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“A harrowing book, told with uncommon grace and dignity.”
Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights
Advance praise for Instinct
“Jose Melendez-Perez exemplifies the sheer will, gut instinct and honed expertise of a man devoted to the security of his country. Michael Smerconish superbly shines a deserving spotlight on this true American patriot.” - The Honorable Tom Ridge
"Immigration Inspector Jose Melendez-Perez, along with other unspoken heroes, displayed remarkable instincts in making sure that somebody who has hostile intent against the United States of America does not get the chance to carry out a catastrophe. That coupled with inquiry, observation, technology and proper training are among our best advantages in the war on terror." - Bob Kerrey, President, The New School
At the center of this dramatic true story is Mohammed al Kahtani, allegedly meant to serve as the 20th 9/11 hijacker, whose denial of entry to the U.S. by an Orlando customs officer may have provided just the edge that the passengers of United Flight 93 needed to overpower their captors. The questions that surround him, however, are central to the execution of the war on terror: in particular, was Kahtani a "highly trained al-Qaeda operative" or a "low-level mercenary tortured by his interrogators out of frustration or pure malice?" From the political fallout of denying foreign visitors entry to the fine line between profiling and professionalism (says one interrogation expert, "that intuitiveness, that innate ability, that instinct... if you fine tune it, you have a very powerful person") to the disturbing procedures at Guantanamo Bay, radio talk show host Smerconish (Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism) presents the vivid narrative of United Flight 93 and the issues at hand with the skill of a seasoned reporter. Proceeds from the book support the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign.
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An excerpt from Instinct
Two thousand, nine hundred and seventy-three lives. The human toll of what the terrorists wreaked at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, is still mind-numbing. But it could have been even worse, much worse, except for the efforts—and perhaps more significantly, the instincts—of one man on one day, August 4, 2001. In the course of “just doing his job,” one man changed history and perhaps prevented the virtual decapitation of the United States government on September 11, 2001. His name is Jose Melendez-Perez.