The Black Banners (Declassified): How Torture Derailed the War on Terror After 9/11
ISBN: 0393540723
EAN13: 9780393540727
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 8, 2020
Pages: 640
Dimensions: 1.732283" H x 9.370079" L x 6.377953" W
Weight: 2.26 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Widely heralded on publication as a must-read (Military Review) and important window on America's battle with al-Qaeda (Washington Post), Ali Soufan's revelatory account of the war on terror as seen from its front lines changed the way we understand al-Qaeda and how the United States prosecuted the war--and led to hard questions being asked of our leaders.

When The Black Banners was published in 2011, significant portions of the text were redacted. After subsequent review by the Central Intelligence Agency, those redactions have been lifted. Their removal corrects the record on how vital intelligence was obtained from al-Qaeda suspects and brings forth important new details on the controversial use of enhanced interrogation techniques (torture) to extract information from terror suspects. For many years, proponents of the use of these techniques have argued that they produced actionable intelligence in the war on terror. This edition of The Black Banners explodes this myth; it shows Soufan at work using guile and intelligent questioning--not force or violence--to extract some of the most important confessions in the war, and it vividly recounts the failures of the government's torture program. Drawing on Soufan's experiences as a lead operative for the FBI and Read More chevron_right

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