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FBI Agent Stephen Tidwell Who Worked on D.C. Sniper and 9/11 is Calling it Quits After 25 Years


After 25 years and investigations that have included the D.C. snipercase and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, FBI agent J. Stephen Tidwell is calling it quits.

By LISA BEISEL
Annapolis Capitol

Crofton resident J. Stephen Tidwell has had an exciting career with the FBI since 1983.
He currently holds the bureau’s fourth-highest position, and during his career he led the investigation into Flight 77, the American Airlines flight that crashed into the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also was in charge of the FBI’s October 2002 sniper investigation in Washington, D.C.
In 2004, he also was the on-scene commander for the FBI during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.
But all that FBI excitement will end for him this month, when he retires at age 56. It will likely be replaced by some Harley riding and golfing.

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Ronald Turk Named SAC of ATF’s New York Office

Ronald B. Turk has been named special agent in charge of the New York field division of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Previously, Turk was assistant special agent in charge of the Nashville field division, where he oversaw daily operations of 9 field offices in the state, ATF said. He began his career with the agency in 1989 in Trenton, N.J.

Ex-Head of Secret Service in St. Louis Appointed Missouri Dir. of Public Safety

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed former Secret Service agent John M. Britt as Director of Public Safety.
Britt, a 27 year veteran of the Secret Service, headed up the agency’s St. Louis office and went on in 2002 to become senior director for global security at Anheuser-Busch Companies in St.Louis. He retired from the company last year.
“Coming directly from the private sector, John will offer new, fresh ideas about improving and streamlining operations, and I look forward to him on my team,” said Gov. Nixon in a prepared statement.
The director of public safety oversees a number of state programs and agencies including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Capitol Police, the Missouri National Guard and the State Emergency Management Agency.

FBI Gives Anti-Defamation League the Director’s Award

NEW YORK — The FBI awarded the Anti-Defamation League the Director’s Community Leadership Award, which honors individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America, the ADL annnounced.
The organization said “the award recognized Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS): Lessons of the Holocaust — an innovative ADL training program organized in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — as well as the ongoing partnership between ADL and the FBI, and their work together.”
“ADL has been an invaluable partner in our community outreach efforts,” said John Miller, Assistant Director, FBI Office of Public Affairs in a prepared statement.

Ronald Ruecker to Head FBI’s Office of Law Enforcement Coordination

Ronald C. Ruecker has been named the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Office of Law Enforcement Coordination (OLEC).
He replaces Louis F. Quijas, who retired to take a position in private industry, the FBI said.
Prior to taking his new post, Ruecker was the Director of Public Safety for the City of Sherwood, Oregon, the FBI said. He is also the former President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was also with the Oregon State Police for 31 years, and ended his reign there as superintendent, the FBI said.
“Mr. Ruecker is a highly respected law enforcement leader who brings a wealth of experience and a record of accomplishment to the FBI,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller III in a statement. “He will be a valuable asset in our continuing efforts to foster cooperation and strengthen relationships with our law enforcement partners.”

Ex-FBI Agent Robert Hart Named President of Manhattan-based Consulting Firm

Robert Hart was named president of Pathfinder Consultants International LLC, a Manhattan-based investigative, security and consulting firm, Newsday reported. Hart of  Garden City resident was senior agent in charge of the Long Island office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Two More U.S. Attorneys Calling it Quits

McGregor Scott/official photo

McGregor Scott/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With the less than a month to go in the Bush administration, the latest U.S. Attorneys to hit the exit are Steven Biskupic of Milwaukee and McGregor W. Scott of Sacramento.
Biskuptic, 47,  plans to step down Jan. 9. He was appointed in 2002. His name popped up during the probe into the U.S. Attorney firings in documents questioning his job performance and loyalty to Bush.
In a statement to the Milwauekee Journal Sentinel on April 14, 2007, he said: “It is my understanding that my name appears on a list, which was a ranking of United States Attorneys. My name appeared in a category questioning my performance and loyalty to the President. That same list characterized esteemed Chicago United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as “mediocre.” I believe the list has no credibility.”
He plans to join the Wisconsin law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich as a partner in the litigation practice group.
Scott, 45, will step down Jan. 4 and take a job at the Sacramento law firm of law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a law partner.

DEA Dedicates $16.4 Million Building For Training to Deal With Methamphetamine

DEA Agents Simulate Meth Raid During Dedication/ticklethewire.com photo

DEA Agents Simulate Meth Raid During Building Dedication/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com

QUANTICO , Va. — DEA agents in swat outfits simulated raids on a makeshift methamphetamine lab inside the new-two story building.  A studious-looking man in a white lab coat chatted about the scientific side of the highly-addictive drug made of potentially flammable and explosive chemicals.
It was all part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s dedication Friday for a new $16.4 million clandestine laboratory training and research center in Quantico that has classrooms, labs and a staging area to practice raids on the dangerous meth labs.
John McCarty, special agent in charge of training for the DEA Academy, said the facility will train federal and local law enforcement people around the world to deal with a drug he says is in a class onto itself.
“Hardly anyone recovers” from meth addiction, he said. “It’s one of the most hideous drugs.”

DEA Forensic Chemist Joe Bozenko Explains the Science

DEA Forensic Chemist Joe Bozenko Explains the Science

DEA Agents Show Gear To Protect in Meth Lab Raids/ticklethewire.com photo

DEA Agents Show Protective Gear Used in Meth Lab Raids/ticklethewire.com photo