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Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America Hardcover – November 29, 2016
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If you want to know the details of what happened and make your own decision pick up Enhanced Interrogation. You cannot make a decision on enhanced interrogation until you read this book.
– Brian Kilmeade
“No one has heard from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed since the 9/11 attacks, but James Mitchell has spent countless hours with the terror mastermind at the CIA’s black sites. In this gripping book, Mitchell reveals for the first time, in chilling detail, what KSM and other senior terrorist commanders told him. If you want to understand what drives the Islamic radicals seeking to destroy America—and what they say we must do if we want to stop them—you simply must read this book.”
— Marc Thiessen, Washington Post Columnist and Bestselling Author of Courting Disaster
“Finally, we learn the true story about what ‘enhanced interrogation’ is, how it works, and how it protected America after the devastating attack of 9/11. The country owes a profound debt of gratitude to James Mitchell, who spent thousands of hours at CIA ‘black sites’ learning the secrets of men like Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as he and his dedicated colleagues scrambled to stop more deadly attacks on our nation.”
— Debra Burlingame, Cofounder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America and Keep America Safe
“Emotions are high and accusations are being thrown about, but facts matter. Before anyone rushes to judgment, they should read this book and take in what happened through the eyes of a key player in the CIA’s interrogation program.”
— General Michael Hayden, Usaf, Ret., Former Cia Director
“The authentic account of head-to-head hardball with fanatical Islamic killers by a professional who not only won big for America, but did it while fending off powerful critics. The lessons learned needed to be told—and well-told they are. The war on us by radical Islamists is far from over—read and learn!”
— Hon. Porter J. Goss, Former Chairman of House Intelligence Committee and Cia Director
About the Author
DR. JAMES E. MITCHELL has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida. He served twenty-two years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel. From August 2002 through January 2009, Dr. Mitchell was involved in the development of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program and served as one of their interrogators from its inception until it was shut down by executive order on January 22, 2009.
BILL HARLOW is a writer, consultant, and public relations specialist with more than thirty years of experience. He spent seven years as the top spokesman for the CIA and four years at the White House handling national security media matters for two presidents. He has coauthored three New York Times bestsellers on intelligence.
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More importantly, Dr. Mitchell provides valuable insights into the terrorists' mindset. The radical Islamists are incredibly scary, evil people who believe that they are specially chosen by Allah to slaughter you and your family if you don't believe like them. Don't take my word for it - Dr. Mitchell relates these mass-murderers' own words.
Having interfaced with the CIA during my career, I can personally vouch for Dr. Mitchell's characterization of the organization, including the high quality of the working-level analysts and the political timidity of the senior leadership. Dr. Mitchell does not exaggerate these accounts.
Learn the truth about radical Islamic terrorists and the methods that successfully elicited critical information from these fanatics. Read this book.
The techniques used to elicit information from hardened Islamic jihadists were built on decades of experience in clinical psychology and practice in this particular job. Sleep deprivation, music, serving the same meal everyday and similar techniques were mixed with a lot of benign interviews which sometimes produced information, often because the jihadist denied something that others had confirmed. But the practice that produced the information that saved the U.S. from a second round of attacks like 9/11 and led to bin Laden was waterboarding, which was nothing like I had imagined, and was carried out sometimes for seconds only and with a medical team and outside psychologist present in addition to members of FBI and CIA. The results were not immediate in any case. Rather it was the fear of follow-up sessions that led these men who gloried in the deaths of women and children on 9/11 to give up critical information. When waterboarding was forbidden, interrogation became almost pointless, for no significant information resulted.
Anyone who labors under the belief that the U.S. can avoid war with Islamic terrorists will be disabused by the conversations Mitchell reports with these men and their explications of Islam. Most explicit was KSM, who had a degree in mechanical engineering from a university in North Carolina, had worked as an engineer in a water-treatment plant in Qutar, and revealed a method for poisoning water supplies that did not involve dumping poison in reservoirs. His nephew was Ramsi Yousef, responsible for the first Word Trade Center bombing. KSM said no one in Al-Qa'ida expected the buildings to collapse. When the buildings fell, KSM thought of the thousands of infidels he was sacrificing for Allah and rejoiced, praising Allah and dancing with others in the street. The mujahideen, the women, and the children---all rejoiced and celebrated with meals of mutton and treats. Allah, he said, had knocked down those buildings to show how powerful he was and to call all Muslims to jihad and make the infidels cower. He already had a second wave of attacks in the early stages of preparation. Moreover, he had people on the ground throughout the U.S. with follow-up attacks to harass and distract law enforcement until the larger attack could be launched.
One thing stopped that second attack: President George Bush. KSM and Al-Qu'ida assumed the U.S. would treat the 9/11 attacks the way they had treated earlier embassy attacks and the "Cole" bombing---as a law enforcement matter. The FBI would investigate by focusing on past crimes. Then the government woud ask the Taliban government in Afghanistan to extradite al-Qu'ida members. The Taliban would refuse, and al Qu'ida would have time to launch the scheduled next wave of attacks on the U.S. homeland. "How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us 'DEAD or ALIVE' and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?" he demanded of Mitchell. The ferocity and swiftness of George Bush's response alone prevented the next wave, which among other things included poisoning or contaminating water supplies serving heavily populated areas.
KSM also told interrogators that while major acts of terror were good, the "practical" way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the U.S., taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their message. "They will wrap themselves in America's rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within."
KSM also told Mitchell that the press and weak-minded citizens would turn against the interrogation team and thus make getting information in the future impossible. He was right about the first part, anyway.
I knew, in theory, the implacable nature of Islam, but Mitchell's clear explication of it and his use of the words of its warriors made it clearer to me. Truce is not an option for the Islamist. The Islamist is a missionary warrior: he cannot rest until all infidels are killed or subdued. Peace occurs when the world is Islamic. And all Muslims can be jihadis (Mitchell explains the 4 kinds of jihad, one of them being immigration).
I came away from this book much better informed, with a more concrete understanding of the religion that drives Islamists. I also found the explanation of the interrogation process enlightening and interesting. The book is highly readable and I recommend it highly.