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Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America [Hardcover]

Matt Apuzzo , Adam Goldman
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Sept. 3 2013
How safe are we? What do we sacrifice to feel safe? And who pays the ultimate price?

Two Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists examine one of the most sensitive post–9/11 national security investigations—a breathtaking race to prevent an al-Qaeda bomber from launching Osama bin Laden’s final attack on American soil.

In Enemies Within, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman lay bare the complex and often contradictory state of counterterrorism and intelligence in America through the pursuit of Najibullah Zazi, a terrorist bomber who trained under one of bin Laden’s most trusted deputies. Zazi and his coconspirators represented America’s greatest fear: a terrorist cell operating inside America.

Apuzzo and Goldman lift the veil of secrecy to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of our counterterrorism measures. This real-life spy story—uncovered in previously unpublished secret NYPD documents and interviews with intelligence sources—shows that while many of these programs are more invasive than ever, they are often counterproductive at best.

After 9/11, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated an audacious plan for the Big Apple: dispatch a vast network of plainclothes officers and paid informants—called “rakers” and “mosque crawlers”—into Muslim neighborhoods to infiltrate religious communities and eavesdrop on college campuses. Police amassed data on innocent people, often for their religious and political beliefs. But when it mattered most, these strategies failed to identify the most imminent threats.

Enemies Within tackles the tough questions about the measures that we take to protect ourselves from real and perceived threats. Apuzzo and Goldman take readers inside America’s sprawling counterterrorism machine while it operates at full throttle. They reveal what works, what doesn’t, and what Americans have unknowingly given up.

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"Apuzzo & Goldman are the new Woodward and Bernstein." (Spencer Ackerman, national security editor, The Guardian)

"Two of America's best reporters pull back the curtain to reveal how New York really works. In the process, they also raise troubling questions about the price that America has paid, particularly in its moral standing, in prosecuting the war on terror. They ask the hardest question of them all. They ask Americans to look in the mirror." (James Risen, author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration)

"The authors use their investigative know-how like skilled surgeons, utilizing their scalpel to expose a malignant growth in the heart of the NYPD." (Frank Serpico)

"Enemies Within combines the quick-paced storytelling of a mystery novel with the intellectual altitude of intelligence experts. It offers insights into the methods that work the best against would-be terrorists, as well as those that are not only a waste of money and time, but abuse the nature of our democracy. A great, informative read." (Dana Priest, investigative reporter, The Washington Post and author of Top Secret America: The Rise of the Nation)

"Despite all the hype around NSA's secret Prism surveillance program, Apuzzo and Goldman show how the Zazi case really got made. This book is both a thriller and a hard-hitting expose of the NYPD Intel unit set up after 9/11. While the American people have shown some willingness to give up privacy for the hope of greater security, the reader can be the judge of whether the shocking excesses of this unit are justified by its results." (Vicki Divoll, former general counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former assistant general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency)

"Like too many stories about the post-9/11 fight against terrorism, this is a tale in which American boldness, cunning, and ingenuity are frequently undermined by American arrogance, recklessness, and narrow-mindedness. Apuzzo and Goldman’s revelatory investigation casts a troubling light on the NYPD and reverberates far beyond New York City, exposing the risks of waging an ill-defined 'war on terror.'" (Justin Vogt, senior editor, Foreign Affairs)

"Enemies Within is a deeply reported and well written account of the NYPD's aggressive efforts to monitor the Muslim-American community and the most threatening al-Qaeda plot since 9/11---the plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009-- a plot that NYPD's surveillance efforts did not detect." (Peter Bergen author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad)

“Two tales tell us a great deal—not all of it flattering—about the ways in which law
enforcement has kept the city safe. . . . Assiduous reporting.” (The Wall Street Journal)

"A fascinating new book." (The Economist)

“If you're a citizen, you need to read Enemies Within . . . . The authors have a story worthy of a thriller. The book is peopled with spies, terrorists and decorated war heroes. . . . Apuzzo and Goldman have sounded an alarm.” (Associated Press)

“While Apuzzo and Goldman show their veteran reportorial skills in exposing the details of the NYPD’s surveillance program, they also expertly craft the drama of the unfolding terrorist plot and the race by government agencies to foil it. . . . A fast-paced, informative investigation into the ever-messy arena of privacy versus security.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"It is no stretch to say that the season's most anticipated book of investigative journalism is Enemies Within" (The Atlantic Wire)

Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman chronicle how the quest for safety led to something far darker....Did the Snowden leaks trouble you? You ain't seen nothing yet. (Dan Bigman, business news managing editor Forbes)

“A deep, jaw-dropping dive . . . No book better sums up the state of post-9/11 fear.” (National Journal)

About the Author

Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman are investigative reporters for the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. They shared in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on the New York Police Department's clandestine spying program targeting American Muslims. Together, Apuzzo and Goldman have uncovered the location of a CIA prison, revealed widespread cheating on FBI exams, and showed how the CIA's haphazard disciplinary system resulted in promotions for officers who kidnapped and killed the wrong people. They have shared the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a George Polk Award, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association. Apuzzo has covered organized crime, corruption, and law enforcement in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington. Goldman has covered crime and government for newspapers in Virginia and Alabama. He reported from Las Vegas and New York for the AP.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feedback on Enemies Within Nov. 12 2013
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Somewhat disappointed at the extent to which all muslims are grouped and looked at as potential terrorist. Bearing in mind that there are over 1.5 billion muslims in the world. It is sad that the perpetuation of these views continue to this day and this situation will get no better unless a different approach is taken to dealing with the question of terrorism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read Sept. 5 2013
By Snake - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There does seem to be a lot of confusion, especially among conservatives, about this book and about the NYPD program it details. I have read this book, and the series of articles the AP ran last year that inspired it. "Enemies Within" lays out the details of the NYPD Demographics Unit, which places informants within the city's Muslim communities - the logic being, members of the Muslim community perpetrated the 9-11 attacks, so we should know what is going on those communities, and what if any radical plots are being formed. Fair enough.

It also outlines the program through a scary terrorist plot many of us have probably forgotten about: a attack plan by a radicalized Afghan-American in Queens, NY who built a powerful home made bomb and was in process of planting it in NYC's subway system when he was caught.

Does the book draw some conclusions about the Demographics program? Yes, it does. It points out that despite the unprecedented level of surveillance on the bomber's neighborhood, mosque, Imam, and the travel agency he used to find and train with Al-Queda in Pakistan, the Demo unit missed him. Good, old-fashioned police work nabbed him. There is also no evidence that any plot was thwarted in the last 12 years by the unit. And there is no evidence of any real plot that was uncovered by it either. There is a Latin phrase that many conservatives seem to think applies here - "Post hoc ergo propter hoc", "After this, therefore because of this". It seems because there was no terrorist attack while this unit operated MUST mean, to some, that the unit is responsible for preventing one. (The Mets haven't won the World Series since 9-11, either. Coincidence?)

The book also raises many of the same questions the recently-reveled NSA spying programs do: how much level of spying should we tolerate in the name of security? Should police need warrants to gather intelligence on citizens and institutions where there is no evidence of a crime, or even evidence of a conspiracy to commit a crime? If your're not a Muslim living in NYC maybe it doesn't seem a big deal. If the local police were taking down your license plate in your church parking lot, or Little League field, and filing away your opinions on the political issues of the day in a file about you and your neighbors, you might feel differently.

Reasonable minds can disagree about where to draw the line. This book's conclusion is simply that the time to debate the location of that line is now. It also provides the first chance of oversight of the mini-CIA that the NYPD assembled. Before the authors' work, citizens of NYC didn't know it existed. Neither did most elected officials in the city, State, or the US Congress.

To this reader, more transparency in government is better than less. At the very least, "Enemies Within" sheds some sunlight on what our cops our doing in our name, with our money. At it's best, this book is a true page-turner; the investigation into the Queens bomber is a real clock-is-ticking thriller. The book is meticulously sourced, with many members of the unit, from the NYPD to former CIA men, going on the record to voice their concerns about the program - it's ethical implications and its questionable effectiveness.

Read the book before forming your opinions on the program.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading and Meticulous Research Sept. 5 2013
By NYCReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a great read start to finish. The subway plot grabs your attention and hooks you in like a real life episode of 24. Meanwhile, the stories of the inter-agency rivalries and egos are as compelling as any moder-day drama. But the amazing thing is all of these stories are true! Apuzzo and Goldman went out of their way to back up all of their allegations and anecdotes with internal NYPD documents and on-the-record statements from federal agents and NYPD officers who lived these events. It's a must read for anyone who has an interest in the debate over national security and the freedoms the NYPD abridged to keep us "safe." It's also a great look into the inner workings of our first lines of defense against terrorists.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Thriller Sept. 5 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great read. This book balances solid reporting and great storytelling. By following the story of one would-be terrorist, the authors shine a light on the complexities of the war on terror. They bring ivory tower discussions to street level. One caution: make sure you start this book on Friday. You wont be able to put it down.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Sept. 6 2013
By L. Sarsour - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
From beginning to end this book takes you on a thrilling adventure to apprehend one of the most dangerous terrorist threats to America meanwhile detailing the very counterterrorism programs that NYPD set up to catch "real terrorists" that failed in the process. Shocking information is revealed about the unwarranted surveillance of the American Muslim communities across NYC and the Northeast by the NYPD. The book is meticulously well researched with numerous senior law enforcement officials on the record. This book opens a must needed discussion on how much of our liberties we are willing to give up for a false sense of security. MUST READ. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sept. 29 2013
By bill f - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book exposes big egos. The New York press has cannonized Kelly. This book brings him back down to earth a little. Also makes it clear that the Feds should be responsible for national issues and the NYCPD should remains within it's own jurisdiction
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