Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI

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"A chilling account of a killer who slipped through the hands of a daft justice system….Triple Cross chronicles one of the most vicious spies of our time."—Toronto Sun

In the years prior to 2001, no single agent of al Qaeda was more successful in compromising the U.S. intelligence community than Ali Mohamed. For almost two decades the former Egyptian army commando succeeded in living a double life—marrying an American woman, becoming a naturalized citizen, and infiltrating the ...

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Overview

"A chilling account of a killer who slipped through the hands of a daft justice system….Triple Cross chronicles one of the most vicious spies of our time."—Toronto Sun

In the years prior to 2001, no single agent of al Qaeda was more successful in compromising the U.S. intelligence community than Ali Mohamed. For almost two decades the former Egyptian army commando succeeded in living a double life—marrying an American woman, becoming a naturalized citizen, and infiltrating the CIA in Europe, the Green Berets at Fort Bragg, and the FBI in California—even as he helped orchestrate the campaign of terror that culminated in the 9/11 attacks.

Triple Cross is award-winning investigative reporter Peter Lance's chilling true account of the career of the master spy known to his al Qaeda brothers as "Ali the American"—an explosive narrative revealing the gaping holes in our nation's security net. Finally, coming off his previous FBI exposé, Cover Up, Lance also chronicles the collapse of the Brooklyn murder trial of former FBI agent Lin DeVecchio, a case that could well have revolutionized public understanding of the background of 9/11.

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Editorial Reviews

New York
Praise for Cover Up:“The cumulative evidence is startling.”
Santa Barbara News Press
Praise for Cover Up:“A disturbing indictment of those we trust to care for the common good.”
Toronto Sun
Praise for Cover Up:“[Lance] has no reservations about pointing fingers… disquieting.”
Washington Post
Praise for 1000 Years of Revenge:“Compelling and briskly told.”
Nicholas Pileggi
Praise for 1000 Years of Revenge :“A brilliant investigative read.”
Kristin Breitweiser
Praise for 1000 Years of Revenge“Astounding… a 500-page smoking gun.”
Washington Post
Praise for 1000 Years of Revenge:“Compelling and briskly told.”
New York
Praise for Cover Up:“The cumulative evidence is startling.”
Toronto Sun
Praise for Cover Up:“[Lance] has no reservations about pointing fingers… disquieting.”
Santa Barbara News Press
Praise for Cover Up:“A disturbing indictment of those we trust to care for the common good.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061189418
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 516,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lance is the author of three previous works of investigative journalism, 1000 Years for Revenge, Cover Up, and Triple Cross. A former correspondent for ABC News, he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight. Among his awards are the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize and the Sevellon Brown Award from the Associated Press. In 2010 he was appointed Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. He lives in California.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    well written stunner

    This biography is a shocker from the onset as Peter Lance does more than just look into the life of Al Qaeda operative Ali Mohamed; he asserts this man was the driver behind many of the terrorist attacks over two decades culminating with 9/11. Using chutzpah to a degree unheard of, he became an American citizen after marrying an American, but all that time "Ali the American" served as Chief of Security for bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri. He was an FBI informer and worked with the CIA in Europe while still holding his real job, serving as Chief of Security for bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri (can't say that duality enough). Then there is the Able Danger segue that will have readers floored that this man got away with what he did.

    This well written stunner will leave readers wondering about our government claims of protecting us when he was welcomed to top secret information while setting up terrorist missions. Affirming the title of Triple Cross he applies to his subject, Mr. Lance exposes the government agencies whose failures the author asserts fundamentally led to 9/11; a horrific incident that could and should have been prevented. Perhaps the most frightening aspect is the implication of what else is the feds hiding. This is one nonfiction that has to be fiction; as the audience will continually say no way with each new revelation supported by strong evidence of yes way. Why didn't Cheney waterboard Mohammed who is in the Witness Protection Program having never been convicted of his crimes against humanity.

    Harriet Klausner

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