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Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives Hardcover – April 30, 2012

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"Jose Rodriguez guided some of the CIA's greatest counterterror victories, and his story is one of courage, commitment, and decisiveness.  In this book, he provides concrete details about the value of the Agency's interrogation program of terrorists -- a program which thwarted terrorist attacks and has made America safer." -- General Michael V. Hayden, USAF (Ret.) Former Director of Central Intelligence

"Courageous CIA officers putting themselves in harm's way to protect the nation from ruthless terrorists – only to find they are undercut and second-guessed by posturing politicians. That's not the plot of some new novel—but the real-life story of Jose Rodriguez. In Hard Measures he offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the men and women who stopped al Qa'ida's second-wave of attacks and the price they paid for doing so." (--Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Shot)

About the Author

Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1976 and served with the Agency for thirty-one years. At the time of his retirement he was the Director of the National Clandestine Service for the CIA, responsible for the coordination of clandestine human operations for the intelligence community. As a former Director of the Counterterrorism Center, he led the worldwide intelligence collection programs and covert action operations against international terrorist organizations following the ouster of terrorists from Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.

Bill Harlow is the former chief spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency. He was the coauthor of former CIA director George Tenet’s #1 New York Times bestseller At the Center of the Storm, published in 2007. He is a retired Naval Officer who served in top spokesman jobs at the White House, Pentagon, and CIA.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451663471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451663471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hard Measures has been promoted on CBS 60 Minutes and on Hannity as an expose of the Obama administration's misguided policies related to interrogations of detainees in the War on Terror.

But it is more than that.

The author and his collaborator, Bill Harlow, spend most of their space in the book defending the author's controversial and correct decision to order the destruction of tapes of interrogations of al Qaeda detainees.

The book also:

1. Covers and celebrates the author's 31-year career in the CIA, where he rose to the top ranks of the agency.
2. Celebrates and promotes the hard work the agency's employees have done to identify, capture and kill those who have tried to replicate 9/11 and other terrorists acts. It's quite a good story.
3. Mocks the FBI's attempts to build legal cases against captured terrorists for their crimes instead of focusing on extracting information that would help prevent more attacks on the homeland.
4. Mocks former FBI and CIA employees who, the author says, falsely claim to know about or to have been involved in capturing terrorists or interrogating them.
5. Attacks the CIA's office of Inspector General for being staffed by CIA employees who are expendable by the CIA because they aren't the brightest bulb s in the agency.
6. Attacks the Inspector General and his staff for demoralizing CIA employees and getting in the way of their important work.
7. Effectively says former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has lied when she claimed she didn't know about the interrogation processes used and discarded by the CIA. That is not news, however.
8. Paints the author as a victim of grandstanding members of Congress, the ACLU and the media (New York Times).
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This book finally details what life was like in the trenches in the War on Terror and the brave men and women involved in the fight. It also provides credible insight into the politics of the situation and how politicians manipulated truth for political gain and cover. It's saying something that a man like Rodriguez trained in the art of deception and lying is more credible than the former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Her blatant lies regarding her knowledge and approval of these events are chilling. We are lucky to have hero's like Rodriguez providing an inside look at what is a dangerous business.;
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Every American should read this book. It should be compulsory reading in every high school civics/government class. Mr. Rodriguez honestly describes what he and his team did, why they did it, and why it was the right thing to do. It is so refreshing to find someone who is willing to do the right thing, even when it is extremely difficult for the ordinary lay person to understand, and to admit unapologetically that he did it. Regardless of your political persuasion, this is an important book to read.
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Ex CIA Chief Rodriguez is to be commended for coming forward with this fine volume detailing how U.S. intelligence and skullduggery saved lives in the post-9/11 world. According to Rodriguez, "enhanced interrogation techniques" and other methods were a necessary evil on the fight on terrorism. Agree or disagree with the man, but this is a fine, no-holds-barred look into the CIA and the methods and ideas used to combat evil. I highly recommend former CIA & Secret Service Agent Dan Emmett's brand new book "Within Arm's Length", as it provides a perfect companion piece to "Hard Measures", as Emmett left the Secret Service---and the job of protecting President George W Bush---to join the CIA in 2004. Both highly recommended and essential to an understanding of what makes a patriot tick.
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"Hard Measures" is informative to all readers, but especially to those who have little or no experience in the world of Special Compartmented Information. It is imperative that our intelligence officers be able to keep certain sources and methods secret when collecting intelligence to protect not only our nation's interests, but the freedom seeking and loving people around the world. The roll and requirements of executive and congressional oversight are also clearly described and their employment in the war on terror extensively demonstrated in this book. "Hard Measures" does a great service in explaining the need to protect the methods and the brave men and women in the CIA who put their lives at risk every day. It also clearly demonstrates the behavior of our political and chattering class in the halls of power. Many wish to claim credit for all success but deny knowledge of any and all things which may cause harm to their progressive careers or political agenda. Without rendition, black sites and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, we would still be looking for UBL.

Jose Rodriquez demonstrated true fidelity to his nation and loyalty to his colleagues in his long and valiant service with the CIA. He was true to his oath, defending the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. "Hard Measures" provides clear insight into the decision making process behind the EIT's used to obtain critical information from the leaders of illegal combatants of al-Qa'ida. This resulted in saving thousands of innocent lives. Every word said about EITs is true, since this writer was subjected to many of the very techniques, including water boarding, as a part of SERE training as a fighter pilot in the U S Navy.

Jose Rodriguez deserves our gratitude for his valuable service, as do all our valiant warriors who choose to live in the shadows so that we can live in the full light of liberty and freedom.
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