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The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda By Ali H. Soufan Daniel Freedman The Black Banners The Inside Story of and the War Against al Qaeda A book that will change the way we think about al Qaeda intelligence and the events that forever changed America On September FBI Special Agent Ali H Soufan was handed a secret file Had he
  • Title: The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda
  • Author: Ali H. Soufan Daniel Freedman
  • ISBN: 9780393079425
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda By Ali H. Soufan Daniel Freedman A book that will change the way we think about al Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H Soufan was handed a secret file Had he received it months earlier when it was requested the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwarA book that will change the way we think about al Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America.On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H Soufan was handed a secret file Had he received it months earlier when it was requested the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented 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 Most of these stories have never been reported before, and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge.This narrative account of America s successes and failures against al Qaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group We are taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms We have a ringside seat at bin Laden s personal celebration of the 9 11 bombings Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.
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    1. Ali H. Soufan Daniel Freedman

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

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    1. Ali Soufan was an FBI Special Agent in charge of Al Qaeda related research and attacks when the World Trade Center was attacked on 9 11 He knew and had worked closely with NYC FBI Special Agent John O Neill before O Neill resigned to work in the towers as security chief there Born in Lebanon, Soufan is an Arabic speaker that gave him immediate access to informants and materials collected as a result of raids on plot suspects This is his story of how the investigation into the U.S.S Cole bombing [...]


    2. This book completely changed my perspective about EIT, or enhanced interrogation techniques I believed, hook, line sinker all of the misinformation from the CIA, et al regarding the intelligence obtained using these methods While I have not been supportive of the methods, I was convinced that the information we were gathering was in fact due to torture From reading this book, however, I learned that all of the intelligence we supposedly gained from torture, was actually gained from traditional i [...]


    3. Interrogation represents intelligence collection in its most visceral form Sitting in the box with one s enemy, maintaining composure and decorum, all while outwitting them to the point that they provide valuable information against their will requires the skills of a chess master combined with a thespian It is clear after reading The Black Banners that former FBI Agent Ali Soufan embodies this ability and A Lebanese American assigned to the FBI s counterterrorism office in New York City, Soufa [...]


    4. npr 2011 09 13 1404014This got 4 stars because it is a very important book written mostly in the first person There is a great deal of detail, naming names and places, though much has been redacted by the CIA It was tough getting through the beginning, but well worth slogging through the background part.Soufan demonstrates that absolute power absolutely corrupts After the tragedy of 9 11, the country was in the mood for revenge Bush and his neo cons were than ready to jump to their own conclusi [...]



    5. Would I call the book exciting Not exactly Exasperating 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 But if you asked if the book was informative, interesting, and well worth the read, the answer is absolutely The author, Ali Soufan, is a native Arabic speaker who spent eight years as an FBI special agent, from the time just before 9 11 and through the [...]


    6. This has been the best book for blowing apart the supposed benefits of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques since Matthew Alexander s books Kill or Capture and How to Break a Terrorist The U.S Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in IraqWhen I finished reading this book I knew three things, that my understanding that the FBI and the CIA had learned to work together, under the same agenda, since 9 11, was wrong, and that I was still deeply against the use of e [...]


    7. A correct subtitle would have been Ali Soufan thinks Ali Soufan was a great FBI agent This is not to say that the author is not knowledgable about the subject of Al Qaeda or that his experiences with the bureaucracy and methodology of the American intelligence system shouldn t sicken the citizen at large, but it is to say that the scope of this book is narrower than the title would lead one to believe Additionally, while some of the redactions were easily dismissed, the absence of entire pages [...]


    8. This is a book I would consided owning A book that I would want to have on my shelf ready to reference if I needed to.Ali Soufan was one of the FBI s leading experts on al Qaeda and their leading expert on interrogating high value detainees, both before and shortly after 9 11 He writes of the successes that he and his team had while using traditional criminal interrogation techniques Inexplicably even as he was in the middle of an interrogation with a cooperating witness, the CIA decided that th [...]


    9. This is a very interesting yet disturbing book that left me somewhat concerned about our country s future and its perception by the rest of the world community The author is a former FBI agent who was born in Lebanon and is a naturalized US citizen Because of his fluency in Arabic and as a practicing Muslim, he became heavily involved in the FBI s intelligence gathering efforts following the East Africa embassy bombings, the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, and then 9 11 and the hunt for Osama [...]


    10. Ali Soufan was unique among post 9 11 government interrogators for refusing to employ torture, and also for being one of the few Arab speaking Muslims doing counterterrorism work for the FBI While he is ultra nationalistic he was also relatively principled in his behavior, and seems to genuinely believe and strive for the higher values America espouses.This book was interesting for detailing his own personal achievements at the FBI as well as for its history of Al Qaeda up to and after 9 11 Of p [...]


    11. While the book is longer than it needs to be and isn t as well written as you d think it d be based on the co ghost author, it s an interesting read and an important book that shows how wrong the first eight years of the war on terror was and how poorly the Bush administration handled counterterrorism, detainees, and interrogation methods 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 rea [...]


    12. This book is highly detailed about the operations conducted in Yemen by the FBI in the aftermath of USS Cole bombing in 2000 There are serious redactions in the book and they made the whole reading experience very distracting.The insights put forth by Ali on the methods of interrogation is definitely an interesting read 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 [...]


    13. In the introduction to the audio, the author reveals that some of the book has been redacted by the CIA He doesn t believe there is any reason for this, the CIA has no jurisdiction once the FBI has approved it, which they did, but still, they have made requested changes He does not believe there are any secrets revealed in the book, but allowed the redacting so the book could be published on time He has vowed to fight back and restore the book to its original state Born in Beirut, Lebanon, he wa [...]


