Cops and Writers Podcast

018 Special Agent Gary Noesner And His 30 Year Career As A FBI Hostage Negotiator

May 30, 2021 Patrick O'Donnell Episode 18
Cops and Writers Podcast
018 Special Agent Gary Noesner And His 30 Year Career As A FBI Hostage Negotiator
Show Notes

Today on the show I'm delighted to have FBI Special Agent Gary Noesner (retired) as my guest for today's show.

Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30-year career as an investigator, instructor, and negotiator. A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating Middle East hijackings in which American citizens were victimized. In addition, 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.

Gary has appeared in numerous television documentaries about hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping produced by the History Channel, NatGeo, WE, Discovery, TLC, A&E, CNN, CBS, BBC, American Heroes Network, and others. He has been interviewed in Time, Forbes, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Roll Call, the Washingtonian Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. He has given speeches at major universities, done interviews on numerous radio and television programs. And now he is on my podcast!

He has written a book about his FBI negotiation career, entitled: Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator. The 2018 Paramount Network TV Event “Waco” is based in part on his book.

This interview is over 90 minutes and well worth your time. You will probably want to take notes.

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