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Author and CIA counterterrorism veteran Faddis (Beyond Repair) opens his latest salvo against the state of homeland security by detailing a surprise attack that cost more than 2,000 American lives, the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor; even worse, he contends, was the complacency that permitted successful "follow-on attacks" a full eight hour later, and for several days after, in the Philippines. Faddis finds the aftermath of 9/11 a bitter reminder of the 60-year-old failure to react effectively: over eight years, the U.S. has spent billions making the Department of Homeland Security the largest federal department in history, but effective new security measures are nearly nonexistent. Instead, the department's work includes a $200,000 grant for a tiny Alaskan fishing village 300 miles from the nearest major population center; and $160,000 for eight plasma screen televisions in Montgomery, Maryland. Meanwhile, many municipal railways, chemical plants, liquid natural gas terminals, and even military installations remain entirely vulnerable; in the case of a well-rehearsed, well-timed attack, the potential for casualties far exceeds those of 9/11. Faddis is a passionate and fully-informed advocate for effective and responsible security, and his analytical survey is a valuable clarion call for anyone involved in homeland security and public safety.
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“To an America that has gone to sleep long since 9/11, this book will serve as a wake-up call, a resounding alarm alerting everyone to the very real threats we face from an enemy committed to attacking us, again and again. Based on decades of experience as one of the CIA’s top counter-terror operators, no one is more qualified than Charles Faddis to help us see our vulnerabilities and show every American what can be done to reduce them.”
―John Giduck, President, Archangel Anti-Terror Group and author of Terror at Beslan
“Well researched and written with sophistication, Willful Neglect is a crucially important yet wholly disturbing depiction of gullibility and greed. Faddis points to the pervasive diversion of resources from genuine security needs by those hyping pork-barrel projects and lucrative new ‘security’ wares, and he takes on the industries and regulators aggressively seeking to save money by shirking their responsibilities to defend predeployed mass weapons among hundreds of poorly defended chemical, bio-weapon, and nuclear facilities against a host of feasible attacks.”
―Jim Warren, Executive Director of NC WARN, a nuclear power watchdog organization
Praise for the author's previous book, Beyond Repair:
“Faddis, a career CIA operations officer, pulls no punches in this provocative critique of the iconic and dysfunctional spy agency. . . . In a world where threats are multiplying and becoming more complex, [his] bleak assessment of the CIA should be required reading.”
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A devastating portrait of the agency’s culture―with details that only an insider would know.”
―David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of Body of Lies
From the author's Introduction:
We had, on a strategic scale, plenty of warning that 9/11 was coming. Al Qaida told us they were coming, and they launched a series of preliminary attacks on targets such as US naval vessels and embassies. Across the globe there was chatter about the idea of attacking US aircraft and of using those aircraft as flying bombs. We did nothing. Like the commanders at Pearl Harbor we sat with our hands folded and assumed that when and if the attack came, it would come elsewhere, certainly not on our soil.
Three thousand people died as the result of that complacency. Now, in the aftermath, it is our job to do what MacArthur did not do [after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941], to prepare for the next wave of attacks. There is no longer any possibility of avoiding the conclusion that we are at war. There is no question about the brutality of our foes, their level of creativity or their willingness to strike us inside our own borders. It is incumbent upon us, therefore, to move as fast as is humanly possible to block any all future attacks.
Amazingly, though, as you tour this nation and examine the prime targets which beg to be defended from terrorist attack, what you find, eight years later, is that virtually nothing meaningful has been done. True, large new bureaucracies have been created and huge shiny, new office buildings constructed, but in terms of concrete measures which will stand in the way of determined, evil men, there is very, very little.
Analysis of the real dangers.Must read if we are to avoid blundering further into the DHS trap..fear has created fearful results not security. billions for what? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marilyn K. Hunt
Having worked more than five years in contract security as a foot patrol level officer this book is only a brief example of the security troubles that exist in the US. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Garber
I have cut my own hair sometimes. Not lately. It reminds me of when I was very young and people cut my hair short. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Bruce P. Barten