Hide and Seek: Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance

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Overview

One failure of 9/11 that has not received the attention it deserves is the inadequacy of the U.S. and international network of financial transparency reporting requirements to detect terrorist finance. In Hide and Seek, John A. Cassara, an expert in the fields of terrorist financing and money laundering, provides personal insight into the workings of the intelligence and law enforcement communities. He contends that the mistakes made by many different agencies before 9/11 were not isolated. Rather, he says these blunders were a result of bureaucratic cultures, misguided policies, and entrenched ways of doing business. Moreover, vulnerabilities still exist. Cassara’s unique background allows personal insight into the real workings of the intelligence and law enforcement communities that failed us on September 11, 2001. His memoir provides a true-life perspective on issues, procedures, government cultures, and decisions that are so vitally important today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574889987
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Cassara was an intelligence officer and special agent for twenty-six years, beginning as a clandestine case officer for the CIA. At the Treasury Department, he served as a special agent of the Secret Service, of the Customs Service, and in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, during which assignment he was detailed to the State Department. Cassara lives near Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

1 A sense of the street 1
2 Undercover agent 29
3 The first step 57
4 We are all susceptible 81
5 All roads lead to Dubai 107
6 Promise and potential 131
7 Cracks in the system 159
8 Pillars in the sand 187
9 The back door 215
10 Steps forward 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    Great read

    I have worked for the U.S. government for 15 years, and still this book was an eye-opener to me. Cassara captures your attention from the very beginning with tales of the Cold War ineptitude of the CIA, and doesn't let up throughout the rest of the book. Unlike most books of this style, however, Cassara offers many suggestions as to how the problems he identifies can be fixed. He's not simply complaining, he's offering solutions. This is a very informative and surprisingly entertaining book and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in how things 'really work.'

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