Book Review of "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden's Final Plot Against America"

The Champion
10.28.13
In this review, Barry Pollack discusses Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman's "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden's Final Plot Against America." In a post-9/11 era with heightened debate regarding the scope of the national security state, the book's authors examine domestic terrorism threats and the U.S. government's efforts to thwart them. The book questions the efficacy of the intelligence network, in light of increased surveillance, to prevent American citizens from engaging in terrorism. "The answer provided by Apuzzo and Goldman is unequivocal: the intelligence network, when it was most needed, did not work at all," Pollack said, describing the authors' conclusions as "well reasoned and likely correct." He commends the authors for enhancing the public dialogue "not by publishing information handed to them by a whistleblower, but by ferreting out the facts through old-fashioned investigative journalism. It is comforting to know that such a thing still exists."
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