The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against al-Qaeda

By Ali H. Soufan

A big apple occasions Bestseller

A publication that might swap the best way we expect approximately al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the occasions that ceaselessly replaced America.

On September 12, 2001, FBI detailed Agent Ali H. Soufan used to be passed a mystery dossier. Had he acquired it months earlier--when it was once requested--the assaults on ny and Washington might have been avoided. in the course of his time at the entrance traces, Soufan helped thwart plots around the globe and elicited probably the most vital confessions from terrorists within the struggle opposed to al-Qaeda--without laying lots as a hand on them. almost all these tales have by no means been said ahead of and not by means of somebody with such intimate firsthand wisdom.

This narrative account of America's successes and screw ups opposed to al-Qaeda is key to an knowing of the terrorist workforce. we're taken into hideouts and interrogation rooms. we have now a ringside seat at bin Laden's own party of the Sept. 11 bombings. Such riveting info convey us not just how terrorists imagine and function but in addition how they are often overwhelmed and taken to justice.

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My fraternity brothers made a chance with me, and with one another, on how some distance i may get throughout the bureau’s choice procedure. I by no means anticipated to make all of it the best way, yet I handed each point, even the polygraph …” I paused. “And while the supply got here from the bureau it used to be too tempting to cross up, and the following i'm this day. ” “You’re kidding me,” John stated, after which begun guffawing. “Well, I see you’re honest—I like that, ha! ” He shook his head, nonetheless smiling. “Cheers,” he persisted, elevating his glass, and we either downed the rest of our beverages. He extra, together with his signature smile, “And they are saying playing doesn’t repay. ” My route to the FBI did commence as a gamble. I bought my undergraduate measure at Mansfield collage, in rural Pennsylvania, and there the vice chairman of pupil affairs, Joe Maresco—with whom I had an in depth dating, as i used to be president of the coed body—suggested, in the course of a talk approximately my customers, that the right task for me could be operating for the FBI. i presumed he used to be loopy. I didn’t imagine I met the profile of an agent. i used to be an Arab American born in Lebanon. i used to be additionally a fraternity boy, and that i loved all of the revelry that entailed. I definitely didn’t slot in with the straitlaced white bureau kinds I envisioned—an snapshot formed by way of tv exhibits. Nor had I ever thought of a profession in legislations enforcement or intelligence. It was once as though Joe had advised I subscribe to the circus or develop into a formulation One race motor vehicle driver—it had by no means crossed my brain. As I walked in the course of the door of my fraternity condominium after my dialog with Joe, some of my housemates have been sitting at the couches, observing tv, and that i repeated, half-laughing, his profession suggestion. They begun giggling, too. “If you ship in an program you’ll most likely get it again within the mail a couple of weeks later marked ‘Return to Sender,’” one man stated. one other chimed in: “You won’t even cross the actual. ” a 3rd extra: “They’ll most likely imagine it’s a shaggy dog story software …” “I imagine he may do it,” one other countered. “If he may well persuade every body within the college to elevate cash for a brand new pupil middle, he might persuade a few drug buyers to come back fresh. ” He used to be pertaining to a crusade I had led persuading every person, from the scholars to the varsity management, to donate to the construction reason. And the talk all started, without one, together with myself, taking Joe’s suggestion heavily. nonetheless, for the following few days I mirrored on what Joe had stated and started to discover myself intrigued: now that i presumed approximately it, a profession within the FBI can be interesting. greater than that, my nature has constantly been not to settle for that there's whatever I can’t do, and my fraternity brothers’ insisting that I had no likelihood was once this type of problem. i used to be constantly the kid who, given a dare, authorized it. I received that in part from my father, who enjoyed adventures, and it used to be in part as a result of conditions of my early life: the Lebanon of my adolescence was once a warfare area, and, after that, such things as the darkish or being locked in a closet simply didn’t frighten me.

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