Friday, July 28, 2006

Photo Op

Summer Law Intern Appreciation Day

(L) - Me. (R) - United States Attorney (S.D.N.Y.), Michael Garcia

"Highlights of Mr. Garcia's career as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York include convictions of four Al Qaeda members who conspired with Osama Bin Laden to kill Americans by bombing two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the World Trade Center in 1993, as well as the planting of bombs aboard American passenger airlines in the Far East. After successfully attaining these guilty verdicts, he was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, where he led an agency charged with preventing sensitive technology from falling into the hands of those who could use it to harm U.S. national security.

In December of 2002, President Bush named Mr. Garcia as Acting Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) where he led the transition of that agency into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a monumental task that not only required him to establish a new agency while at the same time dissolving a 36,ooo-person agency. He was then named as Acting Assistant Secretary of DHS, heading up the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. There, Garcia led an organization of nearly 14,000 employees, including 5,500 federal agents, the second largest federal law enforcement agency. He remained in this position until becoming U.S. Attorney in August."