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Millenium Films Buys Rights to Ex-FBI Agent Paul Lindsay’s Book

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Good news for ex-Detroit FBI agent Paul Lindsay.

Millenium Films has acquired the rights to “The Bricklayer”, his best-selling novel penned under the pseudonym Noah Boyd, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The publication reports that Scottish actor Gerard Butler will star in the film as a rogue former agent who’s services are needed to battle a criminal group that’s been demanding multi-million dollar ransom payments.

The Hollywood reporter said Hanna Weg (Enigma) is adapting the novel for the screen. Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson are producing, with Erik Lindsay and Weg serving as executive producers.

Gerard Butler in "The Bounty Hunter"

Lindsay’s book was published by William Morrow in January of last year.

Lindsay published his first book in 1992 while he was still working as an agent in downtown Detroit. In all, he’s cranked out seven books.

Pres. Obama Nominates David Barlow for Utah U.S. Attorney

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David B. Barlow, who has served as General Counsel and Chief Counsel for Judiciary for Senator Michael S. Lee since January, has been nominated by the White House to become the U.S. Attorney for Utah.

The announcement on Tuesday comes a days after the FBI announced that David J. Johnson would take over as the head of the Utah FBI.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Barlow worked at Sidley Austin LLP, first as an Associate from 2000 to 2006, and then as a Partner from 2006 to 2010, the White House said in a press release.

He graduated graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 and Yale Law School in 1998.

FBI Assigns New SACs for Utah and Portland

Gregory Fowler/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has named two new special agents in charge: David J. Johnson for Utah and Gregory A. Fowler for Portland, Ore.

Since 2009, Johnson, who has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, has been the chief of the Violent Crimes Section in the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters. He has been responsible for managing programs that involve federal violations such as bank robberies, kidnappings, extortions, crimes against children, Indian country matters, fugitives, major thefts, transportation crimes, and special jurisdiction matters.

Johnson entered the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to a violent crime squad in the San Jose Resident Agency. In 1994, he was assigned to the high-technology squad.

In 1997, Mr. 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 office.

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 who profit from their exploitation, the FBI said.

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

Fowler, the new  special agent in charge of Portland,  most recently served as the SAC for counterterrorism in the FBI’s New York Division.

He entered the FBI in  April 1988. He was first assigned to the New York office, where he focused on organized crime and narcotics.

In February 1998, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and assigned to FBI Headquarters, where he managed the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs. He also went  abroad to train foreign law enforcement officers on organized crime and drug investigations through the International Law Enforcement Academy.

In February 2000,  Fowler transferred to the Seattle Division, where he supervised the organized crime/drug squad, the Special Operations Group, the cyber squad, and two resident agencies. He also supervised the division’s Evidence Response Team and Hazardous Materials Response Team.

In August 2004, he was temporarily assigned to Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as the deputy on-scene commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. One year later, he became  assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago Division.

Shakeups at Justice Dept. and FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shakeups over at the FBI and Justice Department.

John Carlin, currently Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, is joining the leadership team at the Justice Department’s National Security Division as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff. He’s being replaced at the FBI by Aaron Zebley.

Anita Singh will be joining the leadership team of the Justice Department’s National Security Division as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel.

Signh is currently on detail from the Justice Department’s Criminal Division to the White House’s National Security Staff as a Director for Intelligence Programs.

And finally, Donald Vieira, who has served as Chief of Staff at the Justice Department’s National Security Division since March 2009, will soon be leaving the Department to join the partnership of the national law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Justice Department said.

FBI Director Mueller Picks Aaron Zebley as New Chief of Staff

Aaron Zebley/uv law school photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Aaron M. Zebley is movin on up.

The website Main Justice reports that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has promoted Zebley to his chief of staff. Zebley, an agent and a former federal prosecutor, had been the deputy chief of staff.

Zebley will replace John P. Carlin, who has been named principle assistant deputy attorney general in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, Main Justice reported.

Zebley was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Alexandria, Va., National Security and Terrorism Unit.

From January 1998 to April 2005, he was a Special Agent with the FBI in the New York City Field Office, and was assigned to counterterrosim investigations.

He was one of the lead investigators assigned to August 7, 1998 bombing of United States Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and was designated as the case agent in the terrorism case involving Zacarias Moussaoui, according to a bio on the website of the University of Virginia Law School.

Arizona Border Patrol Station to be Named After Slain Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol station in Bisbee, Ariz. will be renamed after agent Brian Terry, who was shot to death last December.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, introduced the bill in the House this week.

“Our nation’s Border Patrol agents have a distinguished history of working to protect our borders,” Issa said in a statement. “Agent Terry, who served our nation through his military service and his career with the Border Patrol, gave his life defending this country. Naming the Bisbee station in his honor recognizes his sacrifice, service and heroism.”

“In the past half-century, 70 U.S. Border Patrol agents – including Agent Terry – have been killed while protecting our nation,” added Pia Carusone, chief of staff for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), whose office worked with Issa on the legislation.

Terry’s family issued a statement, saying, “From the very start, Brian loved his job as a Border Patrol agent and loved his fellow agents. The new Naco Station named in Brian’s honor will serve as a lasting memory for all those who knew Brian.”

Terry became a central figure in the investigation into the controversial ATF operation known as Fast and Furious. Under the program, ATF encouraged gun dealers to sell to middlemen or straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels. Some of those guns showed up at crime scenes on both sides of the border.

In December, Terry was shot and killed while on patrol 14 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border near Rio Rico, Ariz. after getting into an armed confrontation. Two guns from Operation Fast and Furious were found at the scene.

Ex-FBI Agent and Author John Wills Wins Prize for Fiction Novel Category in Las Vegas

John Wills

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent John Wills, who recently published his third suspense novel, “Targeted”,  won First Place in the fiction novel category at the 2011 Writing Competition held by the the Public Safety Writers Association in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Wills, whose book  “Targeted” was part of his “Chicago Warriors Thriller” series, is a former FBI agent and former Chicago cop.

Founded in 1997 as the Police Writers Club, the Public Safety Writers Association is open to both new and experienced, published and not yet published writers.

Members include police officers, civilian police personnel, firefighters, fire support personnel, emergency personnel, security personnel and those who write about public safety including mystery writers, magazine writers and journalists.

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Tracy Schmaler Moving Up to Top Spot at Justice Dept. Public Affairs Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Tracy Schmaler, the deputy director of the Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs, is moving on up.

Schmaler will take over the top spot in the office, replacing Matt Miller, who steps down next week, the website Main Justice reported.

Schmaler, a former reporter for the Vermont Bureau Press, had previously worked for the Sen. Judiciary Committee for Sen. Patrick Leahy.

The Justice Department distributed a statement from Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.:

“Tracy has done an outstanding job as a member of the Department’s senior leadership for the past two and a half years, and I look forward to her continued advice and counsel as she takes on this new assignment. With background as a reporter and time on Capitol Hill, she brings invaluable experience and perspective to the issues the Department faces day in and out.”