Retired agent Robert “Bob” Clifford served with the FBI for 24 years. He rose from Special Agent to Senior Executive with responsibilities in international terrorism and transnational criminal gangs matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob Clifford reviews an extra-territorial jurisdiction case from early in his career when he was assigned as a technical adviser embedded with a Bolivian police counter-terrorism team to capture the terrorist responsible for the murder of two Mormon missionaries and the attempted assignation of U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz.
Bob is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, to include FBI Director’s Award for Counter-terrorism, the Director of National Intelligence Commendation Award, the Award of Excellence from the National Counterintelligence Executive, and the Bolivian National Police Medal of Merit. In 2004, he received the Service to America Medal and was named Federal Employee of the Year.
Bob Clifford was previously interviewed about his investigation and capture of the only surviving hijacker responsible for the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648 (Episodes 96 and 97) and his special assignment to establish the FBI’s MS-13 National Gang Task Force (Episode 103).
Special Agent (Retired)
1/9/1989 – 6/30/2012
“I embedded myself as a technical adviser into a newly formed 20-member counter-terrorism team of Bolivian police trained and supported by the FBI.” — Retired Agent Robert “Bob” Clifford
The following are newspaper articles about the Mormon missionary murders in Latin America in the late 1980s and the capture of two terrorist who killed two Mormon missionary murders in Bolivia:
The Boston Globe – January 6, 1990: Mormons Face Latin Attacks
The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) July 21, 1992: Suspected killer of two missionaries captured
Listen to Episode 110: Oliver “Buck” Revell – Operation Goldenrod, G-Man’s Journal to learn about the first extra-territorial jurisdiction case.