Gary Noesner, The FBI’s first Chief Negotiator joins us to chat about his fantastic memoir Stalling for Time and shares incredible stories about the most famous hostage crises in U.S. history. From the Montana Freemen standoff, and to the D.C. sniper attacks, he offers a candid look at his years in the ranks of the Bureau. Gary was on the front lines of the 51-day standoff at Waco and the complex story is told in the miniseries Waco with Gary played by Michael Shannon. He offers a candid look back at his years as an innovator and a pioneer on the front lines.
Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30 year career as an investigator, instructor, and negotiator. He was an FBI hostage negotiator for 23 years of his career, retiring as the Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, the first person to hold that position. In that capacity he was heavily involved in numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens.
He has appeared in numerous television documentaries about hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping produced by the History Channel, Nat Geo, WE, Discovery, TLC, A&E, CNN, CBS, BBC, American Heroes Network, and others. He has been interviewed in Time, Forbes, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many other publications.
Guest: Gary Noesner
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