
Richland [WA] Police Department
Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs
Western Fire Chiefs Association
Of the new names of Hillar clients appearing for the first time on a web crawl in 2010, the following listing of government public safety providers were also taken to the cleaners by the ever popular, though thoroughly uncredentialed, Bill Hillar, and no effort was ever made by investigators to reach out to these, most current, losers and remit their suffering:
California State Firefighters Association
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Idaho Falls Police Department
Crime Prevention Association of Oregon (CPAO)
Oregon State Law Enforcement and Data Systems (LEDS)
West Valley City Police Department
Utah Fire and Rescue Academy
Shoreline [WA] Fire Department
Tukwila [WA] Fire Department
King County [WA] Fire Training Officers
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Region X
Homeland Security and Defense Education Western Conference
Western Fire Chiefs & FEMA Directors
Angeles National Forest
U.S. Army Evaluation Center
U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground
U.S. Forest Service, Law Enforcement Division
The International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets)
Utah Valley State College - Winter Fire School
Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland)
Another list of names are of those who do not appear on the web site's client's pages, but who were included in the indictment, either because Hillar had deposited their paychecks in his bank account, or because they came forward to make a claim. For some unfair reason, these organizations got refunds:
Utah Valley State College 2007-2008 $8,430.00
U.S. Army (Aberdeen Proving Ground) 3/5/2007 $3,625.00
National Law Enforcement Telecommunication Systems, 2008 Conference. (NLETS) 5/30/2008 $3,129.00
Salt Lake City Corporation 9/9/20 10 $2,583.00
Murray City Corporation 10/29/2009 $2,400.00
City of Lander, WY 8/25/2010 $1,800.00
City of Redmond 6/10/2010 $1,609.00
Georgia Terminal Agency Coordinators (TAC) Conference 10/3/2008 $1,240.50
Freemont County Community College 9/23/2010 $1,000.00
State Training and Audit Resource Seminar (STARS) 2007 conference 12/11/2007 $4,000.00
Switching gears, it is impossible for me to put myself into the shoes of survivors of sex-trafficking, or those recovering from similar ritualized, systemic abuse, but the experience for those who had shared a trusting intimacy on the topic with Bill Hillar, must feel like the deepest emotional sabotage to learn of his true nature, and the Satanic depths of his subterfuge. But it is important that we not remain children in the face of revealed truth, and the most difficult lessons promote the greatest growth, which is easier said then done.

One area where I do feel a resonance is around the issue of substance abuse, which correlates with any number of evils. As if Bill Hillar weren't enough of a fake---being a fake doctor, a fake Green Beret and Seal, and a fake rescuer of the damned, his role as an adjunct instructor in the University of Oregon's Substance Abuse and Prevention Program is as manifestly fake as any other. His role there seems to be like any other---either telling stories about knifing men in the neck as a call to duty, or alternately, sadomasochistic dissections of female body parts.

As an illustration that Hillar is 180 degrees in opposition to what he purports to be, read a short transcript I made from the Nov. 20, 2010, Blog Talk Radio show, Bill Hillar a Fraud or really a Father? From Voices for Justice, with Michelle Bart, with an interview with Brian Hubbs and a fellow Monterey Institute student. I've changed my opinion about Hubbs (please excuse my paranoia that he could have been serving as a tool for the semi-corrupt school administration.) He sounds eminently human when I really listen to what he's saying. This bit comes about 25 minutes into the recording, and it speaks to Hillar's abuse of power and alcohol:

"Bill Hillar who had audiences in tears every time he spoke about his daughter being kidnapped, trafficked, and then killed has now been ousted by students claiming he is a fraud; we sit down with these students to get the lowdown."
BART: "I don't understand. Are you saying that this man lied about being the father of a murdered victim? Are you saying he is exaggerating or distorting what happened to his daughter? Do either one of you want to answer the chat room?

