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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 ...
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.
|A Note to Readers||xi|
|2.||The Flying Firefighter||15|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|A Note on Sources||453|
|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|
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
Posted February 17, 2005
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 LadenWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2004
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2004
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...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2012
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