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- DescriptionWritten by a man who is arguably the country's most authoritative voice on counterterrorism, Crush the Cell demolishes, with simple logic, the edifice of false terror punditry that has been laid, brick by brick, since 9/11. A veteran of special ops, international diplomacy, and bruising clashes with federal law enforcement agencies, Michael A. Sheehan delivers in this book a two-part message: First, that we've wasted--and are continuing to waste--billions of dollars on the wrong protective measures; and second, that kwing the bad guys' next move is paramount.Somewhere in America, Sheehan maintains, are a number of terrorist cells, their members' heads filled with schemes of mayhem and destruction. Motivated t, as some believe, by feelings of disenfranchisement, disdain for freedom, or ecomic envy but by a compelling ideological hatred, these individuals plot t just terror but paralyzing terror--the kind that can shut down a country.Unwittingly aiding and abetting them are many (but t all) terror experts and members of the media who, for reasons that are partly self-serving, rate the bad guys' capabilities far higher than they are, playing into terrorists' hands with their hype. Spurred by the pundits' inflated assessments, legislation follows that drains billions from taxpayers' pockets and pours money into a bloated Washington bureaucracy championing needless programs. Here, Sheehan shows why defensive fortresses don't work whereas offensive operational intelligence does. He also peels back the mystery surrounding terrorist cells, portraying them as typically a group of bumblers searching for a charismatic leader who has what it takes to conduct a complex symphony of violence. Sharing time in the narrative spotlight are t just agents of al Qaeda but also frighteningly destructive lone wolves, cults, and radical movements.In his career, Sheehan has operated in the mountain jungles of Central America, the back alleys of Mogadishu, and the teeming streets of New York City--but he has also participated at the highest levels of policy making at the White House, the State Department, and the United Nations. It is his time protecting America's most populous city as its counterterrorism czar, however, that yields this book's most fascinating insights. As Sheehan reveals thwarted threats to New York's bridges, subways, and landmarks, and recounts extraordinary simulations staged to gauge terrorists' true abilities, we gain perhaps the clearest picture yet of what modern terror fighting is all about.
- Author BiographyMichael A. Sheehan has served as New York City deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, assistant secretary general in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations, ambassador at large for counterterrorism at the State Department, National Security Council staff officer at the White House, and commander of a counterterrorism hostage rescue unit in the U.S. Army Special Forces. A graduate of West Point as well as U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces schools, Sheehan was deployed in such hot spots as El Salvador, Panama, Korea, and Somalia before retiring from the military as a lieutenant colonel. David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over sixty audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, David keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.
- Author(s)Michael A. Sheehan
- PublisherTantor Media, Inc
- Date of Publication06/05/2008
- SubjectCurrent Affairs & Issues
- Place of PublicationOld Saybrook, CT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTantor Media, Inc
- Out-of-print date04/02/2017
- Weight162 g
- Width172 mm
- Height165 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Narrator(s)David Drummond
- Format DetailsCD standard audio format
- Running Time630
- Edition StatementLibrary ed
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