Instinct

Instinct

The Man Who Stopped the 20th Hijacker

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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of INS agent Jose Melendez-Perez who stopped 9/11 hijacker Mohamed al-Kahtani, who was later captured in Afghanistan, from entering the country, in a book that also looks at other heroes in the War on Terror.

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September 11, 2001. Almost everything seemed to go as the terrorists intended. Almost. Flight 93—which crashed not on the Capitol or the White House, but in a Pennsylvania field—was one terrorist shy of the other flights. The brave Americans who rose up that day against the hijackers were aided by a man they never met and whose story has never been written. His name is Jose Melendez-Perez. This book tells his story.

 

As Michael Smerconish recounts in riveting detail inInstinct, more than a month earlier a young Saudi national had arrived at Orlando International Airport on a flight from London. He didn’t speak English, and his customs paperwork was blank except for his name: Mohamed al-Kahtani. He had a one-way ticket. Soon, INS agent Melendez-Perez was called to the scene. To others, al-Kahtani seemed like a befuddled tourist eager to see Disney World. At risk to his job for the appearance of racial profiling, Melendez-Perez—drawing on his trainingand his instinct—sent al-Kahtani packing back to Dubai.

 

Melendez-Perez changed history that day. But he is not alone. In addition to telling his story and that of al-Kahtani—who was later captured in Afghanistan and sent to Guantanamo Bay—Instinctexamines the quick thinking of other Americans who faced fanatics; for example, the Washington State border inspector whose gut told her something wasn’t right about the would-be millennium bomber. Michael Smerconish provides fascinating insight into the post-9/11 world of interrogation. And he poses tough questions about how the CIA and Homeland Security can protect America in a post–9/11 world. Most pointedly: Have we learned from the example of Jose Melendez-Perez?


The gripping story of courageous men and women who changed history - by stopping terrorists on American ground.

All author proceeds will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.


Baker
& Taylor

Tells the story of INS agent Jose Melendez-Perez who stopped 9/11 hijacker Mohamed al-Kahtani, who was later captured in Afghanistan, from entering the country, in a book, the proceeds of which will benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial Fund, that also looks at other heroes in the War on Terror.

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781599215167
Branch Call Number: 973.931 MELEN SMERC
Additional Contributors: Schreyer, Kurt A.

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StarGladiator
Mar 07, 2014

Interesting to note the facts surrounding Flight 93 before it even left the ground: at the last minute, the original plane was replaced due to a cracked cockpit window, which caused the flight to be delayed, allowing on a number of unscheduled passengers, who would later valiantly stop the hijacking. Expands the possibilities, now doesn't it? Otherwise, those originally scheduled passengers, including the Inspector General of the DOT, and a few others involved in the original investigation of Flight 800's downing, would have been alone?

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