Retired Special Agent Jim McGee served in the FBI for nearly 21 years. This week on FBI Retired Case File Review, he is interviewed about being a member of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), one of the world’s most elite counter-terrorism teams. McGee provides a first-hand account of his participation in the HRT’s first dynamic assault mission which resulted in the successful hostage rescue of nine. In 1991, a violent group of Cuban inmates in the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega, Alabama, overpowered their guards and took hostages. The inmates demanded that they not to be deported back to Cuba. The HRT was called in and the hostages were rescued unharmed. For their efforts during the Talladega hostage rescue, Jim and the other HRT members were awarded the FBI Medal of Meritorious Achievement. McGee wrote a book about his experience—Phase Line Green—available by contacting McGee directly.
During his FBI tenure McGee was assigned to 4 FBI Field Offices, the Critical Incident Response Group-Hostage Rescue Team, FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) and the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.
Jim McGee held several leadership positions during his FBI career, to include FBIHQ Terrorism Supervisor, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Supervisor, JTTF Program Manager, Inspector and Security Coordinator for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Mr. McGee supervised investigative programs that addressed domestic and international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, computer crimes, critical infrastructure protection, special operations and SWAT. He is a certified Crisis Management Coordinator, Firearms/Police Instructor, Crisis Negotiator and WMD/HAZMAT Coordinator. During his FBI career, Mr. McGee received numerous awards to include the FBI Shield of Bravery, the FBI Medal of Merit, the FBI Medal of Valor, the Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association Medal of Valor, the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism, the Department of Justice Certificate of Merit and the Department of Justice Certificate of Special Recognition.
Special Agent (Retired)
11/17/1986 – 10/1/2007
The following FBI overview and newspaper article provide additional background material about the FCI Talladega Hostage Rescue:
The following is a 6 Part FBI overview about Hostage Rescue Team (HRT):
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