CNN’s Chris Cuomo interviewed Mark on the release of the Senate Torture Report executive summary and how the CIA misled the public over torture.
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.
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.
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.
Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series hosted a panel discussion on Questioning High-Value Suspects: Confronting Torture and Advancing Effective Interrogation. Joshua Philips moderated the panel with Dr. Christian Meissner, Colonel Steven Kleinman, USAF-retired and Mark.
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.