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Hunting the American Terrorist: The FBI's War on Homegrown Terrorby Terry Turchie
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The bombs were perfect. The metal he'd so painstakingly cast glimmered in the dim light of the cabin. The hickory wood on the flipper switch was smooth and well shaped. The chemical compound had been perfected, and the target selected. All that remained was to wrap them in heavy paper and add the addresses and the stamps. After a hiatus of over six years from his deadly mission, he was ready to remind them all of them, all the unconscious drones in the technological nightmare the country had become that he was still here, still dangerous, still watching them. And so worked the dark mind of the most elusive man in the history of the FBI. For sixteen years he stayed ahead of them. The old techniques in the Bureau just didn't work any more, at least for this kind of mind. It was time to change the rules and time to find the right type of people to change them. The book written by the people who changed the rules on the run takes you on the chase for the dark minds of Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber and Eric Rudolph. Dr. Puckett, the clinical psychologist who played such a vital role in the capture of those men also peers into the mind of Timothy McVeigh to provide an analysis to better understand the mindset of the domestic terrorist.
Book News Annotation:
The authors both served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's UNABOM task force. In this work, they present an insider's account of the hunt for Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, whose eventual capture they credit to "significant and dedicated psychological and behavioral support, combined with an innovative and often nontraditional management approach that is unusual in enforcement." They also discuss related cases in which they were involved, including the search for Eric Rudolph, the Christian terrorist who planted bombs at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A two part book on domestic terrorism Part one is an inside look at FBI operations in its most complex investigation, that of Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber. After sixteen years of traditional forensic investigation resulting in disappointing dead-ends the FBI brought in the authors from counterintelligence and they quickly moved from traditional methods to implementing psychological techniques which resulted in the capture of Kaczynski in just twenty four months. Interesting insights on the FBI's use of the print media to help in its investigation and also contending with the broadcast media's threat to undermine the investigation in its final moments.Part Two deals with the lessons learned in the investigation and how they apply to international terrorism. Includes a recently declassified and not-previously published psychological study of the top ten domestic terrorists.
About the Author
Terry Turchie is a recipient of the FBI Director's Award as well as the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service. He is currently the Director for Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism for the University of California at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and speaks to hundreds of corporate and law enforcement groups based on his knowledge of how to solve complex terrorism cases. Dr. Puckett provides behavioral threat assessment consultation to international corporations and governmental security agencies, and is a law enforcement consultant to the Program of Psychiatry and the Law at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a frequent presenter at law enforcement and mental health community forums on both the UNABOM case and the psychology of terrorism.
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