See No Evil

See No Evil

The True Story of A Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism

Book - 2002
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In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

A veteran case officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations in the Middle East, Baer witnessed the rise of terrorism first hand and the CIA's inadequate response to it, leading to the attacks of September 11, 2001. This riveting book is both an indictment of an agency that lost its way and an unprecedented look at the roots of modern terrorism, and includes a new afterword in which Baer speaks out about the American war on terrorism and its profound implications throughout the Middle East.

"Robert Baer was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field
officer in the Middle East."
-Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

From The Preface
This book is a memoir of one foot soldier's career in the other cold war, the one against terrorist networks. It's a story about places most Americans will never travel to, about people many Americans would prefer to think we don't need to do business with.

This memoir, I hope, will show the reader how spying is supposed to work, where the CIA lost its way, and how we can bring it back again. But I hope this book will accomplish one more purpose as well: I hope it will show why I am angry about what happened to the CIA. And I want to show why every American and everyone who cares about the preservation of this country should be angry and alarmed, too.

The CIA was systematically destroyed by political correctness, by petty Beltway wars, by careerism, and much more. At a time when terrorist threats were compounding globally, the agency that should have been monitoring them was being scrubbed clean instead. Americans were making too much money to bother. Life was good. The White House and the National Security Council became cathedrals of commerce where the interests of big business outweighed the interests of protecting American citizens at home and abroad. Defanged and dispirited, the CIA went along for the ride. And then on September 11, 2001, the reckoning for such vast carelessness was presented for all the world to see.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2002
ISBN: 9781400046843
140004684X
Branch Call Number: 327.12730092 Baer 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xix, 292 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm

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talktimereader
Apr 22, 2014

Because of the intriguing subject matter, I decided to hold my nose and jump in. As with so many first impressions I could not have been further from the facts. This is an interesting read from a 'say it like it is' author.

Read books like 49 Towers to find out more about middle eastern conflict and the possible roles of 'First World' nations.

Finish this, you will find it enlightening.

voisjoe1 Feb 03, 2013

Robert Baer, a former CIA employee, often explains terrorist activities on CNN. Reading “See No Evil,” is an autobiographical account of his two decades in the CIA. The book exposes the reader to the long training program that operatives have to go through to prepare them for the arduous life they are about to enter. Then there are countless tales of his experiences in places like India, Lebanon, Tajikistan, and Iraq. There are so many foreign names and strange incidents and conflicting relationships that at times the inexperienced reader just has to soak in the atmosphere and not to worry too much about exactly what is going on.

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francis59
Jun 01, 2010

Very enlightening. Also very disturbing.

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