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
"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)
First hand account
The author explained the process so precisely & gave the reader the best understanding of the motives and logic behind the decisions that are used within the intel community to keep our citizens safe. I trust now, even less than I ever have, the media for taking the work of these individuals so far out of context. The sad thing is, so much has been revealed as a result of the fact that the CIA had to defend themselves that we may less safe as a nation than before this issue was raised.
That the folks within the Intel Community are humans too!
How blatantly un-American our Liberal media has become.
Very definately worth the time to read/listen!
Tell us about yourself!
Written by a person who led the interrogation of some of the worst terrorists....and he justifies the treatment those killers deserve!
This is by far the magnum opus of terrorism history books. You can't get any more direct than from the man who ran the Counter-Terrorism Center for the CIA. Most of the books I read (or listen to) are pretty good. But this book is great, in fact, it's perfect. I was very sad to hear it end.
It's because of men like Jose Rodriguez, that I am able to sit inside the US and write this review. Thank you to such a great American hero.
In addition to this book, I highly recommend Marc Thiessen's Courting Disaster book.
The author, in a way that reminds me of John Mcain in his autobiography, is ready to question everyone else's integrity and decisions but never his own. the lack of self criticism takes away from this book. also the bitching about the FBI is pretty tiresome at times
Yes. he's been in a powerful, exclusive position and has experience that puts him in a position to tell us a lot of interesting stuff. the interesting stuff is present but so is some pretty dull stuff
Yes. Not outstanding but he settled in to his narration and didn't show off or impose himself
There are some really interesting and informative sections but Jose spends a little more time than i think he should have done on some pretty uninteresting bugbears he has. It's his autobiography so of course he has the right but if you, like me, are more interested in the job than the man yo might want to skip some sections.
The book was well written.
How the slanted news media twisted truth to further their discrediting of G. W. Bush.
He spoke very well making the book more enjoyable and presented the author in a personal light.
No. It did make me frustrated at how politics and the news media work to paint a patriot in the most negative light by using lies. Truth is not what they are about. We really can't believe anything they say because it is filter through their politically slanted pen.
It told how water boarding works, how often it was used after 9/11, and the kind of information that resulted. The media missed most of the main points here.
The press criticized the process saying that most of the useful information gained happened after the water boarding stopped when that is how it is supposed to work.
He did a fine job. He keep me interested the whole way.
Jose Rodriguez, a 25-year veteran of CIA undercover operations, sets out in Hard Measures to describe the agency’s response to 9/11. The result is an informative, insightful, entertaining and worthwhile read. The strength of the book is in the personal memoir-like insights which bring readers as close to the feel of what took place as possible without revealing state secrets. Readers may disagree with Rodriguez s analysis or find fault with his point of view, but each page brings detail worth considering. That said, I think that the book s subtitle, How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives, is a little misleading. The book fulfills that aim, but to me the book s true focus is on defending Rodriguez s work while at the CIA during that era. Rodriguez was a controversial person at the CIA and he justifiably seeks to set the record straight. The chapters making his case do not detract from the entire volume nor should it discourage readers from taking up the book. Rodriguez has done a great service by leaving his memoir-like insights behind for all to see. The reading of Sean Pratt is excellent. There is an afterward presented by Rodriguez in person.
Yes, I don't have the credentials to layout this argument.
The discussion on what exactly waterboarding is, how it was used, what information came from it's use and the fact that we do it to all of our own special forces people as part of their training.
Rendition often resulted in prisoners being returned to us in less than satisfactory condition so we found it necessary to interrogate our prisoners ourselves.
The funny part is, when the interrogation practices the CIA uses were demonstrated on CIA agents for the Obama administration their reaction was " is that really all you guys do?"
He essentially destroyed Ali Soufan and other fakers who wrote books to try and remain in the government after the hiring boom after 03-04. He also corroborated enough of John Rizzo's book to seem believable.
Most of the things in there are factual, but until it is all released in about 50 years, we will never know All of it, just broad strokes from his account.
The ending is kind of his justification for writing the book, as most of these retirees do, they bought a house somewhere and are having a tough time getting a job on the outside. It's not a politically motivated book, but there are some valid points where he calls out Clinton, Bush, and Obama as well as Senators like Pelosi and McCain.
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