. From an intelligence standpoint, the Chinese are killing us

  1. i've been reading about this for a couple of years but this book puts it all together. the war on terror in the middle east is not the only thing we need to be concerned about but this doesn't get as much coverage - hopefully this book and the author's appearances on tv will open people's eyes.

    enemies: how america's foes steal our vital secrets--and how we let it happen (hardcover)
    by [color=#003399]bill gertz

    book description
    it’s the great untold story of the war on terror.

    taking advantage of gaping holes in america’s defenses, terrorist organizations and enemy nations like communist china, north korea, russia, and cuba—not to mention some so-called friends—are infiltrating the u.s. government to steal our most vital secrets and use them against us. and most astonishing of all, our leaders are letting it happen.

    in the explosive new book enemies, acclaimed investigative reporter bill gertz uncovers the truth about this grave threat to our national security and america’s harrowing failures to address the danger. gertz’s unrivaled access to the u.s. intelligence and defense communities allows him to tell the whole shocking story, based on previously unpublished classified documents and dozens of exclusive interviews with senior government and intelligence officials. he takes us deep inside the dark world of intelligence and counterintelligence—a world filled with lies and betrayal, spies sleeping with enemy spies, and moles burrowing within the fbi, the cia, the pentagon, and even the white house.

    enemies stunningly reveals:

    • the untold story of one of the most damaging enemy spy penetrations in u.s. history—and how the fbi bungled the investigation

    • how communist china’s intelligence and influence operations may have reached the highest levels of the u.s. government

    • why russia has as many spies in america today as it did at the height of the cold war

    • how al-qaeda and other terrorist groups use official identification, uniforms, and vehicles to infiltrate secure areas and carry out attacks

    • how some thirty-five terrorist groups are targeting the united states through espionage

    • a startling account of the many enemy spies the u.s. has let get away

    • how a cuban mole operated high up in the pentagon for sixteen years

    • the gross ineptness that led u.s. officials to hound an innocent man while the real mole operated right under their noses

    • why aggressive counterintelligence represents the only real defense against terrorists and enemy spies—and why the u.s. intelligence bureaucracy resists it

    delivering the kind of shocking new information that led washington monthly magazine to declare him “legendary among national security reporters,” bill gertz opens our eyes as never before to deadly threats and counterintelligence failures that place every american at risk.

    america’s enemies, including terrorist organizations, are stealing our most vital secrets to use against us—and the u.s. government makes it shockingly easy for them to do so. filled with headline-making revelations from acclaimed reporter bill gertz, enemies reveals the frightening untold story of the war on terror.

    people inside our own government sabotaging and revealing secrets . . .

    scary stuff. when will this craziness end?

  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Well, Steph, as much as I'd like to say "When the current administration finally picks up its crackerjacks and goes home", even I know it's nowhere near as simple as that. This stuff has been going on for decades, and it's only going to get worse, because we're up to our eyeballs in Iraq and thus not paying adequate attention to threats from other sources. Islamic extremists are not our only enemy; Russia and China, IMO, are snakes in the grass which will turn on us and bite our ankles if given the slightest opportunity, and N. Korea as we know is being run by a psychotic little creepazoid.........it's all scary stuff, and as yet we haven't found the silver bullet, or the stake, that we can ram into its heart to kill it once and for all.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    i believe every word....we stand aside while the lilliputian see us with envious eyes...when you are hungary and your children are hungary and sick you will not look with kindness on those who talk of diets and those whose children are spoiled and self-centered
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    the problem is this is caused by americans . . . people in our own intelligence agencies, the in-fighting between agencies, etc., turning a blind eye to it.

    as to does our president know, i heard mr. gertz on friday say this:

    gertz: yes. yes. here's what happened. the bush administration, a couple of the heroes in my book are michelle van cleave and ken degraffenreid, good conservatives, served in the reagan administration, and they headed something called the office of the national counterintelligence executive. they drew up a new strategy, and the strategy said: look, we can't just sit back and wait for spies to come after us and then uncover them and wring our hands when we realize how much damage they cause. they said we need an offensive strategy. we need to go on the offensive, go after the intelligence services, and stop them before they get in the government -- and do the same thing to terrorist group. well, the strategy was approved by the president but it was sidelined by bureaucrats opposed to counterintelligence. and believe me there is fierce resistance, not just in the fbi or the cia, but in the office of the director of national intelligence itself (negroponte's office).

    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Oct 1, '06
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Not terribly reassuring, is it?
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Not terribly reassuring, is it?

    No, and it makes all the partisan crap that tears our country apart seem very dangerous.

    Making decisions based on who gets to come out on top is frightening.

  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from stevielynn
    No, and it makes all the partisan crap that tears our country apart seem very dangerous.

    Making decisions based on who gets to come out on top is frightening.

    You understand!
    Now how do we convince those politicians?