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National Security Division

The National Security Division is the first-of-its-kind in the nation for a United States Attorney’s Office and is responsible for combatting national security and cyber security threats facing our region and our nation.  Protecting national security is the highest priority of the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office.  The National Security Division consists of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section and the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section.  Due to the complexity of the cases handled by these sections, the close coordination needed with other districts and DOJ by these sections, the increased reliance on classified information in their prosecutions, and the overriding goal of prevention shared by these sections, they joined together to form the National Security Division. 

The Terrorism and Export Crimes Section works closely with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other members of the Central District’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces to investigate suspected terrorists, prevent terrorist crimes, and bring criminal charges when warranted.  The section also oversees the Central District’s Export and Anti-Proliferation Global Law Enforcement (“EAGLE”) Task Force.  Formed in January 2008, the EAGLE Task Force is an initiative designed to leverage the capabilities of more than a dozen law enforcement agencies, as part of their critical mission to investigate and disrupt illegal arms trafficking and the unlawful proliferation of sensitive United States technologies.  AUSAs in the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section primarily handle investigations and prosecutions involving counterterrorism, counter proliferation, export control, national security cyber threats, counter-espionage matters, mishandling of classified material, threats and hoaxes, as well as other criminal offenses.  

The Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section focuses on cyber-crime, including both cyber-based attacks on the nation’s electronic infrastructure and economic crimes committed using computers, as well as on intellectual property crimes, such as theft of intellectual property and economic espionage.  The Central District is home to a significant high-tech industry, sensitive government computer installations, and the motion picture and recording industries.  Protecting the security of these industries is a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office, with particular emphasis on investigating and prosecuting sophisticated attacks on computer systems and intellectual property offenses.  The section also prioritizes cyber threats to individuals including cyber stalking, online threats, “sextortion,” and similar crimes.

Individuals who wish to report activity that they believe may be related to terrorism should call the FBI at (310) 477-6565.

Patricia Donahue, Assistant United States Attorney
Division Chief

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Criminal Division
Attn: National Security Division
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
(213) 894-0640

Cyber Crimes -Tracy Wilkison, Chief

Terrorism and Export Control  - Christopher Grigg, Chief

Updated September 14, 2015