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Homeland Insecurity: How Washington Politicians Have Made America Less Safe Hardcover – September 25, 2008
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"...a compelling and devastating look at the attacks by power-hungry members of Congress on the FBI that were intended to discredit it for personal, political gain and how the placing of CIA personnel over FBI operations threatens to divert its mission from pursuing criminals and terrorists, from investigating wrong-doing by members of Congress, and from operating free of the temporary political objectives depending on who is in power. This is, in so many ways, an important expose and discussion of the present and future of the FBI." --Bookviews.Com, Alan Caruba, December, 2008
"In reading this book certain pieces of the political jigsaw puzzle started to make sense. Without doubt the most important political event in the past 50 years was the atrocity carried out on Sept 11. This created an almost ideal environment for our politicians to further their own needs. Much has been made of the need to secure our borders from further attack, however when you actually look at the actions taken in this direction, you discover that much of the work is subterfuge to reign in what Washington considers renegade groups like the FBI." --Blogger News Network, Simon Barrett, Sept. 2008
"Homeland Insecurity describes the FBI's wide-ranging tasks involving both domestic law enforcement and internal/external security and how the bureau's independent procedures have been weakened by political maneuvering during a time when the United States is in desperate need of stronger protective measures.
The authors describe past misconceptions about the FBI and the reasons that power-hungry politicians have long sought to lessen the bureau's capacity to investigate and enforce the law domestically. The addictiveness of power and money figure heavily into their reasoning as to why politicians have attempted to lessen the bureau's authority since practically Day 1 of its existence... I liked the fact that I came away from the book with exactly the knowledge and understanding that I'd hoped to gain from the reading. I think it's a book that Americans really need to read and discuss, simply because we're accustomed to being misled by corr --Foreword Magazine
"Turchie, a former FBI Deputy Assistant Director, and Puckett, an author and former Special Agent (Hunting the American Terrorist), bring their expertise to bear in a spirited defense of the bureau and a stinging attack on those who would limit its scope. Damning "the exercise of unfettered political power" in Washington that has constrained FBI operations, the authors charge politicians with being "literally addicted to the perks and pleasures of power," their only aim to protect themselves from exposure. Comparing Washington's political culture to the "royal courts of monarchies and the ancient Roman Senate," they specifically charge presidents Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush with "concealment, lying, and deception," and are particularly unsparing in their criticism of VP Dick Cheney. Truly fascinating insights crop up throughout, such as their discussion of Associate FBI Director Mark Felt, aka "Deep Throat," who was attempting to expose Hoover's successor L. Patrick Gray, a Nixon appointee with an important role in the Watergate cover up..." --A. Caruba Bookvues.com
"...With the precision of a surgeon and the markmanship of a sniper the authors peel away the wrapping surrounding some of our most famous leaders both past and present. What we find laying under the the public vaneer are some pretty ugly facts. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a partisan book whose timing is set to coincide with Novembers election. Turchie and Puckett have no political affiliations, in their eyes both Republicans and Democrats are equally guilty as charged..." --Simon Barrett, Blogger News Network --Simon Barrett Blogger News
Top Customer Reviews
This book will probably impress anyone who has never read another book about the FBI or doesn't read newspapers. This is not a book for anyone who wants to be well informed.
Unfortunately it is simply a defense of the FBI's failings and Hoover's rotten corruption - it even says he never had any "secret files" when this has been shown in numerous other books to be true. It never mentions Hoover's corruption, paranoia, his personal use of govt funds, his harassment of a movie actress which resulted in her suicide and his personal vendetta against his own popular agent, Melvin Purvis, even after his death!
It also doesn't mention that the FBI refused to believe a Nazi agent who had landed in NY by submarine even though he tried six times to turn himself in! When the FBI finally did wake up Hoover took full credit for capturing all the agents even though none of them resisted!
It even gives the FBI credit for solving the Watergate scandal and depreciates the major role of newspapers.
To top it all off it also says the FBI tried to warn the US before 9/11 when it is common knowledge that an FBI field agent in Arizona tried numerous times to warn headquarters that Islamic aliens were taking flying lessons and taking no interest in learning to land?
When I was a kid I worshiped FBI agents, I even rode in a car with an agent once and was duly impressed. If only my impression had been true of FBI leadership.
This book is purely an attempt to place all the blame for the FBI's many goofs onto politicians. Politicians are plenty to blame but the FBI needs to fess up and take its share too. It is shameful.
Homeland Insecurity, written by two recently senior security officials of the FBI, is both brave and wise. Brave, because unlike the mainstream media in America today they are calling both Republican and Democratic politicians on the carpet for their lust for power and the devastating effect their resulting actions have had on our national security for the past 35 years. Wise, because they know what they're talking about. I was on the front lines for most of that time, and I saw it happen.
During the years 1948 to 1975 I was an FBI street agent (8 cities), a field supervisor (two cities) and an FBI Headquarters supervisor in three divisions. I was an FBI polygraph examiner for the Watergate Special Prosecutor. When I retired, I was Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission. Later, I was professor and then chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at West Chester (PA) University, 1975-87. In 2005, I was a lecturer on polygraph to the PA Bar Association membership.
I was in the FBI during the Cold War when the CIA failed utterly to penetrate their prime target--the lethal Soviet leadership/intelligence service. FBI operatives, the Childs brothers, achieved full and reliable penetration of top leadership in Russia, China, Cuba and other lesser satellites, enabling the American breakthrough to the Soviet/China leadership in the 1970's. Jimmy Carter, in his gentlemanly way, called it "better than ice cream". Henry Kissinger used this information to move the U.S. safely through this all-important opening.Read more ›
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My praise for this book comes from my background in the telecommunications world for more than 6 decades. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by BJ
Terry Turchie and Kathleen Puckett have done a masterful and magnificent job of describing exactly what's happened inside government. They know...they have been there. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Susan Rabern