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    Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and a war torn city and a CIA station in tatters A field operative at heart, he delved into Beirut s darkest corners, developing new sources and handling assets Then, on October rd, a US Marine Corps barracks was destroyed in a plot masterminded by a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh But even as President Reagan vowed revenge, Mughniyeh eyed a new target Buckley Beirut Rules is the pulse by pulse account of Buckley s abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists Drawing on never seen before US government documents, as well as interviews with Buckley s former coworkers, friends and family, Burton and Katz reveal how the pursuit to find Buckley in the wake of his kidnapping ignited a war against terror that continues to shape the Middle East to this day."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America
  • Fred Burton
  • 08 October 2017
  • 1101987464

Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America❰Reading❯ ➷ Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America Author Fred Burton – Essayreview.co.uk From the New York Times bestselling coauthors of Under Fire The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi comes the riveting true story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA station chief William Buckley, From the New York Times bestselling The Murder PDF/EPUB ê coauthors of Under Fire The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi comes the riveting true story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA station chief William Buckley, and the bloody Beirut Rules: PDF/EPUB or beginning of the CIA s endless war against Islamic radicalismOn April th a van rigged with , pounds of heavy explosives broke through the security perimeter of the American embassy in Lebanon and exploded, killing sixty three people Rules: The Murder Epub Ý and decimating intelligence operations throughout the Middle EastOnly one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast William Buckley Assigned as the new Beirut station chief, Buckley arrived to a war torn city and a CIA station in tatters A field operative at heart, he delved into Beirut s darkest corners, developing new sources and handling assets Then, on October rd, a US Marine Corps barracks was destroyed in a plot masterminded by a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh But even as President Reagan vowed revenge, Mughniyeh eyed a new target Buckley Beirut Rules is the pulse by pulse account of Buckley s abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists Drawing on never seen before US government documents, as well as interviews with Buckley s former coworkers, friends and family, Burton and Katz reveal how the pursuit to find Buckley in the wake of his kidnapping ignited a war against terror that continues to shape the Middle East to this day.


About the Author: Fred Burton

Former police officer and special agent.


10 thoughts on “Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America

  1. says:

    Iran was among the first countries in the modern era to weaponize Islam which begins with the total subjugation of women and no country is better proof of the destructive nature of this policy than Lebanon U.S policy in Lebanon and most of the ME was catastrophic at worst, and ineffective at best throughout the 1980s, almost worse than our foreign policy blunders in the GW Bush era The British, for all of their condescension towards America about our inexperience in global diplomacy, cocked Iran was among the first countries in the modern era to weaponize Islam which begins with the total subjugation of women and no country is better proof of the destructive nature of this policy than Lebanon U.S policy in Lebanon and most of the ME was catastrophic at worst, and ineffective at best throughout the 1980s, almost worse than our foreign policy blunders in the GW Bush era The British, for all of their condescension towards America about our inexperience in global diplomacy, cocked things up pretty royally when they ran things and literally drew the map of the modern Middle East If you had to vote on which country has the best record in the region, you would have to put your money on Israel for the simple fact that they have survived this long.Lebanon isor less a metaphor or a reflection of the Arab and Muslim world when it comes to building a modern society They are just crap at it They are all about 1,000 years behind the modern social democracies of Western Europe Perhaps Muslims should begin at the beginning and adopt habeas corpus and see how things go from there.This book was an excellent review of the hellfire that has been the Levante for the past 40 years or so, in which invasion has been followed by assassination, followed by horrific car bombings, followed by reprisals, ad nauseam.Iran has been behind the curtain during most of the war of terror erupting from Beirut during this period, fueled by petrodollars from Ayatollah Khomeini s Shia dictatorship in Iran.If people in America s intelligence services take one thing away from this book and I hope they all read it it should be that there is no military or violent solution to the quagmire we have greatly helped to create But we never seem to learn this, time after time.I said that we should have launched a war against ignorance after 9 11 by bombarding the ME with cheap computers and internet access for all We should have dropped plane loads of books on the Shia ghettos in Beirut and the Sunni slums of Damascus The only way out of the violent darkness that has engulfed the entire region is by light created by enlightenment We should be backing the most liberal and forward thinking clerics just as the Saudis have been financing the most fanatical religious leaders whose answer to any problem is violence.We have to make a counter offer to the people there who now are only presented with fanaticism and the empty, childish promise of religion.Back in my military service days we heard the apocryphal story of the Soviets castrating one of those responsible for kidnapping one of their people I remember the right wing knuckle draggers and mouth breathers in my unit expressing how that s how we should have gone about business in Lebanon These are probably the same creeps who are in favor of torturing our prisoners If we are going to be the same sort of animals as the Syrians and Iranians, they why are we fighting against them We should just join sides and roll over everyone on the planet.Or we could actually stand for something as a nation, things like human rights and dignity for all I think we could do that and still flourish as a people

