1000 Years for Revenge [NOOK Book]

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1000 Years for Revenge is a groundbreaking investigative work that uncovers startling evidence of how the FBI missed dozens of opportunities to stop the attacks of September 11, dating back to 1989. Award-winning journalist Peter Lance explains how an elusive al Qaeda mastermind defeated the entire American security system in what the author calls "the greatest failure of intelligence since the Trojan Horse." Threading the stories of FBI agent Nancy Floyd, FDNY fire marshal Ronnie Bucca, and bomb-maker Ramzi ...

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Overview

1000 Years for Revenge is a groundbreaking investigative work that uncovers startling evidence of how the FBI missed dozens of opportunities to stop the attacks of September 11, dating back to 1989. Award-winning journalist Peter Lance explains how an elusive al Qaeda mastermind defeated the entire American security system in what the author calls "the greatest failure of intelligence since the Trojan Horse." Threading the stories of FBI agent Nancy Floyd, FDNY fire marshal Ronnie Bucca, and bomb-maker Ramzi Yousef, Lance uncovers the years of behind-the-scenes intrigue that put these three strangers on a collision course. 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 terror in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061738128
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 727,395
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Lance is the author of three previous works of investigative journalism, 1000 Years for Revenge, Cover Up, and Triple Cross. A former correspondent for ABC News, he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight. Among his awards are the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize and the Sevellon Brown Award from the Associated Press. He lives in California.

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Table of Contents

A Note to Readers xi
Introduction 1
Part I
1. Black Tuesday 9
2. The Flying Firefighter 15
3. Blowback 22
4. The First Shots Fired 29
5. Al Qaeda's New York Cell 38
6. Operation Iraqi Freedom One 47
7. A Nest of Vipers 53
8. Blood in the City 64
9. Truth from the Ashes 72
10. Ice Water and Bombs 80
11. A Very Dangerous Job 95
12. Dot after Dot after Dot 105
13. The Black Bottomless Pit 116
Part II
14. The Fifth Battalion 127
15. The Ryder Sideshow 138
16. The $1.5 Million Man 150
17. The Bootleg Tapes 160
18. Into the Abyss 174
19. The Hunt for Rashed 187
20. Prepping for the "Big Noise" 198
21. The Western Front 209
22. The Temptress and the Spy 221
23. Delivering the "Chocolates" 231
24. How Many More Fires? 245
25. The Third Plot 253
26. Miracles from God 262
Part III
27. Truth from a Value Meal 273
28. Brad Smith's Biggest "Get" 283
29. A Chilling Warning 294
30. John Doe No. 2 308
31. The Devil Himself 319
32. The Bomb Maker and the Made Guy 333
33. Shut It Down 341
34. Ingenious, Diabolical, and Ruthless 349
35. Reconnaissance 357
36. The Drums Get Louder 370
37. An Egyptian Mole in the FDNY? 381
38. The Lost Chance in Malaysia 395
39. "Someday Someone Will Die" 408
40. The Black Hole 421
41. Operation Iraqi Freedom Two 431
Epilogue 448
A Note on Sources 453
Notes 457
Appendix I FBI 302 Re: Interrogation of Abdul Hakim Murad, May 11, 1995 499
Appendix II Memo to Orrin G. Hatch Re: Investigation into Terrorism, December 5, 1995 519
Index 523
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First Chapter

1000 Years for Revenge
International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story

Chapter One

Black Tuesday

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the greatest would-be mass murderer since Adolf Hitler was locked down in solitary confinement in a Colorado prison. In a seven-by-twelve-foot cell at the Supermax, the most secure of all federal jails, Ramzi Yousef sat waiting like a bird of prey. Small, gaunt, and reed thin, with close-cropped hair and two milky-gray eyes, he looked across his cell at the stainless-steel toilet and sink below a shelf supporting a thirteen-inch TV. It was Yousef's only link to the outside world. As CNN played silently in the background, his eyes darted across the dog-eared pages of his Koran.

Yousef may not have known the precise moment of the attacks, but he was sure they would come. After all, he'd set them in motion seven years before in Manila. The idea of hijacking jetliners laden with fuel, and using them as missiles to take down great buildings, had come to the bomb maker after he'd tried to kill a quarter of a million people with his first Twin Towers device in 1993. He'd gone on to plot the deaths of President Clinton, Pope John Paul II, and the prime minister of Pakistan, while hatching a fiendish plan to destroy up to a dozen jumbo jets as they flew over American cities. But his most audacious plot involved a return to New York to finish the job he'd started in the fall of 1992. In one horrific morning, suicide bombers trained as pilots would take the cockpits aboard a series of commercial airliners and drive them into the Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a series of other U.S. buildings.

