Episode 221 – Fred Burton former State Department counter-terrorism deputy chief, DSS Special Agent and author
Fred Burton is a former police officer, who also became a U.S. Secret Service agent and also a New York Times best-selling author along the way. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on protective intelligence, security, and executive protection. Burton began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Montgomery County, Maryland. He also worked for the U.S. Secret Service from 1985 to 1999 where he became a special agent with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Burton would also eventually become the deputy chief of the DSS counterterrorism division. Where he was in charge of preventing and investigating attacks against diplomatic personnel as well as facilities.
While working with the DSS, Fred was also appointed by Washington to assist in the investigation of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He then also investigated the killing of Rabbi Meir Kahane as well as the al Qaeda New York City bombing plots before the September 11 attacks. In addition to investigating the Libyan-backed terrorist attacks against diplomats in Sana'a and Khartoum. Burton was also involved in the arrest of Ramzi Yousef who was the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. He later also investigated the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. As well as the search for Americans who had been kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.
Authoring a safer world
Burton's best-selling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America. The book chronicles the abduction, torture and murder of CIA Station Chief William Buckley by Hezbollah in the early 1980s. In 2004 Fred joined Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based geopolitical forecasting and analysis company.
He now consults with Fortune 500 companies on security developments and how to keep their personnel and business safe as Chief Security Officer at Stratfor. Burton serves on the board of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, and he is also an active member of the Greater Austin Crime Commission.