Wells Morrison is a retired supervisory special agent and crisis negotiator with the FBI in Pittsburgh.
The idea of Thaxton communicating with the outside world while holding a hostage is disturbing, he
"It can be very, very dangerous and can actually inflame the situation," Mr. Morrison
getting ratcheted up by people expressing support for him or disdain for him, that doesn't do law enforcement any good ... ," Mr. Morrison
all for social media -- "it's been helpful around the world in trying to get the word out of countries where there are horrific acts going on" -- and he
realizes by now it is for many people a natural part of socializing.
"We learn a lot from every hostage/barricaded subject situation," he