Ali H. Soufan is a Lebanese-American former FBI agent who was involved in a number of . Works[edit]. The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 5. The Black Banners. The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda. Ali Soufan (Author). With Daniel Freedman. Sign up for the monthly New Releases. The Black Banners has ratings and reviews. Trish said: Ali Soufan was an FBI Special Agent in charge of Al Qaeda-related research and attacks w.

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One thing should have been glaringly obvious to those involved in these interrogations: Dec 30, Michael Meder rated it it was amazing. Yet, the Bush administration, in a conniving manner, credi After watching “Zero Dark Thirty” I got an impression that the use of torture was somehow effective. While I chafe at the deletions and such, I appreciate that immense value of what may seem to many to be harmless scraps of information regarding what we knew, how we gather information and how we process information.

His book, The Black Banners is a legacy that should be valued. Long after the interrogations were finished, detainees admitted lying during EIT sessions in order to end the torture. The book, as an audio, seemed too long and too detailed. From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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Guantanamo Bay demonstrates further failures of inexperienced workers in the military and the CIA who got little for torturing suspects. If there is a downside it is the heavy hand of the censors and the redacted material.

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Inhe was made the lead investigator of the USS Cole bombing. Inexplicably even as he was in the middle of an interrogation with a cooperating witness, the CIA decided that they alo to pay an outside consultant to instigate a program of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” EIT.

One thing I found somewhat unsettling is the political responses to many of the situations. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

There is not another book that I am aware of that gives the same perspective and detail about many doufan these events as this one.

The Department of Defense considers itself above the law; at one point FBI finds itself in the awkward position of wanting to arrest Defense interrogators who were violating US law. It comes from lots of interrogation experience working alongside experts. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. Navy destroyer Cole in — has received a boost from a surprising source: Soufan for wasting a great deal of black ink as well. Can we put the devil back in the bottle?

Ali Soufan was an FBI investigator and interrogator.

The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda

Rhe specifically struck me was the nature of the folk we have come to call our enemy. We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms.

The book follows different Al Qaeda operatives, their origins, how they came in contact with Al Qaeda, why and how they joined the group and internal command structure within the group.

On the surface, this bannners portrays the FBI as taking the moral high ground but that organization hasn’t always been squeaky clean either.


Now, I do take memoirs with a grain of salt as they need to be compared with other first person accounts and broader histories al accuracy. Ali Soufan is extraordinarily genuine; and you will find yourself rooting for him in his contemporary memoir detailing his work in the FBI–specifically on al-Qaeda and the more regional Islamic groups affiliated with them. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

At times these anecdotes break up the rhythm of the story.

The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda by Ali H. Soufan

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest tthe through seller support? In the introduction to the audio, the author reveals that some of the book has been redacted by the CIA. An interrogator of gentle persuasion and manipulation, a credit to the FBI and a credit to the United States.

Soufan seems to suspect CIA retalation in the senseless redactions. If we did not have enough evidence of incompetence, hubris, and the pernicious nature of covert activities run amokthe evidence presented here should suffice to close the CIA down.

From reading this book, however, I learned that all of the intelligence we supposedly gained from torture, was actually gained from tr This book completely changed my perspective about EIT, or enhanced interrogation techniques. Overview Inside the Banenrs.