Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America Hardcover – Sep 3 2013
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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