While the American public is aware of the CIA’s use of highly controversial “enhanced interrogation techniques,” few know the man who, in the wake of September 11th , led all U.S. counterterrorism operations including the use of these procedures — tactics which obtained vital and timely intelligence and
helped safeguard the nation from future attacks.
Puerto Rican–born Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., served the United States for twenty-five years as an undercover officer before bringing his wealth of field knowledge to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center; now, in this riveting
account and fascinating life story, one of America’s top undercover operatives reveals how hard measures have derailed terrorist activity targeting the U.S., and saved countless American lives.
Fully disclosed here for the first time are the undercover operations and tactics implemented during the George W. Bush presidency—which were approved by the highest levels of the U.S. government, Justice, and supported by bipartisan leadership of Congressional intelligence oversight committees.
But as the shock of 9/11 faded, the support that the intelligence community enjoyed and deserved gave way to shortsighted and potentially dangerous political correctness. One by one, the tools needed to successfully fight terrorism were banned, and the men and women who volunteered to carry out our nation’s orders in combating al-Qaeda found themselves second-guessed, hamstrung, and investigated—including Rodriguez himself. In effect, the United States has chosen to willfully and unilaterally disarm itself in the war on terror.
In Hard Measures, Rodriquez convincingly argues for the techniques used, and uncompromisingly details when these techniques were necessary, why they worked, and how, ultimately, they contributed to the capture of the world’s most wanted terror operatives, including Osama bin Laden.
From law school student to CIA recruit to his role as America’s top spy, Rodriguez’s full story is one of utmost importance—a rare, insider’s look at an issue that demands attention. Above all, it’s a reasoned, imperative, and fully informed case for hard measures, and an explosive and gripping account of
the real War on Terror—where it’s been and where it’s headed.
JOSE A. RODRIQUEZ, JR. was born in Puerto Rico and raised in South America. He received his undergraduate and law school degrees from the University of Florida before being recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and
serving his country for thirty-one years.