He was a flight surgeon with the Navy and a CIA officer in Pakistan. He has also earned a doctorate in sociology and written two books. Now Marc Sageman can add a new entry to his resume: terrorism guru for the New York Police Department. Sageman, the NYPD’s first “scholar in residence,” has become a key player in a debate over whether the greatest terror threat America faces comes from inside or outside its borders. His assignment: to teach terrorism workshops to investigators and be a sounding board for a team of NYPD analysts that assesses threats against the city.
Sageman’s residency at the nation’s largest police department began in May and will last a year, with a private foundation paying his $180,000 salary. Sagemen caught the attention of the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence, David Cohen, also a CIA alum, and other NYPD brass when he participated in an in-house lecture series on terrorism and foreign relations that has featured Henry Kissinger, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey and Lawrence Wright, author of “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.” The department decided to ask Sageman to stick around.