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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Red Cell IG (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984174737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984174737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Money is the lifeblood of terrorism. Every terrorist attack requires financial support and, therefore, leaves a money trail. Identifying this trail links terrorists and their supporters in a documented web of complicity, giving authorities the information they need to neutralize terrorist networks. For street cops and criminal investigators, following the money and value trails is a proven technique that could be key to preventing another catastrophic terrorist attack in the United States. Presenting real-world tools, resources, and insights, On the Trail of Terror Finance is a long-overdue and straightforward guide designed expressly for the needs of law enforcement and intelligence officers and analysts. --Richard N. Holden, Ph.D., director, State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

John Cassara and Avi Jorisch capture the essence of what law enforcement and intelligence personnel need to know in order to prevent terrorists from obtaining the money they need to operate, thereby rendering them ineffective. A must-read for all involved in the fight against terrorism. --Richard A. Marquise, retired FBI special agent, lead U.S. investigator on the Pan Am 103 bombing, and author of Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation

I can say from firsthand experience that without money, there is no terrorism. On the Trail of Terror Finance gives law enforcement an up-close and personal view of the subject, offering excellent information to assist those working in the field. We need to fight terrorism on all fronts, and following the money trail has been highly successful. A must-read for everyone from federal agents to city police officers. --Jeff S. Sandy, sheriff, retired IRS special agent, and recipient of the U.S. Treasury Honor Award and Defense Department Achievement Medal for work in Iraq tracing terrorist money

When it comes to long-term security, breaking the terror finance code is this century's equivalent of breaking the Axis bombing codes during World War II. The authors have undertaken an overdue, highly valuable assessment, namely, the hard labor of understanding how law enforcement and intelligence officials can take the next step in decoding and dismantling terror finance. --Robert Charles, former assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement under Secretary Colin Powell

From the Author

This book was principally written for U.S. law enforcement and intelligence community officials focused on combating terrorism and associated criminal activity.  In addition, international law enforcement, customs agencies, intelligence agencies, military and security services, anti-money laundering compliance officers at financial institutions, and concerned citizens can derive tremendous benefits from various chapters.

Law enforcement authorities at the federal, state, and local levels - increasingly joined by their international colleagues - play a vital role in identifying and combating terrorism financing.  In fact, our best chance of preventing a catastrophic terrorist attack will likely come from an individual officer spotting a suspicious activity, whether a policeman on the street or an intelligence analyst in front of a computer.  We hope that this guide will help our colleagues become more aware of the financial aspects underling the criminal activities they investigate, as well as possible links to terrorism.  The most important counter-terror finance measure for law enforcement is also the most simple: during the course of a routine investigation, officers should take the time to "ask the next question," and focus on the money and/or value trail.  In other words, we hope that this guide will help authorities become more familiar with the kinds of questions to ask.

John Cassara and Avi Jorisch

More About the Author

John Cassara began his 26 year government career as a covert intelligence officer during the Cold War. He later served as a Treasury Special Agent in both the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service where he investigated money laundering, trade fraud and international smuggling. He was an undercover arms dealer for two years. Assigned overseas, he developed expertise in Middle East money laundering, value transfer and underground financial systems. He also worked six years within Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Mr. Cassara's final assignment was with Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). Since his retirement, he has lectured in the United States and around the world on a variety transnational crime issues. Mr. Cassara has authored or co-authored several articles and books, including Hide and Seek, Intelligence, Law Enforcement and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance (2006 Potomac Books) and On the Trail of Terror Finance - What Intelligence and Law Enforcement Officers Need to Know (2010 Red Cell IG). He wrote Demons of Gadara, the first novel to deal with terror finance. It is scheduled to be released in September, 2013.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Retired Law Enforcement on October 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
John Cassara and Avi Jorisch have hit the mark with a "paint by the numbers" masterpiece. Where most crimes are commited FOR money, crimes involving terrorism are usually conducted for a reason other than money. However, the terrorist who may be trying to send a message through his terrorist act, needs money in order to operate. Increasingly many terror cells have become either self funded or money is transferred in ways which are atypical. Cassara and Jorisch have made the task of "following the money" easy to do with their new book. The book takes the average investigator through the maze of financial systems around the world including the shadowy ones used by international criminals and terrorists and makes it easy to understand. This allows the average policeman on the street to benefit from the knowledge of the authors. A state, local or tribal police officer who may not have the training afforded an experienced Federal agent -- the IRS, USSS, FBI etc-- will be able to immediately benefit from the tools found in this book. It is a must read for every police officer, federal agent and intelligence officer involved not only in investigating terrorist crimes but every crime which involves money or the financial systems. Thanks for making this resource available to law enforcement.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom on September 11, 2010
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On the Trail is an excellent introduction for those looking to understand the world of Terror Financing. The book is accessible, informative, and full of real world details. I particularly enjoyed the case studies of real Law Enforcement and Intelligence operations. The book is great on the first read through, but it has an excellent cheat sheet section at the end of every chapter, making it a phenomenal reference tool. This book will be the go to reference for any professional in the counter terror finance field.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JRW on September 15, 2010
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John Cassara and Avi Jorisch have produced an excellent guide for those involved in counterterrorism. As terrorist networks grow, methods of operations change. In addition, terrorism and organized crime are forming links of convenience when their networks intersect. Money is at the root of all these changes, and methods of obtaining, securing, and using funds are changing.

Cassara and Jorisch point to the current and future challenges of terrorist financing. They provide valuable information for those interested in the field. This is an important contribution to the pragmatic literature on the financing of terrorism.
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