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Hard Measures Audiobook

Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

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 is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. 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....
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Publisher's 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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Lisa Huntsville, Alabama 02-08-16
    Lisa Huntsville, Alabama 02-08-16 Member Since 2015

    Huntsville, Alabama. Language and Literature College Faculty.

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    This book answered many questions I had in a way I haven't encountered in other media and general reporting. It is good to have a deeper understanding of headlines once read.

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    Ernie Acosta 12-24-15
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    I completely enjoyed the book. It provided an objective presentation of the facts and insight into Washington politics. Inspiring story about doing what's right and leadership.

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    Jack Daniels 12-09-14

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    "A must read for those who have questions"

    Rodriguez takes us through his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. A career that included that period of time surrounding September 11, 2001.

    In this book you will learn exactly how many were water boarded, who was water boarded and what was gained from it. He also tells us in, no uncertain terms, why enhanced interrogation is needed in this day and age.

    This book is a must listen for those who still think war and espionage must be played by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. You will come away with a harsh does of the reality the United States and the rest of the world face today.

    This one will hold your interest and it makes the miles go by fast.

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    Rachel 10-05-14
    Rachel 10-05-14
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    Is there anything you would change about this 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


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jose A. Rodriguez? Why or why not?

    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


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

    Yes. Not outstanding but he settled in to his narration and didn't show off or impose himself


    Did Hard Measures inspire you to do anything?

    not particularly


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    david NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States 06-11-12
    david NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States 06-11-12
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    "Intense & Powerful Peek Behind The Curtain"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It was amazing story of how an ordinary little boy became the nation's top spy master and his journey to protecting the American people after 9-11. Mr Rodriguez bravely took the fight right to the terrorists front door and gives a peek behind the CIA's curtain. Its about an ordinary man who is tasked with an extraordinary responsibility -


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Mr. Pratt did an excellent job to bring depth and personality to all of the players


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That it is possible to be a terrorist-hunting super-hero by day, and still host dinner parties and do the whole family thing on nights and weekends. - Amazing!

    like all government agencies - its run by bureaucratic people who put covering their own butts ahead of whats best for the people of the United States - which Mr. Rodriguez had to navigate while still keeping the focus on getting the terrorists off the battle field. (its like walking a high-wire without a net- and being forced to juggle bureaucratic chain-saws)

    Without Mr. Rodriguez the US would have had several more terrorists attacks on its soil.
    Every person in the country would buy this guy a beer if they knew his story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to all of my family and friends.

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    Michael D. Busch Arroyo Grande, CA, US 06-11-12
    Michael D. Busch Arroyo Grande, CA, US 06-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent, Gripping, Can't-Put-It-Down "Read"!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Measures the most enjoyable?

    A unique inside story by the person at the sharp end of the CIA's covert intelligence spear.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The struggles between the agency operatives dedicated to their work and the bureaucrats who were more interested in covering their asses.


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was quite good, but I with the author had read it himself. There was a bit of cognitive dissonance because the narrator didn't have the Hispanic accent of the author. Small point, though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 05-28-12
    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great insight - fascinating reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely a must read for all American patriots. This is a great account on what went on with with the non-existant "tourture" and the men and women who protect this country every day.


    What other book might you compare Hard Measures to and why?

    It is the real "Mitch Rapp" book.


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent recount of the history.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to the book in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    It is comforting that there are still man and women who serve and protect the people not the politicians who spinn facts to support thier own needs.

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    Bob 05-28-12
    Bob 05-28-12
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    "Interesting read."
    Where does Hard Measures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Appreciate the insight into these type of institutions. Jose's first hand account of the processes the CIA agents went through plus the issues of different political philosophies at different time periods gives a powerful message of the issues agents face.


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    Frank Wellington, FL, United States 05-28-12
    Frank Wellington, FL, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Insiders view of harsh interrogations"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Measures the most enjoyable?

    Great insight on the debate and internal and external battles fought over the detention and interrogation of terrorists.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author's unapologetic defense of the actions of the CIA and his disdain for those individuals who tried to hide from their decisions or tried to take advantage of the controversy to promote their own agenda.


    What three words best describe Sean Pratt’s performance?

    Even


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis OJAI, CA, United States 05-28-12
    Curtis OJAI, CA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Making clear the CIA's role in fighting Terrorism"

    This book explains clearly how the CIA operates to glean intelligence and maintain the safeguards necessary to insure that detainees are not tortured. All the while doing what is needed to get the intel. that keeps America safe from Radical Islam.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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