FBI Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)
ADVOCATE, COMMENTATOR, AUTHOR, CONSULTANT, SPEAKER, INVESTIGATOR, WRITER
Steve Moore was appointed an FBI Special Agent in 1983 at the age of 25. He served as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent for 25 years, retiring in 2008. Steve’s early career was spent in covert operations against white supremacist organizations in northern Idaho and the northwest. Later, he led the investigations of many high-profile crimes in LA, including the first ever conviction for an anthrax threat, the Buford Furrow shooting/murder spree at a Jewish Community Center and the interdiction of a planned attack on California’s second-largest oil refinery.
Steve was chosen to run the Los Angeles component of the 9/11 investigation and testified before the congressional “911 Commission.” In 2002, he was named head of Al Qaeda investigations for the Los Angeles FBI and within a year was tasked with creating and running a squad responsible for the investigation of all acts of terrorism against the U.S. in Asia and Pakistan. This was and is the largest territory covered by a single squad in the FBI. Bombings of U.S. Consulates, luxury hotels and military personnel were standard fare for the squad. He established liaison and worked closely with the CIA and U.S. State Department. Four times, Steve received wards for excellence in investigation from the United States Attorney's Office Los Angeles, and was nominated for the FBI Director’s “Outstanding Terrorism Investigation” award.
He has lectured on violent crime and terrorism at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok and served for a summer as a Legal Attaché at a U.S. Embassy. Five of his bureau years were spent on the LA FBI SWAT team as an assault “Operator” and sniper. Several more years were spent as an FBI helicopter pilot-in-command. Ultimately, Steve built up over 6,000 hours of airplane and helicopter flight time. He retired in June, 2008.
After retirement, Steve spent two years as the Deputy Director for Public Safety at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he developed and implemented security plans and procedures to ensure the safety of students, the Malibu campus and the University's six overseas campuses in Heidelberg, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lausanne, Switzerland; Florence, Italy; London, England and Shanghai, China. To that end, Steve provided daily international threat assessments; directed, trained and developed the 40 officer 24/7 Public Safety Department. In response to the epidemic of campus shootings, Steve developed, directed and trained an armed Active-Shooter team to interdict potential school shootings on the Malibu campus.
Steve formed "Moore Investigations International" in 2010, devoted to the safety and release of Americans wrongly held by governments and others overseas. He became intimately involved in the imprisonment and subsequent release of Amanda Knox, a University of Washington student held for four years on false charges by a rogue Italian prosecutor. Moore also investigated the case of Jacob Ostreicher, an American wrongly held in Bolivia on trumped up charges by the Evo Morales regime. Moore testified twice before congress on the matter and his report to congress was submitted to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights. Ostreicher was later released.
Moore is the author and co-author of several books, including "Special Agent Man," (Chicago Press Review, 2012) and "The Forgotten Killer," (Amazon Press, 2014), with Doug Preston, John Douglas, Mark Olshaker, Judge Michael Heavey, Tom Wright and Jim Lovering. "The Forgotten Killer" remains #1 on both Amazon and Kindle's list of best sellers in the International Law category.
Steve is a frequent commentator on Federal and International crime and investigations for CNN and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, as well as numerous crime documentaries.
Five years into his FBI career, Steve fell in love with and married Michelle, and together they raised three children; Meagan, Stephen and Madison. He resides with Michelle in Thousand Oaks, California.
“Comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: If you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth." -- C.S. Lewis