Ali Soufan’s “Black Banners” cited as one of 3 Revelatory Books About the F.B.I. by the New York Times
May 12, 2017
The New York Times
By: Concepcion de Leon
For an insider’s perspective on the F.B.I., consider this memoir by Ali H. Soufan, a former bureau interrogator who investigated Al Qaeda leading up to and after the 9/11 attacks. He cites mismanagement of interrogations — including missed opportunities and the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding — as a reason a number of terrorism plots were neither anticipated nor prevented. This is a detailed and revealing book, so much so, in fact, that parts of it were redacted by the Central Intelligence Agency, which Soufan accuses of deliberately withholding crucial clues about the 9/11 plot until it was too late. The F.B.I. is so shrouded in secrecy; Soufan’s book provides some transparency.
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