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FBI Announces a Whole Lot of High-Level Appointments

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There were a whole lot of new appointments announced at the FBI this week.

Andrew G. McCabe was named assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He last served as deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division.

Robert Holley/fbi photo

Jennifer R. Sanchez was named assistant director of the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD). Her most recent post was that of the division’s deputy assistant director.

Dean C. Bryant was named special agent in charge of the St. Louis Field Office. He most recently served as the chief of the Critical Incident Response Group’s Hazardous Devices Operations Section near Quantico, Virginia.

Robert J. Holley was named deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Operations Branch I. Holley most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Division.

John Perren

Steven M. Martinez was named executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch.He most recently served as the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

Ralph Boelter

Ralph S. Boelter was named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, the top post in that office. Boelter most recently served as the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division.

John G. Perren was named  the assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. He most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division. Ticklethewire.com first reported this in March.

In FBI Press Release: Cases That Can’t be Discussed Are More Impressive Than the Ones that Can

istock_000000378393xsmall23By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.cojm

WASHINGTON — FBI officials often stop short of talking about potential terrorist plots they’ve managed to head off, citing  security concerns.

Unfortunately, what they can say isn’t always as impressive as what they can’t.

Take this week’s press release entitled: “FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Recent Accomplishments” . Sounds  intriguing. Exciting.

“We are unrelenting in our efforts to protect the American people from weapons of mass destruction,” says Dr. Vahid Majidi, assistant director, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the press release. “Whether it is a threatening letter filled with “powder” to investigating a major radiological incident….”

But the release falls short of our imagination. It mentions several cases in which people mailed harmless powder or made threats to judges. No al Qaeda. No jihads. A little disappointing.

Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman, said the release was meant to show “if anything, law enforcement is paying attention to all threats including those in the end that turnout not to (involve) threatening substances.” He said those threats can seem very real to the people who receive the fake powder.

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