59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2003
Terrorist Hunter, by Anonymous, is bone chilling, sinister, and disturbing to read. While I am gazing fish-mouthedly page after page the inside scoops of terrorist groups into which this brave undercover woman infiltrates, an inexplicable sadness penetrates me: why is it that the good guys have to hide behind notwithstanding the terrorists enjoy the freedom in a country against which they hold a grudge? How could these people express such rabid hatred toward a country that has provided them shelter and freedoms?
Anonymoyus is an Iraqi woman whose father had been arrested and executed for being a spy. She escaped to Israel from Iraq and eventually moved to the United States. A mother of three whom gave up her prolific garment business in Israel, anonymous and her husband Leo started fresh in the United States. Driven by poverty and desperately needed a job, fate has brought her to an underground research institute that specialized in investigating, researching and scrutinizing Islamic charities and non-profit organizations in the US that function as the terrorist group fronts and have allegedly fund these groups in their Middle Eastern headquarters.
The sensitive and clandestine nature of the job requires the author to remain anonymous and infiltrate into numerous Islamic briefings, meetings, conferences, and rabid rallies. In doing so, she not only is able to identify such dangerous terrorist organizations, she also becomes an antiterrorism expert in tracing to the root, trimming to the bone, and nailing to the core those who headed such organizations and the means with which they bring mujahideens into the United States and the cunning routes through which money is transferred to fund the groups in the Middle East.
The book fearlessly and unreservedly unravels fascinating and shocking information on how the lack of sharing information, the lack of communication between INS, FBI, and CIA provide a loophole for the burgeoning decoy of terrorism. The main trouble with such bureaucracy is that it contains too many checks and balances, whether to restrain leak of intelligence or protect confidentiality. It is somewhat surprising that anything is ever decided. The inflexibility has disastrous consequences (manifest in the 1993 World Trade bombing followed by the 9-11 all-out-war attack) as it becomes salient that security bureaus are incapable of responding adequately to the challenges and threats the country faces.
More shocking is the fact that INS is not aware of the terrorists (and their real identities) who might be entering the country, as the immigration agency does not gather intelligence information. To make matter worse, the FBI and CIA, while gather up a voluminous amount of documents and intelligence, do not share such information with the INS. Anonymous depicts the FBI (and its policy) as being imbecile as it refuses to act before the crime is committed. As far as six years prior to the 9-11 attack, mujahideens who were apprehended in both the United States and the Philippines (where the terrorists planned to assassinate the Pope and blow up several jetliners over the Pacific Oceans) brought manuals detailing in hijacking, bombing, and assassinating techniques. The FBI has failed to properly use the information that could have been used to stop the murderers before they embarked on their deadly mission. What is scarier is that Usama Bin Laden has long conceived the idea of hijacking planes and crash them into the buildings, why are such documents and information overlooked?
As anonymous deepens her investigation, it doesn't surprise me that some of the largest charity organizations are working fronts and de facto financial arm for the Hamas in the United States. Leaders of such organizations are no freaks but university professors and scholars who had received an education outside of their homelands. These are supporters and preachers of barbaric suicide attacks and martyrdom. They invoke Allah's curse on the "tyrannical" Americans and who call for jihad and incite their worshippers to support the fight against the US and all Jews. Therefore, intelligence agencies make a huge mistake in disbelieving the Islamic fundamentalism is significant threat to the US and not following such leaders. Anonymous also makes a point that following Timothy McVeigh's indictment of the Oklahoma bombing, the FBI makes a bad move in dismissing the idea that the terrorists will strike home. What naivete.
Terrorist Hunter is a book that nobody should miss. The anonymous author has written an edge-of-the-seat, tell-it-all account of the surreptitious and deceitful functioning of the most dangerous organizations in the United States. Practices of such organizations are nothing but minatory and sinister. In writing this memoir, the author has not only risked her life but those of her children and family. In exposing the identities of the terrorists and their roots, the book also serves as a wake-up call to the intelligence agencies and call for a collaboration of these agencies to fight terrorism. 4.2 stars.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2003
This book is a must read for every American who wants to stop terrorism on our shores. I know for a fact that the information contained in this book is true. Some reviewers on this page have erroneously claimed the author is a fake or has stolen her info from Emerson and Loftus. On the contrary, she's very real--she's the source of their information and is an important intelligence source for several U.S. law enforcement agencies fighting the war on terror.
