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Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror Hardcover – September 7, 2004

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Peter Lance is a five-time Emmy-winning investigative reporter and author of the bestselling 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI -- The Untold Story. A former correspondent for ABC News, he has covered hundreds of stories worldwide for 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight. Also a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize, Lance lives on the West Coast.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (September 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060543558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060543556
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Lance is a five-time Emmy-winning investigative reporter now working as a screenwriter and novelist. With a Masters Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, Lance spent the first 15 years of his career as a print reporter and network correspondent.

He began his career as a reporter for his hometown paper, The Newport, R.I. Daily News. There, while a student at Northeastern University in Boston, he won the coveted Sevellon Brown Award from the A.P. Managing Editors Association. Lance next moved to WNET, the PBS flagship in New York, where he won his first New York area Emmy and the Ohio State Award as a producer- reporter for Channel 13's news magazine THE 51ST STATE.

Later, while working as a writer and producer for WABC-TV Lance won his second Emmy along with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism prize for WILLOWBROOK: THE PEOPLE VS. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, an exposé on a notorious institution for the mentally challenged. He also was awarded The National Community Service Emmy for that same documentary.

While getting his law degree, Lance worked as a Trial Preparation Assistant in the office of the District Attorney for New York County. Moving to ABC News as a field producer in 1978, Lance won his fourth Emmy in 1980 for his investigation of an arson-for-profit ring in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago: "Arson and Profit."

In 1981 Lance became Investigative Correspondent for ABC News. For his very first investigative piece on 20/20 Lance won his fifth Emmy for "Unnecessary Surgery," an exposé of unnecessary surgery in an Arkansas hospital. He won two more Emmy nominations in 1982 for 20/20 investigative pieces on Formaldehyde "The Danger Within" and toxic waste: "Deadly Chemicals, Deadly Oil;" a piece that also won the National Headliner Award.

Over the next five years he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for ABC NEWS 20/20, NIGHTLINE, and WORLD NEWS TONIGHT.

He was a member of the first American crew into Indochina after the end of the Vietnam War. He chased rebel insurgents through the Plaine Des Jarres in Laos and members of the Gambino Family through the toxic wastelands of New Jersey. He tracked knife-happy surgeons in the Deep South and nuclear terrorists through the twisted streets of Antwerp. Then, in 1987, he took a break from non-fiction.
Lance came to L.A. and began working as a writer and story editor for Michael Mann on two of his acclaimed NBC series: CRIME STORY and MIAMI VICE.

In 1989 Lance became the co-executive producer and "show runner" on the fourth season of WISEGUY for CBS and in 1993 he co-created MISSING PERSONS, for ABC. In recent years, he has served as a writer and consulting producer on such series as JAG (NBC) and THE SENTINEL (UPN).

In 1997 Lance's first novel FIRST DEGREE BURN became a national best seller, ranking No. 24 on The Ingram A-List The Top 50 Requested Titles in Mystery- Detective Fiction. The film-noir mystery features FDNY Fire Marshal Eddie Burke.

Later Lance adapted VEIL: THE SECRET WARS OF THE CIA, Bob Woodward's best-seller on William Casey for HBO. For Showtime he wrote TERROR.NET, the story of Bradley Smith, the courageous Diplomatic Security agent responsible for helping to apprehend the world's most notorious terrorists.

In the year 2000 Lance returned to investigative reporting with his best-selling non-fiction investigative biography: THE STINGRAY: Lethal Tactics of The Sole Survivor.

Following the 9/11 attacks Lance began investigating the origins of the FBI's original probe of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef. After visiting Yousef's former bomb factory in the Philippines, he came away with 100's of pages of classified documents proving that Yousef had set the 9/11 plot into motion as early as 1994.

Lance then went back and examined the FBI's original efforts to stop Yousef in 1992 as he built the first WTC device. The result is his acclaimed investigative book from Harper Collins 1000 YEARS FOR REVENGE.

Lance followed that book with COVER UP in 2004. In it he established evidence that federal officials entered into an "ends/means" decision in 1996 that buried a treasure trove of al Qaeda-related intelligence in order to preserve a series of Mafia-related cases in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

Lance presented probative evidence in the book that a senior Organized Crime Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI's New York Office (NYO) may have been in a corrupt relationship with a Colombo Family killer. It was the FBI's desire to prevent this potential scandal from tanking the mob cases, that led, Lance determined, to the al Qaeda evidence suppression.

A year after COVER UP's publication the Brooklyn D.A. commenced a grant jury investigation inspired, in part, by Lance's revelations about the Supervisory Special Agent: R. Lindley DeVecchio. On March 30th, 2006 DeVecchio was indicted on four counts of second degree murder stemming from that D.A.'s investigation.

In TRIPLE CROSS, the final book in Lance's 9/11 investigative trilogy, he provides stunning evidence that senior FBI and Justice Dept. officials may have obstructed justice in their failure to monitor Ali A Mohamed, Osama bin Laden's principal spy inside the United. States.

In April, 2010 Lance was appointed Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lance's profile of former FBI undercover asset Emad Salem, "The Spy Who Came In For The Heat," was the lead non-fiction article in PLAYBOY's September, 2010 issue. "The Private War of Anthony Shaffer," Lance's investigation surrounding the Pentagon's censorship of "Operation Dark Heart," was the lead nonfiction piece in PLAYBOY's January, 2011 issue.

