Hard Measures

How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives

Hard Measures


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.
  • Threshold Editions | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451663488 | 
  • April 2013

About the Authors

Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
Greg Mathieson

Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.

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

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.