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Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Terrorist Attack the World Has Ever Seen Paperback – August 17, 2004
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The book consists of two elements. The first is the story of how Fouda secretly arranged to meet with the two men in Pakistan, the meeting itself, and his subsequent struggles to acquire the recordings of his interviews, having been forced to leave them in the hands of Al Qaeda for several months to allow them to edit the tapes for security purposes. The second is the details about some of the lesser-known figures of Al Qaeda, including background on the two men Fouda interviewed, and others such as Omar Sheikh, who was responsible for the kidnapping and death of Daniel Pearl. There is also new information on the activities of the Sept. 11 hijackers in the years leading up to the attacks, and an interesting look at the complex connections between Al Qaeda and the Pakistani intelligence service. Most of this is based on many exclusive interviews conducted by Fouda himself.Read more ›
Working in London in April 2002, Yosri Fouda was contacted by an al-qaeda representative requesting a meeting. With the first anniversary of the attacks approaching, al-qaeda wanted to air it's justifications of the "Holy Tuesday Operation." With all the conspiracy theories floating around, it seems that al-qaeda was concerned about "attempts to strip the brothers of their credit." This led to a meeting in Karachi, Pakistan between Fouda and none other than Mohammed and Binalshibh. Not only did they admit their role in the attacks, but they provided detailed information of how and why they did it. The book also goes into detail about the 19 hijackers, Osama Bin Laden, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's extensive career in the terrorism business. While much of the information in this book has been published elsewhere, Fouda's up-close and personal acquaintance with these "Masterminds of Terror" make this an original and valuable contribution to the works about 9/11.
And, do not forget to read the second appendix - a statement by al Qaeda, dating from somewhere between mid-September 2001 and April 2002. A diatribe against the U.S. ends with an appeal to Allah: "We ask Him to chastise their state, make the earth quake under their feet, defeat them, and..."
Though we have suffered devastating hurricanes (gleefully welcomed by Pat Robertson) and tornadoes roaring across Christian County, Kentucky, the earth really quaked under their feet in northern Pakistan. The Tsunami, of course, chastised the Islamic fundamentalists in Aceh. Perhaps God is trying to tell us he wants a secular world? After all, he sent Jesus to us with an appeal for a separation between Church and State. Remember, "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, render unto God that which is God's."
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this book was great i have read everything i can get my hands on and this is one of the best. it has great facts and infoPublished on March 1, 2009 by M. gosney
I have a copy of this book which I bought last year and I am not looking to sell. By sheer conincidence, a lecturer on my journalism course at University managed to lure Yosri... Read morePublished on November 16, 2005 by Mr. A. Howell