[Patrick] Fitzgerald threatens to sue publisher over book

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Jun 9, 6:06 AM EDT

Fitzgerald threatens to sue publisher over book

AP Legal Affairs Writer

CHICAGO (AP) -- The top federal prosecutor in Chicago is threatening to sue publisher HarperCollins, calling a book about the war on terrorism that focuses in part on cases he handled "a deliberate lie masquerading as the truth."

If HarperCollins publishes the new edition of "Triple Cross" by Peter Lance this month "and it defames me or casts me in a false light, HarperCollins will be sued," Patrick Fitzgerald said in a letter to the New York-based company.

The book focuses on, among other things, major terrorism cases that Fitzgerald prosecuted when he was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York in the 1990s.

Its content goes beyond normal criticism, which "goes with the territory" for public figures, Fitzgerald told The Associated Press on Monday.

"This is different," he said. "The book lied about the facts and alleged that I deliberately misled the courts and the public in ways that in part caused the deaths in the 1998 embassy bombing attacks and in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

Fitzgerald said the lives lost in those attacks were personal for him and he decided to stand up for himself because "it is outrageous to falsely accuse me of causing those deaths corruptly."

The author said Fitzgerald has tried to "kill" the book with "baseless" allegations.

"Patrick Fitzgerald accuses me of making charges in the book that I never made," Lance said. "At the same time, he continually fails to respond to the substantive allegations documented in 604 pages, 1,425 end notes and 32 pages of documentary appendices."

He said the book was revetted "out of an abundance of caution" and because the accusations were made by Fitzgerald, known for successfully prosecuting prominent terrorism and public corruption cases.

The new edition with 26 additional pages and an introduction responding to Fitzgerald will be published June 16, Lance said.

HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum and publisher Jonathan Burnham did not immediately return telephone calls on Monday.

Fitzgerald has been U.S. attorney in Chicago since September 2001. He won a conviction against former Illinois Gov. George Ryan for political corruption, and as a special prosecutor successfully presented the case against former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of lying to a grand jury in the CIA leak investigation.

As an assistant U.S. attorney in New York he successfully prosecuted major terrorism cases such as those responsible for the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in East Africa and Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called "blind sheik" convicted in 1995 of plotting to bomb the Holland Tunnel and other key sites around the city.

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Really, Fitz?

On the one hand, Lance's book presents us with useful information, he has revealed more about Ali Mohamed than anybody else. Other books on 9/11 tend to skip Mohamed, or give him a quick bio, excluding his links to the FBI, the CIA, and the US Army.. But Lance actively encourages us to believe that despite the fact that Mohamed had far more provable links to the US intelligence and defence establishments than he did to the establishment version of "al Qaeda"; he wants us to believe that Mohamed was a crypto-agent for Osama bin Laden, that "al Qaeda" is a "top down" crack team of efficient terrorists, in spite of flagrant violations of the "top down" scenario, like, for example, Laui Sakra.

So I wouldn't dismiss out of hand the idea that Lance's book has proportionate amounts of bullshit mixed in with the good stuff. And of course, reading Lance's work, (as well Wright, Coll, et al.), it's impossible to say that these books are written objectively. They are written with the a priori assumption that the establishment version of "al Qaeda" did 9/11, with no critical reflections on the truth of the matter.

Let's see what Peter Dale Scott says of Fitz;

The 9/11 Report mentioned [Mohamed], and said that the plotters against the U.S. Embassy in Kenya were “led” (their word) by Ali Mohamed. That’s the Report’s only reference to him, though it’s not all they heard.

Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney who negotiated a plea bargain and confession from Ali Mohamed, said this in testimony to the Commission

Ali Mohamed. …. trained most of al Qaeda’s top leadership – including Bin Laden and Zawahiri – and most of al Qaeda’s top trainers. He gave some training to persons who would later carry out the 1993 World Trade Center bombing…. From 1994 until his arrest in 1998, he lived as an American citizen in California, applying for jobs as an FBI translator.

Patrick Fitzgerald knew Ali Mohamed well. In 1994 he had named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the New York landmarks case, yet allowed him to remain free. This was because, as Fitzgerald knew, Ali Mohamed was an FBI informant, from at least 1993 and maybe 1989. Thus, from 1994 “until his arrest in 1998 [by which time the 9/11 plot was well under way], Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia and at least a dozen other countries.” ...

