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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism Paperback – January 7, 2003
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“See No Evil is a compelling account of America’s failed efforts to ‘listen in’ on the rest of the world, especially the parts of it that intend to do us harm.”
–Wall Street Journal
“Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field
officer in the Middle East.”
–Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker
From the Inside Flap
In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
A veteran case officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations in the Middle East, Baer witnessed the rise of terrorism first hand and the CIA's inadequate response to it, leading to the attacks of September 11, 2001. This riveting book is both an indictment of an agency that lost its way and an unprecedented look at the roots of modern terrorism, and includes a new afterword in which Baer speaks out about the American war on terrorism and its profound implications throughout the Middle East.
"Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field
officer in the Middle East."
-Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker
From The Preface
This book is a memoir of one foot soldier's career in the other cold war, the one against terrorist networks. It's a story about places most Americans will never travel to, about people many Americans would prefer to think we don't need to do business with.
This memoir, I hope, will show the reader how spying is supposed to work, where the CIA lost its way, and how we can bring it back again. But I hope this book will accomplish one more purpose as well: I hope it will show why I am angry about what happened to the CIA. And I want to show why every American and everyone who cares about the preservation of this country should be angry and alarmed, too.
The CIA was systematically destroyed by political correctness, by petty Beltway wars, by careerism, and much more. At a time when terrorist threats were compounding globally, the agency that should have been monitoring them was being scrubbed clean instead. Americans were making too much money to bother. Life was good. The White House and the National Security Council became cathedrals of commerce where the interests of big business outweighed the interests of protecting American citizens at home and abroad. Defanged and dispirited, the CIA went along for the ride. And then on September 11, 2001, the reckoning for such vast carelessness was presented for all the world to see.
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I truly hope all this changed, I still see the images of the people jumping off the towers in flames, I hope that Their jumps made or started a different .....
Thank You to the officers like Baer and to the many Baer-s that do their duty/job in silence.
It's surprising the sheer amount of information that Baer is allowed to present in this book. Some of the details have been redacted by the CIA (which Baer leaves intact throughout the book) but his story and facts are presented largely intact. By the time you finish the book you'll be wondering why nobody has spent more time reporting on the facts he's presented.
Overall, this is a great book. If you're interested in finding out more about the spread of Islamic Fundamentalism and post cold war politics, this is the book you're looking for. If you looking for a more broad history of the CIA try Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.
An even darker picture is painted as we are shown why America was looking the other way when 911 happened, how our political landscape is shaped and influenced by foreign nations, and how critical intelligence is sometimes never gathered because it isn't politically correct, or not conducive to career advancement within the ranks.
I am not a former employee of any government agency--just an interested citizen, concerned about our nation, who appreciates the freedoms we enjoy because the Robert Baer's of the world are willing to tread quietly in the background, in places where chaos reigns and death is a daily occurrence. I highly recommend this book.
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piqued my interest to learn more about terrorism and government corruption.