I'm Gary Noesner the former Chief of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit and author of Stalling For Time, which was the basis for the Waco TV series. I was a consultant for the filming. AMA
I retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30 year career as an investigator, instructor, and negotiator. A significant focus of my career was directed toward investigating Middle East hijackings in which American citizens were victimized. In addition, I was an FBI hostage negotiator for 23 years of my 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 I 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. In my book, Stalling for Time, I take readers on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI’s nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, I offer a candid, fascinating look back at my years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines.
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