War on Terrorism: The Role of Intelligence

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War on Terrorism provides the first comprehensive documentary collection that tracks all aspects of the design, modification, creation, and implementation of the U.S. government's intelligence apparatus since the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The War on Terror is a recent historical phenomenon, so charged with political, national, and international meaning that judicious scholarly appraisal of it is difficult. In this volume, editors Yonah Alexander and Donald J. Musch - veterans of anti-terrorism work since before September 11 - avoid engagement with political and partisan issues, providing instead a reference work that presents and contextualizes key government and private-sector documents. These documents include policy speeches, executive orders, reports, testimony, and legislation, all selected and introduced by one of the nation's premier scholars of terrorism and a former foreign service officer who has worked with both the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Central Intelligence Agency. By combining the opinion of government and private sector parties with the political process, Alexander and Musch offer the reader a clear documentary record of the intelligence sector's role in fighting the war on terrorism - its failures, successes, and challenges.