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Triple Cross, How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets and the FBI
Harper Collins ^ | 11/18/2006 | Peter Lance, Harper Collins press release

Posted on 11/19/2006 9:14:16 AM PST by vadkins

Peter Lance's new book, Triple Cross, (the complete title is: 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) is out in bookstores on 11/21/2006. This is a link to the Able Danger Blog's review of the book. Here is the text of the Harper Collins' press release for the book:

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

By Peter Lance

In TRIPLE CROSS, five-time Emmy-award winning investigative reporter Peter Lance reveals how U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI's elite bin Laden squad failed to stop Ali Mohamed, a1 Qaeda's master spy, in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks. Recruited as an FBI informant as early as 1992, Mohamed -- an intimate of Osama bin Laden -- was allowed to remain free for years, planning and executing multiple acts of terror, including the 1998 African embassy bombings that killed 224 and injured 4000 -- while Fitzgerald and key FBI agents did little to stop him.

Mohamed had been on the FBI's radar since 1989, when the FBI's Special Operations Group photographed a cell of his trainees firing AK-47s at a Long Island shooting range. Yet despite their prior knowledge of this New York cell, the Bureau ended its investigation, paving the way for multiple acts of terror in the years that followed.

Of the Islamic radicals trained by Ali Mohamed and photographed by the FBI: one went on to kill Rabbi Meier Kahane in 1990, three were convicted in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and another American Muslim was convicted by Patrick Fitzgerald in 1995 in a plot to blow up the bridge and tunnels into Manhattan. Mohamed himself was opened as a Bureau informant on the West Coast in 1992-a year before the WTC bombing. Worse, he continued to snooker Fitzgerald and other FBI and Justice Department officials for years as he learned the FBI's playbook on a1 Qaeda.

After a five-year investigation into FBI negligence on the road to 9/11, Lance reveals:

How Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who was directing the FBI's elite bin Laden squad (I-49), allowed Ali Mohamed to remain an active a1 Qaeda agent despite the fact that the FBI knew he had sworn allegiance to bin Laden as early as 1993. Mohamed moved the Saudi billionaire from Afghanistan to Sudan, trained his personal bodyguard, set up a1 Qaeda terror camps in Khartoum, and trained the terrorists responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing and Day of Terror plots.

How Fitzgerald and other top officials buried a treasure trove of a1 Qaeda-related evidence in 1996 -- including proof of a liquid-based airliner bomb plot that was a precursor to the August 2006 plot revealed by U.K. authorities. The evidence included proof of an active a1 Qaeda cell operating in NYC five years before 9/11.

How Mohamed twice smuggled a1 Qaeda's second-in-command, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, into the U.S. in the 1990s to raise half a million dollars for the Jihad -- and left his post at Fort Bragg, against orders, to hunt down Soviet Spetsnaz commandos in Afghanistan in the midst of America's covert war.

How Mohamed stole TOP SECRET memos and other classified intelligence from Fort Bragg and passed it onto the a1 Qaeda leadership, including memos to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the positions of all Special Forces units worldwide. Copies of that intelligence, with Mohamed's notes in Arabic, are part of more than 30 pages of declassified or formerly SECRET documents included as appendices to the book.

How, after meeting Mohamed face-to-face in 1997, Fitzgerald called him "the most dangerous man I have ever met" and vowed, "We cannot let this man out on the street." Yet for another ten months he allowed Mohamed to remain free, while the a1 Qaeda spy continued to support the African embassy bombing plot he had set in motion in 1993-after being freed from custody on the word of his FBI control agent.

How Mohamed had told Fitzgerald that he had "hundreds" of a1 Qaeda sleepers ready to go "operational" at any time -- and yet to this day the FBI has failed to detect them. Mohamed, who wasn't even arrested until a month after the 1998 embassy bombings, remained in U.S. custody for three full years before 9/11. But even after cutting a deal that allowed him to escape the death penalty and enter witness protection, Fitzgerald failed to extract the 9/11 planes-as-missiles plot from Mohamed.

How as early as 1991 the FBI was aware of a New Jersey mail box store directly linked to a1 Qaeda, but failed to monitor the location. Fitzgerald himself had named the store owner as an unindicted coconspirator in the 1995 Day of Terror case. Six years later, in July 2001 , the FBI blew an extraordinary chance to interdict the 9/11 plot when two of the 9/11 hijackers got their fake IDS at the very same store. "All the FBI had to do was monitor that location, the way they sat on John Gotti's Ravenite Social Club," says Lance, "and they would have been in the middle of the 9/11 plot."

PETER LANCE'S first two FBI investigative books, 1000 Yearsfor Revenge and Cover Up, were national bestsellers. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called 1000 Years "A must read for the FBI, the 9/11 Commission, Congress and anyone whose job it is to protect national security." Kristen Breitweiser, one of the "Jersey Girls," called it "a 500-page smoking gun." Lance testified before the 9/11 Commission in 2004.

His investigation of former FBI agent R. Lindley DeVecchio, reported in Cover Up, led to DeVecchio's indictment on four counts of second degree murder in March 2006.

TRIPLE CROSS

How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBIand Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him

By Peter Lance

Hardcover: $27.95 ISBN 978-0-06-088688-2


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: New Jersey; US: New York; US: North Carolina; War on Terror
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1 posted on 11/19/2006 9:14:20 AM PST by vadkins
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To: vadkins
"U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald "

Would this be the same Keystone Kop "prosecutor's prosector" who oversaw the Scooter Libby sham? If yes, then my BS-o-meter just went off scale.

