Triple Cross: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI--and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him

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Harper Collins, Nov 21, 2006 - Political Science - 604 pages
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"This is the most dangerous man I have ever met. We cannot let this man out on the street."

?Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, 1997

In the years leading to the 9/11 attacks, no single agent of al Qaeda was more successful in compromising the U.S. intelligence community than Ali Mohamed. A former Egyptian army captain, Mohamed succeeded in infiltrating the CIA in Europe, the Green Berets at Fort Bragg, and the FBI in California?even as he helped to orchestrate the al Qaeda campaign of terror that culminated in 9/11. As investigative reporter Peter Lance demonstrates in this gripping narrative, senior U.S. law enforcement officials?including the now-celebrated U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who personally interviewed Mohamed long before he was brought to ground?were powerless to stop him. In the annals of espionage, few men have moved between the hunters and the hunted with as much audacity as Ali Mohamed. For almost two decades, the former Egyptian army commando succeeded in living a double life. Brazenly slipping past watch lists, he moved in and out of the U.S. with impunity, marrying an American woman, becoming a naturalized citizen, and posing as an FBI informant?all while acting as chief of security for Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Known to his fellow terrorists as Ali Amiriki, or "Ali the American," Mohamed gained access to the most sensitive intelligence in the U.S. counterterrorism arsenal while brokering terror summits, planning bombing missions, and training jihadis in bomb building, assassination, the creation of sleeper cells, and other acts of espionage.Building on the investigation he first chronicled in his previous books, 1000 Years for Revenge and Cover Up, Lance uses Mohamed to trace the untold story of al Qaeda's rise in the 1980s and 1990s. Incredibly, Mohamed, who remains in custodial witness protection today, has never been sentenced for his crimes. He exists under a veil of secrecy?a living witness to how the U.S. intelligence community was outflanked for years by the terror network.

From his first appearance on the FBI's radar in 1989?training Islamic extremists on Long Island?to his presence in the database of Operation Able Danger eighteen months before 9/11, this devious triple agent was the one terrorist they had to sweep under the rug. Filled with news-making revelations, Triple Cross exposes the incompetence and duplicity of the FBI and Justice Department before 9/11 . . . and raises serious questions about how many more secrets the Feds may still be hiding.

  

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Review: Triple Cross: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI--And Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him

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Contents

Part III
315
The TenMonth Dance
317
Operation Able Danger
330
Obliterating the Dots
344
Able Danger Part Two
352
The Secret Witness
363
Second to Last Chance
372
Finally Mohamed Speaks
382

In Cold Blood
87
Incident in Rome
94
The Great One
101
Ground Zero Part One
110
Bin Ladens Copilot
120
Part II
133
Another Alias
135
The Second Front
147
Losing the al Qaeda Key
157
Hiding behind the Wall
170
The Third Plot
181
Red Crescent Tour
194
The CoverUp Begins
205
The bin Laden Squad
218
How to Blow Up Airplanes
231
Bojinka Fulfilled
241
Crossing the Line
252
Victory Declared
260
Tapping the Cell
268
Third and Final Warning
281
The Spy Who Wasnt There
296
The Hoax and the Scam
307
The Briefing in Bagram
391
The Public Whitewash
402
Explosives the FBI Missed
415
Four Counts of Homicide
430
Why Any of This Matters
439
The 911 Cold Case
456
Epilogue
464
Acknowledgments
485
Notes
491
Appendix I
545
Appendix II
547
Appendix III
548
Appendix IV
549
Appendix V
551
Appendix VI
554
Appendix VII
567
Appendix VIII
568
Appendix IX
572
Appendix X
574
Appendix XI
576
Index
577
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Peter Lance is the author of three previous works of investigative journalism, 1000 Years for Revenge, Cover Up, and Triple Cross. A former correspondent for ABC News, he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight. Among his awards are the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize and the Sevellon Brown Award from the Associated Press. He lives in California.

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