Episode No. 54 Bombs, Bullets
and Fast TalkDate: May 1, 2009
Notes: James Botting, FBI (ret.)
the author of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories.
Special Agent James Botting (ret.) served in the FBI for twenty-five years, sixteen
as a crisis/hostage negotiator. He served as the team leader of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) from 1981 to
1995 and a supervisory member of its international Critical Incident Negotiation Team since its inception in 1985 until his
retirement. He has personally negotiated numerous hostage/barricade incidents and responded to several high-profile events.
He lives in California. James Botting is the author of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five
Years of FBI War Stories.
According to the book description of
Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories, “A desperate gunman holds
a planeload of innocent passengers hostage. A heavily armed cult leader refuses to leave his compound, threatening mass suicide
by a hundred of his brainwashed followers. A neo-Nazi militant in a cabin hideout keeps federal agents at bay with gunfire.
A baby disappears; his only trace is an ominous ransom call to his parents. Prisoners riot, threatening the lives of prison
officers and hundreds of other inmates. How do you react? What do you do? What do you say? Your words, your actions can save
lives--or lose them.”