By Robert Baer
In his explosive manhattan occasions bestseller, best CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling photograph of ways terrorism works at the within and offers startling facts of ways Washington politics sabotaged the CIA’s efforts to root out the world’s deadliest terrorists, taking into account the increase of Osama bin weighted down and Al Qaeda and the ongoing entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
A veteran case officer within the CIA’s Directorate of Operations within the heart East, Baer witnessed the increase of terrorism first hand and the CIA’s insufficient reaction to it, resulting in the assaults of September eleven, 2001. This riveting ebook is either an indictment of an organization that misplaced its approach and an extraordinary examine the roots of contemporary terrorism, and incorporates a new afterword during which Baer speaks out in regards to the American conflict on terrorism and its profound implications during the heart East.
“Robert Baer was once thought of possibly the easiest on-the-ground box
officer within the heart East.”
–Seymour M. Hersh, the recent Yorker
From The Preface
This ebook is a memoir of 1 foot soldier’s occupation within the different chilly conflict, the only opposed to terrorist networks. It’s a narrative approximately areas so much american citizens won't ever shuttle to, approximately humans many american citizens would like to imagine we don’t have to do enterprise with.
This memoir, i am hoping, will convey the reader how spying is meant to paintings, the place the CIA misplaced its manner, and the way we will be able to carry it again back. yet i'm hoping this ebook will accomplish yet one more goal to boot: i am hoping it is going to exhibit why i'm indignant approximately what occurred to the CIA. and that i are looking to express why each American and everybody who cares concerning the maintenance of this state will be offended and alarmed, too.
The CIA was once systematically destroyed through political correctness, via petty Beltway wars, by way of careerism, and masses extra. At a time while terrorist threats have been compounding globally, the organisation that are meant to were tracking them used to be being scrubbed fresh as a substitute. american citizens have been making an excessive amount of funds to trouble. existence used to be strong. The White apartment and the nationwide protection Council grew to become cathedrals of trade the place the pursuits of massive enterprise outweighed the pursuits of defending americans at domestic and in a foreign country. Defanged and dispirited, the CIA went alongside for the experience. after which on September eleven, 2001, the reckoning for such giant carelessness was once offered for the entire international to see.
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