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N she was secretary of state The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump's November 2016 election and McCabe's firing set against a page turning narrative spanning two decades when the FBI's mission shifted to a new goal preventing terrorist attacks on Americans But as McCabe shows right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within as President Trump and his administration ignore the law attack democratic institutions degrade human rights and undermine the US Constitution that protects every citizenImportant revealing and powerfully argued The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is how it works and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects Ameri The Threat How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump Outside the Paint recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump's November 2016 election and McCabe's firing set against a page turning narrative spanning two decades when the FBI's mission shifted to a new goal preventing terrorist attacks on Americans But as McCabe shows The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within as President Trump and his administration ignore the law attack democratic institutions degrade human Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont rights and undermine the US Constitution that protects every citizenImportant Censored revealing and powerfully argued The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is how it works and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects Ameri The Threat How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

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The Threat How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

Ding our ConstitutionMcCabe started as a street agent in the FBI's New York field office serving under director Louis Freeh He became an expert in two kinds of investigations that are critical to American national security Russian organized crime which is inextricably linked to the Russian state and terrorism Under Director Robert Mueller McCabe led the investigations of major attacks on American soil including the Boston Marathon bombing a plot to bomb the New York subways and several narrowly averted bombings of aircraft And under James Comey McCabe was deeply involved in the controversial investigations of the Benghazi attack the Clinton Foundation's activities and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server whe In late 2015 I read an article about how a securities analyst reported

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#1 New York Times Bestseller#1 Washington Post Bestseller#1 Wall Street Journal BestsellerOn March 16 2018 just twenty six hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for than two decades Andrew G McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter Andrew McCabe FIRED a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI A great day for DemocracyIn The Threat How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump Andrew G McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI's agents and of the institution's integrity and independence in protecting America and uphol Well Written Credible and Scary as HellI wanted to read this book I don


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  1. says:

    I bought this book mostly because I felt sorry for McCabe being fired 26 hours before he was eligible to receive his full retirement benefits in a malicious and spiteful attack by Donald Trump and wanted to pitch in the cover price of the book to help him out I make no secret of the fact that I absolutely despise Trump and wish many horrible things that it is currently illegal to voice aloud to befall him But I don't go out and read every book that comes out about him I don't need a book to tell me what a horrible excuse for a human being he is All I have to do is sit down and turn on the news or open my laptop and I get blasted with whatever horrible thing he said or did today until my eyes bleed The exceptions have been James Comey's book A Higher Loyalty which I bought for the same reason I bought this one and Bob Woodward's Fear Trump in the Whitehouse because I am something of a Woodward fan and I was curious to see his take on Trump What I wasn't expecting was for this book to be good Like actually genuinely good McCabe is a competent writer though I understand he had the help of a writing team for this book to polish it up for him But it's not really the writing that makes the book good the way he goes about telling his story He gives a very in depth look at how the FBI operates and how they go about investigations that I found to be pretty fascinating The majority of the book is about McCabe's career first in going after Russian organized crime in the USA and then in counterterrorism after 911 He lays out exactly how the FBI finds and investigates terrorists and to me at least it was extremely interesting He also has a pretty good sense of humor I mean he's not cracking jokes while talking about hunting down terrorists or FBI procedure but he puts just the right amount of sarcasm gallows humor and wisecracks in to bring some much needed levity to the things he's describingAs you can imagine the last uarter of the book or so is epically damning of Donald Trump But really can you blame him after what Trump did to him? I'd be out for blood were I in his position Someone would bleed for that But at the same time he puts his dislike of Trump in the context of investigating him and his campaign taking a look at everything that happened between them through the eyes of an investigator Though the last few paragraphs are a pretty harsh and personal condemnation of Trump If you're at all interested in how the FBI operates as told by a man who spent over 20 years as an FBI agent you'll probably really enjoy this book Just be aware that it does get political at the end If you're not so much into that sort of thing you may want to skip this one or stop reading when he gets to Trump


