Ten years after September 11 we do not lack for accounts of al-Qaeda's origins. Jason Burke (2003), Lawrence Wright (2006) and Peter Bergen (2011) – all fine journalists – have kept track of what started as a cabal of Arab fighters in Afghanistan in the early Nineties and is now a global terror network. Ali H Soufan is not a journalist but a former FBI special...
Soufan's International Advisor and British MP, Mark Pritchard MP, was a keynote speaker at a fringe event to discuss "Cyber-security" at the recent British Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England...
The story of Ali Soufan, a key interrogator of terrorist suspects for the FBI, is a firm rebuke to Bush-era torture policy and ongoing Islamophobia...
Soufan is the Lebanese-born Arab American FBI agent who successfully interrogated dozens of al-Qaeda terrorist operatives involved with the U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, the bombing of the USS Cole, and 9/11 and other attacks. Fluent in Arabic and highly regarded as empathetic yet incredibly keen, he was in many ways the perfect agent to infiltrate the Muslim terrorist cell network.
He won't be the last American to declare war on America. Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the United States has produced a generation of jihadi warriors, just as it produced previous generations of 1970s radicals, 1930s red agents, and anarchist bomb throwers with 19th-century roots...