A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies

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Anchor Books, 2005 - History - 472 pages
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In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford–whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security Agency–draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating expos? of the intelligence community and the Bush administration.

A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks, and details the Bush administration’s subsequent misuse of intelligence to sell preemptive war to the American people. Filled with unprecedented new revelations, from the sites of “undisclosed locations” to the actual sources of America’s Middle East policy, A Pretext for War is essential reading for anyone concerned about the security of the United States.

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In this hard-hitting expose, investigative journalist Bamford (The Puzzle Palace; Body of Secrets) paints a damning portrait of an incompetent and politicized intelligence community. Before 9/11, he ... Read full review

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A must read for any 9/11 conspiracy theorist.

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About the author (2005)

JAMES BAMFORD, the author of the bestsellersBody of SecretsandThe Puzzle Palace, has written extensively on national security issues, including investigative cover stories for theNew York Times Magazine, theWashington Post Magazine, andtheLos Angeles Times Magazine. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC’sWorld News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he lives in Washington, D.C.


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