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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Challenges, Blac, and Issues. Thd he discovered a box of documents delivered by Jordanian intelligence blaxk prior to the investigation, sitting on the floor of the CIA station, which contained maps showing the bomb sites. See 2 questions about The Black Banners…. Cole in Yemen, tothe long struggle to find Osama bin Laden, makes clear that painstakingcriminal and intelligence work-classic FBI investigations, relying on andshaped by the legal requirements of U. Reading the redacted sections shows that the CIA was obviously trying to cover up sections that made them look bad.

Another insight Soufan brings to this process is that you cannot get through to them while they are active in the organization, since they are busy planning or hiding or executing tasks. Shah did a terrific job with pronunciation and pacing.

Ali Soufan

He is an admirer of the poet Khalil Gibran. Apr 05, Stephen Phillips tne it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Soufan was handed a secret file. If you want to understand recent history, read what the participants wrote. The other issue I had was for the first half of the book I felt many parts needed shaving down. If he did not consider him a high-value detainee then, he may have some kind of moral obligation to speak out now about that case because Slahi is still being held.


I think the book fails to cover the many problems within the FBI leading up to soufab he obsession with prosecutionsperhaps at the expense of prevention, the corruption within the FBI where very senior officials were promoted after obstructing investigations and the all too close relationship between the FBI and Clinton whitehouse.

Yet, the Bush administration, in a conniving manner, credited the successes to the use of torture, when in fact they unequivocally led to failures. Instead we learn that some of the most egregious acts were made by folks now seeded throughout congress oversight committees.

Archived from the original on October 16, He is critical of the Clinton Administration’s retaliatory bombing of the pharmacy in Sudan, which was later shown to be a private company, and worse came unannounced and put FBI and CIA agents at risk all over the globe.

Others have talked about Jihad being the duty of every Muslim and that Al-Qaeda wants to drive out infidels from the Holy land and from every other land belonging to Muslims. I also knew that Soufan already hadbeen targeted this way several years earlier when his name first became public. Soufan was handed a secret file. Ridenhour Book Prize On the other hand, once can’t help being angry to hear about how rules put in souafn by bureaucrats in the intelligence agencies prevented cooperation between the FBI and CIA, and hearing how had those barriers not been in place, several of those successful attacks against our country may have been prevented.

Like all memoirs this one is to some degree self-serving, but for the most part his recollections are backed up by some objective corroboration. I look forward to a revised edition with the redacted parts visible, but highlighted so we can see what was deemed so secret. If you prefer first person more conversational accounts, you may prefer The Black Banners. Views Read Edit View history. Would I call the book exciting? Soufan is devastating about thesemethods: A book that I would want to have on my bannere ready to reference if I needed to.


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Retrieved August 29, Good Cop Bad Cop. The exclusion of these issues from the book appears to be more related to what the author was doing rather than any attempt to cover the events.

Although they never worked, the CIA continued to use techniques that were close to torture. Cole, as well as the Sept. Hindsight is always perfect, and whining and complaining about how much the CIA screwed up isn’t going to change the fact that it happened. Rereading them in this book made me nauseous as I’ve learned a blaco or two about the Founding-Constutional generation which sharpens my own personal take on what it means to be an American. Please try again later. This is a long audiobook but it goes into great detail on the FBI’s fight to stop terrorist attacks in the US.

Apr 25, Jerome rated it really liked it. I bought this book for my own pleasure. Soufan for wasting a great deal of black ink as well. The writing style of the book, balck a whole, is very good. I originally borrowed the book from the Santa Monica library but before I returned it I ordered a copy from Amazon to keep as a banbers.

Sibel Edmonds’ Boiling Frogs. Born in Lebanon, Soufan is an Arabic-speaker that gave him more immediate access to informants and materials collected as a result of raids on plot suspects. This narrative account of America’s successes and failures against al-Qaeda is essential to an understanding of the terrorist group. This is a book I would consided owning. As I write this inthe US has just elected a President who vowed even more torture soufam the sound of applause from thousands, while Soufan’s story goes unheeded and unknown.