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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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About the Author
Cheeta the Chimp was just a baby when he was snatched from the Liberian jungle in 1932 by the great animal importer Henry Trefflich. In 1934 Cheeta appeared in his first of many Tarzan movies, Tarzan and His Mate. Cheeta finally retired from the big screen after the 1967 film Doctor Dolittle. The oldest living chimpanzee ever recorded, Cheeta, now seventy-six, is retired in Palm Springs, where he has reinvented himself as a globally acclaimed abstract painter.
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Only years later are Americans seeing video of the exhortations to violence that seem to be a part of the activities at many of the mosques. We have also seen the results of their activities in the US from the fund raising to the initial attack on the wtc to threats exposed subsequent to 9-11.
Other reviewers have proposed that the lack of convictions proves the information to be flawed. Such assertions do not reflect the extreme difficulty of prosecuting cases under US law where there is an ongoing need to investigate other and threat to those who participate in the investigation as sources. The amount of information required to be provided to criminal defendants compromises not only the content of current investigations but also and more importantly compromises sources, capabilities and methods. The problem with defense attorneys serving as the communications link between captured terrorists and those still free poses a huge threat.
What is disturbing about the book is the vast quantity of information available in the public domain or by walk-in which could have greatly assisted in the prevention of the attacks of 9-11. It is important to acknowledge that the FBI had been severely criticized for their prior investigation of religious organizations. Thus, the politically correct FBI of the 90's was hesitant to pursue many leads. As IC Smith details in his book Inside, the story of a career FBI agent, the agency suffered from a lack of principled, mission focused leadership during the lead up to 9-11. The DOJ supported not only the continued employment of a top FBI administrator (who had lied about events surrounding the Ruby Ridge rules of engagement but also destroyed evidence) but also his promotion. The very preventable disaster of 9-11 was affected by decades of mistakes in many agencies but none more critical than those resulting from the leadership cancer at FBI headquarters, where personal advancement was placed ahead of leadership and integrity.
Like so many other books on most any subject, this should not be taken as the single answer but rather a very valuable contribution of the knowledge base on the subject of terrorism.
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.
The author claims to have built most of her considerable store of knowledge about Islamist organizations in the United States from readily available public information such as documents of incorporation, lists of officers, addresses, etc., as well as Arabic-language publications. The recent revelations of the SOCOM project Able Danger do nothing but bear this out.
Certainly the author is not shy about proclaiming her own abilities, but that disproves nothing. This is a book that you should read and evaluate for yourself.
This book tells you what is going on inside the United States. It tells you about the workings of our govt and Law enforcement agencies and how well they work and DON'T work with each other. Who is Hamas? What is happening under your very nose in your town. Humanitarian money raising causes? Wake up! know the truth. Book Kept me interested and tells you what Diane Sawyer will NOT.
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Not only does it tell what terrorist are doing, but why we are restricted in fighting it.