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The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda's American Recruits Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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“An absolutely compelling case that we haven't seen the end of terrorism in this country. In a gripping narrative, Herridge tells how it was only by sheer luck we sidestepped al Qaeda's "second wave" - and we'll need all the more of it not to be hit by the next.” – Bob Baer, New York Times bestselling author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil
"The only thing more disturbing than al Qaeda's efforts to recruit U.S. citizens to harm America is its success at doing so. Expertly investigated, The Next Wave delivers a powerfully written, fresh look at homegrown terrorism in its most insidious form – and gives every reason to believe that the question is not whether an attack will occur, but when."
- The Honorable Tom Ridge
“Catherine Herridge has written a book that, from start to finish, grabs the reader. It is a fabulous look into her complex world that contains detailed observations and shocking revelations. Woven into the back story is the harsh reality of U.S. government incompetence, cover-up and deception – all focused on self-serving bureaucratic ass-covering that continues to endanger the well being of the American people. She is able to provide a dire forecast – a storm warning if you will – of the next generation of Muslim extremism and how they are evolving and adapting to the 21st century. Her work should be read – and internalized – by anyone who wants to learn how we must improve U.S. national security, counterterrorism and intelligence collection. Herridge's investigation of al Qaeda 2.0 reads like a novel. Herridge comes from a military family -- so her reporting on national security issues is deeply personal. The Next Wave is an action adventure -- like a "mission impossible" military mom.”
—Tony Shaffer, LtCol (USAR), bestselling author of Operation DARK HEART, and Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Defense Studies
"Even before Osama bin Laden's death, al Qa'ida had shown itself to be an organization as adaptable as it was deadly. With their plots frustrated at one level, they have adjusted their approach. Catherine Herridge's The Next Wave chronicles that adjustment--including more AQ reliance on the self radicalized, home grown, lower threshold threat--and challenges us to adapt as quickly and as well as our murderous adversary. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand where this war is going and what we need to do to win it."
--General Michael Hayden, former director CIA and NSA
“Written with no-nonsense clarity, moral rigor and hard-earned expertise, The Next Wave is a landmark in investigative journalism. This book by our most-relentless reporter on national security reveals in sharp detail how Washington's infighting, political correctness and outright duplicity enable home-grown Islamist terrorists to attack Americans--by turning our own freedoms and laws against us. Fierce, first-rate and frightening.”
—Ralph Peters, former U.S. Army intelligence officer and author of Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization.
"This is a must read for every American. The domestic terrorist threat is real! America's response has been disappointing. Explore the world of the growing and evolving danger of homegrown terrorism in this compelling analysis." - Congressman Pete Hoekstra -- Chairman/Ranking member House Intelligence Committee (2004 - 2011)
“Catherine Herridge is quite simply the best national security reporter on television today. She breaks news, and tracks down stories before the mainstream media – and even the U.S. government – know about them. If you want the inside story of how an American Muslim cleric became al Qaeda’s top recruiter and propagandist, and the growing danger posed by cadre of traitors – al Qaeda’s American recruits – you must read this book.” – Marc Thiessen
“Catherine Herridge's The Next Wave is a desperately needed antidote to the soothing, politically correct, but ultimately lethal pabulum about militant Islamism fed to Americans by leaders in both parties and their academic and mainstream-media acolytes. Ms. Herridge's investigatory reporting details the growing appeal of bin Laden's call to jihad among young U.S.-citizen Muslim males, as well as the damage they already have done in America due to a lack of focused, enduring attention from government and law-enforcement officials at all levels, men and women who fear a backlash from bin Laden's able, if unthinking abettors in U.S.-based Muslim advocacy groups, the ACLU, and other champions of multiculturalism. Ms. Herridge's The Next Wave makes clear that a front in the war America is fighting overseas against Islamist militancy is well established in the United States, that it is growing and attracting intelligent fighters, and that it intends widespread violence in our cities and towns.” –Michael Scheuer, author of Osama bin Laden and Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University
About the Author
From Guantánamo to Afghanistan, Fox News national correspondent Catherine Herridge has looked the world’s worst terrorists in the face. A “reporter’s reporter,” she and her investigative team spent years scouring the United States and the world to uncover the shocking secrets of the next wave.
