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This review is from: The Black Banners: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda (Hardcover)
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a very interesting book from a veteren FBI Interrorgator and Al Queda analyst ( Pre 911) concerning his time as at the beureau, focusing quite alot on his experiances in differnces between his tactics and that of teh CIAs when it comes to preasurising prisoners for information. An age old argument that he deals with well in dispelling the old myths of beating prisoners or using the threat of violence is effctive, yet is possibly still used today by western armed forces as well as Intel gathering organisations. the only let down as mentioned in other reviews is the fact that it was redacted by order of the CIA ( which is allegedly ileagal for them to do) and so parts of this book are blacked out. I beleive he published anyway to build pressure to get the ban lifted. however I would say that we wont get a clear picture for a few decades concerning this subject as at the moment its to soon for enough information to be gathered reliably, and working out who has an axe to grind with who about what, so on and so forth. so in short an interesting book and will be interesting see what develops from a 2nd edition.