Retired agent Max Noel served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Noel is interviewed about the Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski case. For 15 years, multiple agencies, including the FBI, AFT, the Postal Inspection Service and numerous state and local police departments, worked mostly independently to identified and arrest the person responsible for setting off 16 bombs throughout the United States that killed three and seriously maimed and injured 23 victims. Noel, who was planning to retire just prior to being hand-picked for the assignment, was selected as the investigative squad supervisor for a new task force created by then Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louie Freeh. FBI management supported Noel and his multi-agency team with a strategy to manage the massive manpower and paper intensive major investigation—code-named Unabomber— that had previously frustrated and overwhelmed all involved. Ted Kaczynski name was among the huge list of potential suspects. As luck would have it, the Unabomber’s anonymity was finally cracked when Kaczynski released his infamous manifesto. Noel and other members of the task force received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguish Service for their efforts. Noel, along with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jim Freeman and Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Terry D. Turchie, wrote a book, Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski, about how, after almost 17 years, they finally identified, captured, and convicted the notorious Unabomber.
Retired agent Bill Dyson served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Dyson is interviewed about how the Chicago Division’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, while conducting an investigation targeting drug trafficking, overheard tidbits of information that seemed to indicate an international conspiracy involving the El Rukn street gang and Libyan terrorist. Bill Dyson led the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) that developed this information and determined that members of the El Rukns were meeting with representatives of the then-hostile government of Libya led by Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to discuss a conspiracy to perpetrate a terrorist attack inside of the United States. The El Rukn Libyan terrorist conspiracy investigation marked the first convictions of American citizens for conspiring to commit terrorists acts in their country on behalf of a foreign government in exchange for money. After retiring from the Bureau, Bill Dyson was hired by the University of Illinois and authored a college text-book titled Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook. He currently works for the Institute for Inter-Governmental Research (IIGR), a non-profit serving under a grant from the Department of Justice to provide anti-terrorism training to state and local police officers throughout the United States.
Retired agent Denise Minor served nearly 29 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Minor is interviewed about her extensive investigative experience working overseas primarily in various countries in Africa and in the United States utilizing her French language skills to communicate, interpret and translate during her career. In addition to serving as the Legal Attaché or LEGAT in Rabat, Morocco, Minor was a French interpreter for the Protocol Office in support of FBI Director Louie Freeh and other FBI executives, deployed to Nairobi, Kenya to lead a small team with French language skills to conduct terrorism investigations in the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros Islands, deployed to Rwanda to investigate human rights violations and genocide and had numerous other assignments that took her to Yemen, Haiti and other French-speaking destinations around the world. Her state-side assignments, included leading a team of crime analysts at the Behavioral Analysis Unit, Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and serving as a leadership development program facilitator on the FBI Leadership Learning Delivery Team. After retiring from the FBI, Minor, a licensed attorney and certified personal coach, opened her own leadership development consulting firm, MindSpring Metro DC, Inc.
Retired agent Richard “Dick” Marquise served with the FBI for 31 years. He is an expert in the fields of counter terrorism and crisis management, both as an investigator and as a manager. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Marquise is interviewed about Pan Am Flight 103, blown out of the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988, four days before Christmas. Two hundred and seventy people were killed. Marquise was involved with the investigation from its inception and, after being named to lead the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency, he managed the investigation through the return of indictments in 1991. He also played an active role through the court proceedings and in August 2001, with the successful resolution of the trial, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Following the case, which had been code-named Scotbom, his Bureau career included the role of Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Division. He has provided training to law enforcement officials all over the United States and internationally and has appeared on television and radio talk shows and has given hundreds of speeches all over the world on the topic of terrorism. In order to document the facts of the investigation, Marquise wrote Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation a non-fiction account of the international terrorism case.
Retired agent Stan Ragen served in the FBI for 29 years. During his career, he was a member of SWAT, the coordinator of the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and worked Crisis Management matters—both as an agent and squad supervisor. Due to his involvement with these programs, Stan participated in many of the major investigations handled by the New York Office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Stan Ragen reviews the important role he played in coordinating the office’s extraterritorial response to crisis events around the world. Some notable examples are the El-Khobar Towers (Saudi Arabia); TWA flight 800 (NY); Egypt Air flight 990 (RI); USS Cole (Yemen); US Embassy bombings (Kenya and Tanzania); and the 9/11 attacks. He also assisted in the New York FBI response to Hurricane MARILYN (USVI); USAir flight 1549 (NY); and Hurricane SANDY (NY). Prior to retiring, Stan served as a senior advisor to New York Field Office executives, specifically in developing Continuity of Operations plans and procedures.
Retired agent Jane Rhodes Wolfe served 20 years with the FBI. Early in her career, she was assigned to the New York Field Office, where she worked financial investigations. As a member of the Evidence Response Team (ERT), a collateral duty, she was deployed to Yemen following the bombing of the USS Cole, and, on 9/11, responded to the World Trade Center attacks and aided victims. Jane became a member of the PENTTBOM investigative team and also worked on the investigation of terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. In addition to management assignments at FBI Headquarters in Congressional Affairs and the Inspection Division, Jane began to concentrate on national security matters. She supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force in Chicago and oversaw the intake and analysis of suspicious activity reports. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jane Rhodes Wolfe is interviewed about one of those reports which resulted in the investigation of an attempted purchase of a restricted toxin, known as the puffer fish poison case. During the interview, she also provides tips for the public regarding potential threat indicators of suspicious activities that should be reported to law enforcement. Jane’s last assignment, prior to her retirement, was Section Chief of the Exploitation Threat Section, Counterterrorism Division.
Retired agent Brig Barker served in the FBI for twenty years. As a combat veteran and a highly respected linguist with full fluency in Arabic and a professional working proficiency in German, during his Bureau career Brig was frequently deployed overseas to work on major counterterrorism matters. From 1998 until his recent retirement, Brig was assigned to operational investigations in Nairobi, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; Cairo, Egypt; London, England; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Tunis, Tunisia; to name a few. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Brig Barker reviews his deployment to Sierra Leone, where he was tasked with officially opening the FBI Attaché office there and establishing liaison with local leaders and diamond merchants. He initiated the investigation in to allegations that profits from the sale of blood diamonds were being funneled to terrorist organizations. Allegedly, diamonds were being used for this purpose due to the gem’s high value and portability. Brig now operates his own global security consulting company, Counterterrorism Consultants International (ct-consultants.com). Brig also conducts free webinars regarding terrorism issues in America.