  2. says:

    Normallylike a 3 star book for me an okay read on a very interesting topic While the style was occasionally a bit melodramatic for my taste, the main problem is the book is full of distracting and annoying redactions I have no idea why the authors editors choose this approach instead of simply editing rewriting those sections these redactions are not used when the authors are directly quoting a partially declassified report or something like that, they are redacting their own writing Normallylike a 3 star book for me an okay read on a very interesting topic While the style was occasionally a bit melodramatic for my taste, the main problem is the book is full of distracting and annoying redactions I have no idea why the authors editors choose this approach instead of simply editing rewriting those sections these redactions are not used when the authors are directly quoting a partially declassified report or something like that, they are redacting their own writing Maybe I m missing something other than what has been blocked out in the text but I just don t get it Less grouchy readers may not find this to be a deal breaker but it really irritated me, so I ended up deducting redacting a star from my rating

  3. says:

    In Beirut Rules, Fred Burton does a fantastic job weaving a primer on the conflicts engulfing the modern middle east around the heartbreaking story of the capture and eventual murder of the Beirut CIA Station Chief Beirut Rules is a great read anytime, but is especially timely considering the current Iran induced chaos engulfing Iraq.

  4. says:

    The Near East Division never formed a task force to retrieve Bill This is the story of the kidnapping of William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon It was the beginning of the USA s war on terror that continues to this day, with no end in sight I received an Advance Copy of this book so there were many sections that were blacked out or redacted I am sure the finished book will read as exciting and thrilling as this copy did to me I now understand that the finished book still The Near East Division never formed a task force to retrieve Bill This is the story of the kidnapping of William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon It was the beginning of the USA s war on terror that continues to this day, with no end in sight I received an Advance Copy of this book so there were many sections that were blacked out or redacted I am sure the finished book will read as exciting and thrilling as this copy did to me I now understand that the finished book still has the redactions to show the sensitivity of this information.I learned that the United States had its hand tied on how the CIA could act in other countries thanks to Congress and the Church Commission The CIA was caught in several regime turnovers that made Congress nervous so they clipped their wings This book reports the facts, it does not get into whether it was right or wrong I liked that about the book as so many books written today are one sided and biased The US was looked at as a country that could be manipulated by kidnappings and bombings Our hands were tied on many options and the terrorists took advantage of that fact Some of this book was very hard to read, torture and mistreatment is never pleasant If you are interested in the history of our dealings in the Middle East, you will like this book It is a very human story of men and women who risk their lives for information to keep us safe I was gifted this book by the publisher and I am very grateful

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    I had the opportunity to listen to Fred Burton, a retired US State Department Special Agent with the Diplomatic Security Service and the current VP of Intelligence at Stratfor an American geopolitical intelligence platform and publisher talk about his latest book, co authored w Sam Katz, Beirut Rules The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah s War Against America After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in 1983, only one man inside the CIA possessed the co I had the opportunity to listen to Fred Burton, a retired US State Department Special Agent with the Diplomatic Security Service and the current VP of Intelligence at Stratfor an American geopolitical intelligence platform and publisher talk about his latest book, co authored w Sam Katz, Beirut Rules The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah s War Against America After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in 1983, only one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast William Buckley But the new Beirut station chief quickly became the target of a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh.Beirut Rules is the pulse by pulse account of Buckley s abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists Drawing on never before seen government documents as well as interviews with Buckley s co workers, friends and family, Burton and Katz reveal how the relentless search for Buckley in the wake of his kidnapping ignited a war against terror that continues to shape the Middle East to this day This book is not for the faint of heart, and I often found myself shaking my head at the brutality of the region and the numerous missteps our government and Intelligence Agencies continued to make.If you have any interest in the Middle East, the CIA, or history in general, this book is a must read.You can follow Fred Burton and Sam Katz on Twitter fred_burton Samuel_M_Katz.A quick side note, back in 1997, Sam Katz wrote Anytime Anywhere, an eyewitness account about the stories of NYPD ESU Officer John D Allara and Truck Two.Recently, Sam and I spoke about Officer D Allara and his death during 9 11 It just so happens that I have worn Officer D Allara s name on my wrist a bracelet for the last 18 years, and you can read about his life in one of my blogs here