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When she deals with the ground level activities, she shows us diligent and conscientious agents trying to cope with very difficult problems. Their descriptions and her conversations with these individuals gives us some confidence that these are the same sort of people who have so often served America well. But when she deals with recent administrations at somewhat more exalted levels, their actions and policies become baffling and obscure when they aren't transparently self-serving. A major theme in the book is the FBI's dealings with a major terrorist, New Mexico-born Anwar al Awlaki, who appears to have been instrumental in welcoming the 911 non-English speaking terrorists to their housing in San Diego and later in Virginia. Herridge carefully lays out the time line of al Alwaki's return to the U. S. one year after 911 where unknown senior officials expedited and facilitated his passage through customs and out of the control of U. S. counter terrorism authorities despite an outstanding warrant. Her attempts to obtain information about al Awlaki were uniformly blunted by high-level intervention with more than a little scorn ... one package of FOIA documents, for example, consisted of 27 pages of completely redacted material that was delivered special delivery by FedEx. The book was released prior to the drone attack that killed al Awlaki on Sept. 30th of this year in Yemen, and she ends the book with the strange case of al Awlaki very much unfinished. Perhaps some of the missing pieces will now emerge, for al Awlaki is surely the prototypical new breed of terrorist who is the subject of her book. Then again, perhaps he was something else entirely and knew too much?
Also unfinished is her tale of Nidal Malak Hasan the islamic terrorist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in November of 2009. Herridge has some fascinating observations of the initial hearing for Hasan, but does not pick up the tale beyond that one hour event. Perhaps this is understandable since Hasan's trial is slated for March 2012. But having broached the subject, a little more information about Hasan's armed rampage would be of interest. For example she mentions that Hasan's lawyer was trying to make something out of the seven bullet wounds that ended his execution of defenseless soldiers, most of whom were nurses. The defense lawyer seemed to be upset that these wounds left him paralyzed. At the time, it was reported that Hasan was finally stopped when got the worst of a gun battle with a single female police officer. But after a few days it became apparent that Hasan was taken down by a second civilian base-security officer, after wounding and disabling the first responder. One can only hope that first officer is has fully recovered. Concern for Hasan's condition seems a horribly misplaced. Would that the military allowed their soldiers to carry arms while on base. This thing could have been ended much more quickly.
Perhaps the most illuminating and alarming aspect of the book is her description of how the most "transparent" administration in history is using our military's command structure to thwart coverage of events that may show it in an unfavorable light. Her tale of the harassment and intimidation of reporters in Quantanamo is very disturbing. For those who think that totalitarianism is a distant worry, one need only reflect on her report of the ease with which the Obama administration has used mischeivous policies that employ low-ranking officers and enlisted men to minimize press coverage of what was supposed to be the trial of the century. Of course it was only going to be the trial of the century when Mr. Holder was going to inflict it on New York City, and this was prior to Obama's reassurance that a guilty verdict was certain, which of course raised the propect of the whole thing being tossed out for jury tampering. And it is also true the real media had already gotten the memo to play down the trial as it didn't fit with the narrative that Obama wants to create about his regime. So the indignities and threats were only inflicted on the foreign press and the few US outfits like Fox that decided to cover this now insignificant trial.
Rating this book was difficult. It doesn't exhibit the kind of five-star scholarship that distinquishes Melanie Phillips' "The World Turned Upside Down." And it leaves so much unanswered. But it does something that is very useful. It gives us the first hand impressions of someone who is diligently trawling through the bars and bureaucracies in D. C. for truth, and who seems to be conscientious and concerned. The tale is not complete, but I would still value this book above many others on the subject. One minor irritant, I read the book on my (mark 1) Kindle and the captions for the photos didn't display correctly in all cases.
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I always enjoy Catherine's reports on Fox during the news hour.