Don’t look now, but you’re less safe from terrorism than you were a week ago. I just got word that Mark Richard, the Justice Department point person for counter-terrorism activities in Europe, has died.
I met Mark when he was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of DoJ and I was working for Steve Hitchner in the policy shop there. He taught me much about the actual business of investigation and prosecution, and exemplified the balanced judgment and unbending integrity of the ideal prosecutor.
Mark was a giant, in all dimensions, and will be missed in ways none of us will ever find out.