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Black site : the CIA in the post-9/11 world / Philip Mudd.

Mudd, Philip, author. (Author).
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McIntosh Public Library 327.1273 MUD (Text) 33500013113501 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781631491979
  • ISBN: 1631491970
  • Physical Description: xix, 247 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: The lean years -- Risk avoidance -- The prelude to the Program -- The CIA revolutionizes -- The problem with prisoners -- Salt pit -- The first Program prisoner -- The definition of pain -- The second wave -- The fateful decisions -- Expansion and training -- Maturation -- The Program goes public -- Endgame -- Ethics and reflections.
Summary, etc.: "A bold account of one of the most controversial and haunting initiatives in American history, [this book] tells the full story of the post-9/11 counterterrorism world at the CIA. When the towers fell on September 11, 2001, nowhere were the reverberations more powerfully felt than at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Almost overnight, the intelligence organization evolved into a war-fighting intelligence service, constructing what was known internally as 'the Program': a web of top-secret detention facilities intended to help prevent future attacks on American soil and around the world. With [this book], former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center Philip Mudd presents a full, never-before-told story of this now-controversial program, directly addressing how far America went to pursue al-Qa'ida and prevent another catastrophe. Heated debates about torture were later ignited in 2014 after the US Senate published a report of the Program, detailing the CIA's use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' to draw information from detainees. The report, Mudd posits, did not fully address key questions: How did the officials actually come to their decisions? What happened at the detention facilities--known as 'black sites'--on a day-to-day basis? What did they look like? How were prisoners transported there? And how did the officers feel about what they were doing? [This book] seeks answers to these questions and more, first by examining pre-9/11 Langley, when the CIA was tasked with collecting, disseminating, and analyzing information related to overseas events. Mudd argues that September 12, 2001, marked an operational revolution, as officials suddenly felt the weight of protecting a nation from a second wave of attacks inside the United States. Re-creating the incredibly tense atmosphere of the time, Mudd reveals that many officials felt an unshakable personal responsibility to thwart another attack. Based on interviews from dozens of officials--many of whom have never spoken out before--[this book] illuminates how the Agency quickly stepped into the process of organizing a full-blown interrogation program. Mudd offers a deeper understanding of how the enhanced interrogation techniques were developed and how intelligence professionals prepared to talk to the world's most hardened terrorists. With careful detail, he takes us through the process of each legally approved technique, including waterboarding. As compelling as it is revelatory, Black Site shows us the tragedy and triumph of the CIA during its most difficult days."--Dust jacket.
Subject: United States. Central Intelligence Agency > History > 21st century.
Qaida (Organization)
Qaida (Organization)
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)
War on Terrorism (2001-2009)
Terrorism > Prevention > Government policy > United States.
Detention of persons > Government policy > United States.
Extraordinary rendition > United States.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 > Influence.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism.
Detention of persons > Government policy.
Extraordinary rendition.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Terrorism > Prevention > Government policy.
United States.
Genre: History.

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