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James Risen
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978-0743270670
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Free Press (October 24, 2006)
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State of War reveals this hidden history for the first time, including scandals that will redefine the Bush presidency. James Risen has covered national security for The New York Times for years.

State of War reveals this hidden history for the first time, including scandals that will redefine the Bush presidency. Based on extraordinary sources from top to bottom in Washington and around the world, drawn from dozens of interviews with key figures in the national security community, this book exposes an explosive chain of events: Contrary to law, and with little oversight, the National Security Administration has been engaged in a massive domestic spying program.

Risen's book is really about the secret of many things that have gone wrong in the administration of George W. Bush. The quantity, and apparent quality, of the secrets revealed in State of War distinguishes Risen's book from its competitors

Risen's book is really about the secret of many things that have gone wrong in the administration of George W. The quantity, and apparent quality, of the secrets revealed in State of War distinguishes Risen's book from its competitors. Risen becomes the mouthpiece for a . intelligence community anxious to unburden itself of the mistakes and misdeeds of the recent past. He has not one, but many 'Deep Throats

The book was released on January 3, 2006.

We must learn the lessons of Risen's history now, before it is too late.

Risen is the author of the book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration .

Risen is the author of the book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration (January 2006). The book conducted important investigations into Central Intelligence Agency activities.

Prologue - "Who authorized putting him on pain medication?" -. - The program - Casus belli - The hunt for WMD - Skeptics and zealots - Spinning war and peace - Losing Afghanistan - In denial: oil, terrorism, and Saudia Arabia - A rogue operation - Afterword. With relentless media coverage, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W.

Risen's new book is State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

Risen's new book is State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. In December of 2004, President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to, from left, former CIA Director George Tenet, retired Gen. Tommy Franks and Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. In December, New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau broke the news that the Bush administration had authorized a domestic spying program. Domestic Spying Story.

James Risen has broken story after story on the abuses of power of the Bush administration. From warrantless wiretapping to secret financial data mining to the CIA's rogue operations, he has shown again and again that the executive branch has dangerously overreached, repudiated checks and balances on its power, and maintained secrecy even with its allies in Congress. In no small part thanks to Risen and State of War, the "secret history" of the Bush years has now come partially into view.

State of War - James Risen. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSHangrily hung up the telephone, emphatically ending a tense conversation with his father, the former president of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. But under Bush, the army and the CIA have failed to put up much of a bureaucratic fight, despite deep anger and frustration within their ranks over the administration’s conduct of national security policy.

James Risen has broken story after story on the abuses of power of the Bush administration. From warrantless wiretapping to secret financial data mining to the CIA's rogue operations, he has shown again and again that the executive branch has dangerously overreached, repudiated checks and balances on its power, and maintained secrecy even with its allies in Congress. In no small part thanks to Risen and State of War, the "secret history" of the Bush years has now come partially into view. In a new epilogue for the paperback edition, Risen describes the two-front war that President Bush is now fighting: at home against Congress and the Supreme Court, as his administration is increasingly reined in from its abuses; and in the Middle East, where George W. Bush's great gamble to bring a democratic revolution is failing radically. We must learn the lessons of Risen's history now, before it is too late.
  • Those of us who served in Iraq (2005, plus Afghanistan..plus 3 tours HOA) often ask the question of who in the Bush Administration disbanded the entire Iraq Army and the total civilian infrastructure (Ministries of Transport, Water, Electrical, etc).

    In Tom Rick's book.."Fiasco", Bremer's aid was an Army Colonel (06) who had the displeasure of telling the three Iraq generals waiting in Bremer's office their 400,000 trained and equipped Iraqi soldiers were to be disbanded. That same day, the entire Iraq civilian infrastructure was also disbanded. The insurgency commenced that day..

    The end result of this horrific decision (emphasis added) was in part the causation of a runaway insurgency in Iraq killing not only several of my friends of some nearly 4500 other men and women of the US military....plus another 30,000 wounded requiring medical attention in country and out.

