The Terrorist Watch

The Terrorist Watch

Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack

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“You make a mistake, there are dead people.”
—FBI Special Agent Art Cummings, head of international counterterrorism operations

Drawing on unprecedented access to FBI and CIA counterterrorism operatives, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler presents the chilling story of terrorists’ relentless efforts to mount another devastating attack on the United States and of the heroic efforts being made to stop those plots.

Kessler takes you inside the war rooms of this battle—from the newly created National Counterterrorism Center to FBI headquarters, from the CIA to the National Security Agency, from the Pentagon to the Oval Of?ce—to explain why we have gone so long since 9/11 without a successful attack and to reveal the many close calls we never hear about. The race to stop the terrorists, Kessler shows, is more desperate than ever.

Based on exclusive interviews with FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA Director Michael Hayden, White House Counterterrorism Chief Fran Townsend, and dozens of key intelligence operatives at all levels, The Terrorist Watch:

• tells the previously unreported story of how the United States helped thwart the 2006 London terrorist plot, broke up terrorist cells in Canada, and prevented numerous other attacks
• reveals how the CIA and FBI have rolled up more than 5,000 terrorists worldwide since 9/11
• provides a stunning insider’s account from the FBI agent
who spent eight months debriefing Saddam Hussein after his capture
• pinpoints press leaks that have resulted in CIA agents’ deaths, caused foreign countries to stop cooperating on key investigations, and even tipped off Osama bin Laden to U.S. surveillance
• destroys numerous media myths, such as the canard that the FBI and CIA still don’t cooperate on investigations
• discloses the truth about the number of U.S. mosques where imans preach jihad
• shows how the intelligence community has radically changed its mission—and how the media have misled the public about those changes

Never before has a journalist gained such access to the FBI, the CIA, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the other agencies that are doing the unheralded work of ?nding and capturing terrorists.

Ronald Kessler’s you-are-there narrative tells the real story of the war on terror and will transform the way you view the greatest problem of our age.

Baker & Taylor
Journeys behind the scenes to reveal how America's leaders and intelligence agencies have been working around the clock since the September 11 attacks to thwart additional terrorist attacks and to identify and destroy terrorist cells in the U.S. and abroad. 100,000 first printing.

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Based almost entirely on sources within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency--prominently including FBI Director Mueller, CIA Director Hayden, and White House Counterterrorism Chief Townsend--this work by Kessler (chief Washington correspondent for, aimed at a general audience, is an entirely one-sided and hagiographic account of US government counterterrorism operations in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Describing the activities of his heroic FBI and CIA agents, Kessler not infrequently descends outright into cynical apologia. To cite but one example, torture is mentioned exactly three times in the book, twice to claim that the CIA never engages in such practices, although it is admitted that they do employ sleep deprivation and stress positions, techniques considered by many reputable experts to be torture, and once to dismiss any concerns about the so-called "extraordinary rendition" program, which often hands American-held detainees over to countries that routinely employ torture for interrogation. "Why should the U.S. give them a safe haven from the laws and practices of their own countries?" asks Kessler. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Reveals how America's leaders and intelligence agencies have been working around the clock since the September 11 attacks to thwart additional terrorist attacks and to identify and destroy terrorist cells in the U.S. and abroad.

Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307382139
Branch Call Number: 363.32517 K485t 2007
Characteristics: viii, 260 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jun 29, 2015

“The weird inaccuracies in Ronald Kessler's new book on the Secret Service” by Marc Ambinder . . .
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“How The CIA Got Conservative Author Ronald Kessler To Spin For Them On Torture” by Oliver Willis, from: . . . . . .
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May 11, 2013

2nd Update - - December 2014: release of Senate Report on CIA Torture completely refutes this godawful book by Kessler. Update - - July 2014: CIA Director Brennan admits the Agency spied on the US Senate computer networks. [How can they possibly spin this into NOT being a crime?] Ronald Kessler is such a complete farce! As an exercise in propaganda, study this book and attempt to verify every single thing in it, then keep a count of any single thing or item which can actually be verified! Casting accolades against a dart board isn't good enough, there must be hard documentation and proof of so many claims! Trust no one, but do verify this book's claims!


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