The Street Agent: The FBI Infiltrator Who Probed the Depths of American Terrorists
Wayne F. Manis
From author Wayne F. Manis
Within the FBI, the street agent is known as the heart of the Bureau. A street agent discovers and detects criminal activity. He then decides how best to attack it. Once the target is defined and a plan is formulated, the street agent ‘hits the bricks’ and systematically dismantles and destroys the criminal enterprise.
I was known as a street agent and so it is fitting that I have entitled my manuscript The Street Agent. Few agents in the history of the FBI have traveled as diverse a course as I did during my career. On the extreme left, I was undercover with the violent faction of “The Weather Underground.” On the extreme right, I worked with the “Ku Klux Klan” and investigated the Aryan Nations. Somewhere in between found me with the Mafia and their related organized crime figures.
As a team leader of an FBI SWAT Team, I engaged bank robbers, fugitives and terrorists in armed confrontations. I participated in my share of shootings and killings. These were not killings of anonymous or unfamiliar persons. These were people I knew. Some were people in my community where I knew members of their family. These were people I pursued and investigated for years. Their stories intertwine with mine. These stories I share are personal and compelling.
Near the end of my career, I spearheaded the F.B.I.’s largest domestic terrorism investigation prior to the Oklahoma City Bombing. The case was directed at a white supremacist group known as “The Order”. I led a team of agents in the search for these terrorists who threatened the members of the U. S. Congress and sent them a formal “Declaration of War.” They assassinated their enemies, committed multiple bombings, and robberies, including a 3.6 million dollar robbery of a Brink’s armored truck. With their stolen money, they purchased ‘state of the art’ weaponry to engage the FBI in armed confrontations. This was a ‘career case’ that other agents dream of but seldom get the opportunity to experience. For a period of time, this investigation was the #1 case in the FBI and the Director was briefed daily on its progress. As the case agent in charge of the investigation, I lived this war between the FBI Agents and these terrorists. I’m lucky. I survived a fiery gun battle in a secluded hideout with the terrorist group’s leader.
Unlike most books that have been written on FBI endeavors, this book contains selected stories in which I was the case agent, the SWAT Team Leader, or the undercover agent. Events are related through my eyes and as they unfolded in my presence. A day as a street agent included terrorists, Klansmen, mobsters, and murderers. I am now able to tell the tale of these incredible cases. In this book, the public gets a view inside the FBI at the street level where courageous men and women dedicate themselves to the never-ending war on crime.