I learned a terrible truth during my years in the CIA, and especially while working on “enhanced interrogation”: all democratic institutions are only as strong as the culture in which they operate.
Glenn Carle was a career CIA Operations Officer, serving on four continents in a 23-year career from 1985-2007. His last position was as Acting, then Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats on the National Intelligence Council, the nation's most senior position for strategic terrorism and transnational intelligence assessments, reporting directly to the President. Mr. Carle worked extensively on terrorism, European issues, Balkan issues, notably Kosovo and Yugoslavia, the Sandinista-Contra War, and Cold War issues in Europe. Mr. Carle served on detail to the White House as a Trade Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was the Director for European Free Trade Area Affairs, and the Deputy Director for Russian and Newly Independent State Affairs. He also served as a Trade Negotiator at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, responsible for Free Trade Association issues. Mr. Carle is the author of The Interrogator, which details his involvement in and opposition to the Enhanced Interrogation Program during the “War on Terror,” and having led for several months the interrogation of one of the top members of al-Qa'ida. The Interrogator has been called "the best and most truthful firsthand account of life inside the CIA ever published." Mr. Carle has spoken around the world about “enhanced interrogation,” leadership and ethics, the “War on Terror,” and issues of national security. He has appeared frequently on major networks such as CNN, the PBS Newshour, NPR, the BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CBC, Fox, ABC, and ABC Australia, and has been profiled in numerous magazines, newspapers, and programs, such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The London Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Bethesda Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, Spiegel, and many others. He has spoken at the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard, Boston College, Tulane, the University of the Pacific, Brigham Young University, Simmons College, Ohio State University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Ottawa, the Young Presidents Organization, the Anti-Defamation League, Roxbury Latin High School, the Herzliya Conference in Israel, Corvinus University in Budapest, and many other institutions. His op-eds have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Harvard Crimson, and The Sydney Herald. Mr. Carle holds a BA in Government from Harvard, a Masters in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), has done additional masters study in International Relations at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and received a Certificat d'études pratiques in French Civilization from the Université de Grenoble. He is working on his next books which will concern why our nation's intelligence agencies consistently exaggerate the threats they are attempting to parry, and civilian life in the U.S. in World War II. He is a lecturer at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.