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Posted: 10/27/2002 7:45:26 AM EDT
I just saw it for sale at our local China-Mart. Written by FBI Special Agent Christopher Whitcomb. He's been on MSNBC a lot lately giving his opinion on the Beltway Sniper case. Anyone read it? Opinion? Here is Amazon Editorial Review [url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/0446611824?tag=vglnk-c102-20]Cold Zero at Amazon[/URL] This close-up look at the FBI's most elite unit by a 15-year veteran including firsthand accounts of actions at Waco and Ruby Ridge is alternately funny, exciting and disturbing. With his liberal arts background and experience as a D.C. speechwriter, Whitcomb was an unusual candidate for special agent. Currently director of information management for the Bureau's Critical Incident Response Group, he recounts his 1980s epiphany, following a State of the Union address, that he wanted to help preserve American democracy; he chose the FBI as his medium. He details the tricky, competitive process of becoming an agent, and humorously recalls how, as a cocky, ambitious FNG ("fucking new guy"), he clashed with his conservative superiors, yet soon valued their expertise as he chased an assortment of fugitives, bank robbers and kidnappers from a rural Missouri field office. He details these cases and his own growing expertise, then depicts with gallows humor the "physical and emotional hell" of applying to join the Hostage Rescue Team's (HRT). He succeeded and became a sniper, and offers excellent insight into the science and mindset of this rarefied killing art. In skillful prose, Whitcomb upholds the FBI's party line. Alongside sharp observations of the rituals and absurdities of federal law enforcement, he fiercely espouses an unreconstructed "thin blue line" philosophy whereby he perceives figures such as David Koresh and Randy Weaver simply as evil men and incompletely addresses civic disillusionment with the Bureau following Waco, Ruby Ridge and the FBI crime lab scandals. Still, Whitcomb ably portrays conflicts between the agency's factions Washington bureaucrats, profilers and negotiators, and the gung-ho HRT during these major crises. This valuable book makes a compelling read for armchair G-men everywhere. (Sept. 13)Forecast: There's always a market for insider FBI stories, and Whitcomb's involvement in the controversial Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents gives this one extra currency. A six-city author tour and print advertising in major newspapers should lead to brisk sales.
Link Posted: 10/27/2002 1:41:19 PM EDT
I found it to be an excellent read. Pick it up, you'll enjoy it. Don't know what Mr. Whitcomb has said on msnbc, but he was on the Today show last week, and pointed out that the vast majority of ARs are never used in a crime.
Link Posted: 10/27/2002 1:55:35 PM EDT
It's an interesting read. Some of his views are a bit different than a lot of folks here, though. So the Ruby Ridge bit might not be the story you're expecting to read. Worth reading.
Link Posted: 10/27/2002 2:56:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/27/2002 3:27:49 PM EDT
I thought it was a very good book. It also does shed some light onto some of the noteworthy events that are often used to beat up the government. I recommend the book highly.
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