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Jane Burrell, the First CIA Officer to Die in the Agency’s Service

Jane Burrell

Jane Burrell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jane Burrell became the first CIA officer to die while working for the agency when the plane in which she was riding – an Air France DC-3 – crashed while it was approaching the Le Bourget airport near Paris on Jan. 6, 1948.

Small Wars Journal reports that Burrell was a CIA counterintelligence officer at a time when most women in intelligence were “clerk typists.”

“The way that Jane entered into US intelligence and eventually into CIA was through her intellectual ability combined with her mastery of the French language,” Small Wars Journal wrote.

Burrell held several intelligence jobs before the plane accident.

But at the time of the accident, little was known about her. At the time, the U.S. said she had been on vacation.

Gerald Roberts Jr. and Timothy Gallagher Get New Assignments

Timothy Gallagher

Timothy Gallagher

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Gerald Roberts, Jr. has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s  Intelligence Division at the Washington Field Office and Timothy Gallagher will head up the Newark office, the FBI announced.

Roberts most recently served as the section chief of the Terrorist Financing Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters.  He  joined the FBI in 1999.

Gallagher most recently served as a deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. He joined the FBI in 1996.

 

Joshua Skule Named Assistant Director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joshua Skule has been named assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters, moving just blocks from where he has been serving as special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. He assumes his new post in January.

Skule began his career as an FBI agent in 1998, first working in the Chicago office where he investigated violent crimes and public corruption.

In 2008, he was promoted to a unit chief in the Counterterrorism Division where he was responsible for counterterrorism investigations within the United States, a press release said. A year later, he was named assistant section chief in the division.

In 2011, Skule was selected named assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Division at the Washington Field Office where he managed several programs, including organized crime, gangs, violent crime, and cyber investigations.

In 2012,, he was  promoted to section chief of the Counterterrorism Division, and the following year he was promoted to deputy assistant director.

FBI’s Rafael “Jorge” Garcia Jr. Named Assistant Directorate of Intelligence

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rafael “Jorge” Garcia, Jr. has been named assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) at FBI headquarters.

Garcia most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Intelligence Operations Branch within the DI.

Garcia joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the Phoenix office he investigated drugs, organized crime, and terrorism cases.

He was assigned to FBIHQ from 1999 to 2005, where held several positions related to intelligence and counterterrorism, including chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit, a press release said.

In 2004, he served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Iraq. In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office.

In 2011, he was named director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Quantico, Va.

In 2012, Garcia was named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the Los Angeles Field Office.

 

Harold Shaw Named SAC of Intelligence in FBI’s New York Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Harold H. Shaw has been named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the New York Field Office.

Since April 2013, he has served as a section chief and deputy director for law enforcement at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC) as a liaison between the FBI and the CIA, the FBI said in a press release.

Shaw joined the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office where he worked as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and investigated international and domestic terrorism cases, including the USS Cole bombing.

In 2003, he was promoted to FBI Headquarters as a supervisory special agent detailed to the CTC. In this role, he served as one of the first liaison officers between the FBI and CIA,the FBI press release said.

He later served as the deputy director for law enforcement for the CTC-International Terrorism Department.

In 2005, Shaw was promoted to field supervisor in the New York Field Office and oversaw a JTTF squad responsible for international terrorism tied to the Middle East.

In November 2011, Shaw was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the FBI New York Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division.

 

ATF’s Scott Sweetow Moving Up to Deputy Assistant Director

Scott Sweetow

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Scott Sweetow, who heads up ATF’s St. Paul, Minn., office is moving up the chain.

He”ll be taking over the job as Deputy Assistant Director for ATF’s Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII).

His new responsibilities will include ATF’s partner engagement liaison with the intelligence community, overseeing ATF’s foreign operations and training, counterterrorism division, Joint Support and Operations Center, criminal intelligence division and the U.S. Bomb Data Center.

Sweetow has headed up the St. Paul Division, which includes which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Sweetow, who began his career with ATF in 1990 in Los Angeles, spent several years assigned in the Arson and Explosives group, and served as a Certified Explosives Specialist. His duties included being part of ATF’s elite National Response Team, which investigated such high-profile crimes as the Oklahoma City bombing and the Centennial Olympic Park bombings.

He also spent several years working criminal intelligence matters, including a weapons case targeting the “The Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman’s one time driver and bodyguard, Hikmat Alharahsheh.

