From the Author
First Book Ever Published on America's Counterterrorism Sys.
This book reveals, for the very first time, the system that is in place to thwart (as best it can) acts of terrorism on American soil. I spent several years researching this topic as well as visiting firsthand the various units and agencies involved in counterterrorism (CT).For instance, I've been inside the Anti-Terrorist Alert Center, visted the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, and traveled to the bayous of Louisiana to watch the US Marshals Service's Special Operations Group train. I've also spoken with members of DevGroup (formerly known as SEAL Team 6), Delta Force, and a host of other, highly-specialized units (e.g., NEST, TEU, ARG).The book's prologue takes a close look at the Oklahoma City bombing as told to me by the Special Operations Fire Chief who responded to the incident. The early chapters provide an overview of terrorism today and discuss the surveillance system that is in place to monitor known and suspected terrorists worldwide. Sidebars look at airline security, import/export control, and the use of special dogs by the Secret Service to detect explosives.Later chapters of the book take an unprecedented inside look at Delta Force, DevGroup, the FBI's HRT, NEST, and the USMS SOG. Here you'll learn how these elite units prepare on a daily basis to respond to terrorist incidents. These chapters are filled with anecdotal information about actual missions they have been deployed on. Many of these operations have never been told before.Towards the end of the book, I address the spectre of Super Terrorism: the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons by terrorist groups. The threat of Super Terrorism is quite real, but is America really prepared for it?The rest of the book looks at the special equipment used by counterterrorism teams (e.g., weapons, robots, surveillance gear) and gives you an inside look at how these units typically respond to a terrorist incident. The book has an extensive glossary of terms and an index, and is heavily illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, most of which have never been published before.With terrorism becoming a daily and more bloody reality in our Society today, you should know more about what is being done to safeguard you from the wackos of the world. This book does just that. Thank-you for your interest.