1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story / Edition 1

1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story / Edition 1

by Peter Lance
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060597259

ISBN-13: 2900060597251

Pub. Date: 09/07/2004

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

For most Americans the true origin of the 9/11 attacks remains a mystery. But as the two jetliners hit the Twin Towers, three strangers knew exactly what had happened. FBI agent Nancy Floyd, FDNY fire marshal Ronnie Bucca, and Ramzi Yousef, the bomb-making terrorist an American judge once called "an apostle of evil," had been on a collision course for

Overview

For most Americans the true origin of the 9/11 attacks remains a mystery. But as the two jetliners hit the Twin Towers, three strangers knew exactly what had happened. FBI agent Nancy Floyd, FDNY fire marshal Ronnie Bucca, and Ramzi Yousef, the bomb-making terrorist an American judge once called "an apostle of evil," had been on a collision course for years—soldiers on opposing sides of a terror war raging since the late 1980s.

Now, in 1000 Years for Revenge -- a groundbreaking investigative work that reads like an international thriller -- award-winning journalist Peter Lance reveals how the FBI missed dozens of opportunities to stop the attacks of September 11, dating back to 1989. Drawing on interviews with scores of central figures in the story, as well as hundreds of pages of declassified documents, Lance uncovers startling evidence of FBI negligence that even a joint congressional committee missed. Among his revelations:

  • From the early 1990s, Osama bin Laden was running an active al Qaeda terror cell in New York City -- with blind sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman as its leader and Ramzi Yousef as its master bomb maker.

  • The FBI had sufficient intelligence to capture Yousef before he built the first World Trade Center bomb in 1993. In 1995, they learned that he had already set the 9/11 suicide-hijacking plot in motion from Manila -- that he was planning "to return to the U.S. to attack the World Trade Center a second time." Yet each time the FBI missed the opportunity to stop him.

  • FBI agent Nancy Floyd used a key informant to penetrate the cell of Sheikh Rahman -- only to have the operation sandbagged by her FBI supervisor.

  • Most alarming, in 1992, a confidant of Sheikh Rahman removed the plans for the World Trade Center from FDNY headquarters. Ronnie Bucca brought the information to the FBI in 1999 but he was ignored.

This is a story of heroes: Nancy Floyd, who tried to bring down the New York terror cell but paid for her efforts with damage to her career, and Ronnie Bucca, who tried to alert the FBI to the security threat to New York City from al Qaeda but paid for the agency's negligence with his life on 9/11. It is also a story of the power of evil: Lance offers a chilling chronicle of how one man -- the elusive mastermind Yousef -- managed to defeat the entire American security system in what Lance calls "the greatest failure of intelligence since the Trojan Horse."

An unparalleled work of investigative reporting and masterful storytelling, 1000 Years for Revenge will change forever the way we look at the FBI and the war on terrorism in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900060597251
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/07/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560

Table of Contents

A Note to Readersxi
Introduction1
Part I
1.Black Tuesday9
2.The Flying Firefighter15
3.Blowback22
4.The First Shots Fired29
5.Al Qaeda's New York Cell38
6.Operation Iraqi Freedom One47
7.A Nest of Vipers53
8.Blood in the City64
9.Truth from the Ashes72
10.Ice Water and Bombs80
11.A Very Dangerous Job95
12.Dot after Dot after Dot105
13.The Black Bottomless Pit116
Part II
14.The Fifth Battalion127
15.The Ryder Sideshow138
16.The $1.5 Million Man150
17.The Bootleg Tapes160
18.Into the Abyss174
19.The Hunt for Rashed187
20.Prepping for the "Big Noise"198
21.The Western Front209
22.The Temptress and the Spy221
23.Delivering the "Chocolates"231
24.How Many More Fires?245
25.The Third Plot253
26.Miracles from God262
Part III
27.Truth from a Value Meal273
28.Brad Smith's Biggest "Get"283
29.A Chilling Warning294
30.John Doe No. 2308
31.The Devil Himself319
32.The Bomb Maker and the Made Guy333
33.Shut It Down341
34.Ingenious, Diabolical, and Ruthless349
35.Reconnaissance357
36.The Drums Get Louder370
37.An Egyptian Mole in the FDNY?381
38.The Lost Chance in Malaysia395
39."Someday Someone Will Die"408
40.The Black Hole421
41.Operation Iraqi Freedom Two431
Epilogue448
A Note on Sources453
Notes457
Appendix IFBI 302 Re: Interrogation of Abdul Hakim Murad, May 11, 1995499
Appendix IIMemo to Orrin G. Hatch Re: Investigation into Terrorism, December 5, 1995519
Index523

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