John McKay, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, announced his resignation yesterday, effective Jan. 26. U.S. Attorney Who Led Fight Against Terrorism Steps Down, Seattle PI, Dec. 15, 2006. McKay was appointed to the post in September 2001, just after 9/11, and worked to improve cooperation among federal investigating agencies. One of his most prominent prosecutions was of Ahmed Ressam for charges in connection with a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport. McKay will return to private practice, but did not comment on specific plans for the short term -- other than skiing.