The Forever Prisoner by Adrian Levy audiobook

The Forever Prisoner: The Full and Searing Account of the CIA's Most Controversial Covert Program

By Cathy Scott-Clark  and Adrian Levy
Read by Jamie Renell

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16.82 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9798400116766

The Forever Prisoner, a primary source for the recent HBO Max film directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, exposes the full story behind the most divisive CIA operation in living memory. Some argued it would save the United States after 9/11, but instead, the CIA's enhanced interrogation program came to be defined as American torture. Six months after 9/11, the CIA captured Abu Zubaydah and announced he was number three in Al Qaeda. Frantic to thwart a much-feared second wave of attacks, the U.S. rendered him to a secret black site in Thailand, where he collided with retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell. Arguing that Abu Zubaydah had been trained to resist interrogation and was withholding vital clues, the CIA authorized Mitchell and others to use brutal “enhanced interrogation techniques” that would have violated U.S. and international laws had not government lawyers rewritten the rulebook. In this book, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy recount dramatic scenes inside multiple black sites around the world through the eyes of those who were there, trace the twisted legal justifications, and chart how enhanced interrogation, a key “weapon” in the global “War on Terror,” metastasized over seven years, encompassing dozens of detainees in multiple locations, some of whom died. Ultimately that war has cost 8 trillion dollars and 900,000 lives, and displaced 38 million people—while the US Senate judged enhanced interrogation was torture and had produced zero high-value intelligence. Yet numerous men, including Abu Zubaydah, remain imprisoned in Guantanamo, never charged with any crimes, in contravention of America's ideals of justice and due process, because their trials would reveal the extreme brutality they experienced. Based on four years of intensive reporting, on interviews with key protagonists who speak candidly for the first time, and on thousands of previously classified documents, The Forever Prisoner is a powerful chronicle of a shocking experiment that remains in the headlines twenty years after its inception, even as US government officials continue to thwart efforts to expose war crimes. Silenced by a CIA pledge to keep him imprisoned and incommunicado forever, Abu Zubaydah speaks loudly through these minutes, prompting the question as to whether he and others remain detained not because of what they did to us but because of what we did to them.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

The Forever Prisoner, a primary source for the recent HBO Max film directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, exposes the full story behind the most divisive CIA operation in living memory. Some argued it would save the United States after 9/11, but instead, the CIA's enhanced interrogation program came to be defined as American torture.

Six months after 9/11, the CIA captured Abu Zubaydah and announced he was number three in Al Qaeda. Frantic to thwart a much-feared second wave of attacks, the U.S. rendered him to a secret black site in Thailand, where he collided with retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell. Arguing that Abu Zubaydah had been trained to resist interrogation and was withholding vital clues, the CIA authorized Mitchell and others to use brutal “enhanced interrogation techniques” that would have violated U.S. and international laws had not government lawyers rewritten the rulebook.

In this book, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy recount dramatic scenes inside multiple black sites around the world through the eyes of those who were there, trace the twisted legal justifications, and chart how enhanced interrogation, a key “weapon” in the global “War on Terror,” metastasized over seven years, encompassing dozens of detainees in multiple locations, some of whom died.

Ultimately that war has cost 8 trillion dollars and 900,000 lives, and displaced 38 million people—while the US Senate judged enhanced interrogation was torture and had produced zero high-value intelligence. Yet numerous men, including Abu Zubaydah, remain imprisoned in Guantanamo, never charged with any crimes, in contravention of America's ideals of justice and due process, because their trials would reveal the extreme brutality they experienced.

Based on four years of intensive reporting, on interviews with key protagonists who speak candidly for the first time, and on thousands of previously classified documents, The Forever Prisoner is a powerful chronicle of a shocking experiment that remains in the headlines twenty years after its inception, even as US government officials continue to thwart efforts to expose war crimes.

Silenced by a CIA pledge to keep him imprisoned and incommunicado forever, Abu Zubaydah speaks loudly through these minutes, prompting the question as to whether he and others remain detained not because of what they did to us but because of what we did to them.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy…interweave the stories of captive and interrogator, showing how fatally unprepared they were to understand each other…Impressively thorough.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Adrian Levy

Author Bio: Adrian Levy

Adrian Levy has coauthored four books with Cathy Scott-Clark, including The Meadow and The Amber Room. He has worked as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for the Sunday Times (London) and has also coproduced several documentaries for American and British television.

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Author Bio: Cathy Scott-Clark

Author Bio: Cathy Scott-Clark

Cathy Scott-Clark has coauthored four books with Adrian Levy, including The Meadow and The Amber Room. She has worked as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for the Sunday Times (London) and has also coproduced, with Levy, several documentaries for American and British television.

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Details

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 16.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English