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Number 2 at NY U.S. Atty. Office Leaving; Was Once Considered to Lead DEA

Boyd Johnson III/doj photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Boyd M. Johnson III, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s number 2 person, whose name had surfaced in 2009 as a contender to fill DEA’s top spot, is leaving government to join a private law firm, Globe Newswire reported.

Johnson plans to join the firm of WilmerHale in New York as a partner.

The New York Times reports that he will be replaced by Richard B. Zabel, who has run the office’s criminal division over the past two years.

Johnson, who had served in the number two spot since U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was appointed in 2009. He has overseen a number of major criminal prosecutions including the Bernie Madoff and Eliot Spitzer cases.

In 2009, his name was among of handful of candidates being mentioned for the director spot at DEA. The White House eventually went with Michele Leonhart, who had been the acting director for years.

 

Keith L. Bennett named FBI Assist. Director of the Inspection Division

Keith L. Bennett/fbi photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Keith L. Bennett, deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Training Division, is getting a bump up to assistant director of the agency’s Inspection Division, the FBI announced Wednesday.

Bennett began his career as an FBI special agent in 1987 and was initially assigned to the Salt Lake City Division, where he investigated white-collar crime and drug violations, the FBI said.

In 1993, he headed further west to the San Diego Division.

In 1998, it was off to headquarters as a supervisory special agent who provided support to the organized crime and drug programs.

Two years later, he returned to the San Diego Division to supervise drug intelligence, counterterrorism, and alien smuggling squads. He also directed the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force.

While in San Diego, he served temporarily at FBI Headquarters as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

In 2005, Bennett was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Division.

He later went on to serve as a special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. His duties included providing counsel on policy and administrative matters.

In 2009, he was named named special agent in charge of the Cincinnati field office.

 

FBI’s JTTF in D.C. Will Be Among Those Honored at ADL Awards Ceremony


fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Members and partners of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Washington Field Office, who were involved in a sting that targeted a plot to blow up the Washington area subway system in 2010, will be among those honored Oct. 4 in Washington at the Anti Defamation League’s  second annual SHEILD Awards.

The ADL,  a Jewish organization which bills itself as “one of the nation’s oldest and most respected civil rights and human relations organizations”, created the SHIELD Awards in 2010 to honor law enforcement for protecting the American people from hate crimes and domestic and international terrorism.  ADL works closely with agencies like the FBI and ATF to expose hate groups and their activities.

The ADL anticipates  about 300 law enforcement professionals and community leaders will attend the event.

“Through these Awards, we hope to increase public awareness of the dedication and values of the men and women of law enforcement”  Elise Jarvis, ADL’s Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach said in a statement. “They transform the principles of our democracy into a reality. They can never be thanked enough for their service.”

Besides members the FBI’s JTTF, others honored will include:

Members of the Baltimore Police Department and the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City for the investigation and prosecution of three individuals who assaulted 76-year-old African American man in a hate crime in 2009.

Special Agent Michael Tarantino of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit, who in 2009 identified, located, and arrested a high ranking Argentinean Police official who was wanted for committing war crimes during the Argentinean Dirty War.

Members of the Virginia Beach Police and Fire Departments for preventing a domestic terrorist attack at a local high school, which was scheduled to occur on April 20th, 2009, the 10th anniversary of the Columbine Massacre.

ADL said the awards were determined by a Selection Committee of 18 law enforcement executives, including chiefs of police and other law enforcement officials from D.C., Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

 

Mark F. Giuliano Named FBI’s Exec. Assist. Director of National Security Branch

  

Mark Giuliano/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mark F. Giuliano, the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, has been named the agency’s executive assistant director of the National Security Branch, the FBI announced Monday.

“I am confident that under Mark’s leadership in managing international and domestic counterterrorism investigations, NSB will continue its strategic focus and address new and emerging threats that endanger the United States and its citizens,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement.

Before becoming assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division, Giuliano was the deputy assistant director for Operations Branch II, Counterterrorism Division, at headquarters, and oversaw all domestic terrorism operations in the U.S., as well as the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Lone Offender Task Force, the Yemen fusion cell, the Pakistan threat group, human intelligence and strategic terrorism operations, communications exploitation and terrorist financing for FBI counterterrorism operations worldwide, the FBI said.

Prior to that, he served as section chief of the Domestic Terrorism and Strategic Operation Section.

Before joining the Counterterrorism Division, he served as assistant special agent in charge of national security for the Atlanta Division.  He also served as the FBI’s on-scene commander in Afghanistan.

He started his career at the Washington Field Office’s Safe Streets and Gang Task Force.