2 posted on 11/19/2006 9:22:13 AM PST by trek
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To: vadkins

FBI/CIA/Fed prosecutors too busy trying to bring W down and build Clintoon's breastacy.


3 posted on 11/19/2006 9:22:12 AM PST by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: vadkins

Bump for later.


4 posted on 11/19/2006 9:23:42 AM PST by Valin (Rick Santorum 08)
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To: vadkins

Now let me think----Who was President during this period??=--- could someone remind me ??


5 posted on 11/19/2006 9:27:39 AM PST by tsali
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To: trek

One and the same.

My treason "meter" is now wondering just who Fitzgerald has been working for all along.


6 posted on 11/19/2006 9:27:44 AM PST by Wuli
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To: vadkins

Can anyone provide background on Peter Lance ?


7 posted on 11/19/2006 9:27:52 AM PST by norton
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To: vadkins
How Mohamed twice smuggled a1 Qaeda's second-in-command, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, into the U.S. in the 1990s to raise half a million dollars for the Jihad -- and left his post at Fort Bragg, against orders, to hunt down Soviet Spetsnaz commandos in Afghanistan in the midst of America's covert war.

WTF?

8 posted on 11/19/2006 9:30:42 AM PST by Thebaddog (Labrador Retrievers are the dog's dog)
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To: Paladin2

That is a motive, but I think a secondary motive. These folks, Guiliani foremost when he was a prosecutor, are motivated by self-interest first. They don't care for right-wrong, justice-injustice, or anything else. They care about their political careers and making a name for themselves.


9 posted on 11/19/2006 9:35:34 AM PST by jammer
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To: vadkins
"Mohamed had been on the FBI's radar since 1989, when the FBI's Special Operations Group photographed a cell of his trainees firing AK-47s at a Long Island shooting range."



Is this fiction? They most assuredly were NOT firing AK-47s! They may have been firing the civilian version of the weapon, that only fires one round (shot) per trigger pull. Unlike a true AK-47, which is basically a machine gun, and for the most part, is illegal to own or acquire in the US. Very very few of them are in civilian hands. More blurring of the lines for the misinformed voter.
10 posted on 11/19/2006 9:35:36 AM PST by nralife
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To: Wuli

Fitzgerald has been working for himself.


11 posted on 11/19/2006 9:36:18 AM PST by jammer
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To: vadkins

Who was Tim Osman?

http://www.ask.com/web?q=Who+is+Tim+Osman%3F+&o=0&qsrc=0&askbutton.x=26&askbutton.y=17

http://www.orlingrabbe.com/binladin_timosman.htm

http://www.takeoverworld.info/vid/god_is_on_your_side.ram

Okay…my tin foil is arcing.


12 posted on 11/19/2006 9:38:25 AM PST by dgallo51 (DEMAND IMMEDIATE, OPEN INVESTIGATIONS OF U.S. COMPLICITY IN RWANDAN GENOCIDE!)
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To: nralife

Are you sure about that? I thought the semi-automatics weren't banned until the AWB of 1994. I may learn something here.


13 posted on 11/19/2006 9:38:41 AM PST by jammer
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To: norton

Lance's website is pretty interesting.


14 posted on 11/19/2006 9:39:53 AM PST by norton
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To: jammer
These folks, Guiliani foremost when he was a prosecutor, are motivated by self-interest first.

Do you care to tell us Guiliani's part in all this, or would you just prefer to make baseless charges?

15 posted on 11/19/2006 9:41:43 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: norton; vadkins

I saw this on the National Geographic Channel earlier this week, it is one of their new programs. Interesting.


16 posted on 11/19/2006 9:45:09 AM PST by pbear8 (Love you Rummy)
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To: vadkins
How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets and the FBI

He got elected to the White House in 1992. That's how.

17 posted on 11/19/2006 9:50:30 AM PST by lowbridge (Got my own set of keys to the Rovian Weather and Earthquake Machine.)
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To: Peach
What year was it that Rudy supported and voted for the Clintons?
18 posted on 11/19/2006 9:53:27 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: jammer
"Are you sure about that? I thought the semi-automatics weren't banned until the AWB of 1994. I may learn something here."


My quibble is with the MSM and even some Freepers calling "AK-47 styled" weapons, AK-47s. It only blurs the lines and confuses the situation for the soccer moms and the uninformed. Whenever the MSM does a piece on assault weapons in this country, they inevitably show someone with a machine gun, letting it rip. Either they are too stupid to know the difference, or it is intentional propaganda.

I probably didn't word my post above as well as it could have been, but I was only talking about true AK-47s (machine guns if you will) being banned. AK-47 styled weapons (semiautos) were even legal to be produced and sold in this country after the AWB, if they didn't contain too many "evil features," like pistol grip stocks, bayonet lugs, etc. That is why there were so many rifles produced with the so-called butt-hole stocks after the AWB went into effect.
19 posted on 11/19/2006 9:55:04 AM PST by nralife
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To: Just mythoughts

Hello? Try reading, just a tad, okay?

The freeper in question seemed to suggest that Giuliani had some part in all this OBL/AQ business. Now, if you're suggesting that everyone who voted for Clinton is responsible for 9/11, then I think you're out to lunch.

And you seem not to know that Giuliani chopped NYC crime by 57% and slashed homicide rates by 65% which his policies. But do carry on.


20 posted on 11/19/2006 10:03:37 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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