DOJ’s National Security Division Head Steps Down
The longest-serving head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, will step down next month.
Mary McCord of NSD will take over on Oct. 15 as acting attorney general.
NSD was established in 2006 to consolidate the Justice Department’s national security and intelligence functions. Three years later, Carlin, 43, joined NSD and was confirmed as head of the Department in 2014.
He has overseen a robust increase in prosecutions for domestic terrorism, including the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and steered the first conviction for attempting to construct a radiological device with the prosecution last year of Glendon Scott Crawford, a member of the Ku Klux Klan found guilty of planning to target unsuspecting Muslim-Americans with lethal doses of radiation, according to Politico.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch praised Carlin for his accomplishments in this role, stating “He oversaw the unprecedented indictment of five members of the Chinese military for cyber-enabled economic espionage and the investigation of the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems," she said in a statement. "And he forged crucial collaborations with our partners in the intelligence community, law enforcement and the private sector, enhancing our collective ability to detect and deter threats as they arise.”
Since 2013, 110 individuals nationwide have been charged as foreign fighters for global terrorist groups, for engaging in violent extremism in the U.S. or for providing material support to the Islamic State, according to the Justice Department.
Before NSD, Carlin served as the chief of staff to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller and was a federal prosecutor, serving as the national coordinator of the Justice Department’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
A Justice Department official said Carlin was not prepared to discuss his future plans, but predicted he'd be a big draw for the private sector.
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