Episode 054: Bill Dyson – El Rukn Libyan Terrorist Conspiracy

Retired agent Bill Dyson served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dyson is interviewed about tidbits of information overheard by the Chicago Division’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, while conducting an investigation targeting drug trafficking.

The conversation seemed to indicate an international conspiracy involving the El Rukn street gang and Libyan terrorist.

Bill Dyson led the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) that developed this information and determined that members of the El Rukns were meeting with representatives of the then-hostile government of Libya led by Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to discuss a conspiracy to perpetrate a terrorist attack inside of the United States.

The El Rukn-Libyan terrorist conspiracy investigation marked the first convictions of American citizens for conspiring to commit terrorist acts in their country on behalf of a foreign government in exchange for money.

After retiring from the Bureau, Bill Dyson was hired by the University of Illinois and authored a college textbook titled Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook. He currently works for the Institute for Inter-Governmental Research (IIGR), a non-profit serving under a grant from the Department of Justice to provide anti-terrorism training to state and local police officers throughout the United States.

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

William E. Dyson, Jr.

7/10/1967 – 12/3/1998









The following are news articles providing additional information regarding the El Rukn Libyan Terrorist Conspiracy case:

The Grapevine – El Rukn-Libyan Terrorist Conspiracy

Chicago Tribune – Rise And Fall Of El Rukn- Jeff Fort`s Evil Empire

New York Times – In Chicago Courtroom, Nation’s First Super Gang Fights for Life

Bill Dyson standing over drug evidence seized during the El Rukn Libyan Terrorist Conspiracy case.










Bill Dyson making a presentation on terrorism and the El Rukn Libyan Terrorist Conspiracy case at the Chicago FBI Office in the mid 1990s.










Bill is congratulated by the Chicago front office after returning from Washington D.C. where the Attorney General presented him with the Distinguished Service Award in 1991.










Bill Dyson authored Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook, a text book to help investigators develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare prosecutable cases against terrorists.














Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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