  6. says:

    In the past 15 or so years, I came to believed that George W Bush broke the world with his response to 9 11 His misplaced war with Iraq unleashed all the viruses that were just bellow the ground in the Middle East Shame on me I was in college, in DC, reading newspapers and following events in the Middle East when William Buckley was abducted and murdered, when the other hostages where captured and released, when Colonel Higgins was abducted I was an adult and yet, memory works in strange way In the past 15 or so years, I came to believed that George W Bush broke the world with his response to 9 11 His misplaced war with Iraq unleashed all the viruses that were just bellow the ground in the Middle East Shame on me I was in college, in DC, reading newspapers and following events in the Middle East when William Buckley was abducted and murdered, when the other hostages where captured and released, when Colonel Higgins was abducted I was an adult and yet, memory works in strange ways Its not that I forgot any of it but somehow as 9 11 came and went, followed by the invasion of Iraq and the raise of ISIS, the civil war in Lebanon faded It should not have The hostages for sale trade that I thought was invented by Chechen militia groups after the first Russian Chechen war of the early 90 s was just a first grader s attempt an a science fair project, compared to what had been happening in the mid 80 s in Lebanon.Sadly, the Chechen militias where learning from the best.Shame on me, that I forgot it all and I am grateful to this strange, overly patriotic book for reminding me This one is definitely for the bookshelves

  7. says:

    BEIRUT RULES is thoroughly fascinating, absorbing, and terrifying story, all mixed into a great book Even though I lived through these years as a young adult, I was stunned at how little I knew about the events described here The terror that these agents lived with and the staggering number of them that lost their lives in service to our country is both sad and inspiring What really caught my attention was how much of this book had been redacted Makes me wonder what they removed and why we s BEIRUT RULES is thoroughly fascinating, absorbing, and terrifying story, all mixed into a great book Even though I lived through these years as a young adult, I was stunned at how little I knew about the events described here The terror that these agents lived with and the staggering number of them that lost their lives in service to our country is both sad and inspiring What really caught my attention was how much of this book had been redacted Makes me wonder what they removed and why we shouldn t know the information Very thought provoking

  8. says:

    4.5 Stars a tick off because this is a non fiction book collated and written by two writers, not a release of government documents So, the use of redactions throughout the book was rather unnecessary.Nevertheless, this is a stunning book I was rather dense at the time the majority of this book was written the 1980s I knew of the Iran Hostages of 1979 81, and I knew of the Beirut barracks bombing of American servicemen in 1983, but before this book, I couldn t tell you a thing about befo 4.5 Stars a tick off because this is a non fiction book collated and written by two writers, not a release of government documents So, the use of redactions throughout the book was rather unnecessary.Nevertheless, this is a stunning book I was rather dense at the time the majority of this book was written the 1980s I knew of the Iran Hostages of 1979 81, and I knew of the Beirut barracks bombing of American servicemen in 1983, but before this book, I couldn t tell you a thing about before, during or after that period EDIT I never read others reviews until I finish mine, and I feel a little better knowing that there were a lot of people, apparently around my age, that didn t know what happened below I thought of using bullet points about what I learned in the first 15 pages, but I ll simply rattle them off Before outside countries got involved, the civil war in Lebanon, which began in 1975, was prior to Israel entering southern Lebanon The poor majority Shiites thought they were liberators, but soon found out that the forces helped set up Israeli intelligence sites in the country.This drew in Syria, and their Soviet Union weapons into the conflict so that Russia is militarily backing Syria is not a new development.Lebanon had a newly elected president, and during a speech, someone backed by Syria put a half ton of explosives in the room above where he was speaking that leveled the building This really hurt the U.S., because, in listing CIA assets, not only was the president elect one, but the head of Black September, the Palestinian group that assaulted the 1972 Munich Olympics, was a CIA asset This also brought in Iran into the mess A 15 year old Shiite boy drove a car filled with explosives into the Israeli military HQ, being the first suicide bomber outside of the Iran Iraq War thanks to the Iranians.All of this later led to the kidnapping of the CIA Chief of Station in Beirut, William Buckey, which was described into the Prologue and followed throughout the book All told in the first 15 pages.It is a very dense 360 page book, but a book that I won t forget

  9. says:

    Interesting, detailed history lesson surrounding the taking of hostages and eventual death in captivity of CIA Beirut Chief of Station William F Buckley in the 1980s The redactions got a little annoying leaving in half a page of blacked out text in various places really isn t helpful to anyone and the authors obvious bias on some topics such as Iran is eeeeevil grated on occasion and should be taken with a grain of salt, but otherwise this book is certainly worth the read.

