Mark told Newsweek that preconceived fixation can blind an interrogators judgement to other leads and compromise their judgement. Mark emphasized that the public’s idea of torture as a necessary evil must change. He said torture has made us less safe.
Sophie Schvardnadze interviewed Mark for Russia Television show called “CIA torture based on ‘voodoo science’ of advocates – US intelligence expert.” Mark spoke about combating violent extremist, ransom for hostages, and torture. Mark said the CIA EIT program was ill-advised and not based on any evidence-based research and and the White House, Congress, media and American public were misled.
Daily Mail (UK) reporter Jack Crone quotes Mark in his article on “Brutal Guantanamo interrogator accused of planting evidence and torturing suspects to extract murder confessions during 30-year career as Chicago detective.” The article focused on former Chicago Police detective Richard Zuley and wrongful convictions based on false confessions.
Bloomberg reporter Drake Bennett interviewed Mark for an article on the Dark Science of Interrogation: How to Find Out Anything From Anyone. Mark told Bloomberg most police officers can tell you how many feet per second a bullet travels, but have not yet embraced as effective the behavioral sciences. Mark said abusive interrogation tactics were not just harmful, they were counterproductive. Research scientists explained the more effective methods.
Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series announced a panel discussion moderated by Joshua Phillips, with Dr. Christian Meissner, Colonel Steven Kleinman, USAF-retired and Mark to discuss questioning high-value targets.
Huffington Post reporter Ali Watkins interviewed Mark about the protracted battles within to CIA and White House over the SSCI Torture Report and the CIA’s failure to acknowledge their actions as torture and the failure to hold anyone accountable. Mark told the Huffington Post we’ve continued to try and redact and classify our way out of past mistakes.
Reuters reporter Allstair Bell interviewed Mark who called for an independent counsel, with subpoena power to fully investigate the role of psychologists collaborating to justify torture.
The Daily Echo reported that Mark would be talking about significant counterterrorism investigations and the impact of the 9/11 attacks on US policies and practices, including the origins of the CIA Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program.
Huffington Post reporter Ali Watkins interview Mark for an article on the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) and information released in a report titled “All The President’s Psychologists.”
Mark participated in a Human Rights First public service announcement video about the strategic consequences of keeping the Guantanamo Bay prison open. Mark said you need a place to hold enemy combatants and to exploit a detainee for their intelligence value, but that is not what had occurred at Guantanamo Bay.