Detroit’s new top federal prosecutor, Barbara McQuade, tells the Detroit News she will be a force for action in a U.S. Attorney’s Office that’s been criticized for inertia. “There is a sort of a Tao view of the world, of ‘Let the world come to you,’?” McQuade said. “That’s not my view. It is absolutely, go out there and make something happen.” In one of her first actions, McQuade added two local prosecutors to the team handling the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day.
McQuade, 45, said she had extensive consultations with the legal and law enforcement community in 2009, when she was a candidate for the job, and “over and over I heard that the office sort of lacks a sense of urgency.” She said career prosecutors bring wonderful experience and legal skills to the table, but “when you’ve been doing a job a long time, a sense of complacency can set in.” She added: “The world can’t always wait. I want to bring some urgency.”