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    Burton and Katz in an earlier book, Under Fire, detailed the 2015 terrorist attack on an American Embassy facility in Benghazi, see my review That event resulted in the death of the American ambassador and three other security employees Here, they address the terrorist crimes of the Eighties against American government personnel and facilities, as well as average citizens in the war torn Mideast These earlier assaults resulted in the murder of hundreds of Americans The book opens with seve Burton and Katz in an earlier book, Under Fire, detailed the 2015 terrorist attack on an American Embassy facility in Benghazi, see my review That event resulted in the death of the American ambassador and three other security employees Here, they address the terrorist crimes of the Eighties against American government personnel and facilities, as well as average citizens in the war torn Mideast These earlier assaults resulted in the murder of hundreds of Americans The book opens with several chapters setting the violent context of the area, detailing the ongoing struggle of Israel against regional armed opponents such as Fatah, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization Funding, guidance, and trained troops for much of this opposition, the authors write, came from the theocratic Iranian government In November 1982 a terrorist car bomb struck and destroyed the Israeli military and intelligence center in Tyre Lebanon Seventy six Israelis and 15 local detainees were killed in the explosion The method of attack would be repeated in the years ahead, with evenhorrific loss of life In chapter two, the subsequent master of the bombing attack, Imad Mughniyeh, is introduced and his early career described.Imad s wrath was forcefully turned on the Americans on April 18th, 1983 He sent a pickup truck filled with explosives and propane crashing into the U.S Embassy Seventeen Americans were among the sixty three fatalities that resulted from the bombing A number of those Americans were CIA personnel attending a security meeting More carnage lay ahead.William Buckley was a decorated Korean war veteran, and an experienced special operations officer in Vietnam, now serving in the CIA He came to Beirut as the new Station Chief He took over the shattered office and started making the group functional once again His group operated now in space made available in the British Embassy Iran and its Lebanese surrogates struck American interests again on Sunday, October 23, 1983 They smashed another explosive laden vehicle into the Marine Corps Barracks This time they killed 220 marines, 18 Navy corpsmen, and 3 soldiers Just after the blast a second truck was sent into the housing units of the French Multi National Force That killed fifty eight French paratroopers Although the American Ambassador requested the White House to retaliate, there was no reaction from America The terrorists expected reprisals When none came they felt they now had a free hand in Lebanon Buckley endeavored to develophard intelligence on the hostile Shiites in the ghettos south of Beirut.His efforts came to an end in March 1984 when two carloads of terrorists intercepted him on the way to work and kidnapped him He was then subjected to torture and interrogation until he died over a year later The authors detail the efforts to find Buckley, although later some employees felt that his recovery was not adequately pursued The wealth of knowledge Buckley had of CIA operations and plans provided rich pickings for his captors Some questioned why someone with such critical information was sent to such a dangerous location.The same question would be raised with the 1988 abduction of Marine Lt Col William Higgins, themilitary chief of the UN peacekeeping in Lebanon He too was held in captivity where he underwent interrogation and torture His body was dumped near a Beirut road in December 1991 Buckley s remains were recovered under similar circumstances a week later.The Mideastern terror campaign included aircraft hijackings, one of which included the murder of a Navy diver, Robert Stethem who was a passenger on the ill fated TWA 847 flight The terrorist bombings went global with the destruction of an Argentine Jewish Center in retaliation for a fatal Israeli attack on a ranking Hezbollah official Burton and Katz detail these incidents at length.The story concludes with a CIA honors ceremony in 2009 First, however, the authors trace the intervening lives of those immediately responsible for the carnage visited upon the United States and its allies in the bloody cauldron of the Mideast.As with Under Fire, this book is deeply researched through the literature and through personal interviews with participants and knowing observers End notes identify the written sources The chronology the book provides makes for a compelling story That may have resulted in the outline like narrative of this review But, read this book, get all the details, chilling as they are There is a glossary for a quick check of the many, easily forgotten acronyms I am informed by the publisher, who provided my advance reading copy, that the final version does contain photographs.Beirut Rules is not only searing history, it presents current events for today It led me to add a new shelf to my Goodreads library terrorism

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