Jeff - the more i hear of your story - the more i believe that it was a miracle that you survived. the same goes for Puffer. and many others - but especially you two because of the links to larger underworld or clandestine involvement.
thankful that you are alive,
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho