Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad

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Long before the devastation of September 11, 2001, the war on terror raged. The problem was that only on side, radical Islam, was fighting it as a war. For the United States, the frontline was the courtroom. So while a diffident American government prosecuted a relative handful of "defendants," committed militants waged a campaign of jihad-holy war-boldly targeting America's greatest city, and American society itself, for annihilation.

The Jihad continues to this day. But now, ...

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Overview

Long before the devastation of September 11, 2001, the war on terror raged. The problem was that only on side, radical Islam, was fighting it as a war. For the United States, the frontline was the courtroom. So while a diffident American government prosecuted a relative handful of "defendants," committed militants waged a campaign of jihad-holy war-boldly targeting America's greatest city, and American society itself, for annihilation.

The Jihad continues to this day. But now, fifteen years after radical Islam first declared war by detonating a complex chemical bomb in the heart of the global financial system, former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy provides a unique insider's perspective on America's first response.

McCarthy led the historic prosecution against the jihad organization that carried out the World Trade Center attack: the "battalions of Islam" inspired by Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious "Blind Sheikh." In Willful Blindness, he unfolds the troubled history of modern American counterterrorism. It is a portrait of stark contrast: a zealous international network of warriors dead certain, despite long odds, that history and Allah are on their side, pitted against the world's lone superpower, unsure of what it knows, of what it fight, and of whether it has the will to win.

It is the story of a nation and its government consciously avoiding Islam"s animating role in Islamic terror. From the start, it led top U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to underestimate, ignore, and even abet zealots determined to massacre Americans. Even today, after thousands of innocent lives have been lost, the United States averts its eyes from this harsh reality.

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Long before the devastation of September 11, 2001, the war on terror raged. The problem was that only one side, radical Islam, was fighting it as a war. For the United States, the frontline was the courtroom. So while a diffident American government prosecuted a relative handful of “defendants,” committed militants waged a campaign of jihad—holy war—boldly targeting America’s greatest city, and American society itself, for annihilation.

It is the jihad that continues to this day. But now, fifteen years after radical Islam first declared war by detonating a complex chemical bomb in the heart of the global financial system, former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy provides a unique insider’s perspective on America’s first response.

McCarthy led the historic prosecution against the jihad organization that carried out the World Trade Center attack: the “battalions of Islam” inspired by Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “Blind Sheikh.” In Willful Blindness, he unfolds the troubled history of modern American counterterrorism. It is a portrait of stark contrast: a zealous international network of warriors dead certain, despite long odds, that history and Allah are on their side, pitted against the world’s lone superpower, unsure of what it knows, of what it fights, and of whether it has the will to win.

It is the story of a nation and its government consciously avoiding Islam’s animating role in Islamic terror. From the start, it led top U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to underestimate, ignore, and even abet zealots determined to massacre Americans. Even today, after thousands of innocent lives lost, our eyes avert from harsh reality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594032653
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 632,669
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition vii

1 "Imagine the Liability!" 3

2 Battalions and Illusions 14

3 "We Are Terrorists!" 24

4 The Blind Sheikh Emerges 41

5 Afghanistan? Who Needs to Know? 51

6 Feeding the Beast 59

7 Jihad in America 72

8 The Real Deal . . . Under Our Nose 91

9 Upheaval 112

10 Conspiracy? What Conspiracy? 125

11 The Informant 137

12 The Jihadist Way: Victory and Vengeance 154

13 Divorce 162

14 No Indication? 176

15 Aftermath 190

16 Spy Games 201

17 Siddig Ali Takes Center Stage 213

18 Recruited for the Jihad 220

19 The Landmarks Plot 231

20 Planning the End Game 245

21 "The Projects Are a Duty!" 255

22 Don't Deport Him, Indict Him 265

23 The Salem Tapes 278

24 Trial and Error 294

25 None So Blind . . . 307

Notes 319

Index 345

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    This book is an embarrassment to the book publishing industry. It is so loaded with spacing and typographical errors so as to be barely readable. This is an important subject and it needs to taken seriously. Get with it, folks!

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