Intel Wars

Intel Wars

The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror

Book - 2012
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The shock of the 9/11 attacks sent the American intelligence community into hyperactive growth. Five hundred billion dollars of spending in the Bush-Cheney years turned the U.S. spy network into a monster: 200,000-plus employees, stations in 170 countries, and an annual budget of more than $75 billion. Armed with cutting-edge surveillance gear, high-tech weapons, and fleets of armed and unarmed drone aircraft, America deploys the most advanced intel force in history.
But even after the celebrated strike against Osama Bin Laden, America's spies are still struggling to beat a host of ragtag enemies around the world.

In Intel Wars , preeminent secrecy and intelligence historian Matthew Aid ("our reigning expert on the NSA"-Seymour M. Hersh) delivers the inside stories of how and why our shadow war against extremism has floundered. Spendthrift, schizophrenic policies leave next-generation spy networks drowning in raw data, resource-starved, and choked on paperwork. Overlapping jurisdictions stall CIA operatives, who wait seventy-two hours for clearance to attack fast-moving Taliban IE D teams. U.S. military computers-their classified hard drives still in place-turn up for sale at Afghan bazaars. Swift, tightly focused operations like the Bin Laden strike are the exception rather than the rule.

Intel Wars -based on extensive, on-the-ground interviews, and revelations from Wikileaks cables and other newly declassified documents-shows how our soldier-spies are still fighting to catch up with the enemy. Matthew Aid captures the lumbering behemoth that is the U.S. military-intelligence complex in one comprehensive narrative, and distills the unprecedented challenges to our security into a compelling- and sobering-read.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9781608194810
Branch Call Number: 363.325163097 AID


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Feb 01, 2017

This is a fantastic book, published in 2012, before ISIS or the Islamic State or Daesh [since the Obama Administration, as confused and bewildered as it was by everything else, was never sure how to name it] easily rolled into large chunks of Iraq and Syria.
Had you read this book back then, you might have predicted such, along with Syria and Yemen becoming chaotic hells, that CIA station in Afghanistan being blown to smithereens [due to typical CIA incompetence, I'm sorry to say] and wonder when Gen. Michael Flynn would finally be appointed national security advisor - - oh, look! He just was!
The author really does Real Journalism, and thoroughly! [And you will thank whatever gods you do or do not pray to that Gen. Flynn is in play - - given ALL the intel debacles over the past decade and the need for a grown-up and real professional in a position of the national security establishment, which is in a complete shambles and as hokey as can be!]

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