    14. There have been a large number of essays and books on Al Qaeda and the 9 11 attacks over the past ten years There are perhaps as many theories and conclusions about what the Al Qaeda is like and what its goals are and why Muslims join them as well Browsing through them and reading some of them in depth, I find that many of them are contradictory to one another Some say that Al Qaeda is a hierarchical, well organized outfit while others say it is dysfunctional and ridden with internal dissensions [...]


    15. This is the most detailed account yet, from an insider, about how we might have been able to prevent 9 11 had politicians taken it seriously BushCo and had the CIA, and even a few FBI agents, not believed in this wall of separation between intelligence and criminal investigation.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 person in charge, even [...]


    16. If you read one single book about 9 11 and the U.S conflict with Al Queda, especially the time frame from 1997 until 2003, read this book.Ali Soufan was an FBI investigator and interrogator This is the guy whose old school, non enhanced interrogation led to the initial connection between Al Queda and 9 11 He conducted multiple interrogations that led to multiple arrests and convictions in courts of law of terrorists.He also paints a picture of an FBI and an old fashioned form of interrogation th [...]


    17. Narrated by Neil Shah this book is a true account of FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan Soufan started investigating the USS Cole bombing and was still doing so on 9 11 2001 He was soon involved in the search for Bin Laden Ali s story tells of the conflict between the FBI and the CIA According to this book the CIA kept information from the FBI that could have captured Bin Laden years earlier than he was Soufan was an investigator and after several successful interrogations he became the FBI s most suc [...]


    18. After watching Zero Dark Thirty I got an impression that the use of torture was somehow effective I still considered the use of it as unbecoming for a civilized nation not matter the results Fortunately, this books debunked the myth that torture was effective in counter terrorism In fact, the use of torture was counterproductive, and the invaluable information was achieved by finding ways to relate to the suspect, not degrading him Yet, the Bush administration, in a conniving manner, credited th [...]


    19. I gave this book 5 stars It is THE explanation of why the CIA s rendition program didn t work 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 This book explains who the players were, and who was successful in getting information from the terrorists, and who the amateurs were, and why they didn t get correct information from the terrorist about anything.No, I don t believe that dealing with the terrorists [...]


    20. A FBI agent who investigated the USS Cole bombing and al Qaeda pre and post 9 11 publishes his notes on interrogating terrorists There are some interesting politics, but mostly just information on interrogation and how the US figured out who carried out attacks and how A friend recommended this book to me because she thought it was very interesting, but I found it pretty dry I ll have to follow up with her about which parts she thought were interesting Soufan uses his stories of interrogation to [...]


    21. Alongside Michael Scheuer s Imperial Hubris, this is one of the books that I think is indispensable to any American wishing to get a good grasp on the War on Terror Ali Soufan is extraordinarily genuine and you will find yourself rooting for him in his contemporary memoir detailing his work in the FBI specifically on al Qaeda and the regional Islamic groups affiliated with them.I recommend this book to all of my friends especially if you d like to better understand the quagmire America s War on [...]


    22. This was an incredibly accessible book that walked through the timeline of Soufan s time with the FBI Since it was a memoir instead of a security briefing, the information was easier to remember It has many cautionary tales and mistakes listed that should all be learned frombut won t be as the politics of the US imply that admitting and learning from a mistake means you were wrong And pointing out the mistakes within politics means you are disloyal I hope people read this book as it is an impor [...]


    23. This book 2 words redacted good overall, 3 words redacted CIA redactions made it a pain 4 words redacted read 77 words redacted 14 words redacted 3 words redacted Also, a lot of conversations 1 word redacted unnatural, 2 words redacted beneficial 2 words redacted Soufan in hindsight, 4 words redacted The information regarding interrogations 2 words redacted enhanced techniques seldom work 4 words redacted though.Hint if you don t like the redacted nature of this review, don t read this book as i [...]


    24. Soufan ends the debate about which interrogation techniques are most effective, even during the so called ticking bomb situation, questioning and interrogation should rely on research, mutual respect and knowledge.



    25. I finished this book concurrently with other books examining Al Qaeda and the rise of ISIS in the Middle East and this review should be read in the context of the other books A list of many of the books is at the bottom of this post This book is a good picture of the hope and frustrations of an FBI agent in investigating Al Qaeda terrorism prior to 9 11 and trying to prevent an event like 9 11 from happening, and dealing with its increasingly brutal and complicated aftermath as America rushed to [...]


    26. six thirteen pee em, 5 aug 17mmer in august, nice cool breeze blowing in through the open window just finished this oneat i had put on a wait list at the local digital library and began to waitd waitd wait after a time, i came to the conclusion that though it is listed in the database it is not available so, wanting to read it, i plunked down my hard earned george, digital george, and purchased the kindle versionufan has an introduction at the start, seems to apologize for the redacted sections [...]


    27. This was a very interesting read about one FBI agent s experience against fighting terrorism It s too bad much this book was blacked out Let s face it, the CIA didn t want us to know about how many times THEY screwed up Soufan wasn t revealing anything that could jeopardize US national security The CIA didn t want to admit that their unwillingness to cooperate with the FBI allowed so many attacks to occur and jeopardized many of the investigations going on I do want to read a book though that de [...]


    28. I read this very much as an accompaniment to The Looming Tower which I recently picked up, as a first hand account though, this brings much to the historical record of the efforts to stop Al Qaeda that the otherwise masterly Wright missed Reading about the multiple opportunities there had been to defeat Al Qaeda from a first hand source only makes the indictment of the system of bureaucracy that prevented the meaningful sharing of information damning Another area where this book is particularly [...]


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