Counter-Terrorism Experts Say Local Government Alone on Front Line in Homeland's War on Terror; Feds Just Rear Echelon

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Counter Terrorism experts urges local governments to prepare for terror attacks. Federal agencies will not be on the front line. [Hunting The American Terrorist]

In an effort to bring awareness to local governments that they are the greatest bulwark against terrorism in the U.S., California residents and retired Special Agents Terry D. Turchie and Dr. Kathleen M. Puckett, FBI Counterterrorism experts, will be bringing that message to the East Coast in September.

Starting an eight state tour in Washington D.C. on Sept. 5th, Turchie and Puckett will be emphasizing that it is local governments and local law enforcement agencies that are inevitably the first responders to incidents of terror in the homeland, not the Federal Government. "It is the popular perception that the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies alone, safeguard us against terrorism," said Terry Turchie, "but that is hardly the case. Recent incidents here at Fort Dix and in England and Scotland illustrate that it is local awareness that prevents terrorists from being successful. Not big government. That's the reality. It is vitally important that local governments recognize this and initiate 'report and respond' programs for sensitive areas in their communities."

Terry D. Turchie was the Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism who finally captured the Unabomber, drove Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph deep into the North Carolina forest for five years before his capture by an alert local police officer, and pursued Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan before Sept. 11.

Dr. Kathleen Puckett earned her doctorate in clinical psychology while she was an FBI Special Agent, and was a founding member of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Program. She conducted a newly declassified study on the psychology of ten of the most notorious terrorists in FBI history. Her behavioral analysis assisted Terry Turchie in the capture of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, the story of which is revealed in " Hunting The American Terrorist ," (9781933909349) a book to be released on September 5th and carried by Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million and better book stores nationally.


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