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Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen Hardcover – September 19, 2006

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Praise for Bill Gertz and his explosive New York Times bestsellers

“A blockbuster book . . . Just astounding.” —Rush Limbaugh

“Gertz is legendary among national security reporters for the quality of his sources. . . . He is the envy of his competitors.” —Washington Monthly

“The hottest reporter in town . . . [Gertz] breaks dozens of stories every year, and he’s read carefully by people who follow national security issues, not to mention the military attachés around town.” —Washington Post

“If you’re a fan of horror stories, read this. It will scare the hell out of you.” —G. Gordon Liddy

“Bill Gertz remains a national asset.” —Weekly Standard

“Explosive . . . A methodical, well-thought-out, easy-to-read book . . . that will shock the average American.” —Sean Hannity

About the Author

Bill Gertz is the defense and national security reporter for the Washington Times and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Treachery, Breakdown, and Betrayal. He is also an analyst for Fox News and has been interviewed on many television and radio programs, including This Week, John McLaughlin’s One on One, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Rush Limbaugh Show. He has lectured at the FBI Academy and the National Defense University. Gertz lives with his family near Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; First Edition edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307338053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307338051
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Gertz explains clearly the rationale for improving America's counterintelligence. He throws out all political correctness that has put us in this current situation. Gertz is a better man for exposing these problems in our intelligence community. Now they may get fixed properly. Gertz can not believe that the Intelligence community has not changed many of its tactics since 9/11. Gertz points out the lack of intelligence in Iraq before the war began. He describes the problem with bureaucracy and its blocking of new changes. Gertz in each chapter describes a spy case that has happened in the past decades. Some points that jumped out at me in the book.

1.) Chinese spies put out disinformation campaigns to the U.S government.
2.) The U.S has not changed its approach to China since the end of the Cold War.
3.) A 2005 report on China is blasted by Gertz as "fundamentally wrong".
4.) How can the U.S do business with such an oppressive regime like China?
5.) A spy that stole American valuable weapons technology such as the Rail gun and Quiet Electric Drive.
6.) The spy's plan was to execute "Assassin's Mace": "select technology and weaponry that allows a smaller, weaker military power to defeat a larger, stronger one."
7.) This spy also stole plans on a next generation destroyer known as DDX
8.) Gertz states that China is so interested in our Navy because war with China would mean the Navy would be a primary factor.
9.) Gertz also discusses Russian spies like Aldrich Ames and Hanssen.
10.) Ames as a spy revealed more than one hundred covert American operations and betrayed more than thirty sources.
11.) Asan Akbar: Muslim U.S soldier attacked U.S soldiers at Camp Pennsylvania.
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This book brings to light the extent our enemies will go to get information they want. It also tells how often international agreements on arms and nuclear material are violated for money. While the United States has to try to work with many nations to broker some form of peace, the book shows there is no Nation we can fully trust. A good read for anyone interested in espionage and counterintelligence.
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It will never happen, of course. Real investigative reporters who don't disguise their love and concern for the United States, folks like Bill Gertz and Bill Sammon will never gain the respect and votes of the Pulitzer Prize committee. They preserve their votes for people like Walter Duranty, who denied there was famine in the Ukraine and won a Lenin Prize in addition to his Pulitzer.

Gertz is concerned for America's safety. As he puts it "[u]ntil we fix the gaping holes in our defenses, America will remain highly vulnerable to our enemies." And after reading this book, if you weren't already worried, you will be.

Anyone who has visited a government office, whether to renew their driver's license, pay their property taxes, mail a package or whatever, knows that governments do not hire the cream of the crop. What happens when second, third and fourth rate people are hired by the CIA, the FBI and other security agencies?

Uh, you get second, third or fourth rate performance in situations where the stakes are very, very high: like the preservation of the nation's secrets.

Gertz details scandals resulting from the incompetence of the CIA and FBI. A Chinese woman has two lovers, both FBI agents. She's one of their prized informants - and a spy for the Chinese government. The investigation of her is muddled and she walks.

The FBI spends years persecuting a CIA agent suspected of being a spy. They have no real evidence, but the harassment is non-stop. Their big clue is the CIA employee's proximity to a partiular park.
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In his crisply written, well researched style Gertz hits another homerun with Enemies. Like a scientist looking at an iceberg Gertz has the contacts and skills to investigate the 80% that's hidden from the public, either through spin control or the bias of the press.

Gertz weaves together the threads of the fabric that China uses to blind the American public to the threat while it exerts far too much control over Washington with a combination of agents of influence, spys and those willing to look the other way when the Chicom campaign contributions come rolling in.

The follies of the FBI also play a large role in the book as Gertz unravels the bungled investigations and prosecutions which allowed so many spies to go free or with just a slap on the wrist. The bizzare goings on in the FBI's ranks where two senior agents are sleeping with a Chinese agent and feeding her information on other investigations. The belief inside the FBI that the mole must be in the CIA when it was really one of the FBI agents. The tragic loss of material from our nuclear labs.

This is a great but not pleasant read. Sadly thousands of our sons and daughters are likely to die as the result of the failure to recognize China as a major military threat with expansionist goals.


Note - The one star reviews are mostly by one review posters who do not appear to have read to book or perhaps posting from somewhere in the far east.
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