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Enemies by Tim Weiner
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Jul 05, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 05 to 15, 2012

Excellent read. Scary to learn how consistently through its history the FBI has ignored the routine illegality of its methods. They knew info obtained illegally would be inadmissible in court, but they didn't care. The main thing was to gather the information to prevent the evil doers of the day communists for the first sixty years, Muslim extremists more recently) from doing evil. Lots of heroic, entertaining, and disconcerting escapades--but you'll get mad all over again reading about how our collection of spying and intelligence agencies failed to share information and otherwise work and play well together in the years leading up to 9/11.

My one minor gripe is that the book doesn't really explain the role of the FBI in comparison with the CIA and NSA. I was surprised to learn how much overseas spying the FBI has done, and not just to solve crimes but also to prevent them. I had thought that was mainly a CIA/NSA thing.

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