ush and Bill Clinton, to draw on his experiences and advocate wide ranging efforts and draconian domestic policies to locate and capture Osama bin Laden. On the contrary his recommendations on this subject are contrary to the conventional views of the past years on this subject. According to Michael Sheehan, all our efforts till now have been knee-jerk reactions that have proved to be self-defeating. Sheehan also outlines the history of al-Qaeda as also of other groups such as Hezbollah, the clinic bombers and the McVeigh militia types. Here he writes that it is very unlikely that Hezbollah will cooperate with al-Qaeda because of the religious differences between them. According to him religious differences are of fundamental significance to al-Qaeda.
Crush the Cell: How to Defeat Terrorism without Terrorizing ourselves is an important book that is contrary to the present U.S. terrorism policies. The author considered as one of the most authoritative voices on counterterrorism, demolishes the very foundations of the principles that were formulated to counter terrorism since 9/11 attacks. Michael Sheehan has two messages in the book. First, that we have wasted billions of dollars on wrong security measures, second, that it of utmost importance that we know the next move of the terrorist groups. Sheehan argues in the book that the U.S. Government has failed to alleviate the risk of terrorism and has wasted billions of dollars on security. It has only succeeded in undermining civil liberties. The author recommends the abolition of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as he believes that the government was more effective in countering terrorism threats before this agency was constituted. While arguing for the abolition he also offers his own plans for the improvement in the ways of how intelligence can be collected and how information should be shared.
According to Sheehan any defense strategy has limited value or usefulness as we live in a society which is