Glenn Carle says he would not use physical torture when interrogating a supposed top al Qaeda operative rendered to one of the CIA’s notorious black sites overseas. Carle, who later served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats (i.e., terrorism) – the US Intelligence Community’s most senior position for terrorism analysis – is the only CIA officer to have spoken out, and written, about rendition, detention, interrogation, and torture. He talks to David Leser about his autobiography The Interrogator (heavily redacted by the CIA) and how he wrestled with what defined his real duty to his country.
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Glenn Carle (International)
Glenn Carle was a member of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations for 23 years and worked in a number of posts on four continents. His last position was as deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, where his office was responsible for strategic analysis of terrorism, international organised crime and narcotics issues. He retired in March 2007 and now lives in Washington, DC. He is the author of The Interrogator: A CIA agent’s true story.
David Leser has been a journalist for 33 years, working as a feature writer in North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. David has been nominated four times for a Walkley Award, winning it in 1999 for his profile of Alan Jones. He has won the Magazine Publishers Association Award for Feature Writing three times. Since 2000 he has been writer-at-large for the Australian Women’s Weekly. The author of four books with a fifth currently in train, he is also executive producer of a documentary on the life and musical career of Paul Kelly.