Mark was interviewed for The Stream on Al Jazeera and discussed the role of medical professionals in torture. Mark said that the CIA outsourced torture to SERE psychologists lacking meaning experience in interrogation or terrorism to create the EIT program. Mark explained SERE, by design, hardens resistance and that Mitchell and Jessen damaged U.S. national security by the shameful practices they implemented.
Rev. Al Sharpton talked with Mark about the release of the Senate Torture Report executive summary and whether CIA torture worked. Mark told MSNBC there was no basis for the CIA going down the road to torture and the people who created the program were not interrogation professionals and did not rely on subject matter experts in interrogation. Mark explained that personnel within the CIA were disgusted by the EIT program and there is no valid information that torture was necessary or effective.
Mark was interviewed by CNN International about the release of the Senate SSCI Torture Report executive summary and responded to comments made by CIA Director John Brennan. Mark emphasized that there has been a lack of accountability and there needs to be an assessment of how much damage has been done by not resorting to tried and true interrogation methods that in the past had effectively elicited reliable intelligence and evidence from terror suspects.
CNN’s Carol Costello interviews Mark on Dick Cheney’s defense of torture. Mark said the goal of an interrogation is to elicit accurate and reliable information, not enact revenge.
Motherboard reporter Kaleigh Rogers interviewed Mark for her article in Motherboard about the CIA torture program. Mark told Motherboard he was unable to convince leaders that rapport-building techniques would be more effective. Mark told Motherboard he still wonders what intelligence the CIA might have missed by not using tried-and-true methods and that the new scientific research can now inform interrogation planning.
Human Rights First published a video of Senator Angus King talking about the Senate Torture and referring to Mark. Senator King referred to Mark’s Op-Ed in Politico Magazine as a very powerful piece and quoted Mark as saying torture does not produce good intelligence.