Scott Horton Interviews Peter Lance
Peter Lance, author of Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI–and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him, discusses Ali Mohamad’s infiltration of the U.S. government, the Egyptian core of al Qaeda, how the FBI could have prevented the 1993 WTC bombing, informant Emad Salem’s heroic attempt to infiltrate the Blind Sheik’s cell and later get him convicted of the bombing, FBI manager Carson Dunbar’s unbelievable arrogance and incompetence, field agent Nancy Floyd’s exemplary service, Lockheed Martin’s perpetual failure to fix the FBI’s computers, the 1995 Bojinka plot for non-suicide attacks on aircraft uncovered by the arrest of Abdul Hakim Murad and Wali Khan Amin Shah in the Philippines, why the KSM trial should be held in NYC, the hypocrisy of Andrew McCarthy – who made his career prosecuting terrorism cases in civilian venues – now demanding military trials or none at all, the time Ali Mohamad directly threatened federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald with the unleashing of al Qaeda sleeper agents and he didn’t do anything about it.
MP3 here. (120:00)
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Peter Lance is a five-time Emmy-winning investigative reporter now working as a screenwriter and novelist. With a Masters Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, Lance spent the first 15 years of his career as a print reporter and network correspondent.
Following the 9/11 attacks Lance began investigating the origins of the FBI’s original probe of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef. After visiting Yousef’s former bomb factory in the Philippines, he came away with 100′s of pages of classified documents proving that Yousef had set the 9/11 plot into motion as early as 1994.
Lance then went back and examined the FBI’s original efforts to stop Yousef in 1992 as he built the first WTC device. The result is his acclaimed investigative book from Harper Collins 1000 Years for Revenge.
Lance followed that book with Cover Up in 2004. In it he established evidence that federal officials entered into an “ends/means” decision in 1996 that buried a treasure trove of al Qaeda-related intelligence in order to preserve a series of Mafia-related cases in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).
In Triple Cross, the final book in Lance’s 9/11 investigative trilogy, he provides stunning evidence that senior FBI and Justice Dept. officials may have obstructed justice in their failure to monitor Ali A Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s principal spy inside the United. States.