Lucid, balanced and brimming with surprises, this is a-to borrow a notorious phrase-slam dunk expos� of the CIA's recent snafus. -- The Dallas Morning News"Risen's book is really about the secret of many things that have gone wrong in the administration of George W. Bush. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. would never want to deal with him again. The former officials also said these kind of Learn more about the program. There were some glitches, particularly when Jafar insisted that the team deviate from the processes used by the Manhattan Project. Ships from and sold by HR1 Books Limited UK. Once the plant was completed with the help of French engineers, Saddam Hussein hoped the reactor would bring him one step closer to turning Iraq into a nuclear power. In fact, Sawsan said, Saad kept wondering where the CIA was getting these crazy questions. Saad had told her that there was no effort under way to rebuild the nuclear program. Iranian scientists would witness a disappointing fizzle. wanted to enlighten him further on the matter, either. As the Russian In fact, Jafar had recommended using the EMIS process in part because so much old American technological information was publicly available. Jafar's proposal was adopted, and he was released from house arrest in order to create a new EMIS program. Soon, Sawsan was ready for the CIA. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Throughout August 2002, Chris became a regular in Cleveland, meeting Sawsan at restaurants and at her home in suburban Moreland Hills, finally bringing a CIA technician along to train Sawsan in the rudiments of espionage. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. They want you to get to the Kurdish zone. find it. There, he attended the finest prep school Iraq had to offer, Baghdad College, run by American Jesuit priests from Boston College. The White House drumbeat on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction kept building that summer. CIA officials ignored the evidence and refused to even disseminate the reports from the family members to senior policy makers in the Bush administration. And we cannot move toward being a more just... After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. "Risen's book is really about the secret of many things that have gone wrong in the administration of George W. Bush. "And I didn't think Saddam was a madman.". Finally, a scientist under house arrest offered the regime a solution. scientist's fateful trip to Vienna, however, the Merlin operation was then sent him to Vienna to sell them - or simply give them - to the Iranian She had seen him only twice in twenty-five years. He has not one, but many 'Deep Throats.'" She wrote mnemonic aids into crossword puzzles that she could take with her on the plane to Iraq, key words to remind her of the questions she was supposed to ask. One of the first people he tapped to join his new team was Saad Tawfiq. But Tehran would get a big surprise when its Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 The book is well paced, excellently written and gives deep insights into the workings of government and its agencies. As soon as he returned, Saad was dispatched into the army, but before long a friend told him of a unique job opportunity, one that could gain him an exemption from further military service: the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission was looking for new scientists. But Risen’s book is still a good addition and complement to any serious student’s library of books on war history, US spying programs, surveillance, intelligence and foreign policy. Its evidence was either old and obsolete, or from secondhand, thirdhand, or fourthhand sources, defectors and exiles who had their own political agendas. Even though it is providing an excellent narrative on the mechanism of how the CIA functioned and why it lost its ïmpact"within the US government (and the role of Cheney and Rumsfeld and in particular Tenet) it is not always as clear on how those mechanisms are safeguarded - it seems a lot is dependent on the person holding the specific position rather than the institutions they represent. Thank - you.. In the end, Jafar's team could not produce the bomb that Saddam needed to ward off the international coalition. go nuclear. ", 8. He pushed for several new collection programs, including one that called for approaching members of the families of Iraqi scientists who were believed to be involved in secret weapons programs. "My orders were to destroy or hide all incriminating evidence, and leave only the equipment that could be shown to be dual-use technology." In June, Saad and other members of Jafar's team were called in to the presidential palace and told by Jafar that the program was over and that they must now get rid of all of the evidence of its existence. Please try again. The CIA couldn't help him cross into the Kurdish zone, but if he got there on his own, the CIA could get him out to the West. (Prices may vary for AK and HI.). network. Beginning of World War III. Of course, EMIS still wouldn't be easy for a small country like Iraq. James Brown, 26 . The limits of intelligence are set by its use, Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2018. Russian was told. His comments prompted stony looks, but no After their trip to San Francisco, the case officer handed the Russian a Deep in the bowels of the CIA, someone must be weapon. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. sent a secret data flow to one of the Iranian agents in the CIA's spy The item was in good condition for the price and I received it within the stated time. We think that Saad is lying to Sawsan, Chris told Sawsan's husband. "Risen's book is really about the secret of many things that have gone wrong in the administration of George W. Bush. he was to get the nuclear blueprints to the Iranians. Inside the government, meanwhile, more secret documents were written to bolster the case against Iraq. So if this is your first venture into the topic, it is a good start. "Don't worry," the senior CIA officer calmly replied. The CIA officer had made a disastrous “This is one of the best espionage thrillers I've read in several years.” ~Amazon Review, CIA, Bush Administration, Rumsfelt, Cheny, Iraq, Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2014. At least thirty relatives of Iraqi scientists agreed to cooperate, including Sawsan Alhaddad. simply to find out where the Iranians were with their nuclear program. Once Jafar's team was ready for full-scale production, there was plenty of uranium in Iraq. Sawsan's dangerous trip into the heart of Saddam Hussein's Iraq had been for nothing. Sawsan Alhaddad's debriefing report was filed along with all the others from the family members who had agreed to return to Baghdad to contact Iraqi weapons scientists. The CIA man smiled, nodded, and left. 'State of War,' by James Risen. "He just kept saying there is nothing," she remembered later. the envelope under any circumstances. You cannot discover lands already inhabited. We can't even shoot down an airplane. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. nuclear blueprints were now in Tehran. She had sent information to one Iranian agent that exposed an If you are willing, tell her that you are okay. Curiosity finally got the better of her. process has created a strong base of sophisticated scientists knowledgeable After he rebuffed them, Charlie Allen's team approached Sawsan in Cleveland. Hussein Kamel ordered that they work around the clock during the long months between the time of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the U.S.-led Desert Storm campaign. Keep it simple, and get out of Vienna safe and alive, the The Iraqi campaign to obtain dual-use technology for the more advanced techniques demanded by Kamel attracted unwanted international attention and suspicion.