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Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen Paperback – August 7, 2007
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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
From the Hardcover edition.
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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Top customer reviews
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.
One thing that really jumped out at me is his choice of sources. One individual -- whose name escapes me as I do not have the book in front of me -- is a counter-espionage expert at the FBI who is described in several chapters as part of the problem in terms of covering for people who probably do not deserve cover and is then cited as an expert in other chapters. Which is it Bill? Either this source is part of the problem or part of the solution?
All in all, the book was big on rehashing stories of spies within the government but short on solutions.
The priority always seemed to be telling the powers to be what they wanted to hear in order to preserve job security and personal career growth.
If we continue to keep the "head in the sand" attitude we will be in real trouble.
I urge anyone who works for a defense contractor or a government agency to read this book.
Nashua , NH
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. After three years, after a KGB defector is paid $7 million for information, the FBI learns that the spy indeed lives near the park in question: his name is Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who has spied for the Soviets for years.
Gertz points out that literally every nation is spying on the United States - and that our agencies are horribly grossly incompetent to detect the spies and catch them.
This is a frightening book, but one that every concerned American should read.
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Gertz knows his stuff and tells it how it really is.
It'll make you hope for change.