Bamford applies his relentless investigative drive and impeccable sources to explain why American intelligence agencies failed to predict and prevent ...Show synopsisBamford applies his relentless investigative drive and impeccable sources to explain why American intelligence agencies failed to predict and prevent the disaster of 9/11 and lays bare the Bush administration's role in formulating justifications for the preemptive war on Iraq.Hide synopsis
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Bamford sorts through the confusion of 9/11 and reports the events leading up to and following the attack with terrifying clarity. I thought I remembered 9/11 until I read this book and found there was much I did not know. What Bamford describes is not always pleasant, but the truth rarely is.
This book discusses the abuse of intelligence by recent administrations. Under some the main problem was not providing the funds and leadership. During other administrations (the current one) American intelligence agencies were used to provide cover for what can best be described as ?private? intelligence agencies. I find it interesting the recent CIA report comes to conclusions similar to those of the author.
In Chapter 4, and earlier, the author discusses alternate sites for government in case of need. This was the Cold War and people were concerned with the Continuity of Government (as they are now). He goes on to compare the flight of Bush to a military base in the middle of the country, rather than back to Washington with that of LBJ after the Kennedy assassination.
Many of the failures surrounding 9/11 were the result of human foibles, e.g., Tenet?s failure to back words with action and the head of CIA?s OBL division taking trips instead of leading the division. This is one part of the book. The other is more sinister.
While under Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton the intelligence agencies were not supported properly, it is under Bush (43) that the executive has tried to force the intelligence to support policy. This book supports the thesis that Bush/Cheney/ Rove and company had decided to invade Iraq from even before the 2000 election. All they needed was a pretext, even if that pretext turned out to be fictional.
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