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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.