A former interrogator says rivalries inside the government led to missed intelligence opportunities. Ali Soufan speaks about The Black Banners...
An extended conversation with Ali Soufan, an FBI agent who was at the center of the 9/11 investigations
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...
The account offered by the agent, Ali H. Soufan, is 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 and the American destroyer Cole, as well as the Sept. 11 attacks. The book is scheduled to be published Monday, with redactions to several chapters by the Central Intelligence Agency, the target of much of Mr. Soufan's criticism...
If interviewers want to stump former Vice President Dick Cheney on his book tour, they should ask him about the October 6, 2002, attack on the French oil tanker the Limburg, and what happened in the 45 minutes FBI interrogators had with Ramzi Binalshibh and another high-level al Qaeda terrorist a few weeks before that...