HUBBS: I think at this point it's becoming quite clear that that is the case, I mean, in speaking to other veterans, and myself being a veteran, those of us who deployed, and didn't see the best of things oversees, talking about things that are incredibly inhumane and graphic. It's a very difficult thing to do. I still won't do it, I know there are a lot of others who've been through a whole lot worse, they won't even come close to touching the subject, so for him to be so open about the details and the graphics---that's another thing that was quite unsettling for me. It just doesn't match with the psychology with someone who's been through a disturbing event. You know, it's something you want to put away, put in your pocket, and not deal with it ever again, I mean, it's not something you just open up in random conversation in a coffee shop, which he seemed to be doing a lot of. And including on that note, with the class that I was in, he took us all out to a bar that night, and he continued on with these stories. It was just an inappropriate setting for such heavy, powerful stuff, you know.

BART: [27:00] I've been out of college a long time, but, isn't it unethical, or inappropriate for a professor to take out students to drink after class? Or have times changed?

HUBBS: I'm sure that's the case, I can't speak to the specific policies but I'm sure that is the case, but he did do that, and he continued on with these stories, and it was just, just, it was insane to me, I mean, even if I was speaking to a psychiatrist I would be reluctant to talk about this kind of stuff, because, it's just so heavy, and I mean, there he is, in a bar...

BART: That's not a surprise to some of us, because a lot of the stuff that Brian shared, and was telling me, we either heard him say, or we know he's done. We have agencies, we have individuals out here who have worked with him, that after the course of this past week discussing this entire situation, they even said, you know, he has that ability to take you out for coffee or drinks. He's a big person to go out after a presentation and talk to an individual over drinks, and then when Brian brought that up it was like Wow, because, for those of you listening tonight...Brian, you're in California, right? Yes. And then Jay is in California, and we have Jeff. I wish he would have been on the show tonight, but he's a great guy. We spoke with him in depth yesterday, and, he is an individual that is retired from armed forces, and is with the Green Berets, and I find a lot of what he has to say very, very interesting. And it's a shame that individuals like Hillar, if these claims are true, that he has been able to do this. So, drinking, and taking students out, I would think , is not protocol these days, but maybe it is, but I know that he likes to take people out and drink afterwards, and talk, and tell his stories, which ultimately, were other people's stories. Is that accurate?

HUBBS: Yeah, I mean, at the same time he was telling these stories, he'd buy you a couple of drinks, and he got some of the students to share some real personal things that they probably wouldn't have shared if they knew what was going on. And so here is, getting people to give a part of themselves that's really deep and personal, and he's manipulating it, and, I mean, it's a horrible thing to come to realize.

[JAY?][30:00] I would like to weigh in on the daughter question too, the question that was raised, you know, is he lying or distorting about his daughter, and, look, the thing is, when you hear these stories, he has conflcting stories, I mean, we have already gone over that, but there's another part of the story that we haven't talked about, and that's that he said that he cannot show a picture, or talk about his daughter because she was never buried with her placenta, which he claimed has to be fulfilled as a religious rite, because she's of the Hmong religion, I guess that's from Laos or Cambodia, and because she was never, because she was killed and never buried with her placenta, he cannot talk about her, or he can never show a picture. And to me, I mean, it just reinforces all the holes in his story, I mean, now you can't even see a picture of her, he never mentions her name, you can never find it on the internet, I mean the whole thing is a sham. I mean, the whole thing with his daughter, it's a complete lie.
Doesn't anybody in California know what a placenta is? It's the after-birth, and I thought hippies ate it. You can't be buried with it unless you die mid-pregnancy, but I think the word "Hmong" threw even Michelle Bart off. Bill Hillar provided a symmetry, as quoted in the following Christo-centric blog snippet. (Really, these people don't need any more body or blood, they're fat enough; but they could use some trans-substantiated brain cells.)
For Their Rescue
Join the Johnson's as They Seek Justice
May 17, 2009, A Struggle With FaithSo.. while I am wrestling with all this I start to learn about Human Trafficking.... How do we as an American public (let alone the church) not know about this? I think we live in (as Bill Hillar says) a uterus. We have it so good here in the States. Did you know that we make up only 6% of the world's population, yet me take up over 40% of it's resources? Or that only 8% of the world owns a car! Seriously, even if you car is a piece (which mine is) you are still way ahead of the material possessions game. Experts have said that it would take about $20 billion to feed everyone on the planet, every year. Americans spent that much last year... on ice cream. Meanwhile 40,000 people died last night from hunger.
So we live in utero, but die a la placentae, is that it Bill?

