Fred Burton Talks to Bryan Burrough about Days of Rage

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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.

Fred Burton Talks with Brad Thor About His New Thriller Backlash

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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.

Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins.

"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. 

Fred Burton and Kate Winkler Dawson Discuss Death in the Air

It happened unexpectedly. The whole city was afraid. No one could see. Many could not breathe. And amid the terror of London's Great Smog of 1952, a different, equally sinister drama was underway.

The London Smog killed an estimated 12,000 people. It lasted less than one week. But those who died from the smog were not the only victims in those dark days.

Kate Winkler Dawson's book, Death in the Air, tells parallel stories of the Great Smog. Both left victims struggling to breathe.