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    Remember this old joke? “How boring is Al Gore? Al Gore is so boring that his Secret Service code name is ‘Al Gore’” Well Andrew McCabe is so boring that his code name reuires a middle initial Andrew McCabe’s code name must be “Andrew G McCabe”Perhaps I’m not being fair I learned valuable things from McCabe’s book and enjoyed much of it too particularly the parts about Mueller Comey and Trump McCabe is a lucid no nonsense human being who writes lucid no nonsense prose and his book has convinced me that he is also an essentially honest and reliable person a man whom I am grateful fate or chance put in charge of one of our country’s vital institutions at a perilous and difficult timeAnd yet Perhaps the most boring parts of this book are the parts that are supposed to be exciting McCabe who was on hand for some crucial counter espionage moments—the interrogation of the “underwear bomber” the pursuit of the Boston marathon bombers “Operation Overt” the aftermath of the attack in the London Underground to name a few—likes to begin his accounts of such events with clipped take charge declarative utterances ludicrously laconic sentences that seem torn from the pages of a paperback spy thriller Take this passage for example “I picked up the phone The Director’s hair was on fire I asked ‘When do you need me in LA?’ He said ‘Yesterday’” OK I admit it I wrote this passage myself But you get the ideaThe second most boring parts of the book can occasionally be his accounts of FBI procedure McCabe is a by the book sort of guy and sometimes he includes a bit of that “book” than this desultory reader would have liked But not always Sometimes he’s right on the money like when he details the differences in the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide DIOG between an assessment a preliminary investigation and a full investigation and specifies the “tools” available to an agent at each particular stage My understanding of the FBI’s conduct in both the Clinton Email and the Trump Russia investigations is now enriched by what McCabe has told meNow that I’m on the subject of things McCabe does well I must admit that his passion for procedure and thoroughness—all admirable ualities in an FBI agent if not always in a writer—lead him to reveal the kind of detail that is often valuable and enjoyable to a reader For example he speaks about the raid on the Denver residence of known Afghani terrorist Najibullah Zazi agents opened the door to a bedroom closet and found a five gallon Igloo cooler filled with white powder Who keeps five gallons of white powder in a cooler on the floor of a bedroom closet? The team immediately though it might have found enough of the peroxide based explosive TATP to take down the entire building So on an already full day Denver had to cordon off the area lock down the apartment complex evacuate the building and bring in bomb recovery personnel It turned out the bucket the agents had left in place contained five gallons of flour Then there’s this passage when he speaks of the difficult aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing the entire crime scene the zone encompassing the scene of the attack on Boylston Street and the area around it had been filled with spectators most of whom got away unscathed Practically all of these people when the bombs went off dropped whatever they were carrying—backpacks purses briefcases bags of groceries—and ran So at a scene where bombs had likely gone off inside some sort of bag the ground was covered with thousands of bags and backpacks everyone of which had to be cleared by a bomb team before we could even begin the process of evidence recovery And how would we keep track of everything? Unfortunately his command of detail deserts him when he defends himself against the findings of “lack of candor” issued in a report by the Inspector General He declines to be specific about the circumstances—namely that he authorized a leak to The Wall Street Journal in order to defend his own reputation and later deceived Comey about it—and instead speaks of how during the interview with the IG staff he was “disconnecting from uestioning” “wasn’t following their uestions” that his “mind was elsewhere” In McCabe’s defense this interview was also the first time he encountered the notorious Strzok Page texts a public relations bombshell that must indeed have been distracting Still the “my mind was elsewhere” defense seems incommensurate with the circumstances especially coming from a veteran counter terrorism interviewer like himselfMcCabe however is effective in recreating his meetings with President Trump During Michael Cohen’s recent Congressional public hearing I was struck with how Cohen said Trump never asked you to lie but instead had a certain way of talking He would say”This is a beautiful tie isn’t it?” and you knew you were supposed to answer “Yes that is a beautiful tie” McCabe gives us an excellent example of what Cohen meant in his account with his first interview with Trump after the firing of Comey ”He started off telling me We fired the director and we want you to be the acting director now We had to fire him—and people are very happy about it I think people are very happy that we finally got rid of him I think there’s a lot of people in the FBI who are glad he’s gone The president claimed there had been a rebellion inside the FBI and asked me if it was true that people disliked Director Comey I replied that the general feeling in the FBI about this director seemed positive He looked at me with a tilt of the head an expression of dismay or disagreement or both I had not given the answers he expected or wanted The subtext of everything he was saying to me clearly came down to this Whose side are you on? McCabe is also good on the subject of Comey and even better when he speaks of Mueller Mueller would kick back in his chair sitting very straight Put his hand to his mouth Circle his chin—really polish it—with his knuckles You could see him thinking making connections preparing uestions If he learned forward it was a very bad sign Mueller leans forward only when frustrated If he leaned forward looking at the chart and then smacked the side of his hand against his head—then it was all over Now that this review is all over I have decided that even if McCabe may be a little boring he hasn’t written a boring book He has been close to the center of action in very interesting times and has than a few interesting things to sayBesides I’m getting tired of “interesting” Donald Trump is a very interesting phenomenon but I’d feel safer if the country was in the hands of a boring straight arrow like Andrew G McCabe


