Former FBI Special Agents Terry D. Turchie and Dr. Kathleen Puckett will be speaking about their new book, "Hunting the American Terrorist," at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Friday night. Focusing on the expectation of terrorism in the United States, Mr. Turchie, a proponent of local government and law enforcement agencies as the foremost bulwark against "Jihadist" terrorism, will discuss the way local governments can best prepare for it. Dr. Puckett, a clinical psychologist, will discuss the psychology of terror and how to understand the terrorist mind.
Terry Turchie is a former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI. During 1994-1998, he directed the UNABOMB Task Force that captured Theodore Kaczynski and the Southeast Bomb Task Force in the North Carolina hunt for Eric Rudolph. Just prior to 9/11 he accompanied FBI Director Louis Freeh into Pakistan in pursuit of Osama Bin Laden. He is one of the few recipients of the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in both counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism.
Dr. Kathleen Puckett, an FBI Special Agent, was also a recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service. She was a founding member of the FBI National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program and was the primary behavioral expert during the UNABOMB investigation. She also assisted Mr. Turchie in the investigation of Eric Rudolph.
Authors' Talk, Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 pm, at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Main St., Vineyard Haven. Q&A follows with the authors. For more information, call 508-693-2291.