The following comments are from a thread at PJMedia:

This story is funny. I took a counter-terrorism seminar with this guy at monterey, as I’m sure so many other MIIS students have. afterwards me and a bunch of other students went out for beers (that old british bar on franklin) w/ him near campus. this guy had awesome stories. he married a hmong girl from his days in vietnam and had kids. a few years later one of his daughters (15 at that time) gets kidnapped, raped and killed by a human trafficking gang. this story was later adapted in that movie "taken" w/ liam neeson:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/7229118
he also had a story about going into the golden triangle for some black ops, only to get into a shoot out w/ DEA. the story had KIAs too.
I thought his stories were so cool and may be useful in the near future, so I emailed him shortly after for either some more stories or book recommendations. he sent me like 10 book recs and I read like six. I always thought it funny that most of his stories were found scattered in the books he recommended. I just figured, he was somehow part of the stories or he just used those stories because he wanted to use declassified stories in lieu of his own.
2 yrs later, fraud.
I know MIIS students that stayed at his house near DC who worked for Other Gov’t Agency, I hope they investigate this guy for possible Nat’l Security breaches.November 21, 2010 - 10:55 am Link to this Comment|Reply
So why did Bill Hillar move close to Washington D.C. in 2005 if his work was still centered in Northern California and Oregon? Since the D.A. said he had few community connections, did he have covert relationships in the D.C. area? Since his Monterey Institute faculty profile, reproduced near the top of this blog, says he "also leads many workshops and courses at colleges and universities in...Security Careers (Intelligence Community)," was Hillar a clandestine recruiter? Might this not account for the excitement he generated on campus?



Hillar on the right talking with family of missing child Lindsey Baum NWCAt Conference 2010



Dr. William Hillar with Craig Lindsey Baum at search party - COL US Army Retired - Fort Lewis Washington. Hard at work earning those big Counter-terrorism bucks.


Hillar on the right talking with someone from the search team for missing 10-year old Washington girl Lindsey Baum.

March 30, 2011, Military.com, Phony SF Colonel Takes Guilty Plea, by Bryant Jordan,
A Maryland man who passed himself off to university employers as a former Green Beret and expert in international sex-trafficking and counterterrorism pleaded guilty March 30 to wire fraud.

William G. Hillar, 66, admitted in a plea deal worked out with federal prosecutors in Baltimore that an email he sent to the University of Oregon to apply for work included fraudulent information about his military background and experience.


and between 2000 and 2010 earned $17,369 from the FBI Command College.


March 30, 2011 The Christian Science Monitor, Man who posed as former Special Forces colonel pleads guilty, by Warren Richey, Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

March 31, 2011; US Fed News Service, Including US State News; Millersville Man Pleads Guilty to Posing as a Retired Army Special Forces Colonel,

"Mr. Hillar's fraudulent representations came to the FBI's attention from concerned citizens, including former members of the Special Forces community. This investigation is an example of the difficulty the public faces trying to verify the accuracy of information on the Internet," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely.

May 24, 2011, Military.com, Security Expert's SF Record Questioned, by Bryant Jordan,
Jess "Skip" Hall, founder of a Birmingham, Ala.-based security and training company called "Hollow Point,"

Under Hillar's plea agreement, he agreed to pay $171,415 in restitution. That was the amount he earned from police agencies, first responder groups and schools for the lectures and speeches he made while posing as a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel.

Under federal sentencing rules, he faced a possible prison term of 21 to 27 months.

Wise said. Hillar's real daughter is alive and well in Oregon,


claimed to have participated in questioning Guantanamo detainees August 30, 2011, Monterey Herald, Longtime Monterey lecturer on counterterrorism, human trafficking was a fraud, sentenced to 21 months in prison, by Larry Parsons -


August 30, 2011, The Associated Press, Green Beret impersonator gets 21 months, by Sarah Brumfield,

Wise played a recording of Hillar's introduction at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in which Hillar tells the audience he was fortunate to be in the military for 28 years.

