The Threat

The Threat

How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Book - 2019
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The former deputy director of the FBI recounts his career; discusses how law enforcement battles terror threats, Russian crime, and attacks by the White House itself on the U.S. Constitution; and offers details of the events leading up to his firing by Donald Trump.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250207579
Branch Call Number: 363.25092 MCC

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wutitiz
Jun 11, 2019

I expected self-serving/self-fawning, but McCabe goes off the charts. This is even worse than Comey's book, which I read too.

McCabe portrays the FBI as overwhelmingly a bunch of boy (and girl) scouts, seemingly unaware of such sordid history as the taping of MLK Jr., the Richard Jewell case, the failures surrounding 9/11, etc. Comey at least briefly acknowledges the bad old days under Hoover in his book. McCabe acts like none of it ever happened--boy scouts all.

McCabe takes Trump to task for threatening the FBI's independence, which McCabe claims is constitutionally mandated. Uh, no. The FBI is under the exec branch. It is not an independent branch.

Much of the problematic history of the FBI resulted from too much independence. Nixon was set to fire Hoover at one point, when Hoover made sure Nixon knew he had files on an alleged affair Nixon had while working as a young lawyer in Hong Kong. Nixon lost his nerve, and failed to fire Hoover.

In the Ruby Ridge case, congress never could find out who at the FBI issued 'rules of engagement' that resulted in the death of Vicki Weaver. Congress tried to find out, but a code of silence prevailed. Too much independence.

With any luck, McCabe will end up doing time for his misdeeds.

tomato Jun 11, 2019

Fascinating account of how the FBI works. The inner workings are so structured, and meant to be "bomb proof". A bit dry in places, but that is to be expected. More good background into the present administration and the characters involved. The account of the author's interview for Director of the FBI is jaw-dropping.

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laphampeak
Jun 10, 2019

It was fascinating to hear about the root role of the FBI and its current role put in jeopardy. I was interested in McCabe's personal experience as well as his description of the founding and established role of the FBI. He explained the battle between views of FBI role in the interview process vs interrogation and trial in court of justice vs military court. So many people in important positions that affect our security are coming and going. It made me stop to hear a bigger picture of what is involved.

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AaronAardvark1940
May 30, 2019

I was just returning a book when I saw this on the recent acquisitions shelf. Having watched most of this in the news, it was interesting to read McCabe's views. It is a somewhat dry account of how the FBI works, and his telling of agents' reactions to Comey's firing dovetailed nicely with those of agents who told me about Comey. I recommend this for anybody who wants a better understanding of the processes involved in FBI investigations, especially as to their terminology.

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cougarmay
May 26, 2019

McCabe has written a fine book concerning his history with the FBI; his insights into FBI operations; and more importantly and informatively on his interactions with the Trump Administration, with Trump and Seesions, and insights into the Russian "Attack" on the 2016 Election.

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rdtansey
May 09, 2019

A good look at how the FBI operates and the dangers we face with this president. It is incredible how uninformed and how uninterested this administration is in reading daily briefings, etc. I guess when you already know everything there's no need to read. I was never very impressed with Jeff Sessions but after reading his thoughts on the Irish being good workers but a bunch of drunks as well as his not understanding the FBI really doesn't have its own Navy I am even more amazed he was the Attorney General of the United States. Scary stuff.

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minak
Apr 21, 2019

I give this book five star. I enjoyed reading it and admire Andrew McCabe for his integrity and his love for democracy. The best part of this book is the last chapter where he talks about values, integrity and his love for his country.

bibliosopher Apr 14, 2019

McCabe started as a street agent in the FBI's New York field office, and worked on two kinds of investigations that are critical to American national security: Russian organized crime and terrorism. This book is a compelling look into the ethics and soul searching of law enforcement, the meticulous research of the FBI, and a look at our national state of union/ disunion.

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ddwb
Apr 14, 2019

Interesting look at the inner workings of the FBI. Admittedly it is a one-sided look, but his characterization of the current president seem pretty spot on.

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rpavlacic
Apr 09, 2019

Fascinating insider's look at the FBI. Takes a view of how the agency reacted to terrorist attacks such as 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing, and to relatively benign busts such as on Martha Stewart. Also takes a review of how the agency got upended with the arrival of "Don" Trump (as he apparently calls himself in business calls). If I have a slight beef (and why I can't give the book five stars), it's that the author reveals a bit too much about investigative methods ... after all, a country relies on its national and local law enforcement agencies, and opening the store can give the bad guys an advantage.

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