Tamer Elnoury is an Arabic-speaking Muslim American, a longtime elite counterterrorism undercover agent, and co-author of American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent.
What We Discuss with Tamer Elnoury:
- What unique psychological skills (and desire for thrills) drew Tamer to the exciting and dangerous life of undercover law enforcement work?
- Why, when working undercover, you’re only as good as your informant.
- How an agent is trained to work undercover (and why the FBI undercover school only has a 50 percent graduation rate).
- How an undercover agent blends in with criminals without breaking the laws they’ve been recruited to enforce.
- What an undercover agent does to hook a mark into noticing and eventually confiding in them.
- And much more…
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Law enforcement is a tough enough job as it is. But it takes a certain type of person to go into (and live to make it out of) undercover work. Compound the danger of fraternizing among the dregs of the criminal underworld with a dose of murderous jihadist fundamentalism, you’d almost have to be insane to take on such a task.
Enter the agent known to more than a few terrorists as Tamer Elnoury, co-author of the book American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent. Here, we discuss the blend of skills and desire for thrills that allow him to excel in this field — at first investigating narcotics peddling, political corruption, gun trafficking, and child abuse before moving on to counterterrorism post-9/11. He also shares how someone is trained to work undercover (as well as why only 50 percent of those who try actually graduate to field work), what he does to pass as a criminal without breaking the laws he’s been recruited to enforce, how he gains the trust of his targets, and much more. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent by Tamer Elnoury and Kevin Maurer | Amazon
- Daniel Day-Lewis’ 10 Craziest Method Acting Stories | Far Out Magazine UK
- National September 11 Memorial & Museum
- 11 Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body | Healthline
- Can the Police Commit Crimes While Undercover? | Today I Found Out
- An Exploration of Well-Being in Former Covert and Undercover Police Officers | Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
- When Social Media Complicate the Undercover Work of Police Officers | Baltimore Sun
- El Chapo: How Mexico’s Drug Kingpin Fell Victim to His Own Legend | BBC News
- Who Exactly Are ‘Radical’ Muslims? | The Conversation
- FBI Agent Fears American Sleeper Terrorist in the Wind | Code and Dagger
- Stop Mixing Up Islamic Flags: A Guide for Lazy Journalists | Mother Jones
- Al Qaeda: Inside the Terror Network | Frontline, PBS
- Formal Discovery: Gathering Evidence for Your Lawsuit | Nolo
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