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Waterboarding al Qaeda leaders prevented terrorist attacks and saved thousands of lives. Now Barack Obama wants to prosecute the men and women who kept us safe.

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Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack

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Waterboarding al Qaeda leaders prevented terrorist attacks and saved thousands of lives. Now Barack Obama wants to prosecute the men and women who kept us safe.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781441756329
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 10
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    A Great Read That is Quite Timely,Interesting and Informative

    When you are the speechwriter for both the President of the United States and Secretary of Defense it is a given that you can flat out write. But when you read this groundbreaking book you also see that the author has great research skills, which catapults this book into the must read category. Thiessen makes a great case for the use of "enhance interrogation techniques", the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay and for military trials of terroists. He also goes into extensive details about how the Obama Administration through its justice department and executive orders has weaken our intelligence gathering system, leading to a greater chance of a terrorist attack. It is scarily coincidental that just prior to the release of this book the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber incident took place. Like many, reading various newspaper and magazine articles, I thought I was up on the subject of enhanced interrogation techiques, that was until I read this book. The author goes into great detail about the valuable information extracted from terrorists; how terrorits were not willing to talk until these techniques were used; how other terrorist were captured because of the information and how other other terrorist plots were stopped because of the intel. Thiessen also explains how waterboarding (just one of several enhance techniques)is implemented, the extensive safeguards used in developing and implementing it (no its not like the Spanish Inquistion or the Nazis used) and how it has only been used on three or four occaisions and what high ranking levels sign-offs have to be approved before it can be used. And when he writes on Guantanamo Bay make sure that you take your blood pressure medication because you will not believe how the U.S. bends over backwards to provide comfort to these terrorists. Also informative reading is the author's research on enemy combatants and why they should be tried in a military tribunal. This is a can't put down book if you want to know about intelligence gathering and how it impacts our security. There is so much information(and well written) that even if you are are on the other side of the arguement you are going to need to read this book to sharpen up your arguements: the case for "Courting Disaster" is just that compelling!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

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    Good book, but I disagree

    I liked this book but I disagreed with the author that Mr. Obama is inviting our next attck. Mr. Obama is bringing the world together by talking to our enemies. The biggest threat to out nation is being stubborn and talking down to other nations. We also can not ignore the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. If our president addresses this issue, he can really lower the terrorism risk to the US and other western nations.

    6 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    Every American Should Read

    Marc Thiessen bravely reveals the details surrounding the CIA's methods of interrogation of the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks. He thoroughly vindicates the CIA after President Obama referred to them as "torturers" by presenting the facts of how interrogation methods are used and demystifies the process of "waterboarding". Thiessen clearly details the CIA's success in preventing another terrorist attack on our soil during the past 8 years and how Pres. Obama's actions of closing Gitmo and and persecuting his own CIA staff has undermined the intelligence communities' efforts to obtain valuable information thus making us ripe for another attack by terrorists who blatantly admit that their work is not done. I recommend reading this book and then passing it on to family and friends even though it is eye-opening scary and you may never sleep fitfully again. We need a President who is more concerned with protecting Americans rather than protecting the terrorists!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Playing with Fire

    It has been said so many times before that it's become a cliché: the events of September 11 2001 changed everything. What is usually meant by "everything" refers to the way the US and its allies treat terrorists and conduct operations to thwart and punish those who aim to hurt and civilian targets around the World. In the eyes of many, including the Bush administration, the previous paradigm of conducting these operations using the essentially law enforcement tools was completely discredited. A different approach was needed, and the overall moniker that this new approach acquired was "The War on Terror." This name has since acquired a whole host of negative connotations, based on the perception of misuse of power on the part of US government as it pursued its own interests around the globe. However, the main point of calling this a war was to enable all the relevant agencies to use means and methods that are more appropriate for the conduct of war, rather than police actions. The fact that this elicited a lot of controversy is not surprising: the enemy in this war did not operate from a controlled and well defined territory, it did not use conventional military structures and identifications, nor did it respect any conventions of war. This was definitely an unprecedented new kind of conflict, and the Bush administration needed to be very creative in the way it conducted it. One of the major decisions that were made was to treat captured terrorists as enemy combatants, and in particular enemy combatants that were not entitled to full protection of the Geneva Convention. This had many significant consequences. In particular, it allowed US to use "enhanced interrogation techniques" that could never be used on civilians caught during a police action, nor even for the regular war prisoners. Until recently there has been no public acknowledgment that these techniques had been used by the US investigators (CIA in particular) primarily because the Bush administration felt that revealing this fact would jeopardize the national security and make those techniques obsolete. For better or worse, Bush administration's decision to reveal the existence and Obama administration's decision to reveal the details of those techniques has made it possible for everyone to make up their own mind about whether or not those techniques were reasonable, ethical and lawful. By far the most eloquent and unapologetic attempt at defending those techniques thus far has come from Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.

    Thiessen's close associations with the President and Secretary of Defense during all eight years of Bush administration make him eminently qualified to present the defense and the rationale for the use of those techniques. In fact, he wrote President Bush's speech that acknowledged the existence of the enhanced interrogation techniques. In that speech (which is included as one of the appendices) and more broadly in this book Thiessen has aimed to defend and justify the prudence, the morality and the legality of those interrogation techniques. He quotes extensively from first-hand accounts of the interrogations, those who were responsible for the crafting and the implementation of those policies, as well as all the documents that have since become publicly available. The book is also very good at pointing out the deficiencies, misinformation, faulty reasoning, and th

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Courting Disaster

    The author keeps repeating his same premise over and over in the first half of the book. His research and interviews with the relavant players is imprssive and his interaction with these players and others is extremely critical in substantiating his point. In the final third of the book he builds his case with independant studies of the CIA activities that show minimal infractions while liberals want to focus on one study that shows the infractions in question but refute the independant studies that show no infractions. Eye opening and you see the critical aspects of this presidency.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Courting Disaster; A sorrowful epiphany

    Courting Disaster takes the reader behind the curtain of some of the most intriguing subterfuge practiced in our national capital. To better understand the dynamics of what is going on in this country, the citizenry must make the effort to be better informed and Courting Disaster is a powerful source of inside information.

    For those who enjoy being informed I would also recommend, Culture of Corruption by Michele Malkin

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Great book about terroists

    Opened my eyes to what we did and how we did it to stop terrorist bent on destructon of our way of life Must read as far as I am concerned,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    Lacks objectivity

    Same old, same old. Anything this touted by Cheney - surprise, surprise - lacks objectivity and likely truthfullness. The shots at President Obama are purely right wing blog material. With the writer's background what do you expect. And like so many from the Right they all seem to have developed amnesia in forgetting neither Bush, Cheney or the CIA, despite ample warning, did nothing to focus on bin laden or terrorism in preventing the worst, first and in reality only, foreign act of terrorism on American soil. How convenient but that is what happens when your focus is spin rather than fact. So much for the fine job the CIA did in protecting America.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2010

    Lousy at Best.

    After covering all the people that fully agreed with him, he must have ran out of time or interest.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Okay, you have the liberal media putting their spin on everything. Then there are those who criticize everything that comes out, simply because it goes against what they want to believe or hear.
    My reasoning was simple when this was sent to me in an email, as a subject to read. Find out what was going on in the White House in 9/11 and the history proof of what the media is basing their views on. From the one who was in the White House as the speech writer, it has a lot of information and I am pursuing the other references to confirm and make my own conclusions about the accuracy of the what the liberal press is shouting about. I have also purchased Jack Goldsmith's Book, and am in the process of obtaining John Yoo's work regarding what is point of view on the entire subject, as all are referenced in the book. I like this at this point.

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