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    Well Written Credible and Scary as HellI wanted to read this book I don't know much about the inner workings of the FBI and I knew this would explain a lot It tells McCabe's own personal story and tells us just how the FBI worksThe tall tales that trump tells about Mueller Comey and McCabe are refuted easily by this book Knowing about the people who work there and the way they do things you will find that the idea of three Republican career FBI men being involved in a plot against the man in the White House is ludicrous You would be just as concerned as they were and just as alarmed If you aren't as scared as I am you aren't paying attention Thank you Andrew McCabe for an excellent book


  4. says:

    This is a memoir of McCabe’s time in the FBI He provided a great deal of information about the inner workings of the FBI I found that part of the book most enlighting The information he provided about Trump and his administration was similar to materials provided by many other authors I found the discussion about Attorney General Sessions disturbing It appears the uestioning by Senator Kamala Harris revealed than we understood at the time I found McCabe was a bit light in some sections about his involvement and reported only generally as to what was happening I gather that was to protect himself I hope that at some future date he will feel safer writing about what role he played He was also light about his personal lifeThe book was well written and researched I found the overall information in the book informative and suggest this book be added to a growing list of must read books I also found the book a bit scary as far as Trump and Sessions are concernedI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is nine hours and twenty minutes McCabe does a good job narrating his own book


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    In late 2015 I read an article about how a securities analyst reported that Trump's Taj Mahal casino was headed for financial trouble and how Trump leaned on his contacts to get that analyst fired Not long after the Taj went bankrupt harming investors contractors and workers The article asked if Trump was really the type of person that we wanted to be presidentFast forward to March 16 2018 just 26 hours before McCabe's scheduled retirement from the FBI after than two decades of service when Trump had McCabe fired for his role in the Russia investigation Again Trump was using his power to silence the truth and further his own interests by firing someone was who only doing his job Only this time the institution Trump was corrupting was one charged with upholding the Constitution and protecting the public's safety the FBIThe first two thirds of this book have little to do with Trump That is because they are about public service a concept completely foreign to our current president They chronicle McCabe's decision to join the FBI his training and his cases combatting organized crime and terrorism McCabe's passion for the job and the FBI's mission really come through and are inspiring especially in the audiobook read by McCabe himself This is all in contrast to the last third of the book which is about how McCabe's good work was co opted by hyper partisan forces first in the Clinton email investigation and then in Trump's efforts to end the Russia investigation Some of the Trump confrontations are intense Like when Trump fishes to see if McCabe will be loyal to him when Trump asks McCabe who he voted for tells him that FBI agents love Trump and hate James Comey and that 8090% of the FBI voted Trump and when Trump call's McCabe's wife a loser and asks him what it's like for her to be a loser McCabe also recounts the bizarre experience of visiting Trump at the White House and being greeted by a poster map showing Trump's electoral college victory and the little school boy chairs arranged in front of the resolute desk One uestion that I don't fee McCabe fully answered is how the FBI can continue to protect America in the age of Trump McCabe fears that if Trump is unchecked good people will no longer be called to careers in public service And as I write this review Congress and the public are waiting for the redacted version of the Mueller Report right now having only William Barr's summary of that report to go on That I believe is where we citizens come in We must follow the examples of McCabe and the many others who have stood up for truth and justice We must tell their stories serve our country and our communities in whatever ways we can participate in our democracy and finally we must vote


