SEAHOLM IN THE FIELD
It is those that wear SEAHOLM® watches that inspire us.
They are the ones that make sure SEAHOLM® watches are authentic, true and tested. It is their feedback and support that keeps us motivated and moving forward.
We call this series SEAHOLM In the Field and Fred Burton gives a whole new meaning to In the Field.
Here is his story.
For Fred, in the field, covers a lifetime of work in counterintelligence, living in the shadows tracking the growing terrorist threats in Middle Eastern cities and navigating informant-filled backrooms in America. Fred was one of the first U.S. Counterterrorism Agents back in the early 1980’s. A small office of 3 men, stuck in a basement, served as the clearing house for the fight against global terrorism. Fred’s responsibility was the Middle East. In the 1980s the idea of defending Americans against terrorism was still very new . The Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981 became the symbol of the growing threat of terrorism against America and American citizens. But it wasn’t until the US barracks bombings in Beirut that it become clear that militant terrorist groups were targeting the killing of Americans and willing to sacrifice their own lives to do it. Fred was the tip of the spear in early efforts to understand and prevent attacks related to the growing terrorist threat. This led to tracking and infiltrating loose-knit groups that became groups such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah.
From one of 3 original special agents to deputy chief of the counter-terrorism division of the Diplomatic Security Service, Fred tracked Libya-linked master terrorist Abu Nidal, the international terrorist Carlos the Jackal, and directed the capture of Ramzi Yusef, architect of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Fred served on the front lines in the investigations into the deaths of world leaders like Yitzhak Rabin, Rabbi Meir Kahane, and General Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq, the president of Pakistan.
Fred is also New York Times best-selling author. His book Under Fire was optioned to HBO Films.
“Burton's memoir of fighting the defensive fight against the burgeoning terrorist threat in the 1980's and beyond is a revealing personal journal of the stress and boredom involved in putting the pieces of the puzzle together to obtain justice. Fred Burton was there, and so you will be as well.” —Adm. Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret.), former Director, National Security Agency and Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
We are proud Fred Burton wears a SEAHOLM. For Fred, the gear he chooses and what he carries with him has always been critical. He uses the absolute best.