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Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives

In the latest terrorism book former head of CIA’s Clandestine Service, Jose Rodriguez, Jr. defends “enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding.

Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives

Hard Measures

How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives

Author: Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.

288 pp. Threshold Editions

Many of the methods Rodriguez suggests in his book,” Hard Measure: How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives,” are considered extreme methods of torture.

Rodriguez, who never publicly responded to the criticisms of his interrogation techniques, argues that his instilled programs were essential in protecting America from terrorist groups.

He not only defends the waterboarding program, but he also defends his order to destroy video evidence of interrogation sessions with Al Qaeda members.

Rodriguez also goes as far as pointing fingers to the Pakistani government, who he says are actually aiding terrorists. In one instance in his book he mentions that a corrupt Pakistani policeman tipped off 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed through an email saying “They know where you are”, when the American officials where on his tail.

Another target in Rodriguez’s criticisms is the FBI. He states, “Could we have gotten the same information using FBI practices?”

In regards to Nancy Pelosi’s statement of not knowing about the waterboarding program, Rodriguez says Pelosi posed no objections. He states, “I know she got it” and blames her for “reinventing the truth”.

Lastly, Rodriguez takes aim at both the CIA inspector general’s office and Obama administration for its reliance on drones stating “they should not become the drug of choice”.

According to Amazon, Puerto Rican–born Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., served the United States for twenty-five years as an undercover officer before bringing his wealth of field knowledge to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.  Rodriguez and his book promise to bring big controversies to the political arena.