By Richard Miniter

Regardless of the rhetoric of election-year Democrats, the US is silently and intentionally taking down al Qaeda telephone by means of phone. however the media is not reporting in this covert war-nor the near-misses we've got skilled considering the fact that Sept. 11. manhattan instances bestselling writer and investigative reporter Richard Miniter (Losing Bin encumbered) faucets his unique resources and on-the-spot international reporting to bare America's unheralded successes within the warfare on terror. Shadow struggle comprises: The never-before-reported tale of a plot to assassinate President Bush in 2002 and why it failed Why the White condominium feared that al Qaeda had Air strength One's mystery transponder codes on September eleven How corrupt Philippine generals are betraying the US by means of accepting US guns to struggle terrorists - after which promoting them to al Qaeda-affiliated teams and masses extra.

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Early the next morning, CIA officials pored over the polygraph results. There was no doubt: Bilal had been lying to the CIA for years. There was no plot to kill the president. It was an ingenious scam, a great lie propped up by many small truths. "21 Bilal had a mix of personal, financial, and political motives. He disliked Mekki and some of the other ten pilots he had named; he was paid hundreds of dollars for each false report and he liked the folding money. He was in the midst of building a large house in Khartoum which was "very expensive and would have been beyond the reach of an army officer," Sayed told me.

It was a great shock to him," Sayed said dryly. For more than an hour, Bilal sat in stony silence as an old CIA hand tried to coax and coach him. Bilal's thoughts must have raced. Perhaps it really was some kind of Sudanese intelligence operation. Or was it a trap? The polygraph operator was a very skillful interlocutor. He had interrogated people for the CIA for some twenty-six years. We don't know what he said, but we know the result. Bilal broke. Wires were attached to his fingers, forehead, and chest.

Citing such impersonal forces—such as poverty—is always a dodge for individual responsibility. Bilal swore an oath to defend his country and he betrayed it. He also betrayed the trust of his American friends for profit and self-aggrandizement. His lies led hundreds of FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security staffers to waste their time on a plot conjured out of his imagination. As any firefighter knows, a false alarm across town can keep the fire department from responding if a fire starts next door. S.

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