Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, psychologist and U.S. Air Force veteran Dr. James Mitchell was called back to national service. Along with a partner, Bruce Jessen, he was tasked with developing the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, or EITs. Designed to elicit time-sensitive intelligence from hardened al Qaeda leaders, the EITs later became immersed in controversy. In 2014, Senate Democrats released a report accusing Mitchell of torturing suspects with EITs and producing no results.
In his new book, Enhanced Interrogation, Mitchell offers his own testimony on the EITs. He argues that the techniques were critical in saving the lives of Americans and others. The Washington Free Beacon interviewed Mitchell on Thursday to discuss his new book.
President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to serve as the next CIA director is garnering early praise from senior congressional insiders and foreign policy experts, who told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that the lawmaker has won plaudits for taking a tough line on Iranian intransigence and investigating the Obama administration’s secret negotiations with Tehran.
Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo (R.) has accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to become the director of the CIA, two people close to the transition team told the Washington Post.
CIA Director John Brennan voted for the Communist Party candidate in the 1976 presidential election.
James Woolsey, who headed the CIA under former President Bill Clinton, will serve as a senior adviser to Donald Trump on national security, defense, and intelligence, the Republican nominee’s campaign announced on Monday.
Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer and chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, announced Monday that he was mounting an independent presidential bid in an attempt to take Republican votes away from Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton discussed on her private email server at the State Department a nuclear scientist who the Iranian government executed this past week for spying on behalf of the United States.