Enemies Within (Hardcover)

Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America

By Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman

Touchstone, 9781476727936, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

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Description

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists take an unbridled look into one of the most sensitive post-9/11 national security investigations, a breathtaking race to avert a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil.

How safe are we? What do we sacrifice to feel safe? And who pays the ultimate price?

Two Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists examine one of the most sensitive post–9/11 national security investigations—a breathtaking race to prevent an al-Qaeda bomber from launching Osama bin Laden’s final attack on American soil.

In Enemies Within, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman lay bare the complex and often contradictory state of counterterrorism and intelligence in America through the pursuit of Najibullah Zazi, a terrorist bomber who trained under one of bin Laden’s most trusted deputies. Zazi and his coconspirators represented America’s greatest fear: a terrorist cell operating inside America.

Apuzzo and Goldman lift the veil of secrecy to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of our counterterrorism measures. This real-life spy story—uncovered in previously unpublished secret NYPD documents and interviews with intelligence sources—shows that while many of these programs are more invasive than ever, they are often counterproductive at best.

After 9/11, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated an audacious plan for the Big Apple: dispatch a vast network of plainclothes officers and paid informants—called “rakers” and “mosque crawlers”—into Muslim neighborhoods to infiltrate religious communities and eavesdrop on college campuses. Police amassed data on innocent people, often for their religious and political beliefs. But when it mattered most, these strategies failed to identify the most imminent threats.

Enemies Within tackles the tough questions about the measures that we take to protect ourselves from real and perceived threats. Apuzzo and Goldman take readers inside America’s sprawling counterterrorism machine while it operates at full throttle. They reveal what works, what doesn’t, and what Americans have unknowingly given up.


About the Author

Matt Apuzzo is an Associated Press investigative reporter, focusing primarily on national security and intelligence matters. He lives in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter @MattApuzzo.

Adam Goldman is a reporter for the Associated Press investigative team in Washington, DC. He has also worked for newspapers in Virginia and Alabama. He lives in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter @AdamGoldmanWP.


Praise For Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America

"Apuzzo & Goldman are the new Woodward and Bernstein."
— Spencer Ackerman, national security editor, The Guardian

"Two of America's best reporters pull back the curtain to reveal how New York really works. In the process, they also raise troubling questions about the price that America has paid, particularly in its moral standing, in prosecuting the war on terror. They ask the hardest question of them all. They ask Americans to look in the mirror."
— James Risen, author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

"The authors use their investigative know-how like skilled surgeons, utilizing their scalpel to expose a malignant growth in the heart of the NYPD."
— Frank Serpico

"Enemies Within combines the quick-paced storytelling of a mystery novel with the intellectual altitude of intelligence experts. It offers insights into the methods that work the best against would-be terrorists, as well as those that are not only a waste of money and time, but abuse the nature of our democracy. A great, informative read."
— Dana Priest, investigative reporter, The Washington Post and author of Top Secret America: The Rise of the Nation

"Despite all the hype around NSA's secret Prism surveillance program, Apuzzo and Goldman show how the Zazi case really got made. This book is both a thriller and a hard-hitting expose of the NYPD Intel unit set up after 9/11. While the American people have shown some willingness to give up privacy for the hope of greater security, the reader can be the judge of whether the shocking excesses of this unit are justified by its results."
— Vicki Divoll, former general counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former assistant general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency

"Like too many stories about the post-9/11 fight against terrorism, this is a tale in which American boldness, cunning, and ingenuity are frequently undermined by American arrogance, recklessness, and narrow-mindedness. Apuzzo and Goldman’s revelatory investigation casts a troubling light on the NYPD and reverberates far beyond New York City, exposing the risks of waging an ill-defined 'war on terror.'"
— Justin Vogt, senior editor, Foreign Affairs

"Enemies Within is a deeply reported and well written account of the NYPD's aggressive efforts to monitor the Muslim-American community and the most threatening al-Qaeda plot since 9/11---the plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009-- a plot that NYPD's surveillance efforts did not detect."
— Peter Bergen

“Two tales tell us a great deal—not all of it flattering—about the ways in which law
enforcement has kept the city safe. . . . Assiduous reporting.”

"A fascinating new book."

“If you're a citizen, you need to read Enemies Within . . . . The authors have a story worthy of a thriller. The book is peopled with spies, terrorists and decorated war heroes. . . . Apuzzo and Goldman have sounded an alarm.”

“While Apuzzo and Goldman show their veteran reportorial skills in exposing the details of the NYPD’s surveillance program, they also expertly craft the drama of the unfolding terrorist plot and the race by government agencies to foil it. . . . A fast-paced, informative investigation into the ever-messy arena of privacy versus security.”

"It is no stretch to say that the season's most anticipated book of investigative journalism is Enemies Within"

Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman chronicle how the quest for safety led to something far darker....Did the Snowden leaks trouble you? You ain't seen nothing yet.
— Dan Bigman, business news managing editor

“A deep, jaw-dropping dive . . . No book better sums up the state of post-9/11 fear.”