Countdown to Terror: The Top Secret Information That Could Prevent the Next Terrorist Attack on America...and How the CIA Has Ignored It


"Congressman Curt Weldon provides a rare—indeed unique—insight on what is going on in the war on terrorism through his 'Ali' missives. The book is a case study of an intelligence failure in the process of happening, with potentially catastophic consequences for the United States. Moreover, Curt accurately diagnoses the larger problems in the intelligence community that can result in intelligence failures. He offers a blueprint for solving these problems, and for winning the war on terrorism, that deserves a wide hearing."

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Countdown to Terror: The Top-Secret Information that Could Prevent the Next Terrorist Attack on America--and How the CIA Has Ignored It

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"Congressman Curt Weldon provides a rare—indeed unique—insight on what is going on in the war on terrorism through his 'Ali' missives. The book is a case study of an intelligence failure in the process of happening, with potentially catastophic consequences for the United States. Moreover, Curt accurately diagnoses the larger problems in the intelligence community that can result in intelligence failures. He offers a blueprint for solving these problems, and for winning the war on terrorism, that deserves a wide hearing."

—R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence

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"This book is an act of desperation. It breaks all precedent by disclosing information from highly placed agents who had penetrated the high command of terrorism in the midst of the war on terrorism. This book will tell you what I have learned about the coming terrorist attack." Pennsylvania congressman Curt Weldon, the vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, believes that an Iranian informant named "Ali" could help save us from attacks even more devastating than those of September 11th.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895260055
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/25/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What You Need to Know 1
2 Ali Reports (22-25 April 2003): High Command of Terrorism, Nuclear Ambitions, Bin Laden in Iran, Assassination Plots 21
3 Ali Reports (27-29 April 2003): North Korea, Subversion in Iraq and Afghanistan, CIA Shows No Interest 55
4 Ali Reports (1-18 May 2003): Catastrophic Attack Against America, More on Subversion, British Government, French Policy 63
5 Ali Reports (12-22 June 2003): Al Sadr Hosted, Uprising in Iran, CIA Still Shows No Interest 85
6 Ali Reports (July-August 2003): 12th Imam Operation, "Anyone But Bush," Al Qaeda 91
7 Ali Reports (4-27 September 2003): Al Zarqawi Hosted, Bin Laden Leaves Tehran, Deceiving the Europeans 97
8 Ali Reports (11-30 October 2003): Further Details on the 12th Imam Operation, Nuclear Deception, the Plot to Assassinate President Bush, and Iraq 103
9 Ali Reports (19 November 2003): 12th Imam Attack Postponed until after U.S. Election, More from Committee of Nine 113
10 Ali Reports (21-29 January 2004): Iran Prepares for U.S. Election, Backs Democrats, CIA Meets with Ali, Still Shows No Interest 117
11 Ali Reports (3-22 February 2004): Ali Confirmed, More from Inside Iran 121
12 Ali Reports (17-25 March 2004): "Islamic Vatican" of Terrorism, Germany, Bin Laden in Iran 125
13 Ali Reports (5-28 April 2004): 9/11 Commission, Al Qaeda, Al Sadr, Bribes to Al Jazeera 133
14 Ali Reports (3-29 May 2004): Bin Laden in Iran, Al Zarqawi Lunches with Sepah and Al Qaeda, Terrorists Given a Free Hand 139
15 Ali Reports (June-August 2004): Crash Effort to Develop Atomic Bomb, Ali Pleads for CIA Assistance 145
16 Ali Report (23 September 2004): Destabilizing Iraq, North Korea Model Adopted, More on Known Terrorists 151
17 Conclusions and Recommendations: Clinton Administration Intelligence Failures, 9/11 Commission and Congressional Intelligence Reforms, Our Intelligence Services Have Long Been Dysfunctional, Grand Strategy for Winning the War on Terrorism 157
Appendix 1 Recent Letter from Ali 201
Appendix 2 Memo: Ali a Credible Source 209
Appendix 3 Letter of April 28, 2003, Sent to CIA Director George Tenet, et al. 211
Appendix 4 Letter to CIA Director George Tenet, April 14, 2004 215
Appendix 5 Letter to John Hamre, Deputy Secretary of Defense, on National Operations Analysis Hub (NOAH) July 30, 1999 217
Appendix 6 U.S.-Russia Partnership 221
Index 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    Rip off

    Despite the melodramatic title, there is not enough quality material in this book to justify it's price. There are at least a dozen better written, less partisan and more objective and educational books out there on the subject of Jihad, Islam, and the subject blurring 'War on Terror.' Just off the top of many head, ANY of the books below will serve you better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    The Problematical World of HUMINT

    I can't decide whether Congressman Weldon is a lousy writer or a devilishly clever one. Given the conversations that I have heard about the book, perhaps it is the latter. The point of this book is not the intelligence that Weldon received from 'Ali.' It cannot be. The intelligence is -- at the time of the book's release -- either common knowledge or common suspicion. Apparently 'Ali' was (is?) a pretty good source, since most of his predictions about Iranian moves against the U.S. proved accurate after the predictions were passed to Weldon. In fact, one of 'Ali's' predictions has been fulfilled in the weeks AFTER the book's release ... namely that the Iranian election would be rigged to elect as president not only an extreme hard-liner but one who is non-clerical. The issue of 'Ali' and the treatment of his intelligence -- in particular by the CIA -- is the hook on which the Congressman chooses to hang his continuing justifiable outrage over the bungling bureaucratic structure of U.S. intelligence. It is Weldon's contention (probably a sound one!) that the 'feel-good' reforms of the four years since 9/11 have skirted around dealing with the real problem. The real problem, he says, is a set of precepts and ways of doing business that protect the least competent and penalize enterprising agents and analysts at lower levels. The worst of these practices is 'groupthink' that dumbs intelligence down to something that even the lead-heads will agree with and does not allow competing views to filter up to policy-makers. 'Ali's' intelligence falls victim to a second fatal foible -- the tendency to ignore any source that is not 'owned' by the agency. The solution, he says, is to fire some folks. OK, Congressman. It works for me! So what are the problems with the book? First, 'Ali' brings up all the perennial problems of HUMINT. As a former member of the Shah's government and an avowed active promoter of the overthrow of the Islamic Republic, 'Ali' has an axe to grind and an agenda of his own. 'Ali' also wants money in order to keep the information coming. (Quelle surprise!) Finally, he has been associated with Gorbanifar. (Remember Iran-Contra?) None of these facts obviates the significance of 'Ali's' information. They just mean that a) if CIA bureaucrats want to discredit him they have obvious starting-points and b) 'Ali's' information -- like all HUMINT -- cries out for independent confirmation or some measure of skepticism. Second, to those of us who try to follow this stuff, 'Ali's' inconsistent transliteration of Arabic names should really have some explanation imbedded in the text. It takes a second look sometimes to figure out who we are talking about. e.g. Alzavaheri (Ayman Al-Zawaheri), Alzrghavi (Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi), and Emad Mognie (Imad Mugniyeh, one of the bloodiest and most dangerous terrorists in Iran's Hizb'allah stable). Still, despite the flaws, the book is a great read and ought not be passed up.

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