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Breakdown : how America's intelligence failures led to September 11
Gertz, Bill.
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Washington, DC : Regnery Pub., Inc. ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, [2002]

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273 pages ; 24 cm
Breakdown -- The Osama file -- The loud bang no one heard -- The DIA : death by bureaucracy -- The PCIA--Politically Correct Intelligence Agency -- The FBI : the decline of domestic intelligence -- Congress and destructive oversight -- Technical spying -- Nonsecurity -- The way ahead -- Appendix A. The trace -- Appendix B. The evidence.
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New York Times bestselling author Bill Gertz uses his unparalleled access to America's intelligence system to show how this system completely broke down in the years, months, and days leading up to the deadly terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Author Notes

Bill Gertz, the defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, is the best-selling author of Betrayal and The China Threat. One of the most respected reporters in his field, he has unrivaled access to sources within the Pentagon and the American intelligence community. He has also lectured at the FBI Academy and the National Defense University. Gertz lives with his family near Washington, D.C.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

From the bestselling author of a scathing indictment of Clintonian foreign policy, Betrayal, comes an unbalanced but revealing expose on the mistakes, misdirections and blunders behind "the most damaging intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor." Gertz supports his argument that the intelligence community has "lost sight of [its] purpose and function" with interviews, news clips and almost 100 pages of government documents, some partially classified (a National Security Agency report reproduced within contains little but the date and the designation "TOP SECRET UMBRA"-the rest is "withheld at the request of U.S. intelligence officials"). He points a very stern finger at the FBI, the NSA and the CIA, "where preservation of the agency's budget takes precedence over its performance." In one confounding case, Gertz writes, veteran CIA field agent Robert Baer was investigated and nearly prosecuted by the FBI for planning an assassination of Saddam Hussein; when the CIA discovered their jig was up, they left Baer out to dry. But while the insights into a government overrun by bureaucracy can be fascinating (and infuriating), Gertz seldom assigns any blame toward either George H.W. or George W. Bush's policies in the Middle East. He saves his condemnation, instead, for the Clinton administration (again). This one-sided portrayal may leave the critical reader feeling as if only half the story is being told, as Gertz's strong conservative bent distorts what could have been an important and well-informed look at the terrorist disaster. (Aug. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: Breakdownp. 1
Chapter 1 The Osama Filep. 7
Chapter 2 The Loud Bang No One Heardp. 21
Chapter 3 The DIA: Death by Bureaucracyp. 39
Chapter 4 The PCIA--Politically Correct Intelligence Agencyp. 53
Chapter 5 The FBI: The Decline of Domestic Intelligencep. 83
Chapter 6 Congress and Destructive Oversightp. 105
Chapter 7 Technical Spyingp. 127
Chapter 8 Nonsecurityp. 139
Conclusion: The Way Aheadp. 157
Appendix A The Tracep. 171
Appendix B The Evidencep. 215
Notesp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
Indexp. 261