‘Anonymous’ Author of “Imperial Hubris” Revealed

by Brendan Lalor

Until the publication of the July 2 issue of the Boston Phoenix, the ‘Anonymous’ author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror (Brassey’s, Inc.) was known only as the “former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit.” The Phoenix now reveals the author is Michael Scheuer, upon whose anonymity the CIA insisted as a condition of approval of his manuscript for publication. As the Phoenix points out, in the book, Scheuer

disputes the Bush administration’s assertions, holding that, among other things, bin Laden is not on the run; the invasion of Iraq has not made the United States safer; and that Islamists are in a campaign of insurgency, not terrorism, against the US because of US policies, not out of hatred for American values.

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