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Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America Hardcover – May 6, 2003

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The author of this gripping account, whose identity, for obvious reasons, must remain secret, has some shocking revelations to make regarding innocuous-sounding Islamic groups that she says serve as fronts for Hamas, Palestine Islamic Jihad and even al-Qaeda; about FBI ineptitude in investigating these groups; and perhaps worst, about government suspicion of those, like herself, who are investigating this network. Some will dismiss as paranoid her claim that there is a Saudi-funded movement to gain "Muslim world domination," yet readers will follow along in fearful fascination as she slowly assembles the puzzle pieces of a complex, interlocking group of organizations and traces their links to terrorist groups and, ultimately, to a "Saudi connection." The author, a researcher at an unnamed research institute in New York City that focuses on the Middle East, has, through her work, become perhaps the leading authority on how these front organizations operate in the U.S.-government agencies come to her for information. Readers will share her nervousness as she attends a Muslim conference with a tape recorder attached to her eight-month-pregnant stomach under her burka or dives into a garbage-filled Dumpster in search of documents. Her personal story is equally dramatic: as a child, she and her Jewish family escaped imprisonment in Iraq after the regime executed her father as a spy for Israel. With her evidence of how reputedly moderate Islamic leaders speak in support of jihad, she will undoubtedly be accused of feeding anti-Muslim fears. Readers will have to absorb her tale and judge for themselves whether her evidence is credible; this should be headed for bestseller lists.
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (May 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060528192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060528195
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew M. Yau on July 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Terrorist Hunter, by Anonymous, is bone chilling, sinister, and disturbing to read. While I am gazing fish-mouthedly page after page the inside scoops of terrorist groups into which this brave undercover woman infiltrates, an inexplicable sadness penetrates me: why is it that the good guys have to hide behind notwithstanding the terrorists enjoy the freedom in a country against which they hold a grudge? How could these people express such rabid hatred toward a country that has provided them shelter and freedoms?
Anonymoyus is an Iraqi woman whose father had been arrested and executed for being a spy. She escaped to Israel from Iraq and eventually moved to the United States. A mother of three whom gave up her prolific garment business in Israel, anonymous and her husband Leo started fresh in the United States. Driven by poverty and desperately needed a job, fate has brought her to an underground research institute that specialized in investigating, researching and scrutinizing Islamic charities and non-profit organizations in the US that function as the terrorist group fronts and have allegedly fund these groups in their Middle Eastern headquarters.
The sensitive and clandestine nature of the job requires the author to remain anonymous and infiltrate into numerous Islamic briefings, meetings, conferences, and rabid rallies. In doing so, she not only is able to identify such dangerous terrorist organizations, she also becomes an antiterrorism expert in tracing to the root, trimming to the bone, and nailing to the core those who headed such organizations and the means with which they bring mujahideens into the United States and the cunning routes through which money is transferred to fund the groups in the Middle East.
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This book is a must read for every American who wants to stop terrorism on our shores. I know for a fact that the information contained in this book is true. Some reviewers on this page have erroneously claimed the author is a fake or has stolen her info from Emerson and Loftus. On the contrary, she's very real--she's the source of their information and is an important intelligence source for several U.S. law enforcement agencies fighting the war on terror.
Two important, key points of information contained in the book are: 1) The Terrorist Hunter warned the U.S. government, at the highest levels, of the domestic terrorist threat and documented her infiltration of domestic Muslim "charities" that were really terrorist funding mechanisms, but the U.S. government ignored her until after 9-11; and 2) The Terrorist Hunter, to this day, encounters difficulty getting the FBI to pounce on her information and the villanous organizations funding terrorism. However, U.S. Customs, now the Customs Investigations portion of BICE (the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement), is a great organization, moving swiftly and effectively in response to the Terrorist Hunter's information, to squelch the domestic funders of terrorism.
Although meant as a biography, The Terrorist Hunter is an important read for those of us familiar with the inside scoop on the indictment of Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian and why it took so long for our government to charge him--pro-Saudi politics which prolonged Al-Arian's life of freedom in the U.S., and which cost the lives of Alisa Flatow and Islamic Jihad's other American (and Israeli) victims.
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As with any work published anonymously, without verifiable citations, and using fictitious names, the options for determining the accuracy of this material are very limited. Besides cross-comparisons for consistency with other known sources and the exercise of good sense, there is not much available.

That said, I find the book credible. The objections expressed by some reviewers appear to be based on unsupported assumptions concerning the prescience of Islamist radicals in America. My observations suggest that -- while it is dangerous to underrate their malevolence -- their perspicacity may not be of the highest order.

The book has three main points, as follows:

First, that the organizations that use the United States to facilitate the funding of and recruitment for Islamist terror are real and that they wish us harm in every possible way. That shouldn't be news to anybody, although documentation of their ferocity is always sobering to encounter.

Second, that despite a history of sometimes bloody conflict among Muslim sects, the terror organizations Hamas, Hizb'allah, the various Islamic Jihads, etc. have no problem acting in concert against the common enemy -- namely us. The amount of ink spilled foolishly asserting the contrary is pitiful.

Third, that American intelligence -- and in particular the FBI -- is so mired in its bureaucratic culture of turf-protection that it sometimes spends more time contemplating its own navel than taking advantage of readily available resources to know more about the enemy. Although the author's stories are new, the concept is scarcely unfamiliar to anyone who keeps up with this stuff.
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