Enhanced Interrogation

Enhanced Interrogation

Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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In the dark days immediately after 9/11, the CIA turned to Dr. James Mitchell to help craft an interrogation program designed to elicit intelligence from just-captured top al-Qa'ida leaders and terror suspects.

A civilian contractor who had spent years training U.S. military members to resist interrogation should they be captured, Mitchell, aware of the urgent need to prevent impending catastrophic attacks, worked with the CIA to implement "enhanced interrogation techniques"--which included waterboarding.

In Enhanced Interrogation , Mitchell now offers a first-person account of the EIT program, providing a contribution to our historical understanding of one of the most controversial elements of America's ongoing war on terror. Readers will follow him inside the secretive "black sites" and cells of terrorists and terror suspects where he personally applied enhanced interrogation techniques.

Mitchell personally questioned thirteen of the most senior high-value detainees in U.S. custody, including Abu Zubaydah; Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the amir or "commander" of the USS Cole bombing; and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terror attacks--obtaining information that he maintains remains essential to winning the war against al-Qa'ida and informing our strategy to defeat ISIS and all of radical Islam.

From the interrogation program's earliest moments to its darkest hours, Mitchell also lifts the curtain on its immediate effects, the controversy surrounding its methods, and its downfall. He shares his view that EIT, when applied correctly, were useful in drawing detainees to cooperate, and that, when applied incorrectly, they were counter-productive. He also chronicles what it is like to undertake a several-years-long critical mission at the request of the government only to be hounded for nearly a decade afterward by congressional investigations and Justice Department prosecutors.

Gripping in its detail and deeply illuminating, Enhanced Interrogation argues that it is necessary for America to take strong measures to defend itself from its enemies and that the country is less safe now without them than it was before 9/11.
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101906842
Branch Call Number: 363.325165097 Mit
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Harlow, Bill 1950-- Author


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Oct 11, 2017

The guys who wrote this book made over $70,000,000 by developing black sites and techniques for enhanced interrogation (AKA torture). They recently settled a lawsuit that was started by three of their victims. Library patron AJBarney has pointed out that the Guardian has released a great deal of information about the lawsuits and information released in pre-discovery. You have to decide between Torture works or torture does not work. Similar to climate change exists or climate change does not exist, the Russians interfered in the 2016 election or the Russians are our buddies and did not interfere with the election.

Oct 09, 2017


Jan 17, 2017

An essential read to anyone interested in the war being waged by Al-Qaeda and ISIS on the West. Obama discontinued the EIT (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques) in 2009, and now we have no other choice but to kill Al-Qaeda and ISIS leaders. So, instead of being able to prevent attacks by gathering intelligence, we can only detect and respond by dropping bombs via drones. The discussion of EITs is itself worth reading. Harsh? Rough? Yes, but not torture.

Dec 12, 2016

What I would really like to know is what was and is in the ungodly minds of the Bushes and Clintons, and why they supported the destruction of secular Muslims while supporting the Taliban, al Qaeda, et cetera??? On second thought, I'd probably rather not . . .

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