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Aaron Ford to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

Aaron Ford/fbi photo

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Aaron T. Ford, an inspector at FBI headquarters, who has a law degree from Rutgers, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis Division.

As inspector, he oversaw field office and headquaters inspections, shooting incident review teams, audits, and special inquiries.

Ford began his career with the FBI in August 1985 and was first assigned to the St. Louis Division, where he worked violent crime and organized crime matters. He was also a SWAT team member.

In June 1989, he moved east to the Newark Division where he served as a team leader on the SWAT team. In August of that year, he was promoted to supervisory special agent on a drug squad.

Two years later, in January 2000, he became a supervisor for the public corruption/civil rights squad. In August 2005, he was assigned as supervisory special resident agent of the Red Bank , N.J. Resident Agency.

He returned to the mothership at headquarters in February 2006, as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

The following year, he returned to Newark as an assistant special agent in charge.

 

Indiana FBI Agents Get New Home

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents in Indiana have a new home.

A new, $40 million, three-story, 90,000-square foot building on Indianapolis’ northeast side was dedicated Thursday, the Indianapolis Star Tribune reported.

The building sits on a 14-acre site and includes a parking garage and maintenance facility.

Up until now, the office has been located downtown in the Minton-Capehart Federal Building.

“GSA is an experienced leader providing federal agencies with modern, efficient and sustainable buildings,” said Ann P. Kalayil, Regional Administrator for GSA’s Great Lakes Region in a statement. “We’re building on that experience here to provide the men and women of the FBI with a workspace that reduces energy costs and consumption and helps them to work more efficiently, so they may continue to ensure the safety of our nation.”

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Ex-FBI Profiler-Turned Author Warns of Dangers of “Nice” Neighbor

Ex-FBI Mary Ellen O’Toole is the author of the new book: ” Dangerous Instincts.” 
  
By Monica Hesse
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The man sitting in front of Mary Ellen O’Toole was, she says, a well-mannered guy. “He was low-key. He was nice. He didn’t swear.” He was very proud of his work, which he described in polite, pleasant tones.

His name was Gary Ridgway. His other name was the Green River Killer. His work was killing at least 49 women in Washington state throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He did it all while maintaining marriages, parenting and church-going, and he seemed very much the word neighbors often use to describe men who turn out to have headless torsos in their freezers. Which is to say, he seemed very, very nice.

The niceness paradox. O’Toole worked as a profiler for the FBI for 30 years, headquartered in Quantico. She interviewed the Unabomber. She worked on the Polly Klaas abduction, the Red Lake school shooting and the investigation of David Parker Ray — the Toy-Box Killer who tortured women in a high-tech homemade dungeon. What she found was that the most dangerous criminals were often the ones who came across as the most harmless. That’s how they were able to continue harming people.

“Over the years, I used to hear this all the time.” Other investigators would explain to her why they had disregarded suspects: “I just looked at him, man to man, and I could tell” that he was a good guy.

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Andrew Weissmann Named FBI’s General Counsel

Andrew Weissmann/photo columbia law

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Andrew Weissmann, a private lawyer who once served as the former director of the federal government’s Enron task force, and who also previously served as FBI Director Robert S. Mueller’s special counsel, will become the FBI’s new general counsel, according to the Am Law Daily reported.

The publication reports that Weissman has left his post as cochair of Jenner & Block’s white-collar defense and investigations practice, a New York-based firm he joined in 2006.

Weissmann replaces Valerie Caproni, who became the general counsel at Northrop Grumman Corporation earlier this month, Am Law Daily reported.

The publication reported that he will oversee a 300-lawyer law department.

 

 

Teresa Carlson to Head FBI’s Milwaukee Division


Teresa Carlson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Teresa L. Carlson, FBI section chief in the Directorate of Intelligence, has been named the new head of the Milwaukee Division.

Carlson, a 19-year veteran of the FBI, started her career in the Chicago Division where she worked violent crimes and public corruption cases.

While in Chicago, she was a case agent for Operation Silver Shovel, an undercover investigation that involved bribery, drug trafficking, and organized crime activity. It resulted in more than 20 convictions, including elected officials, the FBI said.

She went on to the Inspection Division at headquarters before heading south to the Birmingham bureau, where she was a supervisor in the white-collar crime program.

After that, she served as assistant special agent in charge of the white-collar crime and cyber programs in the New York Division.

She returned to FBI headquarters in the  National Security Branch, which is responsible for national security matters, including budget matters and liaison with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Congress, and the White House.

 

Mark Morgan to Head FBI’s El Paso Division


Mark Morgan/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mark A. Morgan, the chief of the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center, Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), has been named head of the FBI’s El Paso Division.

Morgan joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the Los Angeles Office, where he was a member of the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, the crisis response squad, and the SWAT team.

In 2002, he became a supervisory special agent and served as a crisis management coordinator in the Crisis Management Unit in CIRG.

In 2005, Morgan returned to Los Angeles, where he supervised an FBI-led Hispanic gang task force that focused on the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and 18th Street gangs.

In 2007, he was picked to serve as the assistant section chief of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Branch, where he managed the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Units and the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, the FBI said.

In 2008, he became the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, where he was responsible for all FBI personnel deployed to Iraq under the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2009, he was assigned to the New Haven Field Office as the assistant special agent in charge with responsibilities for the criminal, critical incident response, surveillance, and aviation programs, the FBI said. In 2010, he assumed his current post.

He has a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

Robert J. Holley to Head FBI’s Indianapolis Office

Robert Holley/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert J. Holley, a native of Indiana, and a section chief of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, is leaving the mothership to head up the Indianapolis office.

Holley began his career as a special agent in 1995, and was first assigned to Chicago where he investigated domestic and international terrorism cases.

In November 2005, Holley was promoted to a unit chief in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters. He was deployed to Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Tanzania, and Israel “in support of the FBI’s number one priority, counterterrorism,” the FBI said.

Holley transferred back to the Chicago Division, where he served as assistant special agent in charge of the National Security Branch from 2008-2010.

Prior to his FBI career, he served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer.

 

Senate Confirms a Whole Lot of U.S. Attorneys; 6 in One Night

John Malcolm Bales/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A whole lot of U.S. Attorneys were confirmed Monday night on Capitol Hill.

The U.S. Senate confirmed six U.S. Attorneys — four in Texas, one in Oregon and one in Utah.

The Texas U.S. Attorney’s included: John Malcolm Bales for the Eastern District of Texas; Kenneth Magidson for the Southern District of Texas; Robert Lee Pitman for the Western District; Sarah Ruth Saldana for the Northern District of Texas.

The Senate also confirmed David B. Barlow for U.S. Attorney in Utah and S. Amanda Marshal for the state of Oregon.