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Hard Measures

Hard Measures

How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives

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The explosive New York Times bestseller by the pioneer of the CIA’s highly controversial “enhanced interrogation techniques”

Former Chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., reveals how, in the wake of 9/11, government-approved hard measures used on captured high-level al Qa’ida operatives derailed terrorist threats to the U.S., contributed to the capture of Usama bin Ladin, and saved countless American lives. That is, until initial support gave way to shortsighted political correctness, leaving those responsible for protecting our nation second-guessed, hamstrung, and investigated. In effect, the United States has chosen to willfully and unilaterally disarm itself in the war on terror.

In Hard Measures, Rodriguez melds his fascinating life story with a reasoned, previously untold, and convincing case for hard measures. Fully disclosing explosive details of when and how they were used, and why these methods were necessary, he offers a rare, insiders’ look at an issue that seizes public attention and inspires vigorous debate.
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  • Threshold Editions | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451663488 | 
  • April 2013
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Chapter 1

RASHID RAUF

I’m tired of you Americans saying we are not doing enough to fight the terrorists.” General Ashfaq Kayani, director general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, was polite but firm during the meeting at his home in Islamabad in August 2006. “We may soon have a chance to conduct a major operation—what I need to know is whether you are with us or not.”

The confrontation was not the first and certainly not the last between his organization, the ISI, and mine, the CIA. As head of our National Clandestine Service, my mission was to oversee the running of... see more

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