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

ISBN-10: 1451663471
ISBN-13: 9781451663471
Edition: 2012
List price: $29.99
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Description: From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against al-Qaeda after September 11.Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 4/30/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364

From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against al-Qaeda after September 11.Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez from 2001 to late 2007 and built on by his successors. Like a real-life Jack Bauer from television’s 24, Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior al-Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, tools which were an integral part of the War on Terror but are no longer available to those fighting America's fiercest foes.  Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Columbia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez shares his unlikely journey from law school student to CIA recruit and finally, at the end of a thirty-one-year career, to being America’s top spy. Rodriguez sparked controversy and a three-year investigation by his decision to order the destruction of videotapes showing CIA officers conducting harsh, but what he describes as “legal, necessary, and effective interrogation.” Riveting and timely, Hard Measures also examines how the current political climate and resulting policies have negatively impacted the CIA’s efficiency—even taking away the mechanisms that made feats like the successful Bin Laden operation possible.

Preface: Who I Am
Rashid Rauf
Latin America Division
Abu Zubaydah
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Taking Prisoners
Regime Change
Investigations
The Tapes
What We Do
The CIA Under Obama
Afterword
Acknowledgments

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