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The Education of a CIA Interrogator

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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.

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Comments [6]

Carl L. from Yonkers, NY


Love your guest. Is your guest aware of the book None of Us Were Like this Before? I read about some of the ways in which myths and fiction have been used as evidence that torture works. Seems like he would agree with that! Does he?

Jul. 05 2011 12:42 PM
Matt

I appreciate his "coming out," but the willful blindness and understatement here makes me think the situation on the ground was much more horrifying that it's being potrayed.

Jul. 05 2011 12:38 PM
B. A. Reveres from East Village, NYC

I just read that there were 184 detainee death during US detention and interrogation, according to Human Rights First:

http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/investigations/iraqafghanistan/1495/inside_the_detainee_abuse_task_force/

Does your guest know of the the other book by the same title, The Interrogator? I wonder if he has any thoughts about that.

Jul. 05 2011 12:36 PM
john from office

This sounds like disinformation. If he were truly an agent, he would not be doing this interview. Sounds like there is more to this story

Jul. 05 2011 12:25 PM
john from office

Interesting how American left and academia think it is wrong to work for ones country.

Jul. 05 2011 12:16 PM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, Ca

Please ask your guest whether the WWII work of Major Sherwood Moran and the Fort Hunt interrogators is getting the high respect I think it deserves...I can't shake the feeling that it isn't, and that that's because we have a bunch of guys around, including a large fraction of our populace, who can't tell the difference between being 'butch'---that is to say, swaggering cruelty, and the macho high that comes from talking about how 'bad' you're willing to be---and actually being tough, which consists of caring only about results and the safety of your own soul..

Jul. 05 2011 10:33 AM

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