The Interrogator's War: Breaking Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan
Since 9/11, more than 3,000 prisoners in the war on terrorism have been captured, held, and interrogated in Afghanistan alone. But no one knows what ... Show synopsis Since 9/11, more than 3,000 prisoners in the war on terrorism have been captured, held, and interrogated in Afghanistan alone. But no one knows what transpired in those interactions between prisoner and interrogator - until now. In The Interrogator's War, Chris Mackey, the senior interrogator at Bagram Air Base, where Al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners were first detained and questioned by US personnel, lifts the curtain. Inside the base soldiers, specially trained in the art of interrogation, went face-to-face with the enemy. These mental and psychological battles were as gruelling, dramatic and important as any in the war. We learn how, under Hogan's command, his small group of 'soldier spies' engineered a breakthrough in interrogation strategy, rewriting techniques and tactics grounded in the Cold War. Hogan reveals the tricks of the trade, and we see how his team - four men and one woman - responded to the pressure and the prisoners. By the time Hogan's group was finished, virtually no prisoner went unbroken. But one of his interrogators was broken, too. And the truth they discovered what not what they had expected. Riveting and illuminating, The Interrogator's War is non-fiction but reads like a thriller as it takes us behind closed doors into a world which the public has never before been given access.