Crush the Cell: How to Defeat Terrorism Without Terrorizing Ourselves

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Crush the Cell demolishes, with simple logic, the edifice of false “terror punditry” that has been laid, brick by brick,
since 9/11. A veteran of special ops, international diplomacy,
and bruising clasheswith federal lawenforcement agencies,
Michael Sheehan delivers in this book a two-part message: First,
thatwe’vewasted—and are continuing towaste—billions of dollars on ...
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Crush the Cell: How to Defeat Terrorism Without Terrorizing Ourselves

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Overview

Crush the Cell demolishes, with simple logic, the edifice of false “terror punditry” that has been laid, brick by brick,
since 9/11. A veteran of special ops, international diplomacy,
and bruising clasheswith federal lawenforcement agencies,
Michael Sheehan delivers in this book a two-part message: First,
thatwe’vewasted—and are continuing towaste—billions of dollars on thewrong protectivemeasures, and second, that knowing the bad guys’nextmove is paramount. Here, Sheehan showswhy defensive fortresses don’t work, but offensive operational intelligence does. He peels back themystery surrounding terrorist cells,
explains just how“terror experts”andmembers of themedia are playing into the terrorists’ hands…and provides perhaps the clearest picture yet of what modern terror-fighting is all about.

“Trenchant…scores some palpable hits…the depth and breadth of Sheehan’s experience give him an authority that is hard to assail.” —The Economist

“Filled with startling insights...like its author, this book is smart,
tough, brave, and relentlessly honest.”—Madeleine K. Albright,
former U.S. Secretary of State

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Editorial Reviews

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“Michael Sheehan has written the most sensible and coherent approach to combating terrorism to date, and at just the right time. He is a man of unique credentials and perspective, someone who has been dealing with the problem in one way or another his entire life, and his assessment of the threat and prescriptions for dealing with it are clear-eyed, grounded in hard experience, and convincing. I hope whoever next occupies the Oval Office first reads this book.”
—Mark Bowden, New York Times bestselling author of Black Hawk Down, Killing Pablo and Guests of the Ayatollah

"Filled with startling insights, Crush the Cell is a dispatch from the front lines of our confrontation with Al Qaeda.  Like its author, the book is smart, tough, brave and relentlessly honest.  If you’re looking for truth, not hype, Mike Sheehan is your man."
—Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State

“Michael Sheehan has worked every aspect of the counterterrorism story from senior positions at the State Department and New York’s Police Department to the frontline of Special Forces operations. He brings that unique blend of experiences and perspectives to Crush theCell, which is a clearly written and lively overview of the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates that is not only a great read, but will also inform policy makers for years to come.”
—Peter Bergen, New York Times bestselling author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama Bin Laden I Know

“Michael Sheehan has long been one of the most creative, original thinkers on the subject of terrorism. His personal experience, combined with a determined and original mind, make him unique and always insightful. I can't think of anyone else who brings such a fresh perspective to this vital field."
—Lawrence Wright, author of the New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer-Prize winning The Looming Tower

“During the 9/11 Commission investigations, we interviewed more than 1200 current and former federal officials. One of the most impressive —and as the records clearly demonstrated — most effective officials in the counterterrorist effort was Michael Sheehan. He ‘got it.’  If more Clinton or Bush officials had paid attention to him, the tragedy of 9/11 might have been averted. He went on to build the most effective counterterrorist intelligence unit in the U.S. within the New York Police Department. His new book will be read by Presidential candidates and all who wish to understand the threat we face.”
—John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy and Member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

"Michael Sheehan has worked on terrorism as a policy maker in the State Department, as a police official on the streets of New York, and as a Green Beret in the US Army. He is the real deal. In Crush theCell he tells us the difference between the continuing real threat from al Qaeda and the over-hyped, politically motivated scare tactics that have spawned a bloated counter-terrorism bureaucracy and industry."
—Richard A. Clarke, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies

“Mike Sheehan is the person I would most want at my side when trying to stop terrorists. . . . [In this book] he shows how much of America’s antiterror efforts are misdirected and how to fix them . . . A primer for the next president.”
—Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307382184
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Drummond has been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Terrorism Unplugged Unplugged, Terrorism 1

Pt. 1 The Terrorist Threat: Reality versus Hype 9

Ch. 1 Al Qaeda: Killers and Bunglers 11

Ch. 2 Know Your Enemies 35

Ch. 3 Al Qaeda's Ideology: Why They Kill 56

Ch. 4 Iran and Hezbollah: Bloody but Restrained Terrorists 71

Ch. 5 Lone Wolves, Cults, and Radical Movements 89

Pt. 2 Inside Counterterrorism: From Green Beret to NYPD Blue 107

Ch. 6 The U.S. Army Special Forces: Shooters and Advisors 109

Ch. 7 Door Kickers, Diplomats, and Swamp Drainers 132

Ch. 8 Foreign Intelligence Operations: Spying Abroad 146

Ch. 9 Domestic Intelligence: The Spy Game at Home 169

Ch. 10 CBRN: Real Danger or Overhyped Threat? 195

Ch. 11 The Department of Homeland Security: Searching for a Mission 212

Ch. 12 Defending the Big Apple 230

Ch. 13 Crush the Cell 256

App. 1 Sheehan's Career Time Line 283

App. 2 Terrorism's Top Ten 285

App. 3 Key Terrorist Events 286

Notes 290

Glossary of Acronyms 294

Acknowledgments 298

Index 301

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