See No Evil

See No Evil

The True Story of A Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism

Book - 2002
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"In See No Evil, one of the CIA's top field officers of the past quarter century recounts his career running agents in the back alleys of the Middle East. In the process, Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides compelling evidence about how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists." "On the morning of September 11, 2001, the world witnessed the terrible result of that intelligence failure with the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the wake of those attacks, Americans were left wondering how such an obviously long-term, globally coordinated plot could have escaped detection by the CIA and taken the nation by surprise. Robert Baer was not surprised. A twenty-one-year veteran of the CIA's Directorate of Operations who had left the agency in 1997, Baer observed firsthand how an increasingly bureaucratic CIA lost its way in the post-cold war world and refused to adequately acknowledge and neutralize the growing threat of Islamic fundamentalist terror in the Middle East and elsewhere." "A throwback to the days when CIA operatives got results by getting their hands dirty and running covert operations, Baer spent his career chasing down leads on suspected terrorists in the world's most volatile hot spots. As he and his agents risked their lives gathering intelligence, he watched as the CIA reduced drastically its operations overseas, failed to put in place people who knew local languages and customs, and rewarded workers who knew how to play the political games of the agency's suburban Washington headquarters but not how to recruit agents on the ground."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780609609873
0609609874
Branch Call Number: 327/.1273/092/Baer 6173mb 1
Characteristics: 280 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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talktimereader
Apr 22, 2014

Because of the intriguing subject matter, I decided to hold my nose and jump in. As with so many first impressions I could not have been further from the facts. This is an interesting read from a 'say it like it is' author.

Read books like 49 Towers to find out more about middle eastern conflict and the possible roles of 'First World' nations.

Finish this, you will find it enlightening.

voisjoe1 Feb 03, 2013

Robert Baer, a former CIA employee, often explains terrorist activities on CNN. Reading “See No Evil,” is an autobiographical account of his two decades in the CIA. The book exposes the reader to the long training program that operatives have to go through to prepare them for the arduous life they are about to enter. Then there are countless tales of his experiences in places like India, Lebanon, Tajikistan, and Iraq. There are so many foreign names and strange incidents and conflicting relationships that at times the inexperienced reader just has to soak in the atmosphere and not to worry too much about exactly what is going on.

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francis59
Jun 01, 2010

Very enlightening. Also very disturbing.

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