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    Fidelity Bravery Integrity the Federal Bureau of Investigation mottoMcCabe a former deputy director 2016 2018 and acting director summer 2017 of the FBI was in his words not mine a rarity in that investigatory field agents do not often ascend to the 'top spot' in this historical agency Louis Freeh the director who served during the Clinton presidency was a notable exception As such McCabe's biographical section of this book make for interesting reading He was assigned to the New York City office one of the largest and busiest of the 56 in the US during the 90's and 00's and worked on both organized crime and terrorism investigations I suppose some might say his descriptions explanations of the agency's responsibilities activities tend to lapse into Dragnet like conciseness but I liked his swift no nonsense writing styleThe latter part of the book focuses on director James Comey's controversial dismissal by President Trump some of the recent sensitive and politically involved investigations and also McCabe's brief time in charge POTUS Trump and some of his staff are portrayed none too kindly though McCabe pleasantly remarks about VP Mike Pence Whatever else might be said about the vice president I will say this Every time I have interacted with him he has conducted himself as a gentleman manners count for a lot It's nice to know at least someone near the top has some common courtesy


  7. says:

    I said I was going to stop reading these Trump era memoirs but I lied I'm glad because this one is a good one Mostly because it's not really about Trump well it is about Trump but that's not the most interesting part It was fascinating to get some perspective into the mind of an FBI career person McCabe seems like a humorless and totally upstanding guy I really liked his explanations of the post 911 FBI frantically following every random tip The parts about Trump are also pretty interesting Some nuggets that won't shock anyone 1 The administration doesn't know anything2 Trump is a bully3 Sessions wanted everything to be about immigration this was the most interesting and depressing part he was obsessed about where everyone was from And if you had a hint of being foreign even if you were born here he was suspicious4 Man did Comey mess up even though he was by all accounts not doing anything shady


  8. says:

    The Threat How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump is a very well written memoir by Andrew McCabe relating his lifelong history and career with the FBI culminating in his firing by Donald Trump less than twenty six hours before his planned retirement This is a personal story not only of McCabe's career but of the FBI and of its integrity and independence in protecting America and fighting to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America Andrew McCabe is a true patriot and I wish him well The president exposes himself as a deliberate liar someone who will say whatever he pleases to get whatever he wishes What could a person do to erode the credibility of the presidency? But news reports of such episodes come and go in the blink of an eye A common reaction is Of course he did that it's Trump That's what he does How is the whole nation not offended?' He went after me because the FBI opened the Russia case which led to the appointment of a special counsel He went after the FBI because its work has led to than thirty indictments with likely to come of individuals associated with Russian interference in the 2016 election Those investigations raise uestions bout the legitimacy of his presence in the White House uestions that prompt fear


  9. says:

    Important background for what’s nextGood short overview regarding some recent history of interest More tales of decent people trying to do the right thing Chewed over by and spit from the maw of today’s political reality show


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    McCabe concerned about 'unfair treatment' after book release delayed by FBIFormer assistant director of the FBI Frank Figliuzzi former US attorney Chuck Rosenberg former federal prosecutor Paul Butler The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein and NBC’s Carol Lee on former Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe’s new tell all that gives insight into Rod Rosenstein’s memo on the firing of James ComeyFeb 8 2019


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