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How Bush-hating CIA Bureaucrats Are Sabotaging the War on Terror

Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, intelligence collection has become the number-one weapon in the effort to defeat al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. A plot penetrated is an attack stopped. And to the outside observer, the CIA has performed well as a key partner in the Bush administration's War on Terror. But as Rowan Scarborough reveals in this groundbreaking new book, significant elements within the CIA are undermining both the president and national security through leaks, false allegations, and outright sabotage.

Using his first-rate sources in all levels of national security--from field officers to high-ranking analysts to former intelligence heads--Scarborough paints a disturbing picture of partisan politics endangering the success of our campaigns abroad and the very lives of our soldiers and agents.

In Sabotage, you'll learn:

* How CIA analysts repeatedly leak details about classified intelligence programs with the dual intent of ending them and damaging the president
* How, on at least eight occasions, intelligence officials have made serious allegations of wrongdoing against the president's men--which turned out to be false
* Why, contrary to popular belief, the CIA has become predominantly liberal
* How a CIA turf battle prevented special operators from pursuing and capturing a notorious Taliban leader
* How current and former CIA officers fueled conspiracy theories that President Bush orchestrated the 9/11 attacks on America
* How a CIA leak to the New York Times deprived the U.S. of critical information in the War on Terror
* How press leaks by the CIA have damaged relations with our foreign allies in the War on Terror
* How a CIA analyst worked with Democrats to sabotage the nomination of John Bolton to the UN
* How Clinton's downsizing of the CIA led to the closing of stations in scores of jihadist breeding grounds--including Hamburg, Germany, where the 9/11 plot was hatched

The CIA's job is to collect facts and let the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department make national security policy. But, as Scarborough conclusively demonstrates, an agency that is supposed to be scrupulously nonpartisan has become increasingly political--during a time of war--against America's elected commander in chief.

About the Author


Rowan Scarborough, author of Sabotage, writes national security stories for Human Events. A Navy veteran, he covered the Pentagon for the Washington Times for nearly two decades, where he built a tremendous reputation for breaking news and covered national security for the Washington Examiner. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rumsfeld’s War and has been featured on scores of radio and TV shows.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (July 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985100
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Scarborough has written about the Washington scene for the Washington Times and now the DC Examiner for many years. Unlike his counterparts at the Washington Post, he has access to the political policy people and does not rely on the bureaucrats who stumble and bumble for decades messing up the nation's spy agency before they retire. So Scarborough actually writes things that the agency's drones have spent their careers trying to cover up, which is, the agency's massively stupid approach to its job of protecting the USA via collecting actionable intelligence about our enemies.
This book does not go into the full history of the CIA screw-ups that Tim Weiner does in his Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA but concentrates more on recent history, where Wiener's book is rather poor, but shows that the country would probably be better served if we closed down the CIA and started again from scratch.
The great part of this book is that it reveals that most of the shoe clerks who view themselves as intelligence experts are really little different than their counterparts at the Agriculture Department, inept, lazy, and more willing to spend time covering up their incompetence than making the country safer by doing real intelligence work out in the field instead of from behind the desks in their air conditioned offices A great example is how the CIA did not have a single agent in Niger, one of the few countries able to produce yellowcake uranium, and which had sold thousands of tons of it to Saddam in the 1980's and 90's (where it still sits in warehouses) in spite of the proliferation of nuclear programs in Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and other places.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By David Thomson on July 30, 2007
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Rowan Scarborough demolishes the stereotype of the CIA as a bastion of reactionary conservatism. It is instead, he convincingly argues, a politically correct leftist institution similar to the professoriate of our "elite" universities. Many of the CIA's employees are contemptuous toward the U.S. Constitution. They even maliciously and arbitrarily betray our elected leaders. The CIA is, to be brutally frank, turning out to be the weak link in our fight against Islamic nihilism. It is literally endangering our lives and those of our loved ones. Sabotage is not too strong a description of the CIA's overall behavior. Might a case even be made that many of its operatives and bureaucrats are traitors? The author may not wish to go that far. I personally have no hesitation in doing so. You can make up your own mind.

Can the CIA even be saved? Would someone like the management specialist Peter Drucker conclude the situation is beyond hope? Was the Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan right on target when suggesting that the CIA be disbanded some two decades ago? Has it outlived its original usefulness? Such questions will unavoidably cross your mind while reading "Sabotage: America's Enemies Within the CIA." You should obtain a copy immediately. It is truly that important of a book.
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84 of 114 people found the following review helpful By LORD CROM on July 13, 2007
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Bush should have fired every Clinton appointee as soon as he took office. There is a saying at the CIA that goes: "There are no spies or Republicans here." After Carter decimated the CIA in 1976 and Clinton finished the job, their intel output is nil. READ THIS BOOK!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Shane Hanson on September 14, 2007
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An interesting read and I have to agree with him on most of it but some conclusions are missed. With the V. Plame issue he missed a huge problem. Nigeria's economy is based on exporting yellow cake Uranium. Shouldn't we be asking how it came to pass that we don't have agents or a field office in a country that has for its number one export Uranium? There are many examples of this.

As far as appointing persons to be in charge of national security, shouldn't we have people in charge who are from the field? Not policy paper writers? Also, why are we not prosecuting the people who leak that are working at the CIA? Aren't the carrying a security clearance?

He does make the case that the CIA is riddled with Left wingers who are anti-American. Like many of the democrat senators we have today, they profess to love America but think that our government is the embodiment of evil. So they act like some sort of French resistance to destroy it from within.

The book is well written and details out the facts very well. For the lefties who cry that he is demoralizing the CIA, please feel free to explain why a person with a top secret clearance should be allowed his freedom when he leaks secret programs to a senator or the press when he or she disapproves of the program? Since this person was not elected, nor is he or she in a position to dictate National Security Policy, why should they not go straight to jail for the rest of their life?
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47 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Gamer 72 on July 16, 2007
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As Americans, we have to face the truths in this book. The Democratic Party is working against it's own country w/in the CIA and beyond. It has sold out fellow Americans - Republicans and other non-Dems - and become its own entity and power in the world. Unless they're holding the reins of power in D.C. then there is no legitimate America in their eyes. They have taken partisanship to very dangerous and un-American levels - it is unprecedented in history (excluding the Civil War). Unfortunately, the liberal media supports them 110%. Eventually, it will ruin their party but in the meantime, all of America suffers from their disunifying treason.
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