"I have been trained as a terrorist," he said, explaining that an American would consider him a freedom fighter, but to an enemy in the Balkans or elsewhere he would be a terrorist. He said he was an adviser in Laos during the Vietnam War, spent time in drug interdiction in central America, trained with U.S. Special Forces' British, German and Israeli counterparts and spent time training mujahedeen during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, becoming an "adrenaline junkie."

"I like the rush that you get, or at least that I get," he said. But he told the audience that his life came with a price: His morals were compromised and he ended up in counseling.

The amount of restitution equals the money that he earned from the teaching jobs and speaking engagements he made based on his fraudulent bio.

According to the Justice Department, one of the earliest victims of Hillar's fraud was the FBI's Salt Lake City, Utah, division, which paid him just over $1,000 to speak in April 1998. He also took the bureau's Chicago division for about $1,000 in 2002, and between 2000 and 2010 earned $17,369 from the FBI Command College.

Hillar also earned money lecturing and conducting workshops for the Army; the Drug Enforcement Agency; the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs; the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System and various other state and federal agencies.

Hillar could get up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced on July 20, the FBI said in a statement. Under the terms of the plea agreement he will pay restitution of $171,415 and perform at least 500 hours of community service at the Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries.

William G. Hillar, 66, admitted in a plea deal worked out with federal prosecutors in Baltimore that an email he sent to the University of Oregon to apply for work included fraudulent information about his military background and experience.

expert in international sex-trafficking and counterterrorism


March 30, 2011, Military.com, Phony SF Colonel Takes Guilty Plea, by Bryant Jordan,
Hillar's website was taken off the Internet after federal agents began their investigation. But brochures from some of his events are still posted.

One advertises a seminar designed to fight stress and boost creativity. It says in part: "Bill will make you want to peer beneath your intellectual veneer, rip off your mask of sanity, redefine your sense of the ridiculous, and fall back in love with your future."

The program was being offered at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

His bio on the flier includes claims of his former Special Forces service. It also says: "His military expertise led him not only to cross-train and serve with Special Forces from allied countries, but to advise governments and military organizations in several foreign nations."

March 30, 2011 The Christian Science Monitor, Man who posed as former Special Forces colonel pleads guilty, by Warren Richey,

In the plea agreement, Hillar admitted that over 12 years, he accepted thousands of dollars in speaking fees from the likes of the FBI Command College and the Drug Enforcement Administration. He even took Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for $3,635 after a 2007 speaking engagement.

April 9, 2011, Army Times, Reputed counter-terrorism expert pleads guilty, by Joe Gould - Staff writer,

August 30, 2011, Washington Post, Man who profited from fabricated military career gets 21-month sentence, by Ruben Castaneda,

Hillar has no experience in counterterrorism, emergency medicine, human trafficking or psychological warfare, as he claimed, prosecutors wrote. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education. He did consult on organizational issues for hospitals and stress management.

At some point, Hillar began billing himself as an expert lecturer. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he capitalized on the desire of law enforcement agencies and others to receive counterterrorism training, Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo J. Wise wrote in a sentencing memo.

Jeffrey D. Hinton, Jeff Hinton, Jeff "J.D." Hinton,


Federal Bureau of Investigation Command College,

Utah Valley State College - Emergency Services Department Utah Fire and Rescue Academy

August 30, 2011, Monterey Herald, Longtime Monterey lecturer on counterterrorism, human trafficking was a fraud, sentenced to 21 months in prison, by Larry Parsons,

March 17, 2011, Monterey County Herald, More trouble for bogus Green Beret suspect, by Larry Parsons, [or More charges for MIIS lecturer accused of being bogus Green Beret: Feds seek to block access to $180K] by Larry Parsons.



Hillar on the right talking with someone from the search team for missing 10-year old Washington girl Lindsey Baum.

March 17, 2011, Monterey County Herald, More trouble for bogus Green Beret suspect, by Larry Parsons, [or More charges for MIIS lecturer accused of being bogus Green Beret: Feds seek to block access to $180K] by Larry Parsons.

Hillar, originally charged with one count of mail fraud, was arraigned last week on a new 16-count indictment accusing him of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud. The indictment states Hillar received about $164,000 from 23 educational, law enforcement and military organizations for workshops, courses and speeches based on his concocted biography.

