LAT Reporter Turned Author: ‘9/11 Attacks Could Have Easily Been Stopped’

Give how dramatically the events of September 11, 2001 stretched the U.S. geopolitical landscape into Iraq and Afghanistan, the above headline is very upsetting. It comes from a press release promoting today’s arrival of the book The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, written by Josh Meyer and Terry McDermott.

The authors are both former LA Times reporters. Meyer was at one time the paper’s chief terrorism reporter, while McDermott was a national correspondent and has authored another 9/11-focused book. From the press release:

Meyer and McDermott give the first comprehensive account of the search for KSM and what happened after he was captured, including how his torture prompted false confessions that sent U.S. agents on a wild goose chase across the world. Throughout, Meyer and McDermott draw on unprecedented access to key sources, many of whom have never spoken publicly, as well as jihadis and members of KSM’s family and support network.

Meyer is presently a faculty member with the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative. More info about the book here.