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Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets - And How We Let It Happen Hardcover – 12 Sep 2006
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About the Author
Bill Gertz is the defense and national security reporter for the Washington Times and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Treachery, Breakdown, and Betrayal. He is also an analyst for Fox News and has been interviewed on many television and radio programs, including This Week, John McLaughlin’s One on One, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Rush Limbaugh Show. He has lectured at the FBI Academy and the National Defense University. Gertz lives with his family near Washington, D.C.
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One thing that really jumped out at me is his choice of sources. One individual -- whose name escapes me as I do not have the book in front of me -- is a counter-espionage expert at the FBI who is described in several chapters as part of the problem in terms of covering for people who probably do not deserve cover and is then cited as an expert in other chapters. Which is it Bill? Either this source is part of the problem or part of the solution?
All in all, the book was big on rehashing stories of spies within the government but short on solutions.
Gertz weaves together the threads of the fabric that China uses to blind the American public to the threat while it exerts far too much control over Washington with a combination of agents of influence, spys and those willing to look the other way when the Chicom campaign contributions come rolling in.
The follies of the FBI also play a large role in the book as Gertz unravels the bungled investigations and prosecutions which allowed so many spies to go free or with just a slap on the wrist. The bizzare goings on in the FBI's ranks where two senior agents are sleeping with a Chinese agent and feeding her information on other investigations. The belief inside the FBI that the mole must be in the CIA when it was really one of the FBI agents. The tragic loss of material from our nuclear labs.
This is a great but not pleasant read. Sadly thousands of our sons and daughters are likely to die as the result of the failure to recognize China as a major military threat with expansionist goals.
Note - The one star reviews are mostly by one review posters who do not appear to have read to book or perhaps posting from somewhere in the far east.
The priority always seemed to be telling the powers to be what they wanted to hear in order to preserve job security and personal career growth.
If we continue to keep the "head in the sand" attitude we will be in real trouble.
I urge anyone who works for a defense contractor or a government agency to read this book.
Nashua , NH