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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Anyway, this is a definite 5-star read; I don’t get why many people praised this book so much, then only gave it four stars. See 2 questions about The Black Banners…. Set up a giveaway.

He does not believe there are any secrets revealed in the book, but allowed the redacting so the book could be published on blak.

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Oct 20, Bryan rated it it was amazing. He says that interrogation skills and knowledge cannot be picked up from doing just a few sessions. Additionally, while some of the redactions were easily dismissed, the absence of entire pages or, lo, an entire chapter tends to be a bit distracting. Archived from the blavk on April 7, Stockdale was also very clear that he would not allow soufsn to be captured again.

I give it 5 stars.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Dec 30, Michael Meder rated it it was amazing. Soufan for wasting a great deal of black ink as well. Retrieved from ” https: It begs the question, how many more attacks could have been prevented?


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

He has vowed to fight back and restore the book to its original state. That’s unheard of, particularly in the intelligence world. Sep 10, Shea Mastison rated it it was amazing. I hope more people read this book as it is an important story to know, remember, and work to not let bannrs again. Soufan knows exactly what he is talking about, and does us all a serviceby having set it down in The Black Banner.

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Soufan relates what many in the intelligence communityexperienced: 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.

He has a natural narrative style and peppers the book with numerous personal anecdotes. Return to Book Nlack.

Rather, it forces the detainees to just say things that their tormentor wants them to say, simply to put an end to the pain inflicted. His view is that it should be approached as a criminal act and dealt with through standard FBI investigation methods within the framework of the legal requirements of US laws.

Feb 05, Socraticgadfly rated it it was amazing Shelves: It has many cautionary tales and mistakes listed that should all be learned from He referenced the dystopian world of and how it may strike modern audiences as eerily familiar. Also infuriating was hearing of how senior members of the Administration pressured the FBI to draw conclusions to support ideological positions despite facts to the contrary.


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”. Start reading The Black Banners on your Kindle in under a minute. Respect and patience and behind the scenes research did more for information recovery than any EIT devised.

Soufan comes across as insightful, meticulous, and fiercely devoted to his task. English Choose a language for shopping. In Soufan’s perspective, the Constitution is to be considered, interrogation is not a dirty word when practiced appropriatelyand the behind the scenes investigative work is non-stop and grueling. Guantanamo Bay demonstrates further failures of inexperienced workers in the military and the CIA who got little for torturing suspects.

From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State. 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.

On May 14,Soufan testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for its hearing on torture. Key to successful interrogation is to never let the suspect know that he is giving you information you didn’t know.