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Smoking Out the Terrorists

G-Man Pat D'Amuro is helping the FBI wage war on America's enemies but still finds time to light up
Alejandro Benes
From the Print Edition:
Greg Raymer, Sept/Oct 2004

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D'Amuro keeps his smokes in a large Elie Bleu humidor in his study, where he starts every day checking to see that the world hasn't blown up. The morning is a quieter time for him. He chats with his wife and tells her whether he'll be home in time for dinner. On the drive to work, he is occupied by thoughts that any father might have.

"You've seen some recent articles about FBI agents struggling to make a living in New York. Unfortunately—fortunately I guess when you look at it—I have a son who's doing very well in school and has the ability, I think, to get into some of our top institutions for advanced education. You know, those institutions cost some money, and I'm at the point where I've got about another year and I'm gonna have some large bills coming my way for college. So I don't know what the future holds. I may not be able to make ends meet by staying in the bureau and [still be] able to get him to college."

D'Amuro's been in the FBI for 25 years. He knows he won't be there forever, but doesn't easily accept the idea that he might need to get out before the mandatory retirement age of 57. "I can't imagine waking up one day and putting my feet on the floor and not being in the FBI," he says.

Inevitably, that day will come. Maybe there's a "very nice cigar" to go with it.

Alejandro Benes is a frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado.

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