Specifically, in 1999, Sweetow became a supervisory special agent in the Phoenix Field Division, serving in operations and as violent crime enforcement group supervisor.

In 2003, he went to ATF headquarters where he served in the Policy Development and Evaluation branch, eventually becoming its chief. In July of that year, he became the first ATF agent to “deploy operationally to Iraq”, assisting the Defense Intelligence Agency as part of the Iraq Survey Group.

In 2004, Sweetow was promoted to a deputy division chief and later chief in the Arson, Explosives and International Training Division in ATF’s Training and Professional Development directorate. He remained there until December 2006.

While division chief, Sweetow was instrumental in establishing ATF’s $50 million National Center for Explosives Training and Research at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

In January 2007, Sweetow became an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Atlanta Field Division and later went on to become the SAC in Atlanta.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Soviet Area Studies and a masters in Strategic Intelligence. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in National and International Security program and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

In 2009, Scott he published an article in “Homeland Security Today” entitled “After Mumbai: Facing the Flames” which dealt with the use of fire as an asymmetric warfare tool by terrorists.

 

Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 3+ Years for Leaking Intelligence to AP

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent who leaked information to the Associated Press was sentenced Thursday to about three-and-a-half years in prison for possessing and disclosing secret information, the AP reports.

Donald Sachteren, 55, was accused of disclosing intelligence about the U.S. operation in Yemen in 2012.

The discovery prompted feds to seize phone records from the AP in search of the source.

“Clearly, you have betrayed your nation,” U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence told 25-year veteran of the FBI, the AP wrote.

The prosecution is part of the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of intelligence leakers.

Artist Offers Whole Life’s Details to FBI, Public

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

When Hasan M. Elahi landed in Detroit, Mich., and walked into the country on June 19, 2002, a customs official asked that Elahi follow him to an Immigration and Naturalization Services office at the airport.

That incident initiated a period of “questioning went on for the next six months and ended with a series of polygraph examinations,” Elahi wrote in the New York Times on Sunday, and it “turned my life upside down,” he said.

Elahi, an associate professor and interdisciplinary artist at the University of Maryland,  describes himself as neurotic about record keeping, and in the office at the airport he and the investigator were able to look at his electronic personal assistant and retrace the steps he took on September 12, 2001, he wrote in the Times. Seeming pleased, the interrogator let Elahi go. But Elahi was soon contacted by federal authorities for more questioning.

The level of detailed information he began sharing with the FBI in the months following inspired a project Elahi pursued on his own websites. Elahi was nervous about the FBI’s interest in him and wanted to cooperate in letting them know all of his travel plans and whereabouts. When an interrogator finally cleared him and said for Elahi to let them know if he needed anything, Elahi-not wanting another hassle upon his return-sent agents his plans for traveling outside of the country in the near future, he wrote.

But Elahi piled the information high. “Soon I began to e-mail the F.B.I. I started to send longer e-mails, with pictures, and then with links to Web sites I made. I wrote some clunky code for my phone back in 2003 and turned it into a tracking device … I created a list of every flight I’ve ever been on, since birth. For the more recent flights, I noted the exact flight numbers, recorded in my frequent flier accounts, and also photographs of the meals that I ate on each flight, as well as photos of each knife provided by each airline on each flight.”

On his own websites, which he sent links to federal agents to, he included databases of his personal financial records, his daily habits and whereabouts, pictures he had taken.

Elahi wrote in the Times: “In an era in which everything is archived and tracked, the best way to maintain privacy may be to give it up. Information agencies operate in an industry that values data. Restricted access to information is what makes it valuable. If I cut out the middleman and flood the market with my information, the intelligence the F.B.I. has on me will be of no value.”

Elahi went further. The actions may be more symbolic than anything, he admitted, “but if 300 million people started sending private information to federal agents, the government would need to hire as many as another 300 million people, possibly more, to keep up with the information and we’d have to redesign our entire intelligence system.” He derided the current intelligence system as stuck in a Cold War mentality, and encouraged the many “incredibly intelligent people and very sophisticated computer systems in various agencies in Washington” to move beyond a 20th century mentality and start creating better ways to use and analyze information, rather than endlessly collect it.

Whether the project seems a poignant response to his experience, or just the overly academic philosophizing of an abstract University artist, questions about responding to and dealing with the flood of information federal agents face is something to be pondered. “What I’m doing is no longer just an art project; creating our own archives has become so commonplace that we’re all — or at least hundreds of millions of us — doing it all the time. Whether we know it or not,” Elahi wrote.