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HS 475: Ghost Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent by Stratfor’s Fred Burton

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Jason Hartman talks with Fred Burton, former counterterrorism agent for the State Department, Chief Security Officer and VP of Intelligence and Counterterrorism at Stratfor and New York Times Best Selling author of the new book Beirut Rules, about the evolution of terrorism in our times. From the attacks during the 1972 Olympics to present day, hear about the changes that have been made by both the attackers and the protectors. Terrorism has changed our lives here in the US significantly in the last few decades, and it’s likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Key Takeaways:

[3:12] Fred was one of the first 3 US counterterrorism agents assigned to the state department

[5:24] The impact of the 1972 Olympic terrorist attack

[7:51] Fred and Stratfor’s thoughts on Julian Assange

[11:53] Fred’s views on the tragedy in Benghazi

[15:37] Have we just accepted how much the NSA is going to spy on us?

[18:25] The police and FBI can’t stop most of the shootings and terrorist attacks, so it’s incumbent on the individual to be prepared to react at all times






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