Senate Judiciary Gives Nod to 5 Nominees for U.S. Atty in Texas and Oregon and a U.S. Marshal in Fla.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Pitman is a nominee

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Nearly three years after being elected President, the Obama administration is still working to fill the U.S. Attorney spots.

The latest: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday gave the go ahead by voice vote for four U.S. Attorney nominees in Texas and one in Oregon. The full Senate must now vote on the matter.

The Texas nominees include: Kenneth Magidson for the Southern District of Texas; U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lee Pitman for the Western District of Texas; John Malcolm Bales for the Eastern District of Texas; and Sarah Ruth Saldana for the Northern District of Texas.

S. Amanda Marshall got the nod for the U.S. Attorney spot in Oregon.

Additionally, the committee gave the nod for nominee Edward M. Spooner for the U.S. Marshal job in Northern District of Florida.

 

Comrades Gather in Detroit to Honor the Late Ex-FBI Agent and Author Paul Lindsay

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — In a beer-and-burger joint on Michigan Avenue in Detroit, down the street from where the old Tiger Stadium once stood, former and current FBI agents and employees gathered Thursday evening to remember ex-Detroit FBI agent Paul Lindsay who died last week in Boston at age 68 from pneumonia.

He had been battling leukemia.

Most drank Bud Light in plastic cups at Nemo’s — a place Lindsay had his retirement party at years ago. They caught up with one another and talked about Lindsday, who became quite the prolific author, knocking out seven novels. Some of those in attendance were much grayer and considerably older than when Lindsay retired, but no less fonder of him.

Ironically, the last word some had heard about Lindsay was that he had recently sold the movie rights to his latest novel. Things seemed  to be moving ahead.  Life looked good from the outside. Lindsay hadn’t told friends he was battling leukemia.  Then came the ultimate bad news that he had died.

A few spoke Thursday to the crowd, telling humorous stories of Lindsay, a no-nonsense guy with a sense of humor who was considered a first-rate investigator. Lindsay had mentored some.

Lindsay fully understood the bittersweet dish he had been served in life, writing in his memoirs that his family shared with friends via email:

“I am dying. A single cell, damaged and then mutated, is now multiplying at a Pandorian rate through my bloodstream. The aberration was triggered, from best guesses, by Agent Orange, the defoliant dumped so generously-18,000,000 gallons or so–on Vietanam to help keep American troops alive. An irony that is life itself.

“For me, it was over forty years ago. The medical term is Chronic Lyphocytic Leukemia, or to those of us on more intimate footing, CLL. The disease has reached stage four, and unfortunately there is neither a cure nor a stage five.

“. . . I have been the recipient of a great deal of luck in my life. But as John Steinbeck wrote in The Pearl, ‘Luck, you see, brings bitter friends’.”

“Recent events have made it apparent that good fortune is nothing more than a temporary statistical anomaly, which given enough time has little choice but to swing in an opposite and equal arc. In my case, leukemia. Given the extraordinary adventure my good luck has provided to my years, I can offer no complaint about the pendulum’s final resting place.”

Funeral services are set to be held at the Robert K. Gray, Jr. Funeral Home 24 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, N.H. Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

 

DEA Spokesman David Ausiello Named Assist. Director for Communication at Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DEA Public Affairs Specialist David Ausiello is making a switch.

Ausiello has been named Assistant Director for Communication and Law Enforcement Coordination at the Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys.

“Staying in the DOJ family…but moving up, over, and out,” Ausiello said in an email to members of the media on Thursday.

Head of El Paso FBI David Cuthbertson Named Assistant Director

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Cuthbertson, head of the FBI’s El Paso Division, has been named assistant director of the Justice Information Services Division.

Cuthbertson joined the FBI in 1988 and was assigned to the Cincinnati Division working motorcycle and violent street gangs and drug trafficking.

In 1992, he transferred to the Dallas Division, where he investigated Mexican drug trafficking organizations. He was also assigned to the Plano Resident Agency, where he investigated white-collar crime, drug trafficking, and violent crime.

In 1997, Cuthbertson was promoted to a supervisory position in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. He also served as acting unit chief of the Latin American Unit.

He was subsequently promoted to serve as field supervisor of the Denver Division’s Metro Gang Task Force. He eventually assumed program coordinator responsibilities for the organized crime and drug programs.

In 2002, he headed east to Chicago where he served as assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Enterprise Branch. In 2004, he was given responsibility for the division’s international terrorism and domestic terrorism programs.

The following year, he was designated as an inspector. He was promoted to section chief in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division in 2005. Shortly after, in 2006, he was promoted to deputy assistant director within the division.

In November 2007, he was named head of the El Paso FBI.