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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The curious and revelatory thing about this book is that it was published September 12, and yet it is written as though glack were a diary: Hence, they were seen drinking in strip clubs before the attack.

I had a few issues that landed it the 4 stars instead of 5. Going to the dark side negates everything we are, and fear is our greatest enemy. See 2 questions about The Black Banners….

There are some interesting politics, but mostly just information on interrogation and how the US figured out who carried out attacks and how. Equally disturbing was hearing Soufan’s very believable descriptions of how senior administration officials and certain CIA officials distorted and inflated the effectiveness of “enhanced interrogation techniques”.

Soufan relates what many in the intelligence communityexperienced: Read reviews that mention black banners ali soufan bin laden uss cole interrogation techniques highly recommend enhanced interrogation well written must read bush administration fbi agent inside story war on terror anyone who wants law enforcement middle east looming tower white house read this book recommend this book.

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While I have not been supportive of the methods, I was convinced that the information we were gathering was in fact due to torture.

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Feb 05, Socraticgadfly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trofimov’s The Seige of Mecca on the events of also provides good background to supplement the brief history of radicalism that Soufan describes. Audible Audiobook Verified Purchase. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against al-Qaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The CIA clearly redacts much of his writing on intelligence that thwarted the plot.

This book is a must-read if you’re interested in the history of the War on Terrorism from the front lines. Sure, lots of loud mouths complained about how bad rendition was, but not because of any facts that they had, they just took to complaining.

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In Sudan, Al Qaeda made a failed attempt to buy uranium before being forced to flee bannsrs Pakistan. He conducted multiple interrogations that led to multiple arrests and convictions in courts of law of terrorists. Soufan matched wits with captors, using an apologetic to reason with them about the hadiths, and writes that the West today must “outwit” the terrorists similarly.

The prisoners came to realize that most anything could be tortured out of them but that the goal was to provide as little as possible in each session and to include some misleading information.

Soufan is well-versed with the Quran and the Hadith and is often able to show the Al-Qaeda guys their false or incomplete understanding of both the Quran and the Hadith. Apr 05, Stephen Phillips rated it it was amazing Shelves: Soufan uses his stories of interrogation to argue against torturing and water boarding prisoners. Create a Foreign Policy account to access 3 articles per month and free newsletters developed by policy experts.

According to The New Yorker”Soufan received the fourth photograph of the Malaysia meeting—the picture of Khallad, the mastermind of the Cole operation. View all 10 comments.

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Retrieved August 29, It’s a harrowing tale of bureaucratic incompetence or worse, interspersed with a gripping narrative of many actual interrogations that led to arrests and major news in that era — told by one of the guys who conducted the interrogations.


I also hope, more details of the “scientific” methods to torture humans psychologists like “Boris” used emerge and at least after their death, the identity of those shameful psychologists I hope readers tje realize that not only the end doesn’t justify the means of torture, but torture doesn’t even lead to the end we seek!

The intelligence community was charged with backing into these conclusions with their research. Whether or not we do, Ali Soufan’s book shows us the context, and the value of context, of American interactions with terrorism and the value of old fashioned human intelligence and human checks on inhuman impulses. If you are looking for an early history of Al Qaeda then this book does not cover that part, Ali has hardly mentioned anything about the formation of Al Qaeda and its objectives there are little pieces of history spread across a few initial chapters.

To me it revolved to much around the author himself, and not enough about broad events. Soufan obtained a confession from Salim Hamdan alli, accused of being a driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden. But one must overlook this because it is perhaps inevitable that in an intensive career in FBI, like that of Ali Soufan, there would always be such occasions and it is most likely true.

Soufan knows exactly what he is talking about, and does us all a serviceby having set it down in The Black Banmers.

The redactions are at times completely ridiculous.