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FBI’s John Perren Named Deputy Assist. Director of Criminal Division at Headquarters

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Perren, special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch at the FBI Washington Field Office, is returning to headquarters to become Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Division.

Perren’s areas of responsibility will include violent crime, drugs, organized crime and the Southwest Border Initiative.

Perren, an FBI agent since 1987 and a former D.C. cop, has held a number of posts at the FBI over the years.

He was supervisor of the Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and then assistant special agent in charge.

In 2005, he spent a half year in Iraq as the FBI’s on-scene commander before returning home to headquarters to become section chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction/Domestic Terrorism Operations Section.

In 2007, he was named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch at the Washington Field Office. He has twice filled in as acting head of the field office.

DEA’s Joseph Evans Who Heads Up Mexico Operation Named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City, has been named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year for 2010.

Faced with one of the more daunting tasks in  the DEA — battling the violent Mexican Drug Cartels — Evans is credited with developing key partnerships with the Mexican Federal Police and the Mexican government. He is known as an innovative leader and is well respected among colleagues.

A 19-year veteran of the DEA, he was assigned to the Mexico City post in October 2009. The DEA credits his partnership with helping apprehend or kill several key drug kingpins including Arturo Beltran Leyva, Harold Mauricio Poveda Ortega and Narario Moreno Gonzalez.

His area of responsibility also includes Central America and Canada.

The former Marine previously worked for the DEA in Miami, New York, Panama, Venezuela and Costa Rica.

The Fed of Year in 2008 was Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. In 2009, the award went to Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI.

Miss. FBI Agent Hal Neilson Reinstated After his Acquittal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mississippi FBI agent Hal Neilson is back on the job, gun, badge and all, just days before he’s set to retire, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Neilson’s attorney said he was resinstated on Monday, weeks after he was acquitted on two counts centering around allegations that he lied about his financial holdings in a building the FBI leased in Oxford, Miss.

Prosecutors subsequently dropped three other counts that jury had deadlocked on.

The paper reported that Neilson plans to retire Dec. 31.

Neilson claimed during trial that Michael Turner – the Jackson FBI office’s top lawyer until 2008 — told him he could buy into the company so long as he was a passive, silent partner.

Turner denied that, but admitted losing focus on details in his waning years with the FBI.

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Ex-FBI Sentenced for Peeping Tom Incidents in Hershey, Pa.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Ryan Seese’s Peeping Tom conviction may seem rather tame in comparison to the convictions of others he’ll be living with.

A Dauphin County, Pa. Judge Bernard L. Coates Jr. sentenced him Tuesday to 1 to 23 1/2 months in prison for Peeping Tom incidents at a Hershey, Pa. middle school and at a gym, The Patriot-News reported.

The former agent pleaded guilty in August to criminal trespass, invasion of privacy and disorderly conduct after he was busted for spying on two teens in May inside a girl’s bathroom during a concert at Hershey Middle School, the paper reported.

On Tuesday, he also pleaded guilty Tto hiding in a women’s gym in Hershey, Pa. in February, the paper reported.

He left the FBI in 2007 after he was convicted of a Peeping Tom incident at a woman’s bathroom at the University of Arizona, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Seese said he faced trauma after the death of his young son in 2005 and his divorce.

“I don’t know when my addictive behavior became out of control,” he told the judge, according to the paper.

Suspected Terrorists Targeted U.S. Embassy in London

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A group of suspected terrorists arrested last week in Britain had included the U.S. embassy in London as a target, Reuters news service reported.

The news surfaced after 12 people were arrested on Dec. 20 in raids in Britain. Three people were later released without charges, Reuters reported.

“I am aware and … obviously our folks in London are aware of this,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, Reuters reported.

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Retired FBI Agent James F. McGuire Dies at Age 82

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Retired FBI agent James F. McGuire, who joined the bureau in the 1950s in Connecticut and went on to specialize in counterintelligence in Washington, died late last month at an Arlington, Va. hospital, the Washington Post reported. He had leukemia and was 82.

The Post reported that McGuire, after leaving the FBI in 1979, served as the chief of security services for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Six years later, he became a contractor for the State Department’s diplomatic security service performing background checks, the Post reported. He retired in 2007.

James Francis McGuire served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, the Post reported. He had a son, William McGuire, who died in 1988.

FBI Releases List of Some of its Top Terrorism Cases in 2010

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The year 2010 was full of almost-disastrous terrorist acts  from the Times Square Bomber to the the Portland teen who tried to detonate a car bomb during a Christmas-lighting ceremony in Oregon, only to find out it was an FBI  sting.

Not everyone agreed with the FBI tactics when it came to  stings like the ones in Portland, Baltimore and the Washington area. Some accused the FBI of making terrorists out of lost souls looking for a mission. But Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. forcefully defended the FBI stings, saying they were legitimate investigative tools.

In a speech earlier this month in California, Holder specifically defended the FBI tactics in the Portland, Ore. case at the Christmas lighting ceremeony that led to the arrest of the teen Mohamed Osman Mohamud.

“Those who characterize the FBI’s activities in this case as ‘entrapment’ simply do not have their facts straight – or do not have a full understanding of the law,” he said.

“I make no apologies for the how the FBI agents handled their work in executing the operation that led to Mr. Mohamud’s arrest,” Holder said, according to a text of the speech distributed by the Justice Department.

The FBI on Monday released a list of what it considers some ofr its most significant terrorism cases of 2010.

The following was included in a press release:

  • Attempted bombing of Armed Forces recruiting center: A 21-year-old U.S. citizen earlier this month parked what he thought was an explosives-filled vehicle in front of a military recruiting center near Baltimore and tried to detonate it remotely. The bomb was fake, thanks to our undercover agents working the case. Details
  • Attempted bombing in Oregon: A naturalized U.S. citizen was arrested the day after Thanksgiving when he attempted to set off what he thought was a car bomb at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland. The 19-year-old had been the subject of a long-term undercover operation by the Bureau. Details

  • D.C. Metro bomb plot: In October, a 34-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen believed he was joining members of al Qaeda to plan multiple bombings of Metrorail stations in the Washington area. Instead, it was a sting. Farooque Ahmed researched peak rider periods so the attacks could cause mass casualties. Details
  • Al Shabaab indictments: In August—in Minnesota, Alabama, and California—two Americans were arrested and 12 others, including five U.S. citizens, were charged with terrorism offenses and providing material support to the Somali-based terrorist organization al Shabaab. Details
  • Northern Virginia man indicted: In July, 20-year-old Zachary Chesser—also known as Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee—told agents he twice attempted to travel to Somalia to join al Shabaab as a foreign fighter. On one of those occasions he tried to board a plane with his infant son as part of his “cover.” Details
  • Al Qaeda plotters indicted: In July, five senior members of al Qaeda were indicted for their roles in the 2009 plot against the New York subway system. Details
  • Missouri man guilty of supporting al Qaeda: In May, a 32-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen pled guilty to providing material support to al Qaeda and to bank fraud and money laundering. Details

Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad

  • Attempted bombing at Times Square: After a three-day nationwide manhunt, a naturalized U.S. citizen was arrested in May for an attempted bombing at New York City’s famous tourist area. Details
  • Michigan militia group indicted: In March, nine members of a militia group called the Hutaree were charged with attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and related offenses. Details
  • Jihad Jane indicted: Also in March, U.S. citizen Colleen LaRose—also known as Jihad Jane—was indicted in Philadelphia for her role in recruiting jihadist fighters to commit murder overseas. A month later, a Colorado woman and colleague of LaRose’s was indicted on similar charges. Details