    The CIA "insider" that Risen is now being questioned as to his/her identity indicated in the opening chapter that President Bush did not know nor was told of this decision. Risen's insider indicates the decision-maker was Rumsfelt (and no doubt Cheney). Bush was the Commander In Chief, yet apparently Rumsfelt and Cheney without authority became the de facto Commander in Chief. I only hope these historical facts are validated not only in this book, but by further investigation by Congress.

    The families of those lost in Iraq should know the truth as to why Cheney's phrase of "they will greet us with sweets", became more of greeting us with 155 and 105 mm shells concealed as IED's. The families deserve the truth and over time perhaps those directly affected will call out for making history and the ground truth reality.

    There should be a Congressional inquiry as to who made this decision..apparently without the knowledge of the Commander in Chief. Not only do we know who was really in charge, but that the war was managed by those who had little or no accountability.

    I only hope the faces of those lost in Iraq visit Rumsfelt and Cheney in the darkest hours of the night to remind them of what they did and how those that died suffered..both them and their families.

    The book is an excellent read and provides those of us who saw destruction and sacrific and moreover finalizes a question I had for some years.

    RH/LTC US Army

  • It was a coincidence that I started reading “State of War” the very same week that the “Senate Select Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program” was released to the public (Dec. 2014), providing the most comprehensive public accounting of the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the terrorist attacks in New York on 9/11. In light of that report, most everything in Risen’s book, published in 2006, is all well known by now and extremely documented and expanded upon by other writers, journalists, reporters and confidential “unnamed” sources. But Risen’s book is still a good addition and complement to any serious student’s library of books on war history, US spying programs, surveillance, intelligence and foreign policy. It creates context.

    Incidentally, perhaps the most interesting footnote to this book is the legal case the US government brought against Risen because he refused to disclose his sources for parts of the book. Fortunately, as of Dec. 13, 2014, US Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to subpoena Risen in an effort to force him to reveal the sources for his book, “State of War”. Risen has been battling for years to stop prosecutors from forcing him to name his source revealing the CIA’s efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Risen was facing the difficult decision between revealing a source or jail time for contempt of court.

    In Risen’s last chapter, he writes about “checks and balances” to weaken the Bush Administration's lawless use of warrantless wire taps, unlawful imprisonment, torture, executive orders that circumvented the US Constitution, etc. However, eight years after Risen’s book was published, these so-called “checks and balances” are laughable and absurd! Since “State of War” was published, Edward Snowden has exposed the vast and powerful NSA program that dwarfs anything Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld knew about; the CIA torture report has been released and confirms everything and more that the country thought about CIA torture programs; Osama bin Laden is dead but now ISIS and other home-grown terrorists are on the scene fighting harder than ever and using Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan as staging areas; and America “ended” the war in Iraq only to send more troops back in 2014.

    Risen’s book has significance and importance as a reporter’s true account of history and an attempt to offer an explanation. But in the final analysis, this so-called “explosive book on the abuse of power of the Bush Administration” was back in 2006 and is now, in 2014, too little, too late.

  • Excellent review of this important period in the history of the CIA. It provides a solid reflection on the different players in the overall functioning of the CIA within the government although it is somehwat thin on that important period before W became president (e.g. when Clinton was president). Even though it is providing an excellent narrative on the mechanism of how the CIA functioned and why it lost its ïmpact"within the US government (and the role of Cheney and Rumsfeld and in particular Tenet) it is not always as clear on how those mechanisms are safeguarded - it seems a lot is dependent on the person holding the specific position rather than the institutions they represent.

    Overall still an excellent book with lots of details that connect with what we knew happened on the outside.

  • Good informative read. I was watching a documentary about an ex agency guy who spoke out about the unconstitutional behavior of the govenment and they searched his house and said this book would be used against him ... that was high enough recommendation for me! LOL It is kind of old news if you are well informed of these misdeeds but very informative if you are not. There are some interesting and disturbing facts in it that every citizen should be aware of.