Two important, key points of information contained in the book are: 1) The Terrorist Hunter warned the U.S. government, at the highest levels, of the domestic terrorist threat and documented her infiltration of domestic Muslim "charities" that were really terrorist funding mechanisms, but the U.S. government ignored her until after 9-11; and 2) The Terrorist Hunter, to this day, encounters difficulty getting the FBI to pounce on her information and the villanous organizations funding terrorism. However, U.S. Customs, now the Customs Investigations portion of BICE (the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement), is a great organization, moving swiftly and effectively in response to the Terrorist Hunter's information, to squelch the domestic funders of terrorism.
Although meant as a biography, The Terrorist Hunter is an important read for those of us familiar with the inside scoop on the indictment of Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian and why it took so long for our government to charge him--pro-Saudi politics which prolonged Al-Arian's life of freedom in the U.S., and which cost the lives of Alisa Flatow and Islamic Jihad's other American (and Israeli) victims.
The only question that remains is why the Saudi-funded charities (at 555 Grove Street, detailed in this book) which funded Al-Arian, Al-Quaida, Bush Advisor/NRA Board Member Grover Norquist's Islamic Institute, and other evil forces behind terror, remain open for business. When they are finally shut down, we will have the Terrorist Hunter to thank. That they are still open for business shows the Terrorist Hunter's advice is still not heeded by too much of our government.
Finally, the Terrorist Hunter's story of humiliation and the respective public execution and brutal murder of her father, grandmother, and other family members (merely because they were Jews) by the Iraqi government is not unique or past history. It is important to remember that this is regular practice for the remaining few Jews, Christians, and moderate Muslims in most Islamic and Arab states, today.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2005
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As with any work published anonymously, without verifiable citations, and using fictitious names, the options for determining the accuracy of this material are very limited. Besides cross-comparisons for consistency with other known sources and the exercise of good sense, there is not much available.
That said, I find the book credible. The objections expressed by some reviewers appear to be based on unsupported assumptions concerning the prescience of Islamist radicals in America. My observations suggest that -- while it is dangerous to underrate their malevolence -- their perspicacity may not be of the highest order.
The book has three main points, as follows:
First, that the organizations that use the United States to facilitate the funding of and recruitment for Islamist terror are real and that they wish us harm in every possible way. That shouldn't be news to anybody, although documentation of their ferocity is always sobering to encounter.
Second, that despite a history of sometimes bloody conflict among Muslim sects, the terror organizations Hamas, Hizb'allah, the various Islamic Jihads, etc. have no problem acting in concert against the common enemy -- namely us. The amount of ink spilled foolishly asserting the contrary is pitiful.
Third, that American intelligence -- and in particular the FBI -- is so mired in its bureaucratic culture of turf-protection that it sometimes spends more time contemplating its own navel than taking advantage of readily available resources to know more about the enemy. Although the author's stories are new, the concept is scarcely unfamiliar to anyone who keeps up with this stuff.
The author claims to have built most of her considerable store of knowledge about Islamist organizations in the United States from readily available public information such as documents of incorporation, lists of officers, addresses, etc., as well as Arabic-language publications. The recent revelations of the SOCOM project Able Danger do nothing but bear this out.
Certainly the author is not shy about proclaiming her own abilities, but that disproves nothing. This is a book that you should read and evaluate for yourself.
45 of 55 people found the following review helpful
WARNING NOTICE: Reliable sources in the counter-terrorism world inform me that this book is partly fiction in that the author is systematically integrating the accomplishments of others into her story as if they were her own. I have, however, decided to leave my review intact because she tells a very good story and its key points are right on target. I recommend the book for purchase by all--on balance it is a fine contribution.
Although there are no endorsements or other means of validating the truth of this book, and "woman with four-children" may be a cover for a hyper-active Israeli man in his mid-20's who is of Arab descent, it reads with enormous credibility, it is loaded with correct references, and its many anecdotes about both the value of public records (open sources) and U.S. federal government ineptitude (especially the FBI but also including State, AID, INS, and the CIA) are in my opinion spot on.
