The Threat Matrix

The Threat Matrix

The FBI at War in the Age of Terror

eBook - 2011
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Based on access to never-before-seen task forces and FBI bases from Budapest, Hungary, to Quantico, Virginia, this book profiles the visionary agents who risked their lives to bring down criminals and terrorists both here in the U.S. and thousands of miles away long before the rest of the country was paying attention to terrorism. Given unprecedented access, thousands of pages of once secret documents, and hundreds of interviews, Garrett M. Graff takes us inside the FBI and its attempt to protect America from the Munich Olympics in 1972 to the attempted Times Square bombing in 2010. It also tells the inside story of the FBI's behind-the-scenes fights with the CIA, the Department of Justice, and five White Houses over how to combat terrorism, balance civil liberties, and preserve security. The book also offers a never-before-seen intimate look at FBI Director Robert Mueller, the only U.S. national security leader still in office from 9/11, and the most important director since Hoover himself.

Covering more than 30 years of history and coming right up until the present day of the Obama administration's response to terrorist attacks like that on Christmas Day 2009 in Detroit, the book explores the transformation of the FBI from a domestic law enforcement agency, handling bank robberies and local crimes, into an international intelligence agency--with more than 500 agents operating in more than 60 countries overseas today--fighting extremist terrorism, cyber crimes, and, for the first time, American suicide bombers.

Brilliantly reported and suspensefully told, The Threat Matrix peers into the darkest corners of this secret war and will change your view of the FBI forever.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2011
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780316172745 (electronic bk.)
031617274X (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 363.325165 GRA
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Apr 04, 2015

// Like they were training to fly into the World Trade Center \\ from a field agent's memo to FBI HQ [ignored, of course], as were all those memos from Agents Rowley, Samit and Williams, et cetera! Read this book, The Commission by Philip Shenon, and The Tiger Trap by David Wise [that one with a very jaundiced, analytical eye!] and wonder why any sane person would say: The FBI should be purged then broken up! I would strongly disagree with the author though, the FBI has only adapted its lying processes.


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