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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We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. Mihdhar and Hazmi were replaceable parts in a determined killing machine. I highly recommend both, it is well written, personal, heartfelt as well as objective and analytical.

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I recommend soufab book for anyone interested in the investigation into the US Embassy bombings, the Cole attack, September 11th or the prosecution of terrorists captured in the blxck of these events. Bush was elected President, he maintained silence on the FBI’s findings that Al Qaeda was behind the attack because, after the narrow election, he did not want alj public demanding a war in Afghanistan and so did not want it public that it b,ack Bin Laden behind the attack.

Available Our Retail Price: Carle November 3,7: Start reading The Black Banners on your Kindle in under a minute. What Boris was doing wasun-American and ineffective. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The author makes a highly convincing case that skill triumphs over blunt force. This book completely changed my perspective about EIT, or enhanced interrogation techniques. Soufan was handed a secret file. Surely if the publishing date was held back the author and editor could have made something better of these areas.

Nov 29, Kenyon Harbison rated it it was amazing. Does this book cover the death of Osama Bin Laden? View all 4 comments.


Archived from the original on October 16, On May 14,Soufan testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for its hearing on torture. It is all quite sickening for the reader. He was tasked with the “intensive interrogation” of Abu Jandal over the course of five days in Yemen, during which time Jandal gave up the names of a number of members of al-Qaeda. According to this book, which totally does not stroke the author’s huge ego, Ali Soufan was the best intelligence officer the US had at the time.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. It certainly sounded, at times, like the White House was at fault for many of the delays in the investigation and that may have led to unnecessary deaths. Cole in Yemen, tothe long struggle to find Osama bin Laden, makes clear that painstakingcriminal and intelligence work-classic FBI investigations, relying on andshaped by the legal requirements of U. Lists with This Book. Archived from the original PDF on July 28, Soufan, familiar with Islam as a native of Lebanon, explains the questionable reliability of the hadith, it appears to have been used in the mid-eighth century to support the rise of the Abbasids at the time.

I originally borrowed the book from the Santa Monica library but before I returned it I ordered a copy from Amazon to keep as a reference. Through his telling we see the culture of suited and pressed buttoned-up FBI contrast sharply with the looser, intuitive unbuttoned CIA, with whom it had to work closely. Refresh and try again. When he interviewed for the job with the FBI, it was in response to a dare, but once he passed the interviews and exams, he decided he really did want to join.

A friend recommended this book to me because she thought it was very interesting, but I found it pretty dry. The CIA had no institutional experience or expertise in this area and were making it up as they went along.

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Cart Support Signed in as: Many have claimed that waterboarding and enhanced techniques just don’t work, and Mr. Often, due to a combination of many CIA imposed redactions in the later chapters of the book, and partly due to being reminded of how poorly the “war on terror” was handled in its early phases.

Mansfield Sokfan of Pennsylvania B. I blame the CIA for the redactions, but I blame the author for publishing the book in such a condition, and I’m sure the publishers blame Mr. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

I also knew that Soufan already hadbeen targeted this way several years earlier when his name first became public. While it sometimes reads a bit too memoir-y and the author clearly has some personal issues with the CIA most of which are based on legitimate professional readsit’s still worth reading.

Soufan testified before his military tribunal that Hamdan was a hardened terrorist, with advance knowledge of the September 11th attacks. Should counterterrorism work be approached as acriminal matter, or as a war which considers terrorists neither enemycombatants nor criminals? On the surface, this book portrays the FBI as taking the moral high ground but that organization hasn’t always been squeaky clean either.

A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America. Navy destroyer Cole in — has received a boost from a surprising source: The myriad names were confusing. He was soon involved in the search for Bin Laden.

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