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Instinct: The Man Who Stopped the 20th Hijacker

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September 11, 2001. Almost everything seemed to go as the terrorists intended. Almost. Flight 93--which crashed not on the Capitol or the White House, but in a Pennsylvania field--was one terrorist shy of the other flights. The brave Americans who rose up that day against the hijackers were aided by a man they never met and whose story has never been written. His name is Jose Melendez-Perez. This book tells his story. As Michael Smerconish recounts in riveting detail in Instinct, more than a month earlier a young Saudi national had arrived at Orlando International Airport on a flight from London. He didn't speak English, and his customs paperwork was blank except for his name: Mohamed al-Kahtani. He had a one-way ticket. Soon, INS agent Melendez-Perez was called to the scene. To others, al-Kahtani seemed like a befuddled tourist eager to see Disney World. At risk to his job for the appearance of racial profiling, Melendez-Perez--drawing on his training and his instinct--sent al-Kahtani packing back to Dubai. Melendez-Perez changed history that day. But he is not alone. In addition to telling his story and that of al-Kahtani--who was later captured in Afghanistan and sent to Guantanamo Bay--Instinct examines the quick thinking of other Americans who faced fanatics; for example, the Washington State border inspector whose gut told her something wasn't right about the would-be millennium bomber. Michael Smerconish provides fascinating insight into the post-9/11 world of interrogation. And he poses tough questions about how the CIA and Homeland Security can protect America in a post-9/11 world. Most pointedly: Have we learned from the example of Jose Melendez-Perez?

Review:

"At the center of this dramatic true story is Mohammed al Kahtani, allegedly meant to serve as the 20th 9/11 hijacker, whose denial of entry to the U.S. by an Orlando customs officer may have provided just the edge that the passengers of United Flight 93 needed to overpower their captors. The questions that surround him, however, are central to the execution of the war on terror: in particular, was Kahtani a 'highly trained al-Qaeda operative' or a 'low-level mercenary tortured by his interrogators out of frustration or pure malice?' From the political fallout of denying foreign visitors entry to the fine line between profiling and professionalism (says one interrogation expert, 'that intuitiveness, that innate ability, that instinct... if you fine tune it, you have a very powerful person') to the disturbing procedures at Guantanamo Bay, radio talk show host Smerconish (Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism) presents the vivid narrative of United Flight 93 and the issues at hand with the skill of a seasoned reporter. Proceeds from the book support the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This book tells the fascinating and inspiring story of INS agent Jose Melendez Perez, whom the 9/11 Commission concluded kept the man who would have been the fifth hijacker on United Flight 93--a Saudi Arabian national--from entering the United States in 2001.

Synopsis:

The gripping story of courageous men and women who changed history - by stopping terrorists on American ground.

All author proceeds will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Synopsis:

“Michael Smerconish is perhaps the most intelligent, insightful and provocative public commentator on the current scene. He also has a great narrative style and displays all these glittering talents in Instinct.  The little-known tale of Jose Melendez-Perez’ calm heroism has many important subtexts and vital lessons for our security. Smerconish illuminates them all. It is both important history and great motivational therapy.”

—John F. Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy,

    Member of the 9/11 Commission

“Jose Melendez-Perez is a true American hero; but for his actions in preventing the 20th hijacker, Mohamed al-Kahtani, from entering the United States, the Capitol Building might have been destroyed on 9/11.”

—Richard Ben-Veniste, Member of the 9/11 Commission

All author proceeds will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

 

About the Author

Michael A. Smerconish, attorney-turned-political commentator, has been recognized by Talkers magazine as one of America’s most important talk show hosts. Named Radio & Records’ Local Personality of the Year in 2009, Smerconish now hosts two nationally syndicated daily radio programs, including a morning drive show based at Philadelphia’s The Big Talker 1210 AM WPHT. Both programs are syndicated by Dial Global in a partnership with CBS RADIO. He is the author of four books, including Morning Drive (Lyons Press), Flying Blind, and two New York Times bestsellers: Murdered by Mumia (Lyons Press) and Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism, True Stories That Should Be Fiction. Smerconish was a regular fill-in host for Bill O’Reilly’s nationally syndicated The Radio Factor and has been a guest host on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. He has appeared on every major television program where politics are discussed—from the Colbert Report to The View—and is a regular contributor at MSNBC. He also authors separate weekly columns for the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer

Kurt A. Schreyer is an assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he teaches courses on Shakespeare and early English drama. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781599215167
Subtitle:
The Man Who Stopped the 20th Hijacker
Author:
Smerconish, Michael
With:
Schreyer, Kurt A.
Author:
Smerconish, Michael A.
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
Law Enforcement
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Intuition
Subject:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090915
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the center of this dramatic true story is Mohammed al Kahtani, allegedly meant to serve as the 20th 9/11 hijacker, whose denial of entry to the U.S. by an Orlando customs officer may have provided just the edge that the passengers of United Flight 93 needed to overpower their captors. The questions that surround him, however, are central to the execution of the war on terror: in particular, was Kahtani a 'highly trained al-Qaeda operative' or a 'low-level mercenary tortured by his interrogators out of frustration or pure malice?' From the political fallout of denying foreign visitors entry to the fine line between profiling and professionalism (says one interrogation expert, 'that intuitiveness, that innate ability, that instinct... if you fine tune it, you have a very powerful person') to the disturbing procedures at Guantanamo Bay, radio talk show host Smerconish (Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism) presents the vivid narrative of United Flight 93 and the issues at hand with the skill of a seasoned reporter. Proceeds from the book support the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This book tells the fascinating and inspiring story of INS agent Jose Melendez Perez, whom the 9/11 Commission concluded kept the man who would have been the fifth hijacker on United Flight 93--a Saudi Arabian national--from entering the United States in 2001.
"Synopsis" by ,
The gripping story of courageous men and women who changed history - by stopping terrorists on American ground.

All author proceeds will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

"Synopsis" by ,
“Michael Smerconish is perhaps the most intelligent, insightful and provocative public commentator on the current scene. He also has a great narrative style and displays all these glittering talents in Instinct.  The little-known tale of Jose Melendez-Perez’ calm heroism has many important subtexts and vital lessons for our security. Smerconish illuminates them all. It is both important history and great motivational therapy.”

—John F. Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy,

    Member of the 9/11 Commission

“Jose Melendez-Perez is a true American hero; but for his actions in preventing the 20th hijacker, Mohamed al-Kahtani, from entering the United States, the Capitol Building might have been destroyed on 9/11.”

—Richard Ben-Veniste, Member of the 9/11 Commission

All author proceeds will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

 

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