Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cover Up or The Origins of Empire

Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror

Author: Peter Lanc

Ever since 9/11, investigative reporter Peter Lance has been leading the fight to expose the intelligence gaps that led to 9/11. Now, in the follow-up to his bestselling 1000 Years for Revenge, he returns with devastating new evidence that the government has been covering up its own counterterror failures since the mid-1990s -- and continues today.

In Cover Up, Lance shows how the government chose again and again to sacrifice America's national security for personal motives and political convenience. In its first half, he unveils shattering new evidence that terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef ordered the bombing of TWA 800 from his prison cell in order to effect a mistrial in his own terror bombing case. Astonishingly, the FBI was alerted to Yousef's plans in advance by a prison informant who even passed along his detailed sketch of a bomb-trigger device -- a document seen here for the first time. And Lance reveals the shocking reason the Justice Department suddenly ruled the crash an accident despite overwhelming evidence of the bombing -- throwing away its best chance to penetrate the cell that was already planning 9/11.

And the outrage doesn't stop there. In Part II, Lance offers an unofficial "minority report" on the 9/11 Commission, critiquing it as the incomplete, highly politicized "Warren Commission of our time." He explores potential conflicts of interest among its members, from the staff director who wrote a book with Condoleezza Rice, to the former Clinton deputy attorney general who participated in a critical meeting that upended the TWA probe. He exposes the report's false contention that the 9/11 plan was conceived in 1996, when the FBI hadknowledge that the plot was in motion as early as 1994. And, in a heart-stopping, minute-by-minute chronicle of the attacks, he asks dozens of unanswered questions about the defense failures of that day -- from why fighter jets weren't scrambled for almost an hour after the hijackings, to why the president and several of his top military advisers remained virtually incommunicado for more than half an hour after it was clear that America was under attack.

At a time when America feels no safer than ever, Cover Up will lend new eyes to readers who want the full story behind the 9/11 attacks -- and inspire us all to keep demanding the truth.

Table of Contents:
Part I
1The FBI's Killing Machine13
2The Mozart of Terror23
3The Suicide-Hijack Plot35
4"Plan to Blow Up a Plane"49
5TWA 800: Bojinka Fulfilled61
6Shattering the K-9 Theory73
7"The Ultimate Perversion"83
8The Forty-Year Reward97
9An NYPD Cop Takes the Fall107
10The Death of Nicky Black119
Part II
11The White House Stonewall133
12The Chicken Coop and the Fox143
13Year One Dogs and Ponies151
14Warning: Planes as Weapons159
15"Alarming Threats" Pouring In171
16Checking the Bureau Spin183
17"Not a Single Piece of Paper"193
18The "Loose Network" Behind 9/11207
19Eighteen Minutes to Call NORAD225
20"America's under Attack"243
Cast of Characters and Major Events263
Appendix ICommission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: Testimony of Peter Lance, March 15, 2004273
Appendix IIDocuments Relating to the Relationship Between Ramzi Yousef and Gregory Scarpa Jr.299
Appendix IIIDocuments Relating to the FBI's Knowledge of al Qaeda Prior to 9/11305
Appendix IVDocuments Relating to the Crash of TWA 800312
Appendix VDocuments Relating to the DeVecchio OPR314
Appendix VIMembership of the 9/11 Commission Family Steering Committee316

New interesting textbook: Out of the Shadows or Feng Shui Principles for Building and Remodeling

The Origins of Empire: British Overseas Enterprise to the Close of the Seventeenth Century, Vol. 1

Author: Nicholas Ed Canny

Volume I of the Oxford History of the British Empire explores the origins of empire. It shows how and why England, and later Britain, became involved with transoceanic navigation, trade, and settlement during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The chapters, by leading historians, both illustrate the interconnections between developments in Europe and overseas and offer specialist studies on every part of the world that was substantially affected by British colonial activity. As late as 1630, involvement with regions beyond the traditional confines of Europe was still tentative; by 1690 it had

Library Journal

The first two volumes of this five-volume history of the British Empire establish a very high standard of scholarship. Over three dozen scholars examine both major and minor aspects of the modern imperial experience. The chronological focus develops from the 16th century, when Ireland was the starting point of the empire, to the end of the 18th, when the 13 American Colonies were lost. The essays form an interlocking analysis of the origins of empire from an intellectual, military, economic, and technological perspective. There is some overlap; for example, several essays discuss the role of naval power, but each author approaches the topic with a different focus, such as technology in N.A.M. Rogers's essay and politics in John Appleby's. The various chapters, therefore, reinforce the overall picture instead of being redundant. Separate chapters in the first volume analyze the origins and implementation of the British imperial expansion, or contraction, in each region and then continue in the second volume, as do discussions of new subjects, such as the colonization of Australia. The interrelationship between the mother country and the Colonies also receives continued emphasis. Jonathan Israel's chapter, in Volume 1, on the continental perspective of British empire building helps place events in an even broader context. There is a short bibliography after each chapter. Three following volumes will see the empire through to its 20th-century decline. Recommended for all libraries.--Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati

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