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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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Ali Soufan

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? A book so compelling it deserves to become te of the nonfiction classics of our time. Soufan’s statement contradicts the one made in the “torture memos,” which were intent on making a legal case in favor of—and justification for—the use of waterboarding and other so-called ” enhanced interrogation techniques ” EITs.

A good editing cull would have ail this book many favours for the first half.

Soufan is clearly angry at the lack of support for the investigation, particularly Amb. Things did not improve after George W.

Feb 27, Mammal rated it really liked it. 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.

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An interrogator of gentle persuasion and manipulation, a credit to the FBI and a credit to blaxk United States. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.

Soufan opens the book with an explanation of the origin of the black flag that Al Qaeda and now more famously ISIS flies.

Some mistakes are too big to forgive. Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues. ISIS, which began banmers the US pulled out politically and military from Iraq, grew from an organization less than 3, to an organization over 30, in three years.

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

He finds that many joined to help support their families, and many turned after Al Qaeda funds began to dry up and the organization was unresponsive to their individual needs.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. 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. I gave this book 5 stars. Soufan claimed to have been public testimony or information in the public domain. And the best book on al Qaeda out there, bar none. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and featured in books, newspaper articles, and documentaries around the globe.

A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America. A article profiling Soufan by Lawrence Wright in The New Yorker covers much of the material in this book in a much shorter format, but it did not yield the insights that I gleaned from this lengthier account.

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Due to the nature of this book it is not possible to know for sure the veracity of Soufan’s many claims, however reason tells me that if the author is never wrong, and never has a bad day in his job, he is probably lying.

Soufan does not mention Slahi in his chapter on Guantanamo. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

The Black Banners

I understand mistakes, but I cannot understand why the mistakes are not taken to heart. The book is, at times, heavily redacted. And an important function is to acknowledge the people involved.

Only during the recruiting stage or when they are eventually caught is it possible to get through to them and make them sing. In Animal Farm, the animals overthrew farmers whose behavior they found to be at odds with their own worldview.

It comes from a hadith which describes a Muslim army marching on Jerusalem to establish the reign of the Mahdi: The third theme of The Black Banners is the most disturbing, poignant and effectivesection of the book: It is only apologists forthe Bush Administration, or Bush Administration policymakers themselves, whoassert that “enhanced interrogation techniques” are legal, or work.