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FBI Appoints New Chief of Intelligence Division

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By Jon Perkins
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Eric Velez-Villar,  deputy assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence Operations Branch at FBI Headquarters, is getting a bump up to assistant director of that division, the FBI announced this week.

In testimony last month before the House Homeland Security Committee subcommittee on  counterterrorism intelligence, Velez-Villar pledged the FBI’s cooperation with state and local authorities in trying to root out domestic terror threats.

“The FBI will continue to provide relevance and context on foreign threat information; however, we also recognize that the violent extremism threat may be first identified within our communities by state, local, or tribal law enforcement,” Velez-Villar said. “As a result, we have taken numerous proactive steps in the past year to develop a more robust information sharing capacity with all federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners.”

He also testified that training material detailing  how law enforcement agencies can ensure officers understand how to identify and document suspicious behavior will be distributed in several states within months. He said the material will also contain information that will guide officers in the protection of privacy and civil liberties when documenting information.

Velez-Villar joined the FBI in 1985. In 1992, he worked organized crime and drug matters in San Antonio. Velez-Villar has also investigated public corruption cases in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He also worked with the DEA’s Special Operations Division helping coordinate major drug trafficking investigations throughout the nation.

In 2004, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Division’s counterterrorism program. Two years later, Velez-Villar was promoted to deputy director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center. In 2008, he was appointed as the first special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Division’s newly created Intelligence Division.

Velez-Villar is a 2008 recipient of the Attorney General’s award for distinguished services.

The intelligence division is charged with leading efforts to coordinate security that protects the United States from terrorist attacks.

New FBI HQ in Tucson Opens

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

About 180 federal employees have begun moving into the FBI’s new Tucson-area headquarters, which officially opened on the first of this month, reports Inside Tucson Business. The building, 92,000 square feet, consolidates three scattered locations in the area.

The building is owned and operated by the Kansas-based Quality Group of Companies and was constructed by Sundt Construction. The bureau has a 20-year lease on the building, which has a LEED gold rating and “many upgraded technology systems and state-of-the-art security components,” according to Inside Tucson Business.

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FBI’s Keith Slotter to Retire as Head of San Diego Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Keith Slotter, who has headed the FBI’s San Diego office since 2007, and who once headed the Sacramento office, is retiring at the end of March to join the private sector.

Slotter, who was an accountant before joining the FBI, has been with the bureau for the past 25 years.

He began his FBI career as a Special Agent of the FBI in June 1987.

He has served in the Buffalo and Miami field offices, and as a Supervisor in the Financial Institution Fraud and Computer Crimes Unit at FBI Headquarters, before serving as a white-collar crime supervisor in Connecticut, the FBI said.

Slotter was Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Cleveland and then managed the Financial Crimes Program, implementing the FBI’s national white-collar crime strategy.

He went on to become Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Sacramento field office and then became the Deputy Assistant Director responsible for all operations at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

In 1997,  Slotter wrote and produced the short film “Shattered Faith – White- Collar Crime in America”, starring Brian Dennehy.  The FBI said he also  co-produced and corroborated on the screenplay for “A Meeting of Minds”, a joint U.S./British drama centered on international corporate espionage. In 2009, Mr. Slotter was the co-creator and Consulting Producer on “Inside the FBI”, a two-hour feature presentation on the Discovery Channel.

Slotter is also the co- creator and host of “San Diego’s Most Wanted – The FBI Files”, featured every Saturday night on the San Diego Fox network.

 

FBI’s John Perren Named AD for Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Perren, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Division at headquarters, is moving up. He’s been named to the post, Assistant Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

Perren, a former D.C. cop who joined the FBI in 1987, will replace Dr. Vahid Majidi, who plans to retire in May. Majidi had come to FBI from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he served as the Chemistry Division Leader.

Earlier in his career, Perren 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.

The FBI established the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate post about 5 1/2 years ago “to centralize and coordinate all WMD-related investigative activities, intelligence analysis capabilities, and technical expertise from across the Bureau.”

 

Perrye Turner to Head FBI’s Louisville Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Louisville office has a new person in charge.

The FBI announced Monday that Perrye K. Turner will head up the office as special agent in charge.

Turner most recently served as deputy assistant director of the Information Technology Engineering Division at FBI Headquarters, the agency said.

Turner started with the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Birmingham Division, Huntsville Resident Agency, and in 1995, the New Orleans Division, Monroe Resident Agency, where he worked criminal investigative matters.

In 1999, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters and worked in the Drug Section, Mexican/Criminal Syndicates Unit.

In 2001, he became a field supervisor and was assigned to the Jackson Division’s Criminal Enterprise Squad. While in Jackson, he later worked in the Field Intelligence Group in August 2004.

In August 2005, he was named assistant special agent in charge in the Memphis Division.

 

FBI Dir. Mueller Gets Prestigious Award at His Old Stomping Grounds — Princeton

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III let his Ivy League colors fly over the weekend.

Mueller, a 1966 graduate of Princeton, was awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award on Saturday at Princeton, which recognizes an alum’s commitment to public service, the Daily Princetonian reported.

The paper reported that Mueller spoke at the Richardson Auditorium about the importance of values he developed at Princeton.

“Since its earliest days, Princeton has had a unique way of instilling ideals, such as leadership, humility and service, into the educational experience, and the institution is all the stronger for it,” he said, according to the college paper.

 

Colo. Fed Prosecutor Bob Mydans, 64, Dies While Snowshoeing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal prosecutor in Colorado died Saturday while snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Denver Post reported.

Bob Mydans, 64, collapsed shortly after 3 p.m. and couldn’t be revived, the paper reported.

“Bob was a rock, a true mainstay of this office, and never hesitated to take on difficult work, and to do it extraordinarily well,” Denver U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in an email, according to Denver Post. “He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Judy, and his entire family.”

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Ex-FBI Chief Spokesman John Miller Has Returned to TV

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In case you didn’t notice, John Miller, who headed the FBI’s public affairs office, and then moved on in 2009 to become assistant deputy director of intelligence analysis for the Office of Director of National Intelligence, has returned to TV.

The New York Post recently reported that Miller showed up on “CBS This Morning”.

“I thought the stars were aligned — the two wars were winding down, bin Laden was killed,” Miller told the Post. He was named a CBS News senior correspondent in October.

“I always knew I was coming back to journalism,” he tells The Post. “It was just a question of when and where.”

From 1995 to 2002, Miller was an ABC news correspondent and in 2002, he was promoted to co-anchor of “20/20.”