The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - Chapters 11-12 Summary & Analysis

Lawrence Wright
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Chapter 11 shifts back to the United States in 1995 and introduces, John O’Neill, the new chief of the FBI’s counterterrorism unit. Before even formally beginning his new position, O’Neill was informed that the Ramzi Yousef had been found in Pakistan and he begins planning a successful operation to capture him and return him to the United States to stand trial. The FBI had only recently been given the authority to execute renditions, legal kidnappings in foreign countries, and struggled to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles imposed by foreign governments and other agencies within the U.S. government. O’Neill’s ability in overcoming these challenges, due to his strength of personality and network of contacts, made him a polarizing figure within the government. He was incredibly generous to and protective of younger agents who gave him their absolute loyalty, but he made...

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