In this Daily Beast review of Kurt Eichenwald’s book ‘500 Days: Secret Lies In The Terror Wars’, eight revelations were cited, where Mark was written about. Eichenwald wrote that Mark’s “revolution deepened” and cited Mark’s position that “This looks like the stuff that congressional hearings are made of” and that “Someone needs to be considering how history will look back on this.”
Category Archives: Interviews/Appearances/Articles
What triggered Aaron Alexis to go on a shooting spree?
Fox News reporter Bill Hemmer interviewed Mark about the Washington Navy Yard active shooter rampage. Mark explained the Navy Yard is a business center and explained the incident was an insider-threat issue, not a terrorist incident.
Use of honey, not vinegar method, on terrorist detainees
In an article published in the Singapore Strait Times, Mark told them his job was not to hand out justice or enact revenge, but to elicit accurate and reliable evidence or intelligence — by lawful means. Mark told the Strait Times interrogators could improve their skills with coursed on rapport-building, interviewing skills, memory recall techniques and psychology.
The art and heart of interrogation
The Straits Times wrote a feature article about Mark and interrogation methods in their series featuring people in the fight against terror. Mark said that contrary to popular belief that terrorists are well-trained to resist interrogation techniques, they usually receive little or poor training. Mark told The Strait Times “No two terrorists are the same, and there is no single silver bullet that will solve all of the interrogator’s problems” but when you treat someone with dignity and respect, they begin to trust you.
Remembering Abu Ghraib
In Just Security, David Luban included Mark when he wrote about honoring and celebrating those people within the government and military who never lost their moral bearings – who opposed and resisted the torture program. Luban referred to Mark’s position when he saw the CIA help enable torture at Guantanamo: “Fallon’s comment about the ‘stuff Congressional hearings are made of’ was prescient – for the minutes were released by Senator Carl Levin during hearings. And Fallon’s last ling should resonate with us – after all, ‘how will history look back at this’ depends completely on us.
Wharton Professor Adam Grant Explains Why The Most Successful People Are Givers
In an interview in Business Week, Professor and author Adam Grant used Mark as an example of a giver during his career as an NCIS special agent.
Harsh interrogation debate returns with bin Laden takedown
Within hours of President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, former Bush administration officials began taking credit, purporting waterboarding and the EIT program led to the operation. CNN quoted from Mark’s interview on MSNBC, where he said “I think some people are trying to rewrite history here” and that he wasn’t aware “aware of an substantive information or intelligence that was a derivative product of waterboarding.”
Interrogator Letter to President on SSCI Declassification and the Torture Report
Mark was among the former professional interrogators and intelligence community officials urging President Obama to declassify the SSCI Torture Report and expressing concerns that CIA Director John Brennan was coordinating with the architect of the CIA torture program.
Murder of US general raised questions about insider attacks in Afghanistan
Mark was interviews on Fox News by Shepherd Smith after an Army general was ambushed and killed and eight other American soldiers were wounded by an Afghan soldier, raising concerns about insider attacks in Afghanistan. Mark explained that the challenges conducting an investigation in hostile non-permissive environment. Mark expressed concerns over the insider-threat and cautioned against downsizing counterintelligence and force protection assets, as we downsize the larger forces there.
Statement of National Security, Intelligence and Interrogation Professionals
Human Rights First brought together a high-level team of counterterrorism, interrogation, intelligence and national security professionals to develop a statement of principles about Constitutionally permissible interrogations. Mark was among this group, who stated torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment are illegal, ineffective, and immoral. Those practices were unconditionally rejected. The national security professionals published a statement that torture is illegal, ineffective, and counterproductive.