Palisades, NY (PressExposure) September 03, 2008 -- Twelve Washington politicians were driven to get power, to increase power and to hold on to power at the expense of national security is the alarming discovery of "Homeland Insecurity." It is a close-up view of how some Washington politicians, addicted to political power, compromised national security in order to satisfy their addiction.
Focusing on the methods used by some politicians to remain exempt from legal authority by undermining the FBI, Dr. Puckett and Mr. Turchie maintain an objective posture in "Homeland Insecurity," frequently crossing party lines to focus on human weakness rather than partisan politics.
Tracing the activities of 12 elected officials from both major parties and a select number of appointees from Watergate of the 1960s to the present time, the authors, both former FBI agents, have, in case-like fashion with documented support, illuminated the detrimental role addiction to power has had on re-shaping the nation's security structure.
"Some politicians are literally addicted to the perks and pleasures of power," says co-author Dr. Kathleen Puckett, a clinical psychologist. "The political culture of Washington, DC, operates on the principle that power enables privilege just as the royal courts of Europe functioned. Privilege shared creates its own favored class exempt from legal and social rules that govern other citizens. To be a member of this class" Dr. Puckett added,"creates a feeling so good that the pleasure centers of the brain are activated and the process of addiction to power and privilege begins. In 'Homeland Insecurity,' we focus on some individuals who have apparently been addicted to power and acted to serve that addiction, to the detriment of our nation's security."
Terry D. Turchie, a former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI, was the Unit Director of the force that captured Theodore Kaczynski. In addition, he directed the Southeast Bomb Task Force that drove Eric Rudolph into a five -year isolation in a North Carolina forest prior to his capture. He is the recipient of the FBI Director's Award as well as one of the very few recipients of the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in both counterintelligence and counterterrorism.
Dr. Kathleen M. Puckett spent 23 years as an FBI Special Agent, where she was primarily involved in investigating and analyzing cases involving counterintelligence and domestic and international terrorism. A founding member of the FBI National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program (BAP), she provided ongoing behavioral consultation to numerous high- profile counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations throughout the United States.