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Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America's War on Terror

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A book by Bob Graham

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Author: Bob Graham
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
1 review about Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI,...

Hinting at the truth

  • May 9, 2009
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The author of this book is a longtime Democrat who has held office in both state and federal office. During the W. Bush administrations, he sat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This book chronicles his work on that committee related to investigating the 9-11 attacks, with some information regarding the run-up to the 2nd Gulf War. The book tells a chronological tale, starting with the beginning of bin Laden's attacks on the West, climaxing with the day of 9-11 itself, and then spending several chapters on his ensuing work investigating what happened. Note that the author was not part of the 9-11 Commission, and this book does NOT go into the details of the report.

A lot of the book recounts his interactions with the FBI, CIA, and how members of both these organizations hindered his work. The book also brings up multiple instances in which the Bush White House worked to inhibit any and all investigations into what happened on 9-11, and any possible links to Saudi Arabia. Being authored by a US Senator, the book takes a conservative, cautious tone in its critic of the Bush administration. Unfortunately, even though the author suggests that the Bush administration covered up links between the 9-11 attacks and Saudi Arabia, he does not delve into reasons why. As such, this book is a good read, if only to get a 2nd opinion of the 9-11 attacks from an alternate "official" source, aka a US senator. There are other, more insightful and more provokative works though.

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