By James Bamford
The bestselling writer of Body of Secrets and The Puzzle Palace presents his such a lot hard-hitting booklet to date—a sweeping, authoritative, and fearless account of the mess ups of America’s intelligence organizations and the Bush administration’s calculated efforts to promote a conflict to the yankee people.
In The Puzzle Palace, James Bamford printed the life of the NSA, the most important, so much secretive, and best-financed intelligence association on the planet. In Body of Secrets, he took readers contained in the ultrasecret employer, charting its deeds and misdeeds from its founding in 1952 to the top of the 20 th century. Now Bamford applies his relentless investigative force and extraordinary entry to intelligence resources to provide a headline-making booklet in regards to the so much urgent problems with the current day.
From the mishandling of the pre-9/11 danger to the unproven claims approximately Iraq’s guns of mass destruction, Bamford argues that the Bush management has co-opted the intelligence group for its personal political ends, and on the fee of yank security. Bamford makes the case that the Bush administration’s center East coverage judgements, from overthrowing Saddam to ignoring the location of the Palestinians, are pushed by way of long-held ideals and pursuits of an elite team of conservatives inside and out of government.
A Pretext for War houses in at the systematic weak spot that led the intelligence neighborhood to disregard or misread proof of the approaching terrorist assaults of 9/11—a failure rooted within the refusal to recognize the vital position of the Palestinian reason in igniting Arab rage opposed to the United States. Compounding the mistakes, the Bush administration’s immediate reaction to 11th of September was once to name for an assault on Iraq, and it thus invented justifications for the preemptive conflict that has finally left the USA extra susceptible to terrorism.
A Pretext for struggle is an extraordinary, totally convincing exposé of the main secretive management in background.
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Govt firms that there has been a excessive likelihood of an forthcoming terrorist assault opposed to U. S. pursuits via bin Laden’s association. “Sunni extremists linked to Al Qaeda are probably to aim astonishing assaults leading to a number of casualties,” it acknowledged. attainable destinations for the assaults integrated the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, and Italy. comparable reviews indicated that Al Qaeda anticipated near-term assaults to have dramatic outcomes on governments or reason significant casualties. yet those experiences, just like the dozens of others got throughout the summer season, have been imprecise by way of timing, destinations, and potential. in response to a senior intelligence authentic who's between these charged with deciding upon the motives of the September eleven assaults and the yank intelligence community’s reaction, the clash among Israel and Palestine was once consistently on the center. “It’s central,” he stated. “It’s now not the one factor, yet it’s the imperative factor. ” As caution messages flashed out of NSA to the White condominium on the finish of August, not anyone spotted a small crew of heart jap males checking into the within reach eighty-room Valencia hotel. situated within the NSA “company city” of Laurel, Maryland, it used to be quite a few miles clear of the agency’s entrance gate. stepping into Room 343, a small dwelling room–kitchenette suite, used to be Khalid Almihdhar and his staff of terrorists as they all started the ultimate arrangements for his or her assaults. by no means disguising their presence, they checked in utilizing their genuine names, paid the weekly lease of $308 with a bank card, ate at an area pizza parlor, visited an grownup book place, shopped on the monstrous grocery store, washed their outfits on the Sunshine Laundry, and acquired weekly memberships at Gold’s health club in close by Greenbelt. workforce member Hani Hanjour, who had a pilot’s license, went up with teachers a number of occasions on the within reach highway Airport in Bowie, and either Mohamed Atta and Ziad Jarrah, the scholar from war-torn Beirut, came around. As hundreds of thousands of intercepted communications from all over the world funneled into the agency’s vast satellite tv for pc dishes, Almihdhar was once speaking with Atta and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed again in Afghanistan on the neighborhood Kinko’s, a number of miles away, via easy net discussion groups. not one of the hijackers had their very own pcs. in addition they used the net on neighborhood desktops to shop for their seats on Flight seventy seven, directory their actual names, after which easily went to Baltimore-Washington overseas Airport to choose them up. They used 133 various pay as you go calling playing cards to name from numerous pay telephones, mobile phones, and landlines. For greater than a yr, the NSA had sometimes picked up Almihdhar’s cell calls to the Al Qaeda secure condo in Yemen, by no means understanding that his calls have been coming from the United States—or in all probability even an analogous city. at the afternoon of September 10, they looked at of the Valencia and piled into their blue Toyota Corolla with California license plates, registered to Almihdhar. Merging into the southbound site visitors on path 1, a lot of it homeward-bound NSA staff, they headed for the Marriott place of dwelling lodge in Herndon, close to Dulles overseas Airport.