Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden's Final Plot Against AmericaBook - 2013
How safe are we? What do we sacrifice to feel safe? And who pays the ultimate price?
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists examine one of the most sensitive post-9/11 national security investigations--a breathtaking race to prevent an al-Qaeda bomber from launching Osama bin Laden's final attack on American soil.
In Enemies Within , Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman lay bare the complex and often contradictory state of counterterrorism and intelligence in America through the pursuit of Najibullah Zazi, a terrorist bomber who trained under one of bin Laden's most trusted deputies. Zazi and his coconspirators represented America's greatest fear: a terrorist cell operating inside America.
Apuzzo and Goldman lift the veil of secrecy to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of our counterterrorism measures. This real-life spy story--uncovered in previously unpublished secret NYPD documents and interviews with intelligence sources--shows that while many of these programs are more invasive than ever, they are often counterproductive at best.
After 9/11, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated an audacious plan for the Big Apple: dispatch a vast network of plainclothes officers and paid informants--called "rakers" and "mosque crawlers"--into Muslim neighborhoods to infiltrate religious communities and eavesdrop on college campuses. Police amassed data on innocent people, often for their religious and political beliefs. But when it mattered most, these strategies failed to identify the most imminent threats.
Enemies Within tackles the tough questions about the measures that we take to protect ourselves from real and perceived threats. Apuzzo and Goldman take readers inside America's sprawling counterterrorism machine while it operates at full throttle. They reveal what works, what doesn't, and what Americans have unknowingly given up.
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FBI Director Robert Mueller has made it clear that he was not interested picking a fight with a politically connected police chief over how to fight terrorism in the city that had seen the worst of it.
Once the government declares war on something - whether it be poverty, drugs, crime, or terrorism - the public quickly falls in line and supports it.
In the case of terrorism to wait for an indication of crime before investingating is to wait fat too long.
Since 9/11, more secrets than ever have been kept from Americans in the name of keeping them safe: a government of the people has inched toward becoming a government kept from the people.
Ai-Qaed's plan succeeded because the United States did not understand what it was seeing. It was a failure of analysis.
The NYPD regarded houses of worship - and everyone who prayed there - as possible criminal organizations.
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