Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — First Tuesday by Richard Harrison. First Tuesday: Any price a winner It's the Melbourne Cup. But murder? When champion jockey Alan Da Silva is the victim of a brutal hit and run in the Crown Casino car park, suspicion falls on ruthless casino boss Albert Maressmo. Rumours abound that Da Silva was threatening to blow the whistle on the race fix Maressmo orchestrated the prev National Velvet meets The Usual Suspects The stakes could not be higher. Rumours abound that Da Silva was threatening to blow the whistle on the race fix Maressmo orchestrated the previous year - a crime that netted him millions from the bookies.
Would Maressmo have his own jockey killed on the eve of the race? You will love the many twists and turns of this gripping murder mystery, as Melbourne Cup day arrives and our story builds to a thrilling climax. Get it now. Get A Copy. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years. President Obama , overseeing the regular Tuesday counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them.
It was not a theoretical question: Mr.
He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation. Donilon , his national security adviser.
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Nothing else in Mr. While he was adamant about narrowing the fight and improving relations with the Muslim world, he has followed the metastasizing enemy into new and dangerous lands. When he applies his lawyering skills to counterterrorism, it is usually to enable, not constrain, his ferocious campaign against Al Qaeda — even when it comes to killing an American cleric in Yemen, a decision that Mr. And Mr. Munter, has complained to colleagues that the C. Beside the president at every step is his counterterrorism adviser, John O.
Brennan , who is variously compared by colleagues to a dogged police detective, tracking terrorists from his cavelike office in the White House basement, or a priest whose blessing has become indispensable to Mr. Dennis C. Blair , director of national intelligence until he was fired in May , said that discussions inside the White House of long-term strategy against Al Qaeda were sidelined by the intense focus on strikes.
Blair, a retired admiral who began his Navy service during that war. William M. Daley , Mr. What remains unanswered is how much killing will be enough. Daley said, describing the internal discussion. A phalanx of retired generals and admirals stood behind Mr. Obama on the second day of his presidency, providing martial cover as he signed several executive orders to make good on campaign pledges.
Brutal interrogation techniques were banned, he declared. What the new president did not say was that the orders contained a few subtle loopholes. They reflected a still unfamiliar Barack Obama , a realist who, unlike some of his fervent supporters, was never carried away by his own rhetoric.
Instead, he was already putting his lawyerly mind to carving out the maximum amount of maneuvering room to fight terrorism as he saw fit. It was a pattern that would be seen repeatedly, from his response to Republican complaints that he wanted to read terrorists their rights, to his acceptance of the C. The day before the executive orders were issued, the C. Rizzo , had called the White House in a panic.
Rizzo told Gregory B. Craig , Mr. The problem, Mr. Rizzo explained, was that the C. The order appeared to outlaw that. Craig assured him that the new president had no intention of ending rendition — only its abuse, which could lead to American complicity in torture abroad. Even before he was sworn in, Mr. Some detainees would be transferred to prisons in other countries, or released, it said. Military commissions , which Mr.
Obama had criticized, were not mentioned — and thus not ruled out. As for those who could not be transferred or tried but were judged too dangerous for release? A few sharp-eyed observers inside and outside the government understood what the public did not. Without showing his hand, Mr. Obama had preserved three major policies — rendition, military commissions and indefinite detention — that have been targets of human rights groups since the terrorist attacks. But a year later, with Congress trying to force him to try all terrorism suspects using revamped military commissions, he deployed his legal skills differently — to preserve trials in civilian courts.
It was shortly after Dec. Sensing vulnerability on both a practical and political level, the president summoned his attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. Abdulmutallab for 50 minutes and gained valuable intelligence before giving him the warning. They had relied on a case called New York v. Quarles, in which the Supreme Court ruled that statements made by a suspect in response to urgent public safety questions — the case involved the location of a gun — could be introduced into evidence even if the suspect had not been advised of the right to remain silent.
Obama, who Mr. Holder said misses the legal profession, got into a colloquy with the attorney general. How far, he asked, could Quarles be stretched? Holder felt that in terrorism cases, the court would allow indefinite questioning on a fairly broad range of subjects.
Satisfied with the edgy new interpretation, Mr. Obama gave his blessing, Mr. Holder recalled. Johnson, a campaign adviser and now general counsel of the Defense Department.
That same mind-set would be brought to bear as the president intensified what would become a withering campaign to use unmanned aircraft to kill Qaeda terrorists. Just days after taking office, the president got word that the first strike under his administration had killed a number of innocent Pakistanis. In response to his concern, the C.
Obama wanted to decide personally whether to go ahead.
Hayden , the last C. It is also because Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.
Counterterrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good. This counting method may partly explain the official claims of extraordinarily low collateral deaths.
In a speech last year Mr. Brennan, Mr. And in a recent interview, a senior administration official said that the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under Mr. But in interviews, three former senior intelligence officials expressed disbelief that the number could be so low.
The C. Obama quickly pulled together a speech defending his policies. But it was too late, and his defensive tone suggested that Mr. Obama knew it. Though President George W. First Tuesday Any price a winner By: Richard Harrison. Write a review.
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