Secrets of the Secret Service by Gary J. Byrne & Grant M. Schmidt


Secrets of the Secret Service by Gary J. Byrne & Grant M. Schmidt

Author:Gary J. Byrne & Grant M. Schmidt
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Political Science / American Government / Executive Branch, Political Science / Corruption & Misconduct
Publisher: Center Street
Published: 2017-11-07T05:00:00+00:00


In the early 1990s, Al Qaeda killed scores of innocent people, though their prime targets were US military personnel in foreign countries. In 1993, a splinter faction infiltrated the United States, crafted a 1,200-pound bomb in New Jersey, and drove it into the parking garage of the World Trade Center. When detonated, it killed six people and injured more than a thousand. In 1996, the group targeted President Clinton on his trip to Manila, planting a bomb on a bridge. The fact that Agent Lewis Merletti exercised his override authority and changed the route at the last minute was all that saved the president. That attack was kept secret by the Secret Service until December 2009, when an interview with Merletti was published by author Ken Gormley. In 1998, the terrorist group simultaneously bombed the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing more than two hundred people, including twelve Americans. Al Qaeda was steadily building its status as the world’s deadliest terror organization, but the extent of its threat was yet to be realized.



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