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The Black Banners Declassified

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A new, fully uncensored edition of the definitive insider's account of the War on Terror

'A former FBI agent's memoir on the War on Terror is declassified after 9 years' Time

'One of the most valuable and detailed accounts of its subject to appear in the past decade' Economist


The ultimate insider's account of the battle against terrorism, Ali Soufan's revelatory account of his history-making decade as the FBI's lead investigator into al-Qaeda shaped our understanding of counter-terror operations - and led to hard questions being asked of American and British leaders.

When The Black Banners was first published in 2011, significant portions of the text were redacted. After a CIA review those restrictions have been lifted, and the result is this explosive new edition, The Black Banners (Declassified). Alongside a new foreword by Soufan, the declassified documents uncover shocking details on the use of torture on terror suspects, how these 'enhanced interrogation techniques' failed to secure reliable intelligence, and in fact actively derailed the fight against al-Qaeda. By contrast we see Soufan at work using empathy and intelligent questioning - not force or violence - to extract some of the most important confessions in the war.

Taking us from the interrogation rooms where Soufan would share food and films with the suspects so he could bond with them, to the hideouts of bin Laden, Ali Soufan reveals with intimate, first-hand knowledge the unbelievable truth about America's security agencies, 9/11, and the global 'War on Terror'.

About the author

Ali Soufan, a former FBI special agent, served on the front lines against Al Qaeda and gained an international reputation as a top counter-terrorism operative and interrogator. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and featured in books, newspaper articles, and documentaries around the globe.

Summary

A new, fully uncensored edition of the definitive insider's account of the War on Terror

'A former FBI agent's memoir on the War on Terror is declassified after 9 years' Time

'One of the most valuable and detailed accounts of its subject to appear in the past decade' Economist
The ultimate insider's account of the battle against terrorism, Ali Soufan's revelatory account of his history-making decade as the FBI's lead investigator into al-Qaeda shaped our understanding of counter-terror operations - and led to hard questions being asked of American and British leaders.
When The Black Banners was first published in 2011, significant portions of the text were redacted. After a CIA review those restrictions have been lifted, and the result is this explosive new edition, The Black Banners (Declassified). Alongside a new foreword by Soufan, the declassified documents uncover shocking details on the use of torture on terror suspects, how these 'enhanced interrogation techniques' failed to secure reliable intelligence, and in fact actively derailed the fight against al-Qaeda. By contrast we see Soufan at work using empathy and intelligent questioning - not force or violence - to extract some of the most important confessions in the war.
Taking us from the interrogation rooms where Soufan would share food and films with the suspects so he could bond with them, to the hideouts of bin Laden, Ali Soufan reveals with intimate, first-hand knowledge the unbelievable truth about America's security agencies, 9/11, and the global 'War on Terror'.

Product details

Authors Ali Soufan, Ali H. Soufan
Publisher Penguin Books Uk
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 30.11.2020
 
EAN 9780141997131
ISBN 978-0-14-199713-1
No. of pages 640
Dimensions 129 mm x 198 mm x 27 mm
Subjects Non-fiction book

Afghanistan, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage, Memoirs, HISTORY / Military / Afghan War (2001-), c 2000 to c 2010, c 2000 to c 2009, Espionage & secret services, Military intelligence, Espionage and secret services, Afghan War, Specific wars and campaigns

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