...Let me say this again: one of al-Qaeda’s top trainers in terrorism and how to hijack airplanes was an operative for FBI, CIA, and the Army.

I can see why "the establishment" would want Lance's book(s) to go away.


We posted the same article.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Excellent Points, Reprehensor

I've always thought that a few Al Qaeda operations were orchestrated by US intel.

Well said Rep

I'm not to interested in watching Patrick Fitzgerald cry over how
he looks in a book. However, if Mr Fitzgerald would like to explain to me what Ali Mohamed's sentence was, and where he is incarcerated I'm all ears. I've only been waiting 9 years. Abdussattar Shaikh, the FBI informant housing some hijackers who was working with Saudi Intelligence assets was rewarded by all of us (taxpayers)with $100,000 and free housing for the rest of his life, FOR ASSISTING THE HIJACKERS AND REFUSING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE 9/11 SENATE AND JOINT INQUIRY. I guess I should assume Ali Mohamed got an even better deal. So I don't have a shoulder for Mr Fitzgerald to cry on.

And Mr Lance--At what point are you going to realize that traitors and mass murderers who don't get executed but rewarded, are working for organizations a little more powerfull than "al qaeda"?

Shaikh was rewarded with $100,000, it is a much worse than this!

There is now incontrovertible proof that the CIA working with groups inside of the FBI HQ deliberately, knowingly and intentionally allowed the al Qaeda terrorists to carry out the attacks on 9/11. So many people are aware of this in Washington DC that this must now be all but an open secret in our US capitol.

Mistakes? Award says nope.

A mistake, that the CIA "accidently" let known terrorists into the U.S?
WMD Intelligence failures? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This picture is worth 2 words.."mission accomplished".....


You don't get awards like that by blunders that cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.

"Heck of a job Tenet." Are you ready for your million dollar book deal?


Patrick better never read this then.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Fitz is a fraud

The top of the WH outed a CIA officer, jeprodizing national security for the sake of political motives & all Pat could get was one obstruction of justice?

He's the PR Prosecutor

I Once Had Hoped Fitz Was the Real Deal

Let's never forget this:

The FBI Allowed the 1993 WTC Bombing to Happen (New York Times, Thursday October 28, 1993 Page A1):

Paul DeRienzo's interview with William Kunstler about the role of Emad Salem in the World Trade Center bombing:

FBI Interview with Mr. Salem (transcript):

FBI Interview with Mr. Salem (voice long version):

FBI Interview with Mr. Salem (voice short version):

Fitzgerald is a fraud

question if he plays the blackmailed limited hangout prosecutor in the terror cases in the 90'ties and the mere "coincidence" that he quits just the day prior to 9/11 were deleted immediately on his blog back in 2005. I guess someone knows why.



A lot of 'coincidences' on 9/10/01

Fitzgerald stepped down the day before 9/11? My, my, will the 'coincidences' never stop? That same day, Giuliani's OEM director Jerome Hauer got a brand new appointment as national security advisor to the National Institutes of Health--the post from which he would soon be handling the federal government's response to the anthrax attacks.

And the Pentagon announced it couldn't account for those $2.3 trillion.

Was the connection between

Was the connection between Ali Mohamed and Khalid al-Mihdhar the reason that the CIA working with FBI HQ units that they had subjugated, the reason CIA deputy chief of the Bin Laden unit, Tom Wilshire blocked FBI Agent Doug Miller's cable on Mihdhar from going to the FBI criminal investigators on January 5, 2000? Both Mohamed and Mihdhar and worked closely together on the east Africa bombing attacks, and exposing Mihdhar would have ultimately exposed Mohamed to unwanted publicity.

Was this also the reason that the CIA and the FBI HQ units with held all information on the Kuala Lumpur meeting with Nawaf al-Hazmi and Walid Bin Attash from these same FBI investigators on the Cole bombing even though they all knew the planning of this bombing had actually taken place at this meeting. This was the speculation the author of “Prior Knowledge of 9/11”, now the most complete book on the events prior to 9/11, had reached for the possible explanation why both the CIA and FBI HQ had hidden all of this information from these FBI investigators, even when they knew by doing this thousands of Americans were going to perish in a huge al Qaeda attack as a result of their actions.