Booklist Online Review October 3, 2011 By David Siegfried 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...
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.
As an FBI interrogator, Ali Soufan had to be patient. It was his job to use what he had at his disposal, including his native Arabic skills and dark complexion, to not only identify with terrorism suspects around the world but to earn their trust. His ability to glean information, however seemingly trivial, was the strongest tool he had when it came to identifying and disrupting terrorist organizations...
ALTHOUGH many have claimed to tell the inside story of the hunt for al-Qaeda, Ali Soufan has a better claim than most. As a young Lebanese-American recruit to the FBI, he did more than interrogate some of the al-Qaeda leaders scooped up in America's war on terror. He ate fast food and cookies with them...
When the C.I.A. insisted on torturing Al Qaeda members, F.B.I. agent Ali H. Soufan protested loudly: Not only did he believe the "enhanced interrogation techniques" to be legally and morally wrong, but Soufan — who, as one of the Bureau's few Arabic-speaking agents...