The Interrogator: A CIA Agent's True Story

The Interrogator: A CIA Agent's True Story

Glenn Carle

Language: English

Pages: 242

ISBN: 2:00148448

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This is the never-before-told story of the 'dark side' of the Bush administration's war on terror, and of one of the CIA's biggest failures — the kidnapping, rendition, and torture of the wrong man — as told by a person who conducted the interrogation. It is an indictment of the CIA's enhanced interrogation from the inside, from a very senior operative. It is also the story of a patriot — Glenn Carle — and his struggle to do the right thing. And, of course, to some of his ex-colleagues he is regarded as a traitor for revealing the truth.

The book is Carle's affirmation that only the truth can lead us from the dark. He had years of training and experience leading up to his encounter with the captive who the CIA believed might hold the key to finding bin Laden. This was his apotheosis as a career spook in the Directorate of Operations, yet Carle immediately struggled to reconcile his orders to make his captive talk with the oath he had sworn to uphold the letter and the spirit of the law. Furthermore, as the interrogation began and he built rapport with his subject, another problem started to gnaw at him. This man wasn't who he was alleged to be; he was low level at best. But while Carle's scepticism grew, his superiors continued to insist that they had the right man. The suspect was moved to one of the CIA's most notorious black sites, and subjected to 'enhanced interrogation techniques'.

Initially enthusiastic about his role at the CIA, Carle eventually began to question the policies of the war on terror because of his involvement in this interrogation. Throughout the operation he had to grapple with the most difficult question a patriot can face: what do you do when your government tells you to do something that is morally abhorrent?

Carle's journey often reads like an international thriller, but it is a true tale of international intrigue, deceit, and betrayal. It is also an extraordinary and intimate portrait of the war on terror.

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denunciation, an overburdened, wary, and pissed-off COS, alienated liaison partners, Seventh Floor attention every day to our slightest action, the order to “do whatever it took to get him to talk . . . and to do so now,” and the instruction to “walk out of the room if necessary” so that I would not see anything unacceptable according to U.S. standards in the treatment of prisoners during interrogations. 1 The six redacted lines relate a generic question and response, and use an exclamation

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listening to a TDYer, just arrived from Headquarters to serve on my CAPTUS team. By this point, the TDYer constituted my entire team. There were not enough officers worldwide to accomplish all the DO’s missions and operations for the Global War on Terror. The resource demands on the DO to wage the War on Terror made it difficult to sustain an intense HVT interrogation like the CAPTUS case for the entire length of the interrogation. It was difficult to staff such long-term, ad hoc operations as

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career. One was an ops assessment about CAPTUS, and the other an ops assessment of the man I had characterized as a “retard.” My time was ending, the charge was passing to other hands, and I was determined to do what I could to challenge what I considered a sustained series of serious errors in judgment, and that the case had been kept running through conceptual and analytical error and, like so many cases, bureaucratic momentum. Kidnapping, suspension of habeas corpus, interrogation,

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