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Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World: An Insider's View Paperback – February 6, 2015
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About the Author
J. Michael Springmann served in the United States government as a diplomat with the State Department’s Foreign Service, with postings in Germany, India, and Saudi Arabia. He left federal service and currently practices law in the Washington, DC, area.
Springmann has been published in numerous foreign policy publications, including Covert Action Quarterly, Unclassified, Global Outlook, the Public Record, OpEdNews, and Foreign Policy Journal. He holds a JD from American University, in Washington, DC, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in international relations from Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America. In 2004, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee recognized Springmann as one of its Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year.
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The author expresses a low opinion of many of his Foreign Service colleagues. Was he just difficult to get along with? Clearly he was not a ‘company’ man. Was he simply an honest-to-god whistleblower? This seems to be the case. Even now he says he has inordinate problems sending and receiving emails, and experiences mysterious computer crashes and daily robocalls.
It’s not the best written book I have laid my hands on; and the author often repeats himself throughout the book. But it provides an important window into how fundamentalist-leaning Middle Eastern men have been recruited and used by the US for questionable deeds often having devastating and far-reaching effects. It’s definitely worth the read.