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David J. Johnson Heads A Bit More to the West to Lead FBI’s San Francisco Division


David Johnson

By Allan Lengel
tickelthewire.com

David J. Johnson, who headed the FBI’s Salt Lake City division, is shifting gears a bit to the west and taking over the San Francisco office.

Johnson began his career with the FBI in 1991, and was first posted a Violent Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency.

In 1994, he was assigned to the High Technology Squad, and worked on a case that became the first to be prosecuted under the economic espionage classification.

In 1997, Johnson was assigned to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Squad. Two years later, he became a supervisory special agent of the Asian Organized Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency. He led two multi-agency task forces that targeted human trafficking and police corruption and racketeering cases, the FBI said.

As the chief of the Crimes against Children Unit, he developed the Innocence Lost National Initiative, which identifies and rescues minors involved in prostitution and investigates the pimps involved in these crimes.

He was promoted to the assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division, and in 2008 he led the task force created by the attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation into the destruction of interrogation videotapes by the CIA.

In 2009, he became chief of the Violent Crimes Section in the Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for managing programs that involve federal violations such as bank robberies, kidnappings, extortions, crimes against children, Indian country matters, fugitives, major theft, transportation crimes, and special jurisdiction matters.

In 2011, he was reassigned to be the chief of the newly created Latin America/Southwest Border Threat Section.

Johnson has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Loren Cannon has replaced Johnson as the acting head of the Utah FBI.

Albany’s New FBI Agent in Charge Has Extensive Background Investigating Terrorism

Andrew Vale

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent with extensive experience in counterterrorism is taking over the bureau’s Albany Division, the Associated Press reports.

Andrew Vale has been named agent in charge of the division, which is responsible for investigations in northern New York and Vermont, the AP wrote.

Vale began his career with the FBI in 1991, when he started investigated terrorism and civil rights in Newark, N.J.

Vale also served in Washington beginning in 2001 and became involved with domestic terrorism investigations.

Vale continued similar work in the Albany Division beginning in 2006, the AP wrote.

President Obama to Nominate B. Todd Jones as Permanent ATF Director

Todd Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he plans to nominate B. Todd Jones as the permanent director of ATF, the National Journal reported.

Jones was installed as the acting director in Sept. 11, 2011 as part of a house-cleaning effort after Operation Fast and Furious became a major controversy and liability to the agency.

Since 2006, the Journal reported, the director job has required Senate approval. No one has been confirmed since then and the agency has operated with acting directors.

Pro-gun lobbying groups like the NRA have been behind efforts to undermine the confirmation of ATF directors.

But since the Connecticut shootings, the NRA’s influence in Washington may have suffered.

 

 

Special Agent in Charge of Nevada Office Retires to Head Nonprofit

Ken Favreau
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Kevin Favreau, FBI special agent in charge of the Nevada office, has retired from the bureau to take a job as head of a nonprofit youth golf leadership program, the Associated Press reports.

Favreau, 51, worked with the bureau for three decades.

“I am still only 51 years old, and the new job with the First Tee of Southern Nevada is right up my alley,” he said in an email to the AP. “It was a great career. After 29 years … I think it is just time to try something new.”

During his career, Favreau served as special agent of counterintelligence for the FBI Washington, D.C., field office and assistant director of intelligence. He arrived in Las Vegas in January 2010.

His first days in Nevada were memorable ones. A social security recipient with a shotgun killed a security guard and injured a U.S. marshal at the the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Las Vegas.

ATF’s Scott Sweetow Heads North to Minnesota

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Scott Sweetow, head of the Atlanta ATF Division, is moving on to the Midwest to head up the St. Paul Division, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Sweetow, who began his career with ATF in 1990 in Los Angeles, spent several years assigned in the Arson and Explosives group, and served as a Certified Explosives Specialist. His duties included being part of ATF’s elite National Response Team, which investigated such high-profile crimes as the Oklahoma City bombing and the Centennial Olympic Park bombings.

He also spent several years working criminal intelligence matters, including a weapons case targeting the “The Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman’s one time driver and bodyguard, Hikmat Alharahshah.

Specifically, in 1999, Sweetow became a supervisory special agent in the Phoenix Field Division, serving in operations and as violent crime enforcement group supervisor.

In 2003, he went to ATF headquarters where he served in the Policy Development and Evaluation branch, eventually becoming its chief. In July of that year, he became the first ATF agent to “deploy operationally to Iraq”, assisting the Defense Intelligence Agency as part of the Iraq Survey Group.

In 2004, Sweetow was promoted to a deputy division chief and later chief in the Arson, Explosives and International Training Division in ATF’s Training and Professional Development directorate. He remained there until December 2006.

While division chief, Sweetow was instrumental in establishing ATF’s $50 million National Center for Explosives Training and Research at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

In January 2007, Sweetow became an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Atlanta Field Division and later went on to become the SAC in Atlanta.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Soviet Area Studies and a masters in Strategic Intelligence. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in National and International Security program and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

In 2009, Scott he published an article in “Homeland Security Today” entitled “After Mumbai: Facing the Flames” which dealt with the use of fire as an asymmetric warfare tool by terrorists.

 

Head of Newark FBI, Michael Ward, to Retire

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Jason Grant
The Star Ledger

NEWARK — The head of the Newark Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will retire from government service on Dec. 31, the agency announced today.

Michael Ward had not indicated in recent weeks or months that he would be leaving the post and retiring from government service. A statement released by David Velazquez, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Newark Division, noted: “Mr. Ward will be rejoining his extended family in the southern United States after many years away from home.”

Velazquez said today — through a spokeswoman — that Ward would not be speaking to the media about his retirement.

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FBI’s John Perren Named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year for 2012

John Perren

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John G. Perren, assistant director of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Directorate, who has been at the forefront of the FBI war on terrorism, has been named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year for 2012.

Perren, whose tenure has been extended beyond the FBI’s mandatory retirement age, has been with the bureau since 1987.

Perren earns the award for a variety of reason. First off, someone would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated FBI agent. Additionally, he’s well respected by his colleagues, and has been known as a fair and good boss over the years, important criteria in determining this award.

Perren has worked in a variety of positions. He was the acting assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office and was special agent in charge of counterterrorism at WFO, a position that included overseeing the Rapid Deployment Team of agents to the Middle East in probes involving attacks on U.S. citizens and American interests.

Perren was one of three On-Scene Commanders at the Pentagon following 9/11. From January to June of 2005, he was the On-Scene Commander for FBI Field Operations in Baghdad, with responsibility for over 125 FBI personnel in Iraq.

In his current position, he heads up a program the FBI describes as detecting, deterring, and defeating ” acts of domestic terrorism, as well as the actual or threatened use of weapons of mass destruction.”

Perren is the fifth recipient of the ticklethewire.com award and the second FBI agent to receive it.

Last year, Thomas Brandon, the acting number two person at ATF was the recipient.

Previous recipients have included Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008), Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009) and Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010).

 

FBI Agent Jarrod Petrelli Dead at 34

Jarrod M. Petrelli/funeral home photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jarrod M. Petrelli died young, and he died suddenly.

The St. Louis FBI agent, who was 34, about to turn 35, died at a training conference in Florida, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The paper reported that he died last week of natural causes.

He worked violent gangs during his four year career.

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