Greatly enjoyed chatting with Dr. Vince Houghton about his fun read Nuking The Moon. Vince also has a great job as the historian at The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. There are lots of stories about U.S. Government plans like putting listening devices into cats to tap the Soviets, bat bombs, false flag measures in Miami against Castro and the Cubans, and the secrets behind Area 51.
Best-selling author, Jack Carr’s new book, True Believer, merges the chaos of too much and too little information, who has it and who doesn't in a rip-roaring adventure for James Reece, the world’s most wanted domestic terrorist. Combining terror attacks, market tailspins, holidays and vengeance, with a little strong arming thrown in for good measure, True Believer has been called one of the best thrillers of 2019.
Stratfor’s Chief Security Officer, Fred Burton, spoke to Carr about the book, and his career as a Navy SEAL sniper, outdoorsman, and now, author.
On December 21, 1988, a plane full of travelers bound from London to New York exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. All on board were killed, as were 11 people on the ground. The subsequent investigation into the bombing spread over hundreds of square miles in a hunt for evidence that had been blown to smithereens.
The FBI's lead investigator in the case, Richard Marquise, was assigned to the monumental task of helping determine what had happened, who was responsible and, eventually, how to prosecute the case. He talked about his book detailing those efforts, Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation with Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton.
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"Domestic terrorism" is a phrase that has had its fair share of US headlines in the years since the Al Qaeda terror attacks of 9/11/2001. We've all read reports of bombings, mail attacks using fire and biological weapons, and the dramatic death tolls from dozens and dozens of mass shootings. But domestic terrorism was not hatched in the wake of foreign attacks. It predates online radicalization and the US wars in the Middle East and South Asia. In fact, a series of domestic bombings, and other actions of radical underground groups were all too common during the 1970s.
Those “Days of Rage” and the FBI’s response to them are the subject of Bryan Burrough’s investigation into and retelling a decade of America’s experience of domestic terrorism, which he published in the 2015 book, Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence.
A broad ranging discussion with Scott Stewart on preventing workplace shootings. Can attacks be prevented? Do you know how to Stop The Bleed? How do you leverage tools to mitigate the risk? Is training critical for the workplace?
Brad Thor has done it again. Backlash is Brad’s follow up thriller to Spymaster and grabs the reader from the first page. The story has an amazing tempo and plot. At the end of the book, you want more of Scot Harvath. What is Harvath going to do next? We also discuss how Brad hones his writing craft and how he goes about conducting research for his stories. Loved our discussion about guns. Spoiler alert: Brad likes Glock.
"In a perfect world, the State Department is able to work out the conflicts that we're having with other nations. And the second option, traditionally, historically, is war. So only after 1947, after the national security act was this third option put into play, which is the CIA's hidden hand. So in essence if diplomacy fails and war is unwise, call on the CIA's Special Activities Division."
Those are the words that investigative journalist and author Annie Jacobsen uses to describe the work of the CIA's paramilitary arm. And that work is the subject of Jacobsen's latest, Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins. In this episode of Stratfor Talks' Pen and Sword, host Fred Burton speaks with Jacobsen about her inspiration, how she conducted her research and what she learned about the element of U.S. foreign policy payed out in secret.