Hillar, who is being represented by federal public defenders, has denied the charges.

The indictment states Hillar, who federal authorities say served eight years as an enlisted Coast Guardsman, taught 18 courses — in subjects ranging from international drug trafficking to tactical counter-terrorism — at the University of Oregon alone. The university hired him based on his "purported 'real world' experiences in the Army," the indictment says.

In papers filed Monday, prosecutors asked the court to keep Hillar from tapping his stock account because the proceeds of his alleged crimes are nearly the same as the $180,000 in the account. They predict more victims will come forward.

Hillar is seeking access to the money to hire private counsel, but prosecutors say the assets must be protected to compensate victims. The defense contends the government is holding more funds than it is entitled to.

Hillar's attorneys have said the $180,000 represents his only assets besides a car, a motorcycle and a $1,600 bank account.

Hillar is free on $50,000 bail, but he can't leave Maryland or take a job without approval of court officials, according to court records.

March 29, 2011, Monterey County Weekly, Fake Bad-Ass Pleads Guilty, By Joel Ede,

Hillar faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He has agreed to pay restitution of $171,415 and perform no less than 500 hours of community service at the Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries. He will be sentenced on July 20.






Monterey Institute of International Studies in California,
The Monterey Institute of International studies
A Graduate School of Middlebury College
460 Pierce St
Monterey, CA 93940
831.647.4123

http://www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/whillar/node/982
Captured May 28, 2010
1 captures
28 May 10 - 28 May 10

Warburg said, mentioning a recent case in which an airline pilot posed as a cardiologist. "It is requiring us to do things that were unusual in the past."

William G. Hillar, 66, built up a client list that included other schools and the FBI Command College by posing as a retired Green Berets colonel with wide-ranging military expertise and frontline tales. He faces a single federal count of mail fraud for payment he received from MIIS in July 2010.

Fire of 1973 - National Archives and Records Administration
www.archives.gov › ... › Military Personnel Records On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files

National Personnel Records Center fire - Wikipedia, the free ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Personnel_Records_Center_fireThe National Personnel Records Center fire of 1973, also referred to as the 1973 National Archives fire was a fire that occurred at the United States National...

March 17, 2011, Thursday, More trouble for bogus Green Beret suspect, by Larry Parsons, [or More charges for MIIS lecturer accused of being bogus Green Beret: Feds seek to block access to $180K] by Larry Parsons,

Mar 17, 2011, Central Coast News KION46 / FOX35, More Charges Added To Man Who Claimed to be Army Colonel, by 130-words

February 1, 2011, THE PENDULUM, Elon University's Student Newspaper, Elon award recipient arrested, by Caitlin O'Donnell,

August 30, 2011, The Daily Record (Baltimore), Special Forces impostor gets jail time: Federal judge rejects community service, gives Hillar 21 months, by Andy Marso,

August 31, 2010, Monterey Herald, MIIS lecturer gets prison for lying about military service, daughter's abduction, by Larry Parsons,

January 26, 2011, United Press International, FBI arrests Md. man for fraudulent claims,

January 25, 2011, CBS Baltimore, Md. Man Charged With Lying About Credentials,

March 17, 2011, Monterey Herald, More charges for MIIS lecturer accused of being bogus Green Beret:, by Larry Parsons.

Monterey Institute Reviews Former Instructors Credentials, Posted: Nov 20, 2010

[undated] Message to Alumni- Bill Hillar, from Sunder Ramaswamy, President & Amy Sands, Provost

January 18, 2011, The Pendulum, [Elon University] University award recipient under investigation for fraud, by Caitlin O'Donnell,

November 19, 2010, Monterey Herald, MIIS probes lecturer's credentials [Original Source] by Larry Parsons, Posted: 01:51 AM PST

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January 27, 2011, The Spokesman Review, FBI says motivational speaker built business on lies, by John Stucke,

January 26, 2011, Los Angeles Times, Former Monterey Institute instructor arrested after allegedly lying about his credentials, by Larry Gordon,

March 30, 2011, Military.com, Phony SF Colonel Takes Guilty Plea, by Bryant Jordan,

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