On April 4th, 2013 a new Kindle edition of Lance's first novel "First Degree Burn" was published on The trade paperback will be available on April 10th.

His fourth book for HarperCollins, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, the epic story of the FBI's 30 year relationship with a Mafia killer was published on July 2nd 2013. In January, 2015 Lance wrote the foreword to the new memoir by John Gotti Jr., "Shadow of My Father."

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Felton on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read "Cover Up" because I heard the author (PL) on a very popular

nationally-syndicated radio show. He was part of a panel discussing

9-11, of course. I really couldn't decide whether PL thought that 9-11

was a govt. conspiracy, but he was very critical of a very "strident"

conspiracy radio host/film maker. PL claimed that he wrote only what

he could prove, and that the "powers that be" actually want people to

believe in vague, high-level conspiracies rather than getting at the "real"

facts. Having read many books on 9/11 that indeed point to a high-level

govt. conspiracy, I wanted to read "Cover Up" to get another point of

view about 9-11, this despite the scoffs from my friends!

I found "Cover Up" interesting for the most part, also quite

informative, as if a short primer on domestic terrorism (I will assume

that PL got his facts straight), though as I'll discuss below, I am still

not certain what PL really thinks about 9-11.

"Cover Up" depicts shocking, outrageous corruption, perhaps the most

egregious corruption is the FBI/Justice Dept.'s cover up of the relationship

between a fairly high-level agent and a Mafia hitman who killed many people

in a war among "families." While a large element of organized crime is

apparently eliminated, laws are broken at every turn, and when the FBI

man is prosecuted, he answers "I can't remember" 44 times, and is allowed

to retire on full pension, and to make sure the corruption is never revealed,

an honest cop's reputation is ruined, and he is stripped of his pension.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Costanzo on February 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a absolute MUST READ for anyone who is interested in the facts behind 9/11. Peter Lance does a excellent in depth expose' on the planning behind what happend on 9/11. The book reads like a unbelieveable fiction novel that just happens to have 30 pages of footnotes. I bought the book for my brother for christmas after I read Peter Lance's other book "1000 Years for Revenge". While I was at the bookstore getting my brothers present, I recomended to a woman there what a fantastic read the "1000 Years for Revenge" was. After I got the "9/11 Coverup" I finished it in 2 days. I want to thank Peter Lance for doing such in depth investigative journalism on this world changing topic.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Buschi on February 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Since 9/11, I have watched our leaders expend human and material resources in an obviously wasteful and non-productive manner. It is clear that they did not take adequate measures to insure our national security. We have and continue to pay a dear price for their negligence. Appropriate, necessary action can only be taken if we know the truth about what happened and who the players were and are. Official government channels have not been forthcoming with this information. We have been left misinformed and vulnerable. We must know the truth in order to plan intelligently. Peter Lance has provided us with a great resource. He has presented us with chilling new information in a well documented, dispationate, non-partisan manner. We are all in his debt. I urge you to read this book and become active in getting you elected leaders to do the same.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By RW on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Peter Lance delivers. I stumbled across "1000 Years for Revenge" 2 months ago because the cover caught my eye. It was one of the best books I have ever read. "Cover Up" is an amazing follow up to Lance's first look at the real face of terrorism that we are facing. Much like his first book on terrorism, this book leaves you with a very disturbing taste in your mouth in regards to our national security. The first half of the book basically revolves around the crash of TWA flight 800, and how new evidence that Lance was introduced to in early 2004 indicates that the plane did not crash as a result of a "mechanical failure", but rather as a direct result of one Ramzi Yousef as he sat in his prison cell in New York City. With his amazing ability to tell a story and keep you on the edge of your seat, Lance paints a fascinating picture of international terrorism, the mafia, corrupt cops, and even the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964 that would later become the focus of the movie "Mississippi Burning".

The second half of the book is dedicated to breaking down the 9/11 commission report piece by piece and cross examining it, exposing the Commission for the half-truths that it produced in its 18-month "investigation". Many questions are brought up, with too few answers.

This book, along with "1000 Years for Revenge" are must reads for anyone. I have recommended these books to every friend I have.

You will not be able to put the book down. In part due to Lance's amazing ability to make a story based on facts read like a fiction novel. But also because much of what you will be reading will astonish you.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on October 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'd say that we live in a time of conspiracy theories, except that they have been around seemingly forever. Certainly there were a bunch of them surrounding Lincoln's death, and Kennedy and Roswell. In this book, Peter Lance an award winning investigative reporter looks carefully into the TWA 800 case and the 9/11 incident.

He brings up a lot of interesting points. But I'm not sure just what to believe. For instance, he asks the question 'Why wasn't NORAD (the Air Force) alerted to the hijackings until eighteen minutes after air traffic controllers realized a hijacking was in progress.' I think that's pretty easy to answer. The controllers weren't sure it was a hijacking, they are government employees, they had to get permission first. And the boss was probably in the bathroom, in a meeting, on the phone. There are all kinds of reasons to use up 18 minutes. You don't want to charge conspiracy when simple incompetance may account for it.

You may accept, or reject his conclusions, (or like me, admit you don't know) but if you don't have the information, you can't even make that decision. Mr. Lynch has exhaustively researched the files, studies and news reports. The resulting book is an excellent summary of what happened. I was particularly impressed with the TWA 800 information as this has been less available than 9/11 information.
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