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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism

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In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

A veteran case officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations in the Middle East, Baer witnessed the rise of terrorism first hand and the CIA's inadequate response to it, leading to the attacks of September 11, 2001. This riveting book is both an indictment of an agency that lost its way and an unprecedented look at the roots of modern terrorism, and includes a new afterword in which Baer speaks out about the American war on terrorism and its profound implications throughout the Middle East.

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"See No Evil is a compelling account of America's failed efforts to 'listen in' on the rest of the world, especially the parts of it that intend to do us harm." Wall Street Journal

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"Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East." Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

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The explosive New York Times bestseller See No Evil is Baer's gripping memoir of his 20-year career in the Middle East working in the CIA's Directorate of Operations. Filled with shocking and troubling revelations, and including a new Afterword by the author, he makes clear how U.S. intelligence could have failed to expose the world's deadliest terrorists. Photo insert.

Synopsis:

In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIAs efforts to root out the worlds deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

A veteran case officer in the CIAs Directorate of Operations in the Middle East, Baer witnessed the rise of terrorism first hand and the CIAs inadequate response to it, leading to the attacks of September 11, 2001. This riveting book is both an indictment of an agency that lost its way and an unprecedented look at the roots of modern terrorism, and includes a new afterword in which Baer speaks out about the American war on terrorism and its profound implications throughout the Middle East.

“Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field

officer in the Middle East.”

-Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

From The Preface

This book is a memoir of one foot soldiers career in the other cold war, the one against terrorist networks. Its a story about places most Americans will never travel to, about people many Americans would prefer to think we dont need to do business with.

This memoir, I hope, will show the reader how spying is supposed to work, where the CIA lost its way, and how we can bring it back again. But I hope this book will accomplish one more purpose as well: I hope it will show why I am angry about what happened to the CIA. And I want to show why every American and everyone who cares about the preservation of this country should be angry and alarmed, too.

The CIA was systematically destroyed by political correctness, by petty Beltway wars, by careerism, and much more. At a time when terrorist threats were compounding globally, the agency that should have been monitoring them was being scrubbed clean instead. Americans were making too much money to bother. Life was good. The White House and the National Security Council became cathedrals of commerce where the interests of big business outweighed the interests of protecting American citizens at home and abroad. Defanged and dispirited, the CIA went along for the ride. And then on September 11, 2001, the reckoning for such vast carelessness was presented for all the world to see.

About the Author

Robert Baer was a case officer in the Directorate of Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1997. He served in places such as Iraq, Dushanbe, Rabat, Beirut, Khartoum, and New Delhi, and received the Career Intelligence Medal in 1997. He now divides his time between Washington, D.C., and France.

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Charlie Branch, July 3, 2010 (view all comments by Charlie Branch)
As James Bamford, author of "Spy Factory" and "Puzzle Palace" observes, the difficulties have been of Washington's own making: intelligence information being held within each organization's empire, thus NSA being known as "Never Say Anything" despite tracking calls through the (Al Qaeda)network that developed from a satphone bought in the US that provide the initial phone number. NSA knew where the AQ operatives were before 9/11, FBI field agents knew AQ operatives were training in the US, but roadblocks were put in their way to avoid crossing jurisdictional boundaries. As in US operations SE Asia of the 1960s and '70s, "We're great at policing ourselves, and avoid hurting the other guy." Doesn't matter whether the "other guy" is NVA, AQ, UBL, Xe, BP... Don't get me started on corporate "personhood"...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400046843
Author:
Baer, Robert
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Foreword by:
Hersh, Seymour M.
Foreword:
Hersh, Seymour M.
Author:
Baer, Robert
Afterword by:
Baer, Robert
Afterword:
Baer, Robert
Location:
New York
Subject:
Political
Subject:
American
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Spies
Subject:
Islamic fundamentalism
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 7, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PG BandW PHOTO INSERT; 1 MAP
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25x6.15x.95 in. .98 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9781400046843 Reviews:
"Review" by , "See No Evil is a compelling account of America's failed efforts to 'listen in' on the rest of the world, especially the parts of it that intend to do us harm."
"Review" by , "Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East."
"Synopsis" by , The explosive New York Times bestseller See No Evil is Baer's gripping memoir of his 20-year career in the Middle East working in the CIA's Directorate of Operations. Filled with shocking and troubling revelations, and including a new Afterword by the author, he makes clear how U.S. intelligence could have failed to expose the world's deadliest terrorists. Photo insert.
"Synopsis" by , In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIAs efforts to root out the worlds deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

A veteran case officer in the CIAs Directorate of Operations in the Middle East, Baer witnessed the rise of terrorism first hand and the CIAs inadequate response to it, leading to the attacks of September 11, 2001. This riveting book is both an indictment of an agency that lost its way and an unprecedented look at the roots of modern terrorism, and includes a new afterword in which Baer speaks out about the American war on terrorism and its profound implications throughout the Middle East.

“Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field

officer in the Middle East.”

-Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

From The Preface

This book is a memoir of one foot soldiers career in the other cold war, the one against terrorist networks. Its a story about places most Americans will never travel to, about people many Americans would prefer to think we dont need to do business with.

This memoir, I hope, will show the reader how spying is supposed to work, where the CIA lost its way, and how we can bring it back again. But I hope this book will accomplish one more purpose as well: I hope it will show why I am angry about what happened to the CIA. And I want to show why every American and everyone who cares about the preservation of this country should be angry and alarmed, too.

The CIA was systematically destroyed by political correctness, by petty Beltway wars, by careerism, and much more. At a time when terrorist threats were compounding globally, the agency that should have been monitoring them was being scrubbed clean instead. Americans were making too much money to bother. Life was good. The White House and the National Security Council became cathedrals of commerce where the interests of big business outweighed the interests of protecting American citizens at home and abroad. Defanged and dispirited, the CIA went along for the ride. And then on September 11, 2001, the reckoning for such vast carelessness was presented for all the world to see.

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