500 Days

500 Days

Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars

Book - 2012
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In 500 Days, Kurt Eichenwald lays bare the harrowing decisions, deceptions and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. Eichenwald s immediate style and true-to-life dialogue puts readers at the heart of these historic events, from the Oval Office to 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the depths of CIA headquarters, from the al Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria. Eichenwald exposes a world of secrets and lies that has remained hidden until now.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451669381
Characteristics: 611 p. ;,25 cm.


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EuSei Mar 31, 2013

There is no dialogue except with weapons. (Osama Bin Laden, Audiotape aired on Al-Jazeera, October 18 2003)

EuSei Mar 31, 2013

Every Muslim must rise to defend his religion. The wind of faith is blowing. (Video statement broadcast on the Al-Jazeera TV, October 7, 2001)

EuSei Mar 31, 2013

The pieces of the bodies of infidels were flying like dust particles. If you would have seen it with your own eyes, you would have been very pleased, and your heart would have been filled with joy. concerned, they are all targets. (Osama Bin Laden, "The Most Wanted Man in the World" Time magazine profile, September 16, 2001)

EuSei Mar 31, 2013

We do not have to differentiate between military or civilian. As far as we are concerned, they are all targets. (Osama Bin Laden, "The Most Wanted Man in the World" Time magazine profile, September 16, 2001)

EuSei Mar 31, 2013

Acquiring weapons for the defense of Muslims is a religious duty. (Osama Bin Laden, Time Magazine December, 1998)

Mar 09, 2013

"Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East," Bush said. "Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled." "This confrontation," Bush said, "is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase His people's enemies before a new age begins"

Mar 09, 2013

"Yeah, the Red Cross is trouble," he said. "They are al-Qaeda". General Michael Dunlavey, interrogation commander at Guantanama Bay. On not allowing detainees to meet with members of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Page 293


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voisjoe1 Jan 26, 2014

This is a chronological history of how Bush/Cheney/Blair lied by saying that Saddam Hussein had WMD and that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 911 - how the American and the United Kingdom populace got suckered into the second Iraq War (which then helped Cheney's Halliburton make billions in profits through war infrastructure). It also showed how our government tortured and imprisoned numerous innocent individuals when guys like John Woo wrote bogus documents saying that pain inflicted is not torture if it does not lead to permanent internal organ damage or permanent mental impairment. Eichenwald, also a fiction writer, weaves all of the various threads as they happen, showing how all of the different facets are happening in parallel. He even includes the anthrax threat, which Cheney/Bush thought were possibly being performed by Al Qaeda terrorists, when in fact they were perpetrated by Bruce Ivins, a top government anthrax scientist, who eventually committed suicide before he could be tried, convicted and imprisoned. The book is based on 600 hours of interviews and the perusal of hundreds of thousands of pages of documentation, e-mails, medical records, etc. This book supplements the very fine books "The Looming Tower," "The Eleventh Day," " Ghost Plane," "Black Banners," and "The Dark Side."

Jan 16, 2014

Warning: author cherrypicks available information to the extreme! Is the author a complete fool, or writing to please certain (plutocratic) interests? The author, a former reporter at the newspaper Chris Hedges was forced to resign from as they would not allow him to print the truth (the NY Times), wishes us to believe it was all flawed thinking, forget about that unaccounted for $2.3 trillion in DoD funds [which, with the deaths of almost all the auditing team that morning at the Pentagon's west wall conference room, most have] and that $230 billion in securities cleared with no oversight. The author has complete confidence in the FBI's anthrax version as Dr. Ivens the fall guy, the same "crack" police force that ignored jihadis training at flight schools [how many warnings, again and again, did the FBI receive and ignore?????] while the story has been significantly disputed and destroyed by the AAAS? [Where did Ivens weaponize the Anthrax at? No explanation. Dynport nearby had the facility to do such a thing, half-owned by Dyncorp and the El-Hibri family. Hatfill fired four or five scientists when he took over management, allowing unfettered access, for a time, to the Antrhax samples. The fired scientists filed wrongful termination suits against Hatfill/Ft. Detrick, filed in Thurston County, Maryland.]

Oct 01, 2013

See my comment with the Audiobook entry for this title.

Mar 09, 2013

Covering the 18 months after Sept.11 to the invasion of Iraq, 500 Days looks at the initial hunt for Bin Laden and his network (and the successes and errors that were made). It delves into the slippery slope that the U.S. government fell into when figuring out what to do with the large number of people detained after the war in Afghanistan and how to extract information from them. This led to the Orwellian phrased "enhanced interrogation techniques" or torture as many people inside and outside the U.S. government called it. Eichenwald shows how the fear level rose after the initial attacks due to the anthrax letters. The book also explores the ramping up of the war against Iraq. I especially enjoyed the phone call between President Bush and President Jacques Chirac, where Bush uses biblical prophecy to justify invading Iraq. Truly a bizarre vignette, giving me a glimpse into the mind of Mr. Bush. Sadly, countless people suffered tremendously as a result of such flawed thinking. And I was glad to see the events around the rendition of Maher Arar, Amer El-Maati and Abdullah Almaki recounted and showing the brutality of their treatment.

Nov 03, 2012

A massive tome that gives the reader insights into what has rapidly devolved into America's redo of the Vietnam War. Found the legal narrative surrounding torture to be particularly enlightening - could the Office of Legal Counsel really be that naive and disorganized?

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