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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I’m left to wonder if the author isn’t tooting his own horn and the FBI’s just a bit too loudly. Retrieved 10 May Soufan’s account has been called the most detailed to date by an insider concerning the American investigations of Al Qaeda and the major attacks that the group carried out, including bombings of American Embassies in East Africa, the U. On May 14,Soufan testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for its hearing on torture.

Ali Soufan also details not only how torture “enhanced interrogation techniques” don’t work, he at the same time describes how traditional police-type interrogations can and do work, with the right boack in charge, even with people like hardened al-Qaeda operatives.

Admirably, he wanted to give something back to the country that had given him so much.

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

Views Read Edit View history. I hope more people read this book as it is an important story to know, remember, and work to not let happen again.

The information might be false, but alli are ways of circling back to clarify inconsistencies. Open Preview See a Problem? This got 4 stars because it is a very important book written mostly in the first person. Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Soufan in the spring of He is portrayed by actor Tahar Rahim in the series. 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.


Ali Soufan – Wikipedia

Soufan has since left the FBI and written a gripping account of his experiences, brimming with details about Al Qaeda and its historical development. However, the author quit FBI in itself and Osama was killed in 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.

That’s unheard of, particularly in the intelligence world. Soufana former FBI special agent, served on the front lines against al-Qaeda and gained an international reputation as a top counterterrorism operative and interrogator. You may be surprised at how dysfunctional it really was or is.

He used this to his advantage to extract information.

You get thf to it. Cole bombing and the World Trade Center attacks unfolded. US Department of Justice. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Such internal histories are compilations that are intended to be consulted, not read. Well, I was there, too. What Soufan shows us is that a painstaking and agonizingly slow suofan by knowledgeable and respectful interrogators can yield results that more aggressive methods like E nhanced I nterrogation T echniques do not.

It is an issue of editorial perspective. How the author maintained his sanity through some of this is inexplicable, it would drive lesser men to madness. Should counterterrorism work be approached as acriminal matter, or as a war which considers terrorists neither enemycombatants nor criminals?


The Black Banners

I had considered myself fairly well informed about the blakc against Al Qaeda and terrorism over the past ten years, but found there was much I didn’t know once I started reading this book.

It could have been a really good book, but instead, it became mediocre. I blac, recommend this book, it is an excellent read. Al Qaeda today relies on the writings of 13th century clerics, living centuries after Muhammad. A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America.

You can tell from what isn’t redacted that it’s critical of the CIA and their techniques. Now, I do take memoirs with a grain of salt as they need to be compared with other first person accounts and broader histories for accuracy. Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This was an incredibly accessible book that walked through the timeline of Soufan’s time with the FBI.

The Black Banners – Foreign Policy

We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. 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. A word here, a half a paragraph there, two parts of bannesr sentence missing the middle.

The book focuses on the author’s participation in many of the investigations tthe the frustrations of working with the CIA and Whitehouse on many occasions.

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