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Hard Measures Audiobook

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

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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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    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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    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 07-08-12
    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up Hard Measures in three words, what would they be?

    First hand account


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


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

    That the folks within the Intel Community are humans too!


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

    How blatantly un-American our Liberal media has become.


    Any additional comments?

    Very definately worth the time to read/listen!

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    Mitch 05-15-12
    Mitch 05-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books on the war on terror!"

    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.

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    Mike 06-25-12
    Mike 06-25-12 Member Since 2016

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    "That's a story that needed to be told!"

    Written by a person who led the interrogation of some of the worst terrorists....and he justifies the treatment those killers deserve!

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    Elton Lumberton, TX, United States 08-13-12
    Elton Lumberton, TX, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Truth beyond media and politics"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Measures the most enjoyable?

    The book was well written.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How the slanted news media twisted truth to further their discrediting of G. W. Bush.


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    He spoke very well making the book more enjoyable and presented the author in a personal light.


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

    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.


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    we 07-20-17
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    "THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL"

    It certainly lives up to its billing. But don't expect anything more.

    I didn't understand why Rodriguez didn't destroy the recordings of EIT the first three times he got approval. Hanging on to them didn't change the outcome. He seemed to know someone was going down based on the content of the tapes so it seems the only result of keeping them was anxiety among the ranks.
    It certainly portrays what it's like to work in the federal government. My experience is that everyone is looking for that "gotcha" moment.

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    david United States 06-24-17
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    "Heroes harassed by the people they protect & serve"

    I have read quite a bit about EITs and I'm glad I learned more about what the men and women in the CIA did to protect us. The only disgusting thing in the story is what our own leaders did to these heros is beyond belief. Nancy Pelosi, Diane Fienstien, and a couple republicans too need to be tried for treason for what they did to keep others from safeguarding America.

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    Vinnie 04-05-17
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    "the truth"

    great story about how politician hang people trying to the right thing out to dry.

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    "Thank You"

    Thank you for your service, you are a true HERO.
    It's truly a sad chapter in our history when Americans should be rallying to support our government officials for protecting our way of life, instead choose to condemn those who provide our freedoms.
    People want to enjoy their filet mignon,then turn around and protest with PETA!

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    Bobby Ackerman Miami, FLorida, USA 02-22-17
    Bobby Ackerman Miami, FLorida, USA 02-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A true national hero."

    Mr. Rodriguez, by all accounts you are a true hero in the hearts and minds of those of us that follow history and understand the bigger picture. It is a shame that a small segment of the machinery seems to always work in a self interest and ego-driven manner. It is despicable that you and others (blue and green badges) had to endure such experiences upon acting with integrity, and by the book. Pa' alante mi hermano.

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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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