By James Risen
With relentless media assurance, breathtaking occasions, and striking congressional and autonomous investigations, it truly is demanding to think that we nonetheless would possibly not be aware of the most major proof concerning the presidency of George W. Bush. but underneath the skin occasions of the Bush presidency lies a mystery historical past -- a chain of hidden occasions that makes a mockery of present debate.
This hidden heritage comprises household spying, abuses of energy, and outrageous operations. It incorporates a CIA that turned stuck in a political go fireplace that it might now not face up to, and what it did to reply. It incorporates a safety division that made its personal overseas coverage, even opposed to the desires of the commander in leader. It encompasses a president who created a sphere of deniability within which his most sensible aides have been briefed on concerns of the maximum sensitivity -- however the president used to be rigorously stored in lack of awareness. State of War finds this hidden historical past for the 1st time, together with scandals that would redefine the Bush presidency.
James Risen has coated nationwide safety for The long island Times for years. in line with impressive resources from best to backside in Washington and world wide, drawn from dozens of interviews with key figures within the nationwide protection group, this ebook exposes an explosive chain of events:
• opposite to legislation, and with little oversight, the nationwide protection management has been engaged in a tremendous family spying program.
• On such delicate matters because the use of torture, the management created a area of deniability: the president's most sensible advisors have been briefed, however the president himself was once not.
• the us really gave nuclear-bomb designs to Iran.
• The CIA had overwhelming facts that Iraq had no nuclear guns courses throughout the run-up to the Iraq warfare. They saved that info to themselves and didn't inform the president.
• whereas the USA has refused to boost a finger, Afghanistan has turn into a narco-state, offering 87 percentage of the heroin offered at the international market.
These are only many of the tales instructed in State of battle.
Beyond those surprising specifics, Risen describes troubling styles: Truth-seekers in the CIA have been fired or neglected. Long-standing ideas have been trampled. Assassination squads have been proficient; warfare crimes have been proposed. but for all of the aggressiveness of America's spies, a blind eye was once became towards an important hyperlinks among al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, between different delicate topics.
Not because the revelations of CIA and FBI abuses within the Nineteen Seventies have such a lot of scandals within the intelligence neighborhood come to gentle. extra largely, Risen's mystery background indicates how strength quite works in George W. Bush's presidency.