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  • How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives
  • By: Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Hard Measures

By: Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
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Summary

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 was 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 31-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[s]”.

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.

©2012 Jose A. Rodriguez Jr (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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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)

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Small update at the end was interesting.

I'd love to hear his thoughts on the orange dictator trying to break the democracy this man worked for.

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A moving book from a patriot and professional Spy

Very detailed book by a CS or Spy within the DO and later CTC
The book is simply amazing, and goes through great detail on the psyche of the CIA CT efforts - remember it is really a HUMInT agency, so CT was only 10-20% of its output. Jose acted as a true spy and shadow warrior. He was treated like crap by the bureaucracy. He was the man who took the decisions that others didn’t want to. A typical spy, that is, someone who has no time for Bullshit but who is very very intelligent. Jose wherever you are; I salute you. Thank you for your career. And I wish you and your wife all the best. And thank you to CIA for allowing this through, and for all your efforts. 5/5 is too low. It was a superb read. The ending was very moving.

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OK, kept me interested.

realistic, not over sensationalist. Does not give a huge amount away. I found it interesting.

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