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Countdown to Terror: The Top-Secret Information that Could Prevent the Next Terrorist Attack on America--and How the CIA Has Ignored It Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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Weldon is introduced to an Iranian revolutionary, counter-revolutionary as the case may be, to whom he gives the name "Ali." He goes to Paris to meet with him, and then forwards the information to the CIA who allegedly send a member of the French Interior Ministry to threaten Ali and demand that he keep quiet. Ali has well-developed sources in Iran who have told him all kinds of things which would shock the American public--and everybody else. Most important are:
1. At the present time, Osama bin Laden is being hidden and sheltered in Iran by the Iranian government.
2. Iran is sponsoring and planning an assassination attempt on the first President Bush.
3. The Iranian government's attempt to build a nuclear bomb is far more advanced than we know.
4. Iran is actively trying to purchase a nuclear weapon from North Korea.
5. Ayatollah Khameni put out a contract (so to speak) on Yassir Arafat due to his wish to derail "an American peace.Read more ›
As far as the content of the book goes, I must say that if Congressman Weldon is right, we all have reason to be aware of a possible impending nuclear terrorist attack. If the book is true, we have all been disgustingly unaware of the danger facing our country. I would recommend atleast reading the book through once to judge its credibility for yourself.
The point of this book is not the intelligence that Weldon received from "Ali." It cannot be. The intelligence is -- at the time of the book's release -- either common knowledge or common suspicion. Apparently "Ali" was (is?) a pretty good source, since most of his predictions about Iranian moves against the U.S. proved accurate after the predictions were passed to Weldon. In fact, one of "Ali's" predictions has been fulfilled in the weeks AFTER the book's release ... namely that the Iranian election would be rigged to elect as president not only an extreme hard-liner but one who is non-clerical.
The issue of "Ali" and the treatment of his intelligence -- in particular by the CIA -- is the hook on which the Congressman chooses to hang his continuing justifiable outrage over the bungling bureaucratic structure of U.S. intelligence. It is Weldon's contention (probably a sound one!) that the "feel-good" reforms of the four years since 9/11 have skirted around dealing with the real problem. The real problem, he says, is a set of precepts and ways of doing business that protect the least competent and penalize enterprising agents and analysts at lower levels. The worst of these practices is "groupthink" that dumbs intelligence down to something that even the lead-heads will agree with and does not allow competing views to filter up to policy-makers. The solution, he says, is to fire some folks. OK, Congressman. It works for me!
So what are the problems with the book?
First, "Ali" brings up all the perennial problems of HUMINT.Read more ›
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As a senior member of Congress, ten-term Congressman Curt Weldon has been contacted by many people who claim to have vital information for the United States government. Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
You are a member of Congress, indeed, you are Vice Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. You call the CIA and tell them you have a source you believe is credible who claims... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
It may turn out that the greatest American Intelligence debacle in recent years has been its failure to understand exactly how Iran was secretly building its own nuclear... Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by Shalom Freedman
A very bothersome book. As the other reviews indicate, this is Congressman Weldon's plea to the American people to give him the fair hearing that he lacks in the intelligence... Read morePublished on July 1, 2006 by Michael Green
He trid to tell people that Muhammed Atta's cell in Brooklyn was known a year before 911, deaf ears. That is why he wrote this book. Give him a chance to tell you what he found! Read morePublished on March 9, 2006 by Colorist
Creepy...I finished the book last night and woke up to the aforementioned CBS News report, something that Rep. Weldon's insider "Ali" had been reporting all along. Read morePublished on November 18, 2005 by C. Matra
I find it pretty shameful that after all that "evidences" of WMD in Iraq and sham of US and UK intelligence agencies, some politicians still want to make a fool out of public,... Read morePublished on November 10, 2005 by John Edwards
The situation with Iran and Iraq and all the other middle eastern nations is quite complicated. You think you have all the information and then find out that this is not the half... Read morePublished on October 18, 2005 by Brian