Cover

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pp. C-ii

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright

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pp. iv-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

The Orange Bowl, Miami’s iconic, rickety football stadium, was the venue for the glory years of Miami football—from the hometown Dolphins’ perfect year of 1972, and their Super Bowl runs of the 1970s, to the rise of the University of Miami hurricanes and their first collegiate national championship in 1982. when my parents moved the family, five kids, to Miami from Washington, D.C., in the mid-1960s, they bought season tickets to the ...

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1 The 9/11 Aftermath

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pp. 1-26

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building stands next to the West Wing of the White House, across the avenue inside the White House complex that passes by the permanent TV stands where commentators on the nightly news can report with the White House residence and the West Wing as a backdrop. “Old EOB,” as it is known, is often described as a weddingcake building: an ornate edifice with black-and-white checkerboard marble ...

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2 A Return to Langley

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pp. 27-69

I had no job when I returned to Washington after Christmas, and the flurry of activity the previous months had kept me largely insulated from the changes the Agency had recently undergone. Aside from working on transportation for the Dobbins team and speaking to a few of the people managing the CIA fight in Afghanistan, I hadn’t stayed in any sort of contact...

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3 The Spreading Threat: Moving Beyond the Core of Al Qaeda

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pp. 70-89

Sitting on the inside, these were difficult years, trying to grapple with where this onslaught of violence would end. Years later, looking back, it is easy to see that this adversary could not win. The senseless violence, the nihilistic ideology, the murder of local innocents would almost inevitably turn the tide of Muslim public opinion. These all conspired against Al Qaeda, ...

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4 The Second War: The Intelligence Problem of Iraq

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pp. 90-103

As time passed, the Al Qaeda battle was coupled with questions about this other, unexpected battlefield that would soon emerge as one of the biggest challenges we faced: Iraq. Consumed as we were with the immediacy of Al Qaeda threats and how we were faring in that campaign, the Iraq problem came to us out of our peripheral vision, off the horizon and then ...

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5 A New View at CIA: Deputy Director of the Counterterrorist Center

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pp. 104-134

The Iraq-Al Qaeda story crept into our work occasionally after secretary of state Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nations in February 2003, but never with the same intensity. As war loomed and then the initial Shock and Awe strikes hit Baghdad in March, media coverage and public interest shifted quickly to the invasion, to the emerging shock at the ...

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6 The Years of Threat

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pp. 135-144

There was so much threat reporting, often from credible sources, and so many spikes in activity, over the course of years, that the threats run together. Those years are a jumble, running from one threat to another while we tried to understand the progress in the war more broadly and stand up an office that had the bureaucratic support to provide careers and...

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7 Watching Threats at Home: The FBI Calls

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pp. 145-190

The years after 9/11 passed quickly; the pace of change, the variety of problems we faced, and the magnitude of the challenge all combined to telescope time. Despite the complexity of the positions we occupied, though, I thought that turnover was good. CIA specializes in recruiting talent—we had plenty of it in the Counterterrorist Center—and keeping managers in...

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8 One More Transfer: Intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security

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pp. 191-198

When the staff of President Obama arrived at the White House in 2009, they were looking for career professionals to take senior positions. Not long after the inauguration, I received a call about taking one of those positions, head of intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security. This was a rare opportunity for an analyst who started in an...

Index

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pp. 199-200