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“This haunted, powerful book may well be the best and most truthful firsthand account of life inside the CIA ever published."
Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson
“Glenn Carle's book The Interrogator is a disturbing tale of the extremes to which the Bush administration was prepared to go in its Global War on Terror. Faceless bureaucrats sacrificed the core values that made the United States a great country, while ignoring the counsel of experts on the ground. This is a damning story and a nation of laws would demand an investigation into whether crimes were committed. We fear that we are no longer that nation…”
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
“In The Interrogator, Glenn Carle has done more than simply lift a part of the curtain behind which are lurking despicable men such as John Yoo and Douglas Feith, he has turned the stage lights on those who stand out front and continue to receive rave reviews from the rabid right wing, men such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. But most of all, Carle’s moving and emotional story—in spite of CIA redactions to the text—has exposed us all, from the CIA officers who turned a blind eye, to the cabinet members who should have known better, to the American people themselves because they allowed such people to corrupt our nation. I know; I was one of them.”
John H. Hedley, former Chairman of CIA’s Publications Review Board
“Glenn Carle shares his personal experience and soul-searching reflection on rendition, detention, and interrogation in the Global War on Terrorism. It is a cathartic effort that recounts an intensely emotional journey. Carle weighs what he sees as the corrosive effect of this experience on him, his Agency, and his country. Ultimately the detainee interrogated may not have suffered most; perhaps it was the interrogator himself.”
Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and al-Qaeda
“Glenn Carle writes with great verve and lyricism about a decidedly unlyrical moment in the history of the U.S. intelligence community; the decision after 9/11 to take the gloves off when it cane to the detention and interrogation of al Qaeda suspects. As Carle witnesses, the U.S. government’s assumptions about how important those suspects were was sometimes way off base, while their treatment at the hands of American officials often did not measure up to the high ethical standards the United States wishes to uphold as a country. Carle tells the story from inside the CIA’s “war on terror” and he does it with great honesty and realism; he has the eye of the novelist and the analytical skills of the senior CIA officer he was. That makes “The Interrogator” an engrossing read, and also an important book.”
David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Body of Lies
Glenn Carle’s "The Interrogator" is a remarkable memoir--for its searing personal honesty, for its portrait of the amoral secret bureaucracy of the CIA, and most of all for its revelation of how a decent American became part of a process that we can only call torture."
Gilles Kepel, Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Paris, author of Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East
"This fascinating insider narrative of GWOT is one of the best assessments I have ever read on the major discrepancy between the jihadi challenge and the US response."
Glenn l. Carle was a member of the CIA’s Clandestine Service for twenty-three years and retired in March 2007 as deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats. He lives in Washington, DC.
This book is full of large swaths of redacted text.
This is an interesting, well-written book by a former CIA officer that illustrates the moral deficits implicit in the agency's interrogation program.
He is telling us (at considerable personal risk) that if we are going to call ourselves the "good guys" then we must at least try to be so.
This CIA employee was obviously not a trained or experienced interrogator. He was an officer thrust into the role during a surge of activity. He does depict Agency life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jack Horn
i liked this book, but all the redactions made it difficult to read. the author is very intelligent and i hope he had input to the way the US does its interrogations.Published 3 months ago by Ed Volpe
Carle is a career intelligence officer who speaks truth to power in this book. He understands and accepts the basic premises of a modern democratic society. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chasbo
This is an interesting, well-written book by a former CIA officer that illustrates the moral deficits implicit in the agency's interrogation program. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I wish we could prescribe this book in schools and universities and make every public official read it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charlene Smith
I am giving this book five stars because of the seriousness and timeliness of the topic and the author's courage in grappling with it publicly. It recounts Mr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Seoigheach
Mr. Carle seems as though he has an axe to grind occasionally. Despite that, this was an interesting read showing the transformation from wide-eyed idealist to someone who's eyes... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christi Yoder
This is probably a three star book, it is too general, and key sections are blacked out. However it is clear that this is the fault of an overzealous censor, the authors... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bakunin
It seems the only editorial hand in this wandering, self-serving justification for his participation in the CIA rendition program was the CIA itself, if the snotty toned author is... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Christina Fairbank