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Anthony Amore
Mr. Amore has been the Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts since 2005. For the past seven years, Mr. Amore has also served as the museum's chief investigator into the 1990 theft of 13 priceless works of art from that museum. He is also the principal owner of Boston Security Associates, a security consulting firm. Prior to joining the Gardner Museum, he was an Assistant Federal Security Director with the Transportation Security Administration, where he worked to rebuild security at Logan International Airport after the attacks of 9/11. He has also served as a Special Agent with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Mr. Amore's columns on homeland security issues have appeared in the Boston Herald.

He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Entries by Anthony Amore

There Is No Romance in Art Fraud

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 2:34 PM


When I began my quest to recover the still-missing paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, the first step I took was to investigate the realities of art theft. Up to that point, my understanding of art crime was based...

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Why Art is so Difficult to Protect

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 4:02 PM


In Taipei recently, a 12-year-old boy innocently stumbled, as 12 year old boys are apt to do. Chances are, the adolescent boy is still getting used to his growing feet, and he awkwardly tripped and reached out to catch himself. Happens...

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The Constant Forger

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 10:40 AM


David Henty is a profitable British artist who enjoys the paintings of Jack Vettriano. One might even say that he likes the Scottish painter's works a bit too much. And if imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, then Vettriano should be...

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Another Year without Celina

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:48 PM

Next week will mark three years since Celina Cass was snatched from her home and killed. Her body was found a few days later in the Connecticut River, just a quarter-mile from where she lived, played, went to school and hung around with her friends.

I wanted to...

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Children Versus Bridges

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Jeremiah Oliver is a 5-year old boy from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, who hasn't been seen since September of last year. The boy was supposed to be under the supervision of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, but, it has since been learned, DCF social workers not only were negligent in...

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For Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:54 PM

I saw a television commercial for the Wounded Warriors Project last evening and it prompted me to think about what a great charity it is. In fiscal year 2012 alone, they brought in $155 million to help support U.S. soldiers through programs and services delivered to severely injured...

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Googling PEPFAR

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 6:02 PM

There are 18 million Google hits for the search term "twerking." Yes, that abomination of a dance move (at least I think that's what it's supposed to be) made forever infamous via a gratuitous and depraved performance by a former Disney starlet. 18 million.

That's 18 times as many hits...

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Pain That Cannot Forget

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 7:27 PM

"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o'er wrought heart and bids it break." -- Macbeth

She should have been 13 by now, playing with friends and complaining about her summer reading list. Maybe she'd even be giggling with other young teens about a boy...

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Repeating Mistakes, Ignoring Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Two agencies which fall under the Department of Homeland Security -- Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE )-- are responsible for law enforcement operations related to the prevention of illegal immigration. The two agencies combined number more than 65,000 employees. Their combined annual budget is...

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No Chaplains Need Apply

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:35 AM

One of the mysteries of the creation of the United States is the incredible confluence of talent that gathered to form the lively experiment that became America. The caliber of genius would be astounding had only Jefferson been present (to steal a line from John F. Kennedy). But perhaps the...

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No Shame in this Administration

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 9:06 AM

It's always difficult to discern just where President Obama stands on the topic of national security. From his reluctance to say that acts of terrorism were committed by, well, terrorists, to his condemnation of the conditions at Guantanamo Bay while far exceeding President Bush's use of drones (including strikes against...

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Shopping for Judges in the Bulger Trial

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 10:44 AM

On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that Judge Richard Stearns, the presiding federal judge in the prosecution of James "Whitey" Bulger in Boston, must step aside and be replaced based on the fact that Judge Stearns had previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Massachusetts. "A reasonable...

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Why London Needs the TSA

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:42 PM

With the 2012 Olympic Games little more than a week away, there's ominous news out of Great Britain. The company chosen to provide perimeter security for the games, G4S, has announced -- rather, admitted -- that it will be unable to deliver enough guards to perform their contracted duties.


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Not Just Another Number, But a Precious Little Girl

(10) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 1:32 PM

As you read this, the 12-year olds in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, are basking in the summer sun. Like millions of other kids their age, they will swim, ride bikes, play baseball, and enjoy cookouts. Summer vacation is never quite as great as it is when you're 12.


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Giving Up on a Masterpiece

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 11:55 AM

On June 10, 2007, a thief (or thieves, it's still unknown) walked into the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia and lifted a painting by Frans van Mieris the Elder from the walls. Somehow, the work, titled A Cavalier (or, sometimes, Self-Portrait as an Officer), which is valued...

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Death Comes Too Late

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Well, the final tally is in, and not a day too soon. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan intelligence agent who was found guilty in 2001 of orchestrating the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988, is finally dead. Al-Megrahi is the only person convicted for his...

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A Hero From Providence

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Remember the story from a few weeks back about how United States military in Afghanistan burned a bunch of Korans?

How could you not? The story was plastered all over the place, with incessant stories about 1) how negligent the military was to let this happen; 2) the apology...

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Last Weekend's Real Tragic Death

(9) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Last Friday, Osbrany Montes De Oca, a lance corporal in the United States Marines, set out to begin his patrol in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. As he was walking out of his base, his girlfriend said, he was ambushed by Taliban forces who shot and killed the 20 year...

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How Tim Tebow Proves God Is Wicked or Incompetent... or Both

(122) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 11:28 AM

I just read a poll that said 43% of Americans believe that god helps Tim Tebow win.

I'm not joking. That's an actual poll as reported here.

This might sound like no big deal. After all, it's only football.

But that's exactly what makes it a big deal....

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Losing a Friend I've Never Met

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 4:22 PM

I learned of Christopher Hitchens' death just after midnight last night, and for the first time in a very long time, I had a dream that I can remember. In it, I was seated across a small table from Hitchens and he looked ghastly, and I realized I was watching...

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