Former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle talks about his years working as a CIA agent. The Interrogator: An Education tells about his most serious assignment—interrogating a top level al-Qaeda operative captured after 9/11 and held at one of the CIA’s notorious black sites. Carle explains why he began to seriously doubt whether the CIA had captured the right man, describes the underworld of the Global War on Terror, and looks at the ways in which war alters our institutions and American society.
Since the days of Watergate, when President Richard Nixon's White House collected information on political enemies, the Central Intelligence Agency has been prohibited from spying on American citizens inside the country. But in a recent article in The New York Times, Glenn Carle—a former senior CIA official—said there were at least two occasions when the George W. Bush White House asked intelligence officers to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole. Cole is a fierce critic of the Iraq War and professor at the University of Michigan. We talk with Carle, who was also a top counterterrorism official, about these alleged spying attempts by the Bush administration.