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Hard Measures by José A. Rodríguez Jr.
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Sep 22, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, intelligence
Read from September 20 to 22, 2012

An oddly anemic defense of "enhanced interrogation techniques" from the former CIA director of the clandestine service who saw oversaw their use. Only perhaps a quarter of the book is actually about the question of torture and his service at the CIA. Most of the book is consumed by blistering criticism of government oversight of the Agency, Congress, the CIA Inspector General, leakers, the media and most of all their roles in the flap over videotapes of "enhanced" interrogations that he played a starring role in. Mildly informative but ultimately lackluster.

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