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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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). And he clearly is the victim of their biased, self-serving attacks on him and the agency, imho.
9. Does a great job of telling the CIA's side of the "torture" controversy and makes Sen. John McCain look like the idiot that he is.
10. Gives a fascinating overview of CIA politics, procedures, careers and operations. This book is a tremendous PR piece for the CIA, imho.
Because I haven't spent much time worrying about the CIA, I"m not an expert on the agency and don't pretend to know whether the author is fairly portraying everything he covers in this book. What I can say is that he makes a convincing case and that the book is very readable. I started reading the book on my browser after dinner and finished it a few minutes ago. It's 3:15 AM. I'm not in the habit of staying up this late to read anything.
Jose Rodriguez's "Hard Measures," published in 2012, is a top insider's knowledgeable and convincing riposte' to the 2014 release by the US Senate Intelligence Committee's report ("The Feinstein Report") on torture. Rodriguez's book is in four parts; his personal career in the CIA; then identifying the terrorist bad guys by name (Abu Zubaydah, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, etc.), their roles, the techniques used ( EIT, waterboarding, rendition, black sites) and how their "given up" information preserved the national security of this country; his admitted and personal role in the destruction of the tapes of these interrogations and the criminal investigation blowback of his decision; and the inner office bureaucratic interplay of the CIA during his time as head of the Counterterrorism Center.
Rodriguez writes well, his story moves along though one senses the leaden hand of the CIA editing censor. His tales of working inside America's spy agency are amusing at times and are about as close to peering inside the Agency as one will find in books of this kind.
More importantly, he offers pointed justifications for these interrogation techniques not seen or read in the media spin. In his concluding chapter, he takes on the Obama administration and offers some choice observations on the president, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, directors of the CIA and one controversial deputy director who tagged Rodriguez with a questionable letter of reprimand at the end.