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  • Secrets of the SEALs

    The secretive and heralded Navy SEAL units, heroes of operations such as the killing of Osama bin Laden and now called upon more frequently to wage shadow wars, often operate with brutality and impunity, sometimes sabotaging the very missions they were sent to control.
  • Pakistan's Bin Laden Dossier

    Pakistan’s Bin Laden Dossier is until now the most important publicly available official document about an event that ended an era - the killing of Osama Bin Laden—and it was not made released by any government or pursuant to a FOIA request. Al Jazeera obtained it through sensitive, on the ground sourcing in Pakistan, and through its Investigative Unit, exclusively published the 336-page file on July 8, 2013. The Bin Laden files detail how a man sought for over a decade, the leader of Al Qaeda, eluded both his American pursuers and the Pakistani government itself. The leaked report revealed dozens of new details, based on previously unseen testimony of 201 witnesses, including Bin Laden's wives, Pakistani intelligence leaders, senior ministers, bureaucrats and military, intelligence and security commanders.
  • Inside the Terror Plot

    In April, just prior to the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, the ABC News Brian Ross investigative team learned of a fast developing terror threat in a new plot by the notorious Yemeni master bomb maker al-Asiri. Balancing the journalistic requirements of reporting the news against advisories by the White House that agents were at risk, ABC News led the way on the air in tracking and revealing the developments. The ABC’s team reporting ultimately revealed exclusive details of how the CIA and British intelligence worked together in a daring operation involving a double agent who infiltrated al-Asiri’s network and carried the bomb safely out of Yemen into the hands of western intelligence.
  • National Security and Terrorism Beat

    The Brian Ross Investigative Unit looked at various national security issues including the Seattle Bomb Plot, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the war in Libya, the killing of Anwar al Awlaki and the killing of a Saudi ambassador to the U.S. that was thought to have been sought by the Iranian government.
  • The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

    This book is Bamford's latest expose' of the National Security Agency. Among his findings, Bamford reveals that the agency had been targeting the Yemeni home that served as Osama bin Laden's operations center prior to 9/11 but had never told the FBI that the al-Qaida terrorists were there. Bamford's book demonstrates an unparalleled ability to penetrate the most secretive of institutions.
  • The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader

    Bergen writes a detailed story of the Osama bin Laden's journey to become the leader of al Qaeda. Starting with his days before creating al Qaeda in 1988, Bergen traces both the terrorist group and the personal life of its leader to the present.
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    Lawrence Wright examines the rise of terrorist organization al-Qaeda, and how the U.S. intelligence community was unable to check it. Sources included Arabic press, captured al-Qaeda documents, jihadis and members of U.S. and Saudi Arabian intelligence.
  • Reporting Series on Al Qaeda: Unmasking the Insurgents, Jihad Express, Women of Al Qaeda

    This extensive investigation by the Newsweek staff and their foreign correspondents uncovers the evolution of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The series includes a closer look at the world's most dangerous terrorist organization's new followers including Europe-born insurgents and female suicide bombers. The series also looks at the first elections in Iraq and intelligence about Zarqawi.
  • 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

    This book is a "dramatic and moving" account of what happened inside the World Trade Center the morning of September 11, 2001. The authors used hundreds of interviews, oral histories, emails and emergency radio transcripts to piece together this account of what happened that morning.
  • Secrets and Lies: bin Laden, Damra and the Birth of Terror in America

    This investigation uncovered the strong ties between Fawaz Damra, a seemingly peaceful spiritual leader of Ohio's largest mosque, and Osama bin Laden. The investigators found that before moving to Ohio, Damra headed a radical mosque in Brooklyn, to which the people behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing belonged. Furthermore, he was directly involved in fund-raising for terrorist "charities." Damra's charity was the predecessor of Al Qaeda, and gave bin Laden a foothold in America.