Playing to the Edge

Playing to the Edge

American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Audiobook CD - 2016 | Unabridged.
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An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and the NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio : Books on Tape, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780147524829
0147524822
Branch Call Number: CD 327.1273 HAYDEN
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (17 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2016

Amazing what people will do when they think they're acting on the will of God.

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2016

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2016

Intelligence usually sets the right-and left-hand boundaries of policy discussion; it defines the limits of options.

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2016

... the Balkans produces more history than it can consume.

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2016

Good intelligence is like a tapestry with multiple threads woven into a beautiful whole.

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SEBoiko
Jul 20, 2016

Secrecy had a short shelf life.

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adcl May 10, 2017

Interesting subject matter for the modern day.

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2004modena360
Apr 17, 2017

What with our current political climate we had seen Michael Hayden on a number of political talk shows. I liked the way he came across so I checked his book out. To be fair, I wasn't sure what to expect. It was so dry that we didn't get past the first 40 pages or so. It just wasn't working for us, maybe it will for you.

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StarGladiator
Feb 22, 2016

[Update 1/23/2017: An excellent article in the NY Times Review of Books thoroughly debunking that CIA/Trump report, a most disturbing piece, which again makes one wonder why the CIA is still in business???]
[Update - - 3/15/16: A month or so ago, Hayden claimed that the military would probably revolt if Donald Trump were elected president, and the other day a survey of the US military revealed that they overwhelmingly favor Trump for president. Once again, as on 9/11 and before and after, Michael Hayden remains completely clueless and bereft of any information!]

[At a CIA station in Afghanistan, a supposed double agent - - a Sunni extremist whom the CIA stooges thought they could turn {???} gets through the outer security because the CIA agents refuse to follow basic security protocols, and he blows them all to kingdom come! A CIA section decides to send a geriatric, diabetic retired FBI money laundering expert to Iran, where he's immediately captured? Next, they pay his family $2 million to keep quiet, and they immediately go to the news?]
Lordy, lordy, lordy, the dude who was in charge when 9/11 went down, says we shouldn't criticize, then he was in charge when a number of other smaller incidents went down [Underwear bomber, Times Square bomber, et cetera - - think he was gone when that Boston Marathon bombing took place?] and he says we shouldn't criticize - - so just what was he doing all that time with all those billions?
During his tenure, lots of money disappeared - - but where to? ? ?
Never had an audit of the CIA - - NSA - - DIA - - Fed - - about high time, I'm sure a whole bunch of thieves would be uncovered!
I mean, just think about recent events for a moment: a Sunni food safety inspector in San Bernardino, flies to Saudi Arabia for an arranged marriage to a pharmocology graduate and Sunni extremist from Pakistan, and nobody's checking this stuff out? ? ? ? Sunni food safey inspector and Sunni pharmacology grad? And we now know that Alfreda Bukowski Silverstein - - at the CIA, was involved with everything from start to finish - - a true cluster screwup of epic proportions, yet nobody has yet been fired!
[FYI: We know from the after-action congressional reports that the NSA - - under Hayden - - did indeed follow the hijackers, along with the CIA, up to that time they boarded those five airliners that day. Best book on the events of 9/11/01 Touching History, by Lynn Spencer.]

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