This book is an excellent companion to Steven Emerson's book, AMERICAN JIHAD: The Terrorists Living Among Us. Indeed, it has occurred to me that the anonymous author of this book is, if not working directly for Emerson, then possibly in one of the Jewish-funded research elements that he relies upon for research assistance.
Among the many compelling points that I found to recommend the purchase and reading of this book are:
1) Israeli McCarthyism against any Jew willing to express need for a Palestinian state as part of regional stabilization
2) The Rabin assassination as the Israeli equivalent of the US Kennedy assassination--everyone remembers where they were
3) The vital importance of reading all Islamic charity information in Arabic, where the messages are violent and subversive--English for the fund-raising, Arabic for the incitement to terrorism
4) The catastrophic cost of American naivete pre-9-11 in putting all religious and charitable organizations off limits to US counterintelligence, however inept it might have been
5) The extraordinary utility of public records, not just within the US but from Israel and the Arab states, in nailing down relationships among charitable organizations, Saudi financiers, and specific individual terrorists
6) The extraordinary utility of historical (back ten years) Arabic newsletters and newspapers in nailing threatening statements and jihad intentions of people applying for US citizenship or already US citizens, because the federal government has no clue how to do proper open source research
7) The accuracy of the 1990 predictions of American proponents of jihad who claimed that the US's ultimate intent was to "occupy the Arab and Islamic oil sources"
8) The degree to which African Americans have been pulled into the jihad-aspects of Muslim extremism as practiced and preached in the US
9) The ineptitude of the FBI's "knock knock" neighborhood canvassing approach to basic information, completelely eschewing proper open source research and proper undercover collection
10) The ineptitude of the FBI in particular, but the US government in general, in sharing information about terrorists and their organizations (we are amused to note that Aqil Collins, in My Jihad, is virulent on this topic--evidently one thing both mujahids and Israeli counter-terrorism researchers can agree upon is that the FBI was and remains inept)
11) The suspect loyalties and competence of the FBI liaison to Saudi Arabia, who is of Muslim faith and refused to do proper undercover work against other Muslims while posted in the US
12) The pervasive and deep Saudi financial links to all aspects of US Muslim extremism, to include funding for mosques intended to be centers for radicalization over the long term
13) The early open source literature on how Bin Laden decided to apply his construction expertise to solving both smuggling and storage and protection issues in Afghanistan (we have in other reviews noted the importance of the book on Vietnamese tunnels, titled "The Tunnels of Cu Chi")
As I finished the book, I agreed completely with the author's basic premise, to the effect that open source information about US terrorist and charity ties, properly validated, should be posted to the Internet for all to see. This appears to be the only proper response to continuing federal ineptitude. The author is compelling in stating that in the years since 9-11, very little has improved. The FBI continues to refuse to share, the State Department continues to be incompetent at screening terrorists out (and in one instance, allowed the Agency for International Development to offer funding to a known terrorist organization), the list goes on.
This is a very impressive personal account. The author's proven accomplishments, well-documented in the book, lend credence to the value of open sources and methods in the war on terrorism--and lend credence to the legitimate concerns of citizens who are overly trusting in their federal government, which appears to still be, 2 years after 9-11, massively inept.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2003
Rita Katz has put her life on the line as an undercover, first-hand researcher and now as a writer exposing this challenge to our civilization. I have had third-hand information like this for a number of years but getting it from this intelligent, courageous, first-hand source gives me an absolute confidence in my conclusion that we need to end the regimes that support this "holy war". You can't defeat an enemy you don't understand. Our enemy is not the tactic of terrorism. It's the ideas of mysticism, a hatred for success on earth, and a belief that you have the right to kill anyone who disagrees with you.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2003
My hat's off to "Anonymous". Her story is totally credible, it matches in every dimension what I experienced on the "other side", when others including myself discovered Islamic fronts operating in Corporate America and the Government, and brought it to the attention of the FBI. And discovered FIRST HAND how the FBI was complicit in the events of 9/11, and the extent of the subsequent coverups.
The fact the FBI had bumbled, fumbled and deliberately covered up, that government officials had taken Saudi bribes to look the other way is something WE can and I will attest to personally, if only the right forum ever had the decency to convene as we have been requesting (that would be a congressional hearing into FBI coverups where civilians could testify).
I recognize the persistence of 'Anonymous'. If you ever have the misfortune to have a glimpse into that world, and the moral courage to not look the other way - so many sporting the re-white-and-blue do exactly that - you realize how horrifyingly bumbling the FBI and the JTTF forces really are.
