Testimonials - Unjustifiable Means
"The dark side is no place for America. Based on first-hand knowledge, Fallon reveals how we got there, who drove the bus, and what to do to make sure we never make a return trip.
Mark Fallon spent decades helping to put away the worst of the worst. His insider account of what our country lost—in intelligence and integrity—when it resorted to torture is chilling. A must-read for all who want to understand not only how it happened, but the unfinished business of making sure it never happens again.
When the history of the post-9/11 period is written, Fallon’s name will be among the heroes. No one was more committed to protecting America from its enemies—yet he was one of the few who understood that our values are a critical asset in that fight."
"Mark Fallon’s account of Bush-era interrogation policies and practices is a must read for anyone wanting an insider understanding of how the United States ended up condoning torture in the race to stop terrorist activities post-9/11. Unjustifiable Means makes plain how the decision process and choices of powerful insiders permitted groupthink to dominate the discourse on intelligence gathering. This book stands as a powerful counter-narrative to the official monologue on “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the hopes that the United States will never go down that road again. Mark Fallon’s story will inspire you to stand with courage and integrity in confronting wrongs, despite incredible odds and overwhelming obstacles, because character and truth will not be silenced."
"Mark Fallon has dedicated virtually his entire adult life to protecting the people of our country as a federal law enforcement officer at home and abroad. In that role he swore to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. His first person account raises important considerations about honoring that rule of law while respecting human rights."
"In one of the most shameful chapters in U.S. history, government officials authorized the systematic torture of national security detainees, aided and abetted by health professionals who helped create, supervise, and implement the U.S. torture program. Such profound disregard for the rule of law not only inflicted severe physical and psychological harm on detainees, it undermined national security and the core values of American democracy. This shameful history must be fully exposed and confronted to ensure that it is never repeated. Fallon’s book sheds light on the torture that was committed in the name of all Americans and is a critical step in the accountability for such crimes."
"Unjustifiable Means is a wakeup call of epic proportions! Mark Fallon takes us on a personal journey deep into the world of counter terrorism and reveals how officials systematically cast aside the universal principles of justice and human rights during prisoner interrogations. The evidence is clear - these illicit techniques did not work – they didn't yield quality intelligence. This is also a story of unselfish personal courage and ethics - of speaking truth to power and coming face-to-face and toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful democratic institutions in the world. This book is a must-read for every leader, practitioner and policymaker who is personally committed to doing the right thing."
A superb book that needs to be added to the mandatory reading list for every military officer. The repeated failures to stick to our values of truth justice and American sense of decency and fair play have cost us untold billions in blood and treasures. Mark Fallon is a true hero. Many thanks.
"Mark Fallon is the Serpico in the war on terror, trying to win the war by doing it the right way. Unjustifiable Means provides an inside look at counterterrorism operations and the sacrifices that good people make to win that war. Fallon shows how torture has made us less safe and that it may make people talk, but it doesn’t make them tell the truth."
"When “the gloves came off” and the United States embarked in a dirty war against perceived international terrorists, a handful of professionals from the Armed Forces and NCIS took a stand against torture and defended constitutional values. Mark Fallon was one of them, and he was also in the best position to see how the policy of taking interrogation to the “dark side” (as Vice-President Cheney announced) would be useless and worse: counter-productive. Since then he has courageously and unfailingly spoken out against practices that are illegal and immoral. His book is a lesson on how to confront terror without betraying our humanity."
"Mark Fallon is a true patriot & professional. In the wake of the shocking attacks of 9/11, he didn’t panic. He opposed torture and marched forward with dedication and discipline to protect the country. He tackled his missions with quiet heroism, speaking truth to power, and steadfastly abiding by American values and the law. The nation is safer because of Mark Fallon and his team."
"Mark Fallon's strategic intelligence and interrogation chops are unsurpassed among professionals who are the best of the best. This distinguished NCIS veteran knows what works, what doesn't work, and what the strategic costs and dangers are of not knowing (or not caring) about the difference. Mark's counter-terrorism interrogation assignments span the geography from Bagram to Guantanamo and the years from 2002 to 2004. This long-awaited book is a must-read for national security policy makers and operators."
"Mark Fallon’s Unjustifiable Means recounting his actions of faith, courage, and duty to challenge the government’s torture practices shined a light in a place many did not want to see - or be seen. His knowledge, experience, and research proved a more valid and humane means to educe information exists. Unjustifiable Means is not the end, but rather the beginning, of the story of great change in interview practices. The legacy of Fallon's actions will be felt throughout the military, intelligence, and law enforcement professions for generations as evidence-based interview practices continue to grow to become the norm."
"I had the opportunity to read an advance copy, and I can't recommend this book highly enough. Unjustifiable Means is a moral compass for a nation in desperate need of one. Mark Fallon's clear, compelling prose crackles with eloquent outrage, borne not of bitterness or frustration but of a fierce belief that our nation can better live up to our ideals. He makes the moral and practical case against torture as persuasively as it can be made, sharing the hard-earned lessons of decades as an investigator and painting a painfully vivid portrait of what happens when those lessons are discarded in favor of an approach that is immoral, inhumane, and un-American. If enough people pay attention to this book, perhaps we can still become the nation that Mark Fallon thought we were."