Sleeping With the Devil | 10.08.2003 01:43
If you don't pass, you can stop wondering what facts are blacked out of the recent Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the 9/11 terrorist attack. Former CIA official Robert Baer's Sleeping With the Devil draws a compelling case against the Saudis and the generations-old greed of U.S. politicians. His Saudi Arabia is a corrupt, scared, ready-to-implode country that has directly and indirectly supported terrorists with oil money for decades.
Baer served throughout the Middle East from 1967 to '97, and speaks Arabic, Farsi, French and German. The biggest admitted problem with Middle East intelligence so far is a lack of Arabic-speaking spooks working the streets. This guy did that.
So if he doesn't know, who does? It's important to know that he submitted his book to the CIA before publication to eliminate national security leaks. (Very little is blacked out in the hardcover.) The best guess is that the CIA green-lighted Baer's book because they're sick to death of taking public whippings as the State Department protects the House of Sa'ud family that runs Saudi Arabia.
"The result is a kingdom built on thievery, one that nurtures terrorism, destroys any possibility of a middle class based on property rights, and promotes slavery and prostitution. We can't get around the fact that the House of Sa'ud underwrites the mosque schools that turn out the jihadists, just as it administers the charities that fund the jihadists."
This first-person story -- reader Robert O'Keefe successfull navigates a mine field of tough Arabic names -- is compelling. If you invest the six hours, you won't wonder about the heavy Bush administration editing of the recent intelligence report.
Sleeping With the Devil