Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.18 in
Published: January 7, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451673930
ISBN - 13: 9781451673937
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Company Man INTRODUCTION The Tale of the “Torture” Tapes In early November 2010, the Justice Department announced its decision not to bring obstruction-of-justice charges against the CIA officials who had been involved in the decision, five years earlier, to destroy videotapes depicting the Agency’s 2002 interrogation of an Al Qaeda operative named Abu Zubaydah. He was not just any terrorist thug. Zubaydah was a senior figure in the Al Qaeda hierarchy at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and he had been the CIA’s first significant “catch” in the post-9/11 era. As such, he was also the first high-level Osama bin Laden lieutenant to be spirited off to one of the Agency’s newly constructed covert detention facilities—what would come to be infamously known around the world as “the CIA’s secret prisons.” Zubaydah had another dubious distinction: He was the first CIA detainee ever to be waterboarded. The CIA had captured it all on videotape. Three years later, the Agency burned the tapes. The Justice Department criminal investigation into the tapes’ destruction, which lasted almost three years, was led by John Durham, a career federal prosecutor from Connecticut brought in specifically for the task. He was appointed in December 2007, shortly after the New York Times broke the story in a series of page 1 articles by Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane. The series ignited an immediate firestorm in the media and C
From the Publisher
In 1975, fresh out of law school and working a numbing job at the
Treasury Department, John Rizzo took "a total shot in the dark" and
sent his résumé to the Central Intelligence Agency. He had no
notion that more than thirty years later, after serving under
eleven CIA directors and seven presidents, he would become a
notorious public figure-a symbol and a victim of the toxic winds
swirling in post-9/11 Washington. From serving as the point person
answering for the Iran-contra scandal to approving the rules that
govern waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques,"
John Rizzo witnessed and participated in virtually all of the
significant operations of the CIA's modern history.
In Company Man, Rizzo charts the CIA's evolution from
shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a
seemingly neverending string of public controversies. Rizzo offers
a direct window into the CIA in the years after the 9/11 attacks,
when he served as the agency's top lawyer, with oversight of
actions that remain the subject of intense debate today. In
Company Man, Rizzo is the first CIA official to ever
describe what "black sites" look like from the inside and he
provides the most comprehensive account ever written of the
"torture tape" fiasco surrounding the interrogation of Al Qaeda
suspect Abu Zubaydah and the birth, growth, and death of the
enhanced interrogation program.
Spanning more than three decades, Company Man is the most
authoritative insider account of the CIA ever written-a
groundbreaking, timely, and remarkably candid history of American
About the Author
John Rizzo is a Portland-based IACP Award-winning photographer.
"An exceptionally valuable resource. What this book does well,
among other things, is explain the inner workings of the processes
of the most controversial CIA programs of the past decade….
Reading John Rizzo's book, and being more
familiar with the scope of law within the area of national security
law would help citizens and reporters to process the actions and
accusations of our nation's elected and appointed leaders….
is an excellent read."