Category Archives: CIA interrogation program

30 Jan

3 Former CIA Officials Review “Zero Dark Thirty”

Yesterday morning, the American Enterprise Institute held an event titled “Watching ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with the CIA: Separating fact from fiction.”

AEI’s Marc Thiessen (author of “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack”) will host a panel discussion with three CIA veterans who were involved in the hunt for bin Laden.

General Michael Hayden (ret.), Former Director CIA
John A. Rizzo, Former Chief Legal Officer at CIA
Jose Rodriguez, Former Director National Clandestine Service

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28 Jan

Traitor, Not a Whistleblower: John Kiriakou

Last Friday, ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by federal judge Leonie Brinkema under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. It’s the first time that a CIA officer will serve prison time for disclosing classified information to news media.

The judge rejected his claims that he acted in the interests of the nation as a whistleblower:

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4 Jan

“Zero Dark Thirty”: Dramatized Fiction on CIA “Torture”

How accurate and realistic is the portrayal of CIA interrogation in the film? The movie, after all, opens with a statement saying “based on firsthand accounts of actual events”; then goes on to show the fictionalized brutal abuse and torture of a fictional high value terrorist, including waterboarding.

Well, one “firsthand account” not utilized as an expert consultant to the movie is Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, author of Hard Measures, and unapologetic defender of the CIA’s “torture” program….

Posted in 9/11, CIA interrogation program, Guantanamo, movie review, War On Terror | 10 Comments | 577 views
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24 Dec

“Zero Dark Thirty” plays it down the middle

I decided to go check out the movie for myself thanks to the ringing endorsement by Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain: “I thought it was terrible,” said Feinstein, one of a handful of lawmakers to see the film ahead of … Continue reading

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18 May


“Mr. President, by the time we’re through with these guys, they’re gonna have flies walking across their eyeballs.”
– Former CTC chief, Cofer Black, 60 Minutes last Sunday

Lawfare Blog has a roundup of some of the latest news regarding the “GWoT”:

Posted in 9/11, American Intelligence, Book Review, CIA interrogation program, Guantanamo, War On Terror | 1 Comment | 548 views
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16 May

Bush & Co. Tried by a Toothless Kangaroo “Court of Conscience”

THE Kuala Lumpur Tribunal on War Crimes sat for five days in the courtroom at the Al-Bukhary Foundation to listen to charges against George W. Bush, Richard B. Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzalez, David Addington, William Haynes II, Jay Byber and John Choon Yoo of the United States for the torture of detainees held in the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo detention camps.

Posted in Bush Derangement Syndrome, CIA interrogation program, human rights, The Iraqi War, War On Terror | 14 Comments | 355 views
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10 May

Panties in a Wad Over “Big Boy Pants”

“The reason for that is the torture that my client was subjected to by the men and women wearing the big-boy pants down at the CIA, it makes it impossible …”
– Air Force Captain Michael Schwartz, military counsel for the defence of Walid bin Attash

During the arraignment hearings, this comment was drowned out by white noise when the court security officer thought classified information might be mentioned. However, upon review, The Pentagon office in charge of the military commission tribunals decided nothing compromising was revealed and released a transcript on Wednesday.

Schwartz’ “big boy pants” was a snide reference to Jose Rodriguez (who proudly linked it onto his book’s Facebook wall) and his 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl in which Rodriguez said,

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2 May

Yoo Padilla got served!

Jose Padilla’s case against John Yoo (one of the authors of the OLC “How not to torture” memos) was dismissed by a federal appeals court today:

The ruling “confirms that this litigation has been baseless from the outset,” said Miguel Estrada, Yoo’s attorney. “For several years, Padilla and his attorneys have been harassing the government officials he believes to have been responsible for his detention, and ultimately, conviction, as a terrorist. He has now lost before two separate courts of appeals, and will need to find a new hobby for his remaining time in prison.”

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1 May

Jose Rodriguez vs. Senate Democrats

Jose Rodriguez challenges the Obama narrative on “The Path to Osama bin Laden’s Death” in a WaPo op-ed today and is also challenged by Senate Democrats involved in a 3-yr long investigation due to be released sometime in the near future. You can read Senators Feinstein and Levin’s joint statement here.

Rodriguez’s op-ed:

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30 Apr

Holding Pelosi’s Feet to the Water

“They mislead us all the time,”
-Nancy Pelosi, 2009

Remember that? Covered here, here, here, and here (I’m sure I missed another dozen posts). The next week in anticipation of her weekly news conference, she avoids the topic and the press lets her off the hook. The press should have hung on to the story like a tenacious pit-bull until she either resigned or the truth outed. Instead, there she still sits…affecting our nation.

Today, Marc Thiessen, in wake of the release of Jose Rodriguez’s new book, Hard Measures, holds her feet to the water once again:

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