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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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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Sept. 3 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476727937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476727936
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheikh K Ahmad on 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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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
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Thorough Thriller Sept. 5 2013
By stixmcgee - 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
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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