Now, just before 6:45 A.M. Mountain Time, as Ramzi Yousef sat in the Supermax reading the Koran, he heard muffled noises on the cell block: inmates shouting. One of the prisoners down the corridor had been watching CNN and now he was screaming. A guard rushed to his cell, went inside, and saw the devastation.

He yelled, "Some plane just hit the Trade Center."

Yousef quickly looked up at the black-and-white TV above his head. Eyes wide at the site of the North Tower burning, he turned up the sound and heard the voice of an eyewitness: "I just saw the entire top part of the World Trade Center explode."

Yousef rocked back, amazed himself at the execution of his plan. He stared at the news footage of racing FDNY engines, terrified evacuees, and bodies dropping from the towers. Then, from the Battery, a camera captured United Airlines Flight 175 slamming into the South Tower.

Another onlooker described it as "a sickening sight." But Yousef, the master terrorist, saw it as the culmination of a dream and the end to some unfinished business. He dropped to the floor, bent over, and gave thanks. "Praise Allah the merciful and the just, the lord of the worlds. We thank you for delivering this message to the apostates."

Later that morning, Yousef's cell door swung open and a pair of FBI agents from the Colorado Springs office came in. They stood in the three-foot-wide anteroom between the solid steel cell door and the bars to the cell.

The convicted terrorist got up from his bed and approached the bars as the two agents presented Bureau IDs and identified themselves.

"Why do you come here?" he demanded.

One of the agents nodded to the TV behind Yousef, still tuned to CNN.

"Did you have anything to do with that?"

Yousef shot back: "How would I possibly know what was going on from in here? Besides, I am represented by counsel. You have no right to question me without my attorney present."

The two agents eyed each other. Now they were facing Yousef the lawyer, the man who had represented himself throughout the entire three months of the Manila airline bombing trial.

"I have nothing else to say to you," snapped Yousef. He turned up the sound on the TV and sat back down on his bed.

The agents withdrew, but within minutes the steel door swung back open and two Bureau of Prisons guards stormed in.

As one began to unlock Yousef's cell bars, the other one shouted, "Get up and face the wall." Yousef stared at him defiantly for a moment, but then the guard slammed a black box and a belly belt chain against the bars, so Yousef got up. Now, as he faced the wall, one guard came in and quickly put the belt around his waist. The other one bent down and snapped on ankle irons and a chain.

"What is this?" shouted Yousef. "What are you doing?"

"Changing cells," said one of the guards. He turned off the TV. "Hands clasped in front of you." Yousef ground his teeth but complied, as the guard snapped the black box onto his wrist -- a six-inch-long solid restraint that rendered the prisoner's hands completely immobile. The guard locked the box onto the belly belt, making it impossible now for Yousef to strike out with his arms or fists. The guards turned him around and shuffled him out of the cell, moving him down the corridor of "D" wing, past the cell of the infamous Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. (For a time, this so-called bombers row had also housed convicted Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.)

One of the guards unlocked the door to an empty cell and moved Yousef inside as he continued to rant.

"Why are you moving me? My papers -- you have to let me take my Koran!"

But when the guards had him locked behind the cell bars, they slammed closed the steel door and went back to Yousef's cell. There they began to toss it, searching around the mattress and on the shelf beside the bed, throwing Yousef's letters, papers, and drawings into a plastic garbage bag. The units on the maximum-security "D" wing are supposed to be soundproof, but as the guards worked to clean out Yousef's cell, they could still hear him screaming down the corridor ...

1000 Years for Revenge
International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story
. Copyright © by Peter Lance. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Mandantory reanding for all!!

    Excellent book that covers and documents the failures of the CIA and FBI to prevent the 9/11 tradegy. All of Congress and the American public should read and ask, WHY! If a FDNY fireman had it figured out, why didn't the FBI? Politics pervailed and needlessly cost American lives and has us involved in the wrong war. The focus should have stayed on Osama Bin Laden

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2004

    The Book the 9/11 Commission Should Be Paying Attention to!

    This fascinating book refutes so many common myths, i.e., that 'America had no way of infiltrating Al Qaeda;' 'Only in hindsight could we have prevented 9/11;' 'Torture is what foiled the Jan. '95 plots to assassinate the Pope and to blow up U.S. commercial planes over the Pacific;' 'No one had any idea that Al Qaeda was planning to fly planes into buildings;' etc. The author lifts up the dedication of special agents, police captains and a fire marshal while substantiating a devastating array of missed 'dots' and the actions that buried them. You will come away with riveting information to share with friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    Could not put it down

    What an amazing book! As a survivor of the 9/11 attacks from Tower 2, I was shocked, horrified and down right angry after I finished this book. So many missed opportunities, so many signs, so many lives that could have been saved, including that of Mr. Bucca. If only someone had listened...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Wake up America

    An absolute must read! Written by one of the best investigative reporters of our time, it is the only accurate account of what really happened prior to 9/11. Read it and take action. I can't wait for Lance's follow-up book.

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