Interrogation: Abuses

John Rizzo on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

By Paul Rosenzweig
Monday, January 6, 2014, 10:47 AM

This must read exerpt from John Rizzo's forthcoming book bears the provocative title, "I Could Have Stopped Waterboarding Before It Happened."  It's a fascinating insider account from the 30-year veteran of the CIA.  It begins:

In the weeks after 9/11, the name Abu Zubaydah seemed to pop up daily at the five o’clock meeting that CIA Director George Tenet convened each night with the Agency’s counterterrorism brain trust. Shards of information about him were turning up in all sorts of independent, separate source reports. It was becoming apparent that Zubaydah was an essential al Qaeda player—especially when it came to organizing attacks, smuggling operatives across borders, procuring forged documents and arranging safe haven for terrorist fugitives and trainees. Apart from Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, he was considered the biggest, and most elusive, al Qaeda fish out there. The talk at the CIA reminded me of Where’s Waldo?—he seemed to be everywhere, and nowhere.