The story of the years leading up to 9/11 is the story of what might have been, and also serves as a call to the defense of Americaâ€™s future. Since 9/11, one important question has persisted: What was really going on behind the scenes with intelligence services and government leaders during the time preceding the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks? After an eighteen-month investigation that uncovered explosive new evidence through interviews and in classified documents, Gerald Posner reveals much previously undisclosed information:â€˘ the identity of two countries that might have had foreknowledge that a terrorist attack was scheduled for September 11 on U.S. soilâ€˘ a startling account of the interrogation of a leading al Qaeda captiveâ€˘ facts about a series of deaths that point to an ongoing conspiracy by some governments to hide the extent of their earlier relationships with al Qaedaâ€˘ how the U.S. government missed several chances to kill or capture bin Ladenâ€˘ evidence that German intelligence may have protected an informant who was involved with many of the 9/11 plottersâ€˘ how the CIA trackedâ€”and then lostâ€”two of the hijackers when they entered the United States more than twenty months before the attacksâ€˘ the devastating consequences of the crippling rivalry between the CIA and FBI as the United States moved unwittingly toward 9/11 In a dramatic narrative, Why America Slept exposes the frequent mistakes made by law enforcement and government agencies, and demonstrates how the failures to prevent 9/11 were tragically not an exception but typical. Along the way, by delving into terror financing, the links between far-flung terror organizations, and how the United States responded over the years to other attacks, Posner also makes a damning case that 9/11 could have been prevented.Why America Slept lays to rest two years of conjecture about what led up to the worst terror attacks in Americaâ€™s history. This breakthrough book presents an infuriating review of how incompetence and misplaced priorities made America an easy target for terrorists.