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Intelligence Matters: The CIA, FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America's War on Terror | [Bob Graham, Jeffrey Nussbaum]

Intelligence Matters: The CIA, FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America's War on Terror

For ten years, Senator Bob Graham served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he oversaw the conduct of the CIA and had access to some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets. In this explosive, controversial, and profoundly alarming insider's report, Senator Graham reveals faults in America's national security network severe enough to raise fundamental questions about the competence and honesty of public officials in the CIA, the FBI, and the White House.
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For ten years, Senator Bob Graham served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he oversaw the conduct of the CIA and had access to some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets. In this explosive, controversial, and profoundly alarming insider's report, Senator Graham reveals faults in America's national security network severe enough to raise fundamental questions about the competence and honesty of public officials in the CIA, the FBI, and the White House.

©2004 Senator Bob Graham and J. Nussbaum; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    Greg Tampa, FL, USA 10-11-04
    Greg Tampa, FL, USA 10-11-04
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    "Open your eyes"

    Republican, Democrat or Independent - this book will open your eyes. This book provides a detailed (almost too detailed) view into what happened in the 9/11 Commission Reports efforts to unravel what happened. It is startling information that shines light on the Saudi involvement in 9/11 and our administrations protection of this information. I am a registered Republican and did not see this in a defensive light. But it did shine the light on many unaddressed dangers that our Government has failed to address adequately. I appreciated the inside view to what has gone on behind the scenes. It opened my eyes. Citizens of this country owe it to themselves to go beyond sound bites and educate themselves on what really goes on. This book is a good start.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea MONROE, GA, USA 09-22-04
    Andrea MONROE, GA, USA 09-22-04
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    "Utterly disturbing"

    Anyone who plans to vote this November should definitely read this book - or at least the 9/11 Commission Report. I cannot articulate how strongly this book has affected my political position. It completely changed my view on Iraq. A must-read for every American.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    isaac Boulder, CO, United States 02-05-06
    isaac Boulder, CO, United States 02-05-06
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    "Good book, terrible reader"

    It is very interesting to get the insight of the chairman of the senate intellegence comittee on the current terrorist threat and organizations that comabat it. On the one hand, Grahm is a partisan senator who vigourously dissaproves of the acts of the Bush administration. On the other he is far more in the know than the endless line of pundits who have churned these issues over the last few years. Jonathan Marosz
    is the worst reader I have come across and I said I would never listen to him again, but this book was worth putting up with him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Billzen 03-19-05
    Billzen 03-19-05 Member Since 2001
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    "A must listen!"

    Senator Bob Graham has done an outstanding job of meticulously detailing the intelligence failures related to the 9/11 terrorist attack. This is an eye-opening book and raises serious concerns about the health of democracy in America. Had Senator Graham not written this book we would be blissfully ignorant of the political distortions surrounding 9/11. This is a must read (listen) for those who care about the future and safety of America!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 01-31-06
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 01-31-06 Member Since 2005

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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    "Authoritative and Organized, not Scintillating"

    Bob Graham like a lot of intelligence men is serious about being serious. This book amounts to a long position paper, but it is tastefully done and careful about the facts. His real point is, not about politics, but about his model for achieving integrity in intelligence.

    I found it thoroughly enjoyable. If you aren’t huge fan of Wolfowitz you probably won’t agree with Graham’s position, but you should still find the book tasteful and respectful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Dallas, OR 06-24-05
    Mike Dallas, OR 06-24-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Too much Politics"

    There was altogether too much Bush bashing, and not enough attention to the subject.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B. Nightingale Florida 04-25-05
    B. Nightingale Florida 04-25-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Interesting and Eye Opening"

    This is a very well-written, easily-understood book, and the narrator is excellent. I was surprised to discover that our government and its agencies had 12 occasions to probably stop the 9-11 terrorist attacks. This book is quite an eye-opener, written by Bob Graham who was/is in a position to know what went on.

    This is the kind of book I can listen to more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 05-06-06
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 05-06-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Bush Bash Fest"

    I'm a libertarian, So I don't have a dog in this political infighting... but this is mostly a Bush-bash-fest and clearly an "I could have done a better job" essay.

    While there's some interesting facts and intelligence presented, it's clear that Senator Graham (and the Democrats) are bitter about the Bush Administration, and that taints much of what is presented as "Evidence".

    I'd have found it MUCH more interesting if it wasn't so clearly slanted politically while the author claims to be a centrist. The constant political observations make you wonder if the "facts" are true, or are just the opinions of someone that dislikes Bush.

    What "appears" to be "obvious intelligence" is only hindsight, which is 20/20.. it was not mentioned that the intelligence services sift through THOUSANDS of these threats and suspicious activities each year, yet the author wants to present the case that the FBI should have CLEARLY seen this needle in the haystack... AFTER the fact it's obvious, of course, but things always are After the fact.

    To be honest, I didn't find out anything really new, just a few facts that took what I already knew a bit further, and (again) I am suspicious that these "facts" may be tainted by politics.

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    Elizabeth Worcester, MA, USA 04-03-09
    Elizabeth Worcester, MA, USA 04-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "good material"

    I enjoyed the content of this book. However, the narrator needs to learn what to do when he finishes a sentence. Drop the voice, don't raise it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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