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To his friends and neighbors, Glenn L. Carle was a wholesome, stereotypical New England Yankee, a former athlete struggling against incipient middle age, someone always with his nose in an abstruse book. But for two decades, Carle broke laws, stole, and lied on a daily basis about nearly everything. He was a CIA spy. He thrived in an environment of duplicity and ambiguity, flourishing in the gray areas of policy.
The Interrogator is the story of Carle’s most serious assignment, when he was “surged” into the global war on terror to interrogate a top level detainee at one of the CIA’s notorious black sites overseas. It tells of his encounter with one of the most senior al-Qaeda detainees the United States captured after 9/11, a “ghost detainee” who, the CIA believed, might hold the key to finding Osama bin Laden.
But as Carle’s interrogation sessions progressed, he began to seriously doubt the operation. Was this man, kidnapped in the Middle East, really the senior al-Qaeda official the CIA believed he was? Headquarters viewed Carle’s misgivings as naïve troublemaking. Carle found himself isolated, progressively at odds with his institution and his orders. He struggled over how far to push the interrogation, wrestling with whether his actions constituted torture and with what defined his real duty to his country. Then, in a dramatic twist, headquarters spirited the detainee and Carle to the CIA’s harshest interrogation facility, a place of darkness and fear, which even CIA officers dared mention only in whispers.
A haunting tale of sadness, confusion, and determination, The Interrogator is a shocking and intimate look at the world of espionage.
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By Douglas on 08-07-11
[Redacted] Too Much!!
The author attempts to convey his story of a CIA officer and his interrogation of a highly placed member of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization and his coming around to the opinion that CIA has actually captured someone of much less importance than they think and the unsuccessful attempts to make headquarters see the error.
This might have made a very interesting book on interrogation and the relationship that evolves as well as giving insight to the Al-Qaeda mindset and modern interrogation techniques in general. However there is an enormous number of redaction's required of the author feels like about a hundred of them. They come fast and furious at the points in the story of most interest to the reader. At times the redactions seem to be done capriciously rather than to truly keep sensitive facts out of the public domain, a point that the author makes himself in several of the comments he makes on redacted passages.
The constant redactions leave the book nearly incoherent and are a constant jarring irritation that leaves the reader with a better understanding of the author's trip through the foreign lands he travels in than of the interrogation itself. I have sympathy for the author and his frustrations with CIA censorship, I feel he has done the best he can and the book he wanted to write would have been a good one, but I can not recommend this book to anyone in it's present form and regret having bought it.
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By Pat Margulies on 04-03-18
This is QUITE an Education
Would you listen to The Interrogator again? Why?
Excellent audiobook -- story and delivery.
Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Any additional comments?
This was a most profound book. I learned a great deal of the type of individual doing this work and I was very proud of the stories.