The Interrogators: Inside the Secret War Against Al Qaeda: According to Variety, Warner Bros. has bought screen rights to The Interrogators: Inside the Secret War Against Al Qaeda, an upcoming memoir from Little, Brown penned by the man who supervised military interrogations at Bagram Air Base in Kandahar after the Taliban government was routed in Afghanistan.

The author, who wrote the book under the pseudonym Chris Mackey, had extensive Army training in military intelligence and left the service to become an accountant in Europe. Because of his training and fluency in Arabic, he was recalled to active duty and sent to Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 attacks. There, he led the effort to break prisoners in the attempt to hunt down Osama Bin Laden.

Due to be published next month, "The Interrogators" is a timely tome, given the current examination of interrogation tactics used in Afghanistan and the human rights violations committed against Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

"The Interrogators" is the first detailed insider account of how interrogators get prisoners to spill information and how they know whether it's truthful.Iwanyk said the how-to aspects will ground the film, but the core of the movie is the conflict present in the interrogators themselves. Some had just lost friends or family in the Sept. 11 attacks and were under great pressure to find the perpetrators before the trail grew cold.

Brian B.