Her story corroborates many I personally know of, and my own experiences, about the beaurocratic, CYA stuff that really rules counter-terrorism investigations.
Believe her story, and then realize how America - with $30 billion in intell spending - could suffer the devastation of a 9/11. Those attacks took interlocking planning and co-option of government agencies, planning, bribery and inflitration that went way back across 3 administrations.
Justice for 9/11 means the Saudi's and those in the US government entrusted to the task of protecting the US, those who took bribes to look the other way, and those that did not take bribes but did so from criminal negligence, they be identified and taken to task.
And the Muslim fronts (and I include elements within CAIR and MSA still spouting their nonsense) must be shut down or cleaned up. They provide place and opportunity for Islamic fascists to continue to operate, and what's worse, have hijaacked the Muslim religion, branded millions of people with the fanatic hatred of a few.
In any case, the real point of this book is that 21 months after 9/11, we're hardly more secure, because instead of the cleaning up which means the expose of how 9/11 was really brought to us, the same corrupt forces are still running amok.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2003
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UPS left this book at my door around 3pm and I finally finished it by 4am the next morning! I could not put it down! The most riveting book I have read in years. This gal deserves a Congressional medal for the work she has done uncovering terrorist networks in the US. She's my nomination for the next head of the FBI.
On a shoestring, using public documents and attending Muslim meetings undercover, she unearthed the connections between Hamas and Al-Quaeda long before anyone else. She shows clearly that the real goal of Muslim extremists is the destruction of the West. Their song and dance about getting us out of the Mideast is just a cover for their real intentions.
It addition to her great detective work and intellectual skills, the author's warmth and humanity come across so strongly. I bought the book on Amazon.com after I saw her on 60 Minutes. They should give her a whole hour! In fact, if the networks had any brains, they would make a movie of her life, or, better yet, a series. It would be much more exciting than all the crime shows on TV and it would be about real crimes against humanity.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2003
I enjoyed the book very much. I gave it only four star since as an English only language person, I got confused by the multiple Arabic names and organization (give me only one star). Some charts along the way would have been helpful. The competition and lack of cooperation amoung the various federal agencies, especially the FBI, is quite sad. I was working on an investigation with another federal agency, and I mentioned to that agent of speaking to the FBI concerning another case, and the lack cooperation by the FBI. He just laughed and said "You went to the FBI, that was your first mistake." It is said of Washington DC that information is power, and many people do not want to give up that power. Unfortunately, Americans die when that happens. Hopefully, if the lessons learn in this book are taken to heart fewer American will die in the future.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2003
After having read this book I now fear that there will be more attacks like 9-11. Simply the information about the FBI's reluctance to share information and its crudeness in undercover information gathering (knock, knock, do you know Osama bin Laden?) led me to this belief. The (supposedly) greatest nation on this planet is unable to streamline its intelligence gathering and results. It takes a mother of 4, and a foreigner at that, to help out. As a result she is investigated by the FBI. This has got to be a joke. To the FBI I say this: Get your act together or there will be no one to pity the United States when it is attacked again and again.
Thank you to the brave author not only for the infiltration, but also for writing this important book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2004
The moral of this book is; that a civilian with intimate familiarity with the culture can ferret out clues better than numerous Government trained anti-terrorist agents can. The author researched public documentation to provide evidence of the money trail from some quasi-charities to fund Islamic terrorist groups. The author's point is that there is plenty of information that can be gleaned from public records that is not being noticed. If the info. was effectively utilized, it would provide greater protection by shutting off a source of funding. The author was originally a young girl from an Iraqi Jewish family, whose father was accused on spying for Israel and executed. Her family fled Iraq, and she eventually made her way to New York City. The author's knowledge of Arabic, chutzpah in infiltrating Islamic fundraisers and extensively researching public records has resulted in a vast database. One constant theme throughout the latter half of the book is her low esteem of the anti-terrorist measures being taken by the U.S. government. The author's main target is the FBI, which is portrayed as being inept. One hopes the author is mistaken, but since the U.S government does not shed any light on this, it is a one-sided view, but a view supported by many examples of what appear to be mistakes and oversights.
A very interesting book and an easy read that also provides food for thought.