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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Bergen moderated a panel discussion with Dr Melissa Russano, Dr. Christian Meissner, Colonel Steven Kleinman, USAF-retired and Mark focusing on abusive tactics, the efficacy of interrogation methods and whether or not abusive tactics were necessary to elicit intelligence. Panelists discussed the efficacy of ethical, science-based methods that treat detainees with respect and elicit accurate and reliable information.