7/29/10 2:02 PMt r u t h o u t | Jason Leopold | Reviewed: Peter Lance's 9/11 MasterpiecePage 2 of 5http://www.truth-out.org/article/jason-leopold-reviewed-peter-lances-911-masterpiece
came before it - leans neither "right" nor "left."Lance's dogged pursuit of uncovering the truth behind 9/11 began on apersonal 0anote. His son's high school was located just a few blocks away from Ground 0aZero, and when the Twin Towers crumbled, Lance feared the worst. Spending 0ahours trying to make his way through clogged telephonelines to track down his 0ason, he found out from a relative that the boy wassafe. But a close friend of 0aLance's, a New York City firefighter who also hadTop Secret clearance in the 0aarmy reserve intelligence unit he served with, wasn't as lucky. In the midst 0aof all the carnage, the obvious question aroseand gnawed at Lance: How could 0athis have happened? How couldintelligence agencies have missed the warning 0asigns?Having spent a decade writing fiction, Lance returned to the trenches and0astarted digging. He began a tedious search for public documents. He read0athrough 40,000 pages of trial transcripts from al-Qaeda cases in theSouthern 0aDistrict of New York. He used his close connections in theManhattan District 0aAttorney's office to help him track down additionalinformation."All I did was apply data-mining techniques to the story retrospectively,using Google - anybody could have done this," Lance said in an interview describing one aspect of his reporting technique.Two years later, he produced
1000 Years for Revenge
, a meticulously detailed volume of 9/11 reportage and international terrorism, which caughtthe attention of 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean, who asked Lanceto testify before the commission. But the commission opted to take Lance'stestimony in secret, "in a windowless conference room at 26 Federal Plaza onMarch 15, 2004," Lance wrote in the preface to
Lance hasmisgivings about the 9/11 Commission and believes its final report "hasproven vastly incomplete."
covers 1981 through 2001 and tracks the rise of al-Qaeda,0afocusing heavily on former Egyptian army major and al-Qaeda operative Ali 0aMohamed, who successfully infiltrated the FBI. Perhaps the mostintriguing 0apart of
is the appearance of Patrick Fitzgerald, the0aspecial prosecutor investigating the CIA leak case, who plays a leading role0ain Lance's book and is featured prominently on the dust jacket and in the0asubtitle: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the GreenBerets, and 0athe FBI - And Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him. In