Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

A former top CIA executive captures the incredible pressure, bravery, and uncertainty of an agency pushed to the brink.

When the towers fell on September 11, 2001, nowhere were the reverberations more powerfully felt than at Langley. Almost overnight, an intelligence organization converted itself into a weaponized warfighting machine, one that raised questions about how far America would go to pursue al-Qa’ida. Now, more than fifteen years later, ex-CIA executive Philip Mudd comes forward with a never-before-told account of the 9/11 story, one that illuminates the profound impact that enhanced interrogation techniques and other initiatives known internally as “The Program” took on those who administered them. With unprecedented access to officials at the highest levels―including Director George Tenet―Mudd goes beyond the 2014 Senate report to show us what life was really like at the CIA prisons and why interrogators were forced to make decisions that they still ponder today. As hair-raising as it is revelatory, Black Site shows us the tragedy and triumph of the CIA during its most difficult hour.

Title:Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World
ISBN:9781631491979
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  • Michael

    I received this book through a Good Reads “First Reads” giveaway. Black Site, authored by the former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, Philip Mudd, is an examination of the d...

  • Asim Qureshi

    Still to this day, one of the most difficult moments in my working life came in April 2009. The Associated Press ran a story about a man named Gul Rahman who had been killed by the CIA at Bagram Airba...

  • Jerome

    A well-written, engaging and insightful work.The book is not a memoir of Mudd’s time at CTC or at the FBI’s National Security Branch; it’s written more as a history of the CIA’s rendition, det...

  • Hazel Meehan

    I found the book to be thorough, but more biased in favor of the CIA that I had hoped. It did a good job of giving a complete summary of events, as well as insight into the chains of decisions and cir...

  • Gene Turchin

    Phillip Mudd is an MSNBC and CNN contributor on all topics related to terrorism and security. He has the bona fides to speak knowledgeably on the subject as he was the deputy Director of the CIA’s ...

  • Carl Brookins

    Here is an eye-opening, compelling inside narrative of our premiere intelligence agency during one of the most upsetting periods in the life of our nation. Remember that the Central Intelligence Agenc...

  • Jill

    By the looks of it, sounded like it would be a very sexy book about CIA ops after 9/11 and how 9/11 changed interrogation forever. It was more of a backwards looking justification (a very defensive on...

  • Viral

    A short, disappointing read.I had hoped this book would be mea culpa of sorts, a reckoning of the deep crimes committed by the CIA over the last two decades amidst the gross human rights violation the...

  • Kevin Henderson

    I expected some insight about a couple of things; what attacks were directly stopped due to EIT’s and why the CIA worked so hard to stop the Senate investigation. It was very disappointing to read a...

  • Chris Cheatle

    I don't really feel like I learned anything from reading this book. It wasn't bad or anything, it just did not seem to have a purpose. You can only say it was a perilous time in history with morally a...