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, September 7, 2005
This review is from: Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America (Hardcover)
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.
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.
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